Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Cup comeback a must to end Barca's New Year blues  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Gulf Times - 10/01/2017
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Barcelona need a quick turnaround to get their start to 2017 back on track when Athletic Bilbao travel to the Camp Nou tonight for the second leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie defending a 2-1 lead.
The Cup holders are yet to taste victory this year after following up defeat in Bilbao on Thursday by being held 1-1 at Villarreal in
La Liga on Sunday despite a stunning last-minute Lionel Messi free-kick.
'We have an unfavourable result, but the fact of having scored a goal and deserved a different result gives us the necessary confidence to face this challenge, Barca boss Luis Enrique said yesterday.
The tie is the sixth time Barca and Athletic have been paired together in the Cup in nine seasons, including three finals.
Barca have emerged victorious in all five previous occasions, but Athletic took a big step towards reversing that trend as they held on with nine-men for the final 10 minutes of the first leg after red cards for Raul Garcia and Ander Iturraspe.
Both will therefore be suspended, whilst Barca have a fully-fit and suspension-free squad to choose from with back-up goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen fit again and in line to replace Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal.
Barca have also had more time to concentrate on their task after none of their players attended FIFA's gala in Zurich on Monday despite four of them — Messi, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique — beng chosen in world football's governing body's team of the year.

'As a coach I back their decision because there is a sporting situation that is above anything else, added Enrique. 'The sport has prevailed over everything else and any criticism is part of life.
By contrast, Real Madrid were well represented as Cristiano Ronaldo picked up the inaugural The Best award for the world's best player in 2016, whilst four other Madrid players also made it into the team of the year.
And a week of celebration for the European champions could continue when they travel to Sevilla tomorrow boasting a healthy 3-0 first leg lead. Should Zinedine Zidane's men avoid defeat for the 40th consecutive game they will surpass Barca's Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten set last season.
With another tricky trip to Sevilla to come in La Liga on Sunday, Zidane is expected to once again rotate his squad with Ronaldo possibly sitting out to make way for James Rodriguez — who netted twice in the first leg.
Atletico Madrid already have one foot in the quarter-finals as they host an under-strength Las Palmas with a comfortable 2-0 aggregate lead.
Real Sociedad, Eibar and Celta Vigo are also heavy favourites to reach the last eight, whilst Cordoba and Alcorcon will fight it out to be the second division's only representatives in the quarters with their tie finely balanced at 0-0.



Gulf Times

  MENA News Headlines
 Jan 21 2017 - Joleon Lescott: Sunderland mulling over signing the free agentThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) According to reports, Sunderland are considering making a move for veteran defender Joleon Lescott. The former Man City and Everton star, who is now a free agent, ...

 Jan 21 2017 - The Mind of Conte: How Chelsea's fluid front trio tore Leicester apartThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Amid all the speculation around Diego Costa and his future at the club, Chelsea produced a convincing performance away to Leicester last Saturday, which was exactly what the ...

 Jan 21 2017 - Williams shocked at deadly Melbourne rampageThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Melbourne:Serena Williams Saturday expressed her shock at the deadly rampage at a Melbourne shopping strip, as the Australian Open observed a minute's silence for the ...

 Jan 21 2017 - Syrian refugee, tripped by journalist, 'sad but hopeful'The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Getafe, Spain: Over a year after arriving in Spain, the Syrian refugee who made headlines when a Hungarian journalist tripped him up as he fled police is still waiting for ...

 Jan 21 2017 - Solar energy in UAE expected to hit low records in 2017MENAFN
(MENAFN) An Emirati senior executive told press that solar energy costs will witness record lows this year in UAE, following two world records set in Dubai and Abu Dhabi last year.Ivano Iannelli, CEO ...

 Jan 21 2017 - Three Egyptian oil firms' budgets endorsed by Finance MinisterMENAFN
(MENAFN) According to Egyptian Petroleum Minister Tarek El -Molla, the planning budgets of three oil firms for financial year 2017/18 have been endorsed.The Minister headed the meeting of general ...

 Jan 21 2017 - Emaar to build new tower in Dubai Creek HarbourMENAFN
(MENAFN) Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC will launch Creek Gate, a new residential project in Dubai Creek Harbour next week, registered brokers told Zawya Projects. According to a real estate agent ...

 Jan 21 2017 - Nigeria air strike death toll hits 90Gulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The death toll from a botched Nigerian air strike against Boko Haram that hit a camp for displaced people has risen to 90, and could climb as high as 170, Doctors Without ...

 Jan 21 2017 - WEF, UCSB-SBI unveil partnership to protect ocean economyKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 20 (KUNA) -- The World Economic Forum (WEF) and the University of California Santa Barbara's Marine Science Institute (UCSB-SBI) on Friday ...

 Jan 21 2017 - Trump has to define America's role in new world order - KissingerKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 20 (KUNA) -- With the international order in place since World War II breaking down, the new president of the United States, Donald J. ...





Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Search News
Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help