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Barcelona will play Man United in the Europa League semifinals.

In the play-off round of the Europa League, Manchester United will face Barcelona.
The eight teams that finished third in their Champions League groups will face the eight runners-up from their Europa League groups, including United.

On February 16 are the first legs, and on February 23 are the second legs.

Arsenal qualified for the last 16 as one of the winners when they won their Europa League group.

Full play-off round draw

Barcelona v Manchester United

Juventus v Nantes

Sporting Lisbon v Midtjylland

Shakhtar Donetsk v Rennes

Ajax v Union Berlin

Bayer Leverkusen v Monaco

Sevilla v PSV Eindhoven

FC Salzburg v Roma

More to follow.

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Drake Bets Big On Arsenal And Barcelona.

On Sunday, October 16, 2022, rapper Drake has put a sizable wager that Arsenal and Barcelona would triumph in their respective matches.

The multi-award-winning rapper Drake shocked the soccer world when he posted a screenshot of the wager he made on the match between Barcelona and Arsenal on Sunday, October 16, 2022.

The rapper had bet on both Arsenal to win today’s Premier League match against Leeds United and Barcelona to triumph in the El Classico matchup versus Real Madrid, both of which were set to take place today. Drake bet a remarkable amount of 617,000 euros, and if both teams win, they will each receive an astonishing sum of 2.3 million euros.

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Barcelona’s poor performance against Real Madrid is addressed by Sergio Aguero.

Sergio Aguero, a former player for Manchester City and Barcelona, has reacted to the Catalan club’s terrible performance against Real Madrid.

On Sunday, October 16, 2022, as the match was taking place at the Santiago Bernabeau, the Argentinean took to the official Twitter account. He claims that he does not like Barcelona’s brand of football.

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Real Madrid’s Team Prior to the ElClasico.

The lineup for Real Madrid’s team to face Real Madrid in the opening El Clasico of the season has been made public.

On Sunday, October 17, 2022, the Galacticos club will play Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeau. Thibaut Courtois won’t be available for Real Madrid, but Antonio Rudiger, who was hurt playing against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League, will be.

With 22 points, Barcelona is presently tied with Real Madrid for first place in La Liga. But Xavi’s team is merely ahead of the competition in terms of goal differential.

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In advance of the El Clásico, Xavi Hernandez releases his team.

In the first El Clasico of the season, Barcelona Football Club has unveiled the lineup that will face Real Madrid.

On Sunday, October 17, 2022, the Catalonia club will face the Galacticos at the Santiago Bernabeau. Jules Kounde, who was just acquired from Sevilla, will be available to Barcelona supporters.

With 22 points, Xavi’s team is currently tied with Real Madrid for first place in La Liga. But Xavi’s team is merely ahead of the competition in terms of goal differential.

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See the personalized jersey Barcelona would wear when playing Real Madrid.

On Sunday, October 16, 2022, when Barcelona takes on Real Madrid in the El Classico, the team will don a personalized shirt.

On Sunday, October 16, 2022, Barcelona would be sporting a Spotify-customized jersey, giving the Spanish team an edge over Real Madrid in the El Classico match.

In honor of Drake’s new Spotify record as the only artist in history to exceed 50 billion streams across all tracks, Barca would be sporting a modified shirt with the rapper’s OVO logo. Barcelona is currently searching for a way to change the course of events and recover from their midweek setback against Inter Milan at the Spotify Camp Nou. The best way to win back the fans’ confidence would be to play with a lot of confidence against their archrivals Madrid.

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Barcelona thrash Plzen thanks to a hat-trick from Lewandowski.

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Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in his first Champions League game for Barcelona, as Xavi Hernandez’s side defeated Viktoria Plzen 5-1 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday. 

Barca, who failed to advance past the group stage last season, also had Franck Kessie and Ferran Torres score in an impressive performance. 

Lewandowski has now scored eight goals in five appearances in all competitions for his new team. 

“I knew it was going to be important to adapt right from the first game here,” he told uefa.com 

“Today is my wife’s birthday, so the goals and the celebration were both for her.” It means a lot that she was in the stadium on her birthday. Something incredible for me.”

The five-time European champions will face more difficult tests in Group C, which also includes Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. 

Following Bayern’s 2-0 win at the San Siro, the Catalan giants visit the Allianz Arena next Tuesday in a true test of how far they have come in the last year. 

Kessie nodded the ball home in the 13th minute after Jules Kounde had headed Ousmane Dembele’s corner back across goal. 

It was the Ivorian midfielder’s first goal for the club since joining from AC Milan during the summer transfer window. 

