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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Getafe v FC Barcelona - Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Getafe, Spain - October 17, 2020 FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman during the match REUTERS/Juan Medina(REUTERS)

Koeman will miss fans for 1st ‘clásico’ as Barcelona coach

By Associated Press | Barcelona
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 09:08 PM IST
“Nothing has changed much. These are two great clubs who always have to play to win. The only difference is the lack of public,” Koeman said Friday, looking back to the clásicos he played in as a Barcelona defender in the early 1990s.
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Soccer supporters show Catalan independence flags and banners at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.(AP)
Soccer supporters show Catalan independence flags and banners at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.(AP)

Barcelona ramps up security as Catalan separatists target Clasico

By Press Trust of India | Madrid
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2019 08:54 PM IST
Tension in Spain’s north-east region boiled over in October when demonstrations and riots caused the original La Liga fixture between Barcelona and Real Madrid to be postponed.
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Lionel Messi in action against Real Madrid on Wednesday.(REUTERS)
Lionel Messi in action against Real Madrid on Wednesday.(REUTERS)

Lionel Messi must be more involved in second ‘Clasico’, says Barcelona manager Valverde

By Reuters | Barcelona
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2019 11:44 PM IST
Barcelona need to ensure Lionel Messi is more involved in Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ at Real Madrid than he was in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final second-leg victory over their arch-rivals, coach Ernesto Valverde said
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Barcelona stalwart Lionel Messi is in danger of missing the first leg of El Clasico against Real Madrid on Wednesday.(REUTERS)
Barcelona stalwart Lionel Messi is in danger of missing the first leg of El Clasico against Real Madrid on Wednesday.(REUTERS)

Lionel Messi uncertainty does not affect Real Madrid ‘Clasico’ plans, says Solari

By Reuters | Madrid
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2019 09:07 PM IST
‘It’s always good when the best players get to play every game, but whether or not he [Lionel Messi] plays will not influence the way we prepare for the game at all,’ said Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari
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The injury appeared to happen when Lionel Messi was hit in the leg by Valencia defender Antonio Lato while they challenged for a ball in the second half on Saturday.(REUTERS)
The injury appeared to happen when Lionel Messi was hit in the leg by Valencia defender Antonio Lato while they challenged for a ball in the second half on Saturday.(REUTERS)

Barcelona star Lionel Messi doesn’t practice ahead of ‘clasico’ because of injury

By Associated Press | Barcelona
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2019 08:59 PM IST
Lionel Messi hurt his right leg in the 2-2 draw against Valencia in the Spanish league on Saturday and remains doubtful for Barcelona’s home game against Real Madrid in the first leg of the Copa semifinals
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Barcelona's Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde holds a press conference at the FC Barcelona's Joan Gamper Sports Center in Sant Joan Despi, on October 27, 2018 on the eve of the Spanish League "Clasico" football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona.(AFP)
Barcelona's Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde holds a press conference at the FC Barcelona's Joan Gamper Sports Center in Sant Joan Despi, on October 27, 2018 on the eve of the Spanish League "Clasico" football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona.(AFP)

Watch out for ‘wounded’ Real Madrid, warns Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde

By Agence France-Presse | Barcelona
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2018 07:08 PM IST
Julen Lopetegui is under enormous pressure ahead of the match, with Real Madrid having taken just one point from their last four games in La Liga.
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