These two sides met in the Eastern Conference Finals last season, and if the early months of the season are any indication, they will meet again in November.
For 41 minutes there was no sign that Barca were going score eight goals. Brave defending by Cordoba took them within minutes of a scoreless draw at half-time but then a thumping drive from Ivan Rakitic in the 42nd minute gave the league leaders the lead and when Suarez doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time it was game over.
Juventus won its fourth-straight Italian Serie A title on Saturday after picking up a routine 1-0 win over Sampdoria thanks to an Arturo Vidal goal but the impact was massive, with Juventus pulling 17 points clear in the table with four league games remaining. Focus can now switch to the Champions League semi-final clash against Real Madrid next week.
The win is a triumph for Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri, who took over from Antonio Conte in the summer. The news that Allegri was replacing the popular Conte was greeted by protests by Juventus fans, but was not welcome at first by Juve fans,
It was an atrocious performance by Manchester United as they lost 1-0 at home to West Brom on Saturday. The defeat was the first time that United have lost three straight league games since 2001, and the shutout means that it is now 287 minutes and counting since United last scored.
The defeat , combined with Liverpool’s win against QPR, means that United have still to wrap up a champions league place for next season. With three games to go, and a four point lead, United should have enough to see themselves finish in the top four, but with a trip to Crystal Palace up next, Arsenal coming to Old Trafford in their penultimate game of the season and a potentially tricky last day of the season trip to relegation-threatened Hull, nothing can be taken for granted.
Not for the first time in his brilliant career, Steven Gerrard rescued Liverpool, where his 87th minute goal gave Liverpool a 2-1 win ove QPR. The win, combined with Man United’s defeat at home to West Brom kept alive Liverpool’s faint Champions league hopes and eased the pressure on Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
It looked like the headlines had been written earlier in the half when Onuoha pulled down Martin Skrtel in the penalty box and Gerrard stepped up to take the penalty in front of the kop. But the Liverpool legend, in his penultimate home game, saw his penalty saved by Rob Green.
Costa has missed the champions-elect last four games since suffering a recurrence of a hamstring problem against Stoke on April 4.
Asked whether he would pay feature again this season, Mourinho, whose side will be Champions if they beat Crystal Palace on Sunday, said:
“There is a chance he might not. There is a chance he might not.
“If we win Sunday, I would say he doesn’t play against Liverpool [next week].
Balotelli has managed just one goal in 16 Premier League appearances for the Reds and has struggled with injuries and illnesses all season.
The news of Balotelli’s unavailability wouldn’t be nearly as bad if Daniel Sturridge had not also been plagued with injury issues all season.
Initial reports suggested that Rooney had suffered ligament damage that could have brought a premature end to his season but Louis van Gaal revealed at his pre-match press conference on Friday that Rooney has made a full recovery from the knock and is available to face West Brom.
“Wayne is fit,” said Van Gaal. “So it was not as heavy [serious] as we expected.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says David Ospina’s form this season means he doesn’t need to sign a new goalkeeper during the summer transfer window.
Arsenal have be linked with Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, but Wenger is quoted in the Evening Standard talking about how the Gunner’s goalkeeping situation is.
“Look, I believe in the goalkeepers I have. I believe that Szczesny is a very good goalkeeper and Ospina has come in and done a fantastic job. You look at the numbers in the Premier League and who is top of all the goalkeepers and you will see it is Ospina.”
A report by Spanish radio station Cadena Ser that Carlo Ancelotti’s team were to be handed a year-long transfer ban similar to that Barcelona find themselves under this season.
Real quickly released a statement on their website Wednesday stating that ‘such information is absolutely false’ and that they will face no punishment for any wrongdoing.