Midway through the first half, Ansu Fati nearly doubled the lead, but his effort was saved by visiting goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek.

Plzen were awarded a penalty in the 25th minute after Andreas Christensen brought down Jhon Mosquera, but the referee reversed his decision after a VAR review and awarded Barca a free kick.

With his 87th goal in the Champions League and first for his new club, Lewandowski moved ahead of Karim Benzema into third place all-time. 

In the 34th minute, the 34-year-old curled a low shot into the bottom corner from just inside the area. Jan Sykora headed in Vaclav Jemelka’s cross shortly before the break to give the Czechs a lifeline. 

Plzen, on the other hand, couldn’t stay within a goal until halftime, when Lewandowski stooped unnoticed to head Dembele’s cross over the line.

In the 67th minute, Lewandowski completed his sixth Champions League hat-trick with a fine low strike from distance. 

“I’m not sure if Robert is the best striker in Europe, but he’s the best for us,” Xavi said. 

“He helps us play out, he presses, he brings us a lot of attack solutions.” Total maturity as a player, and absolutely stunning. He scored a hat-trick, but it was his teamwork that impressed me.” 

Xavi’s men added a fifth goal soon after, with Torres drilling a brilliant volley on the turn into the top corner from Dembele’s chipped pass. 

Plzen avoided further damage, but they face a difficult task in their remaining five group games, beginning with a home game against Inter.

Robert Lewandowski man of the match
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Aguero’s heart problem is more complicated and he is reportedly considering retirement

The former Manchester city striker is considerung retirement after test results shows that his heart problem is more complicated than expected.

Kun Aguero
Kun Aguero

The 33-year-old was forced off 42 minutes into his first home start for Barcelona against Alaves last month and was taken to hospital due to breathing difficulties.

Kun Aguero
Kun Aguero

Aguero’s life with Barcelona hasn’t kicked off well with injuries and fitness issues stopping him from playing too many games after joining the Catalan giants in the summer .

Kun Aguero
Kun Aguero

Barcelona issued a statement stating the Argentine will be out for 3months after undergoing diagnostic therapeutic procedure.

“The player Kun Agüero has undergone a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure by Dr. Josep Brugada. He is out and for the next three months the effectiveness of the treatment will be evaluated to determine his recovery process.”

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Barcelona in talks with Dani Alves over possible return after leaving the club 5 years ago

The former former Sevilla and Barca legendary right back is reportedly in talks with Barcelona over a possible return to the Nou camp after he left 5 years ago.

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dani alves

The Brazilian who is presently a free agent revealed his willingness to play for Barcelona whenever he is needed, and he admits the team needs him and they can take advantage of his love for the club.

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dani alves

 ‘It would be taking advantage a bit to say now Barca need me. I left saying that when Barca needed and wanted me I would return regardless of where I was. There’s too much love, respect and care I have for this home. If Barca think they need me all they need to do is call. I believe I can add things wherever I go but at Barca now especially with the youngsters they have. We were young once and we weren’t prepared to defend a responsibility as big as defending Barca is, no matter how good they are or how much they are spoken about. It’s all new. You need a mix of young and old to give balance and the chance to fight for great things.’

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dani alves

Barcelona just appointed another returning legend Xavi Hernandez as their new coach after sacking Ronald Koeman.

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xavi hernandez

Barca President Laporta revealed Dani Alves has helped the club in many ways and his direct relationship with former players like Carles Puyol means they will be available to help Xavi whenever he needs them.

Laporta
Laporta

He said: ‘Dani Alves helped the club in a number of ways – and he has offered us his help from a sporting point of view as well. Like with (former captain Carles) Puyol, there is a very direct relationship. They can help if Xavi needs it.’ 

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dani alves and Xavi hernandez
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Pictures; Xavi presented as new Barcelona coach

The Barcelona legend was unveiled to 10,000 fans at the Camp Nou on Monday after his signing was confirmed from Al Sadd.

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xavi hernandez
xavi hernandez
xavi hernandez
xavi hernandez
xavi hernandez

Xavi was joined by new President Laporta at the unveiling and the legendary former midfielder admit the team is in a bad moment but called on the fans to support the team because they need them more than ever.

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xavi hernandez and joan laporta

‘I don’t want to get too emotional,’ he told them. ‘So I can just tell you one thing – we are the best club in the world. And we will work with the highest standards to have success. We cannot accept defeats or draws, we have to win every game. We are going to work to try and win many titles, thank you very much, this is an emotional moment for me. We need you. Especially during the bad moments. We are in a difficult situation as a club. We need you more than ever.’