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El Clasico To Return To USA This Summer

El Clasico In USA 2020

According to ESPN, Barcelona and Real Madrid are working together to stage an El Clasico in the United States this summer.

The two great rivals of Spanish football have played each other in the International Champions Cup in the United States in Miami in 2017 when a crowd of 66,014 watched a 3-2 win for Barca. This years fixture is anticipated to be staged between the end of the European Championships and Copa America. Although no date is yet confirmed for the 2020-21 season, the 2019-20 campaign began on Aug. 16.

Klopp: “The Gap Is So Insane”

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged the distance between Liverpool and the rest of the league by saying what most fans think: It’s “insane” how much better the Reds are.

The Reds picked up a typically assured three points at the weekend, winning with a combination of solid defensive work and having enough attacking quality to take a chance.

It might have been a little closer than other games this season, but a win-to-nil has been a familiar scoreline when it comes to the Reds over the last few months.

Manchester City

Manchester City were on Friday night banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons for ‘serious breaches’ of UEFA’s financial fair play regulations.

The Champions League ban has been rumored to be happing for months, but the announcement still sent shockwaves through football and may now see questions raised over their domestic success.

The reigning English champions were found to have circumvented FFP rules between 2012 and 2016 and have been fined €30 million.

City’s problems are not just with the UEFA. Serious questions will asked by the Premier League, with a points deduction plus removal of City’s titles in 2012 and 2014 all possible outcomes.

How Arteta Can Turn Draws Into Three Points

Arteta Arsenal

Any Arsenal fans hoping that Mikel Arteta would provide the rocket boost their season so desperately needed have been left sorely disappointed.

The Spaniard has won just one of seven Premier League matches since taking charge but conversely he has only lost one.

The Gunners have become even more of a draw specialist, with 13 from their first 25 matches setting a new Premier League record.

Their sorry tally of just six wins is the club’s lowest after 25 games of a league season since 1912-13, when they suffered relegation from the First Division.

Love United Hate Glazers

Manchester United will spend heavily again this summer after admitting it will take more than the signing of Bruno Fernandes to turn them into title contenders.

Fernandes moved to Old Trafford last month in a deal worth up to £67.8million after United paid £145m for Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James last summer.

United chief Ed Woodward accepts that more investment will be needed to revive Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, and acknowledged that this summer will be a key period in the process.

In his introductory remarks to a recent fans’ forum, Woodward said:

Remembering The Busby Babes

Today is the 62ns anniversary of the Munich air disaster. The Busby Babes might be gone but they will never be forgotten.

In you want to learn more about Munich and the Busby Babes, then check out Munich58.co.uk and United Front. There also is a movie that is available on Netflicks called United.

Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to BBC Sport about the Munich disaster back in 2014 and how he is still affected by the Munich air crash, 61 years on from the disaster.

‘I’ve been affected since a young boy. It was a sad time,’ Ferguson told BBC Sport.

Christian Eriksen Inter Milan

Christian Eriksen says it wasn’t a “difficult choice” to accept Inter’s offer as he “wanted to try a new challenge in a new country.”

Eriksen made his debut for Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia win over Fiorentina, and followed it up with his first start in the 2-0 win against Udinese last weekend.

Speaking to the BBC, the 27-year-old said accepting Inter’s offer wasn’t that difficult.

“I wanted a new challenge. To stay in the Premier League would have been an easy solution,” Eriksen told the BBC’s Simon Stone.

Civil War At Barcelona

Messi Abidal

One unsettled club legend who is free to leave in the summer. One struggling sporting director now likely to be sacked. One under-pressure president being forced into early elections this summer and one £100 million winger who has only ever played 10 complete games since signing and is now out injured until the end of the season.

Barcelona is a club in crisis with Lionel Messi, Eric Abidal and Josep Maria Bartomeu at war. Here are the three key players in the latest saga that is threatening to rip Barcelona apart.

Lionel Messi

Jurgen Klopp

Absent Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was “delighted” as the youngest team in the club’s history beat Shrewsbury to reach the FA Cup fifth round.

Klopp decided to miss the fourth-round replay because it fell during the Premier League’s winter break.

A Reds side with an average age of 19 years and 102 days set up a tie at Chelsea with a 1-0 win.

“There was a message at half-time and at full-time [from Klopp],” said under-23s boss Neil Critchley.

“There was a message before the game that Chelsea away could be an opportunity for one or two of them and they put in a performance tonight.”

FA Cup Fifth Round: Rooney To Face Man United

Wayne Rooney will face his former side Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup after Derby got passed Northampton in their fourth-round replay.

Holders Manchester City will travel to Sheffield Wednesday while Chelsea will host Liverpool in what is probably the biggest match in the fifth round.

In a switch this season, all eight ties will be played across three midweek nights from 3-5 March.

Rooney, who is United and England’s all-time record goalscorer, joined Championship club Derby County as a player-coach in January from MLS side DC United.

Now 34, he played 559 times for United, scoring 253 goals.