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Setién: “We didn’t play well today” – Barça coach speaks following Espanyol win

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FC Barcelona won 1-0 against Espanyol in the Camp Nou today. After the victory, city rivals Espanyol will relegate to the second division. However, fans and the coach are not happy with Barça’s performance at all. Quique Setién spoke in the press conference following the win.

“We didn’t play well today. Espanyol closed spaces well and it was difficult for us to penetrate and score. The reality is that it was a very difficult game.”, said the Barcelona boss.

“We are doing what we are supposed to do, which is winning, Now we have to wait for Madrid. Anything can happen in the league. We didn’t play the way we did against Villarreal. We tried to find solutions to break up Espanyol’s defense, but they defended well and they closed spaces.”, Setién added.

Similar to Luis Suarez’s post-game comments, Setién had his word on Antoine Griezmann’s improved performances lately:

“We have been looking for solutions for him since we arrived here.”

Everyone has some kind of passion. For me, it is FC Barcelona. I started to write stories about the club I support in 2017, and have been lucky enough to be part of such a wonderful team.

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Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’

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Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.

Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”

PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.

Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.

PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.

A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.

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