Barcelona vs Betis: Griezmann leads line as Messi & Suarez miss out

first_imgBarcelona will look to put the disappointment of opening-day defeat behind them as they look forward to their first home fixture of the new season with Real Betis.This fixture last season produced an instant classic as Betis earned a 4-3 win in a pulsating game at Camp Nou – with the scoring opener by Barca’s summer signing Junior Firpo.After Aritz Aduriz’ stunning overhead kick consigned Barca to defeat at Athletic Club last weekend, Betis were also beaten after going down to ten men early on against Real Valladolid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game Barcelona vs Real Betis Date Sunday, August 25 Time 8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports / beIN Sports en Espanol fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the match will be shown live on ITV 4, and available to stream on the ITV Hub. UK TV channel Online stream ITV 4 ITV Hub Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Pena Defenders Pique, Lenglet, Semedo, Umtiti, Junior, Alba Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur, Rafinha, Roberto, De Jong, Vidal Forwards Griezmann, Perez, Fati Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong, Roberto; Perez, Griezmann, Rafinha. Position Real Betis squad Goalkeepers Robles, Martin Defenders Francis, Feddal, Bartra, Sidnei, Moreno, Barragan, Emerson, Mandi Midfielders Garcia, Pedraza, Canales, Tello, Carvalho, Joaquin, Guardado, Lainez, Kaptoum, Narvaez Forwards Iglesias, Fekir, Juanmi, Loren Betis starting XI: Martin; Emerson, Bartra, Sidnei, Pedraza; Carvalho, Guardado; Canales, Fekir, Tello; Loren.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona are 1/4 favourites to win this match with bet365. Betis are on offer at 10/1, while the draw is available at 21/4.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Lionel Messi Barcelona TrainingAfter a summer dominated by the transfer pursuits of forwards Antoine Griezmann and Neymar, Barcelona looked curiously blunt when they got the new Spanish season underway last Friday.Though it took a moment of sublime quality from Aritz Aduriz to down them, Ernesto Valverde’s side struggled to create chances.With Messi still not ready to return and starting forwards Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele also injured, the expectation in this game will be on Antoine Griezmann to deliver, with fans eagerly anticipating his competitive home debut. Valverde is looking forward to it too, but says Griezmann has to contribute more after a muted performance on his competitive debut.”He has to be more involved in the play and always be looking to get involved,” he said.”It is good to have him near the area because of his movement but that will only work if we completely dominate games.”Cristian Tello Real BetisGerard Pique is set to make his 500th appearance for the club, though he isn’t likely to come up against Betis’ new star forward Borja Iglesias, who is injured. Pique’s fellow La Masia graduate Cristian Tello, though, is looking forward to his trip back to Catalonia.”It’s the team that gave me the opportunity to debut in the first division,” Tello told Barca’s website. “I have a lot of love for Barça and I appreciate all the people there.”I experienced the best moments as a player who was trying to get to the top, and when you join the first team with all the enthusiasm that entails. I think it will be very special to return.”We are aware that to win at Camp Nou we have to play a practically perfect match, but I think we have the team for it. Against Valladolid we had some bad luck, but we were very focused. I think we can win again at Camp Nou.”last_img read more

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‘Dortmund would have won Champions League with Lewa & Gotze’

first_imgBorussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says the Bundesliga giants would have won the Champions League if star players Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze hadn’t been sold to Bayern Munich.Dortmund won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 under Jurgen Klopp and reached the 2013 Champions League final, where they were narrowly beaten by Bayern after a late goal from Arjen Robben.They have never come so close since. Gotze’s move to Bayern was infamously made public shortly before the 2013 final, while Lewandowski followed a year later and defender Mats Hummels, now back in black and yellow alongside Gotze, joined them in 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “We had a world-class team,” wrote Watzke in his biography ‘Echte Liebe’ – ‘True Love’, a Dortmund slogan.“And if that team’s structure had not been left in tatters, then it would have also won the Champions League – one hundred per cent!“We just lost the final in 2013. The next few years would have been our years, for sure! But then Mario left, then Robert went, then all the sh*t started.”In 2014-15, the season after Lewandowski’s departure, Dortmund capitulated. A spell of five consecutive defeats early in the season set the tone for a campaign in which Klopp’s side were bottom of the table as late as February.Borussia Dortmund 2014-15While they eventually recovered to a seventh-placed finish, it was to prove Klopp’s last season at the club. He left at the end of the season and joined Liverpool in October 2015.Klopp recently revealed Watzke sounded him out about returning to the club in the summer of 2018, though the CEO hadn’t expected him to renege on his long-term contract at Anfield.While Dortmund returned to something like their best with a season-long title challenge under Lucien Favre last season, they haven’t progressed past the quarter-finals of the Champions League since their run to the final in 2013.Domestically, Bayern have returned to their hegemony at the top of the Bundesliga with seven straight German titles, thanks in no small part to Dortmund’s former star man Lewandowski.The Poland international, now 31, has scored more than 200 goals for Bayern since joining in 2014 and has started the current campaign in record-breaking form.last_img read more

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Montreals La Presse to cut 37 jobs as advertising revenue drops

MONTREAL — Management at Montreal’s La Presse news group informed unionized employees Thursday that efforts to cut costs will lead to the elimination of 37 jobs through voluntary buyouts. The media outlet has 230 journalists in its newsroom and a total of 550 employees. La Presse, formerly owned by a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, officially adopted a not-for-profit structure last July. At the time, Power Corp. agreed to grant $50 million to the new venture. Torstar hires publisher, chief editor of Swedish daily to lead editorial strategyMontreal’s La Presse announces it’s officially a not-for-profit publicationTorstar cutting 11 full-time, 10 part-time staff at StarMetro in Toronto as it shifts production to Hamilton Last May, La Presse president Pierre-Elliott Levasseur said the business model conceived in 2010 did not conform to today’s media reality, in which Facebook and Google have eaten heavily into advertising revenue. Traditional media in the country are grappling with the loss of revenue, resulting in mass layoffs, publication closures and a shift to fewer print editions and more online publications. The 130-year-old La Presse ended its print edition in 2017 and publishes only on its website and tablet edition. Negotiations with the union for a new collective agreement are ongoing. —— A subsidiary of La Presse holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with the Toronto Star and a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail. read more

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