Tonight is all about the big city derby between the two Catalan sides. However, there’s an added caveat for the visitors: if Barcelona win, they can relegate Espanyol to the Segunda Division. And seeing how fierce and fiery the derby has been over the years and the animosity between the two clubs, the Azulgranas won’t flinch before sending their rivals packing.
Today’s newspaper covers are, unsurprisingly, full of previews for tonight’s clash. Mundo Deportivo even went with a rather dark headline that says ‘Life or death‘, highlighting that Espanyol will lose more than just three points should they fall to their Catalan adversaries this evening.
Barcelona, on the other hand, are playing to keep their title hopes alive but that is also a big stretch at this point since Real Madrid have a four-point advantage in as many games to go.
Sport have gone in an identical direction, focusing on the derby that has more than just victory and pride on the table since Barcelona can relegate Espanyol should they exit the bout triumphant.
Apart from that, they mention Josep Maria Bartomeu and his reassurance that Lionel Messi will indeed stay at the club and Quique Setién’s optimistic claim that the chase for LaLiga isn’t over just yet.
There’s bound to be a bit more drama on and off the pitches before all of this ends but sending their bitter city rivals down to the Segunda might be a small consolation prize for Barcelona if they indeed fail to lift the crown.
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.