Top Ad
I DIG Radio
www.idigradio.com
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
www.idigstyle.com
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Messi has Barca over for lunch as Atletico loom

Written by 
Published in Soccer
Monday, 03 May 2021 11:19

Lionel Messi held a team lunch at his house in Castelldefels on Monday as Barcelona prepare for this weekend's top-of-the-table clash against Atletico Madrid.

- Ratings: Messi gets an 8, De Jong 7 in Barca rally
- Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only)

Barca bounced back from a shock defeat to Granada last week by beating Valencia 3-2 on Sunday to remain on the tails of La Liga leaders Atletico.

Messi, whose future remains unresolved with his contract expiring in June, scored twice in that win at the Mestalla to take his tally in the league this season to 28.

The Barca captain has improved in the second half of the campaign after trying to leave the club last summer and his goals have helped cut the gap on Atletico from 13 points to two.

He gathered the squad at his property in Castelldefels, a seaside town outside of Barcelona, after Monday's training session ahead of what could prove a defining week in the title race.

The players' partners were also invited to the event, which a source told ESPN was to to bring the squad together in a different environment before the Atletico game.

With no game in midweek, coach Ronald Koeman has given the players Tuesday off. They don't train again until Wednesday evening.

They play Diego Simeone's side at Camp Nou on Saturday knowing they will leapfrog them with a victory, although their hopes of winning the league also depend on Real Madrid dropping points.

Barca and Madrid both have 74 points but Los Blancos will win the league if the two sides finish level courtesy of their superior head-to-head record.

Despite needing Madrid to drop points, president Joan Laporta has expressed his belief that four wins will guarantee Barca the title.

"I said before the weekend that if we win all five remaining games, we're convinced we will win the league," Laporta said at the airport in Valencia on Sunday. "Now it's four wins to win the title."

After Atletico, Barca end the season with games against Levante, Celta Vigo and Eibar.

Madrid, meanwhile, also have a huge game this weekend against fourth-placed Sevilla FC, who will move within one point of Madrid and Barca if they beat Athletic Bilbao on Monday.

Read 14 times

Soccer

Man City beat Newcastle on Torres hat trick

Man City beat Newcastle on Torres hat trick

Premier League champions Manchester City rode a Ferran Torres hat trick to a 4-3 victory over Newcas...

Sources: Luiz leaving Arsenal at season's end

Sources: Luiz leaving Arsenal at season's end

David Luiz will leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of the season, sources have told...

Will Marsch's move to Leipzig open doors for American coaches?

Will Marsch's move to Leipzig open doors for American coaches?

The most notable aspect of Jesse Marsch being hired as manager of RB Leipzig is how unsurprising the...

Basketball

Kobe exhibit set for unveiling at Basketball HOF

Kobe exhibit set for unveiling at Basketball HOF

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has created a special exhibit hon...

76ers' Howard gets mandated ban for 16th tech

76ers' Howard gets mandated ban for 16th tech

Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Friday for...

Baseball

Abreu, Dozier exit game after nasty collision

Abreu, Dozier exit game after nasty collision

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and Kansas City Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier both l...

Cubs activate Arrieta, Hoerner from IL for Tigers

Cubs activate Arrieta, Hoerner from IL for Tigers

The Chicago Cubs have activated pitcher Jake Arrieta and infielder Nico Hoerner from the 10-day inju...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation

Sponsored Links

I DIG® Newspapers
www.idignewspapers.com
I Dig® Newspapers, stay up to date with the latest news from around the world.
I DIG® Casino
www.idigcasinos.com
I Dig® Casino, explore our online casino games, play a wide range of free slots and casino games at our online casino today.
I DIG® Radio
www.idigradio.com
I Dig® Radio HD is the only place in the internet where you can find free, super high bit rate internet radio stations from around the world. On I Dig® Radio HD you can find free radio stations streaming at 256kbps.

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.

 

Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Website: www.idig.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Affiliated