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Papers: Bartomeu resists the vote of no confidence

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Yesterday, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Josep Vives attended a press conference to address some of the key talking points at the club. Of course, the president’s resignation has been discussed and that, along with more Clásico controversy, dominates today’s papers.

Unsurprisingly, Mundo Deportivo didn’t really focus on Bartomeu too much. They say that Sergio Ramos pulled Clément Lenglet’s shirt first so the penalty awarded to Real Madrid was a fluke.

Apparently, the referee has chosen to ignore his linesman’s plea and has given the penalty to the visitors regardless of the real situation. This, the paper says, is something Barcelona are willing to investigate and will follow up on their threats.

On the other hand, SPORT are all about Bartomeu and his latest words to the press. They say the president is resisting the vote of no confidence.

Not only that but he won’t consider resigning and never has. All the choices the board made were also unanimous, the president claims. He also discussed the situation with Lionel Messi’s request to leave the club, which was ultimately denied and the Argentine ended up staying put.

The paper also touches upon the non-existing penalty against Madrid. It seems that Barcelona believe there are audio recordings available that may reveal the true story behind the referee’s odd decision.

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Barça midfielder Aleña speaks following his first start in nearly a year

Alexandre Patanian

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Carles Aleña started his first game for Barça in nearly a year. His last start for his boyhood club came in December 2019 against Inter Milan, and Ronald Koeman selected him against Dynamo Kyiv after injuries decimated his squad. After his impressive display, Aleña spoke to the media.

“I’m very happy to return to the field. We played a great game and we took advantage of our chances.”

Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference

Aleña ended his ordeal with a near-Man of the Match performance away to the Ukrainians. The Spanish youngster was his team’s metronome and misplaced one solitary pass. His pass map is a joy to behold and the midfielder deserves a lot of recognition for that display.

At the beginning of the year, Ronald Koeman did not fancy Aleña at all. He and Riqui Puig were ostracised, but the two of them showed a lot of resilience against Kyiv. Hopefully, their coach opens his eyes.

“Playing with the first team requires a lot of hard work.”

Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference

We will have to wait and see whether Koeman is on the same page with the fans regarding Aleña’s performance. One thing is clear: the 22-year-old can play a crucial role in the team if used correctly.

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