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Papers: Goodbye, Maradona – God is already in heaven

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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It doesn’t come as a surprise that today, the morning papers are all about one man and one man only – Diego Armando Maradona. One of the greatest players to have ever lived has died at the age of 60 from a heart attack, shortly after being released from the hospital.

Today’s covers are dedicated to his greatness and the undying legacy he leaves behind. SPORT have gone with the title that says ‘God is already in heaven‘, which seems very appropriate.

Of course, calling him D10S, which is essentially God spelt with 10 – the number he used to wear on his back. No one needs reminding that Maradona was one of Barcelona’s big acquisitions back in the day as well.

And despite the relationship between the two parties deteriorating quickly and him moving on to ‘greener pastures‘ soon, he remains an icon of the Azulgrana.

Mundo Deportivo are simply saying ‘Goodbye, Maradona‘ but again, playfully inserting the word D10S in the title.

Despite his medical conditions and far from ideal private life, 60 is way too early of an age to go. Mundo Deportivo have a 15-page special all on the incredible footballer and the way he changed the world.

You will be missed but your magic and legacy will never fade away.

Rest in peace, Diego.

I’ve been a Barcelona fan for more than half of my life. What started as blind love is slowly turning into professional writing. Now, I get to write about Barca, analyse them, and voice my opinions on them across platforms. I’m happy to be a part of this big project.

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Koeman’s press conference ahead of Sevilla clash ends prematurely due to a nosebleed

Udhav Arora

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As Barcelona gear-up to take on Sevilla in gameweek 25 of La Liga, Ronald Koeman sat down to address the media as part of his pre-game press conference. However, his presser was interrupted, and consequently ended prematurely due to a nosebleed the Dutchman suffered while speaking. This is the second time this is happening this season, with the first incident occurring before the Athletic Bilbao game last month. It comes possibly as a result of the blood thinners he takes after suffering from heart problems last year, as has been reported by Javi Miguel.

Before the presser was halted, Koeman spoke about how the two consecutive games against Sevilla are different from one another, saying “There are two different games. Tomorrow we play for La Liga, and Wednesday for the Copa del Rey. We have to win both games and we hope to continue our unbeaten streak in the league tomorrow.”

As part of merry news, Ronald Araujo has entered the squad list for the first time in five games after suffering an ankle injury against Real Betis. Koeman addressed his inclusion in the presser, saying, “Araújo has entered the list and everyone who enters the list has options to play. We’ll decide our XI tomorrow.”

Koeman clearly holds the young defender in high praise, and complimented him in today’s presser as well, saying, “Araújo has had a very good season so far. He’s young, but he has learned and shown a lot. He has a great physique level, he’s strong and fast, and he brings us many things defensively.”

The topic surrounding Barcelona’s lack of leadership came up yet again, despite there being several veteran players in the side. Koeman singled out Lionel Messi again, while calling for contribution from others: “Veteran players have tried to take control, but they can’t do it alone either. Messi has 17-18 goals, the same as everyone else put together. Responsibility must be shared.”

“I know that being a Barça coach there is always a lot of pressure. If you don’t win, it’s the manager’s mistake. I don’t know what could happen in the future, there is time to talk about that, but I’m optimistic,” Koeman said in regards to how he feels about his future as a Barcelona coach with the elections nearby.

The last thing Koeman talked about was voting in the elections before rushing out of the room. He said, “The elections? I will not vote because I think I don’t have to vote. I have to wait, and the socios will decide.”

Source: BarçaTV+

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