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In his first start of the season, Barcelona star Lionel Messi was removed at half-time against Villarreal on Tuesday.

Barcelona deny criticising players, including Lionel Messi, on social media

Barcelona have denied trying to boost the image of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu by hiring a company that criticised current and former players, including Lionel Messi, on social media.
A Stefan de Vrij foul on Ciro Immobile allowed the Serie A top scorer to slot in his 26th goal in 24 games this season, five minutes after the break.

Serie A: Lazio topple Inter to go second behind Juventus

Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi gave warning his side are ready to fight for their first Serie A title since 2000 after moving into second in Serie A on Sunday, just one point off leaders Juventus after a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Inter Milan.
Former Inter striker Christian Vieri believes that only Paris Saint-Germain have a strikeforce that can compete with his former club’s pairing of Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku.

Christian Vieri: Only Paris Saint-Germain can compete with Inter’s Lautaro Martinez-Romelu Lukaku forward line

Former Inter striker Christian Vieri believes that only Paris Saint-Germain have a strikeforce that can compete with his former club’s pairing of Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku.
Lionel Messi says he has “never had the need to leave the best club in the world”, with Barcelona still very much part of his present and future.

Lionel Messi experiencing longest goal drought in six years

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is on his worst goalscoring form in La Liga since January 2014, having gone four matches without finding the back of the net.
Barcelona has confirmed Jordi Alba's injury after the defender suffered a groin injury in the 2-1 win against Getafe on Saturday.

Barcelona confirms Jordi Alba’s injury after Getafe clash

A statement on Barca's official website read: "Tests carried out on the first-team player Jordi Alba have confirmed that he has a groin strain in his right leg”
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said that he is prepared to take referees to court over damages in future if they do not consult VAR.

Napoli president threatens to sue over poor VAR calls

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said that he is prepared to take referees to court over damages in future if they do not consult VAR.
Fabian Ruiz fired Napoli to a 1-0 win over Inter Milan in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final on Wednesday at the San Siro.

Napoli beat Inter Milan to close in on Italian Cup final

Fabian Ruiz scored the only goal as Napoli shocked Inter Milan 1-0 in their Italian Cup semi-final, first leg tie at the Stadio Meazza on Wednesday.
Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has said that his post-match reaction to the 2-1 loss to Napoli was “exploited”, with the former San Paolo boss having said that if he had to lose to anyone, he was glad it was his old club.

Maurizio Sarri: I can handle Juventus pressure despite suffering two defeats

Maurizio Sarri in unperturbed by Juventus’ blip in form, with the manager insisting that if he couldn’t handle the pressure of the job he would have looked to work at the post office.
Nigeria winger Victor Moses has opened up on his relationship with striker Romelu Lukaku and his other teammates as he continue to settle at the Club.

Victor Moses backs Inter to dethrone Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus in Italy

Nigeria winger Victor Moses has opened up on his relationship with striker Romelu Lukaku and his other teammates as he continue to settle at the Club.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic set for Italian Cup clash

Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are set to go head-to-head in Thursday’s Italian Cup semi-final, first leg between Juventus and AC Milan at the San Siro.
Liverpool are keeping a close watch on Carlos Vinicius and are growing increasingly interested in signing the Benfica striker, according to reports in the Portuguese media.

Liverpool show interest in €100m Benfica striker as Klopp seeks more goals

Liverpool are keeping a close watch on Carlos Vinicius and are growing increasingly interested in signing the Benfica striker, according to reports in the Portuguese media.
Former Nigerian international Victor Moses made his league debut for Inter Milan in their Sunday’s clash away to Udinese.

Victor Moses elated with Inter Milan’s derby win

Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored for AC Milan in the first half, but Inter rallied back after the break with goals from Marcelo Brozovic, Matias Vecino, Stefan de Vrij and Romelu Lukaku.
Relegation-battling Lecce halted Napoli’s revival with a shock 3-2 win at the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday, their first Serie A victory at the venue since 1998.

Napoli collapse at home to Lecce

Gianluca Lapadula scored a double as promoted Lecce punished a wasteful Napoli who collapsed to a 3-2 defeat at home in Serie A on Sunday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to AC Milan will add spice to the city derby against Inter Milan on Sunday with the Swede looking to thwart Antonio Conte’s side from keeping pace with Serie A leaders Juventus.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic return adds spice to Milan derby

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to AC Milan will add spice to the city derby against Inter Milan on Sunday with the Swede looking to thwart Antonio Conte’s side from keeping pace with Serie A leaders Juventus.
Samuel Umtiti has rubbished reports suggesting that he had contact with Arsenal over the summer and was a potential bargaining chip in Barcelona’s bid to bring Neymar back to the club.

Barcelona star facing court date over €183,000 worth of damages to rented villa

Samuel Umtiti will attend a trial in Barcelona on Thursday over alleged damages to a rented villa, before flying to Bilbao for Barca’s game with Athletic Club the same evening.
Liverpool are set to shatter their transfer record to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona, according to the Sun.

Barcelona confirm Ousmane Dembélé hamstring tear

It has been confirmed that Ousmane Dembélé has a ‘complete tear’ of his right hamstring although Barcelona have refused to comment on just how long the Frenchman will be missing for.
Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has said that his post-match reaction to the 2-1 loss to Napoli was “exploited”, with the former San Paolo boss having said that if he had to lose to anyone, he was glad it was his old club.

Juventus boss claims post-match reaction to Napoli loss was ‘exploited’

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has said that his post-match reaction to the 2-1 loss to Napoli was “exploited”, with the former San Paolo boss having said that if he had to lose to anyone, he was glad it was his old club.

Olivier Giroud staying put with Chelsea unable to find replacement

Olivier Giroud will be staying at Chelsea until the end of the season despite angling for a move throughout the January window.

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