Getafe Boss Blames Barcelona’s ‘Time-Wasting’ for Defeat Despite His Side Committing 30 Fouls

Getafe manager José Bordalas has pointed the finger at Barcelona ‘wasting time’ for his side’s narrow defeat at Camp Nou, while conceding that the brilliance of Lionel Messi also had its part to play in the result. 

Barça ran out 2-1 victors over the third-placed side, with first half goals from ?Antoine Griezmann and Sergi Roberto – the former ingeniously assisted by the scintillating Messi – enough to inflict defeat on Bordalas’ visitors. 

They had their moments in the game, pulling one back through Ángel Rodriguez, and had actually looked to have taken the lead before ?Barça opened the scoring, but Allan Nyom’s effort was ruled out for a foul on Samuel Umtiti in the build-up. 

“We have lost this game because of eight minutes of inspiration from the best player in the world, ?Leo Messi,” Bordalas told reporters, as translated by ?Football Espana.

“This disallowed goal in the first half hurt us, but we must not forget that we are a small team. We played well and it is a shame not to get a more positive result.”

It wasn’t all goodwill from the manager, however, who was clearly upset by Barcelona’s efforts to run the clock down as they closed in on a crucial win. Game-management, we’ll call it…

Jose Bordalas

“Barcelona were not interested in winning by more goals, as they slowed the game down at the end, and wasted time.

“That was their tactic at the end.”

Barcelona manager Quique Setién had his own thoughts on who was to blame for the game breaking down, however. He pointed to Getafe’s attritional style, as they committed 30 fouls – the highest total registered by a single team in Europe’s top five leagues since Sampdoria in 2016.

Setién said, as quoted by ?ESPN’s Samuel Marsden: “Getafe made 29 fouls and we end up with one more booking than them.

“We have to take risks to beat the press. When we managed it, we were fouled. It ruins the rhythm of the game. 

“I was complaining to the fourth official because I thought the referee should have been more severe with Getafe.”


Mattéo Guendouzi’s ‘Heated Row’ With Mikel Arteta Led to Omission From Arsenal Squad

Mattéo Guendouzi had a ‘heated row’ with Mikel Arteta during the club’s training camp in Dubai, leading to his surprise omission from the matchday squad to face Newcastle on Sunday.

Many assumed the French midfielder, who had been named in every one of ?Arsenal’s Premier League matchday squads since the beginning of last season, was thought to have suffered from an injury when he was nowhere to be seen on the team sheet, but Arteta explained he was left out for ‘tactical reasons’.

While his serious tone suggested there may have been more to the situation than meets the eye, it was clear the Gunners didn’t miss the 20-year-old too badly. With Dani Ceballos returning in his stead, they trounced Newcastle with a confidence-boosting 4-0 victory, somewhat justifying a bold decision to leave out one of the club’s most coveted assets. 

And in a report that gives us a better insight than Arteta’s brief explanation, ?The Telegraph now say that there was a heated argument between the player and the coach which began on the training pitch in Dubai and continued into the team hotel later that day. 

At the centre of the row is said to be Guendouzi’s training performances, with the midfielder not meeting the standards demanded by Arteta, who was not afraid to let him know he had fallen short. 


After the match, Arteta (as quoted by the Mirror) pointed to Ceballos as an example of what he expects on the training pitch. 

?“Dani Ceballos is a good example,” Arteta said of the ?Real Madrid loanee in the wake of the match. “He was injured and when he started to train I didn’t think he was fit enough.

“He completely changed his behaviour and trained like an animal. I thought he was the best player on the pitch.”

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Liverpool’s 10 Greatest Footballers of All Time

Liverpool are one of the greatest clubs to have graced the footballing world, with hundreds of world class players jogging out of Anfield’s famous tunnel in red over the years.

While they may currently be strolling to a maiden Premier League title, players other than Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk have written themselves down in Merseyside folklore over the years.

No doubt whittling it down to just ten names is a very difficult feat, but without further ado here are the ten greatest footballers in the history of Liverpool Football Club…

10. Robbie Fowler

Robbie Fowler of Liverpool

?Liverpool Career: 1993-2001, 2006-2007

Fowler is one of the most instinctive poachers to have donned a Liverpool shirt. Earning the nickname ‘God’ from the Anfield faithful, Fowler netted 183 goals in 369 appearances for the Reds and is currently the seventh highest scorer in ?Premier League history.

Between 1994 and 1997, Fowler was one of the greatest strikers in world football as he netted over 30 goals in all competitions for three successive seasons. No surprise, then, that he won the PFA Young Player of the Year in both 1995 and 1996.

Major Achievements: FA Cup, League Cup (x2), UEFA Cup, European Super Cup, PFA Young Player of the Year (x2)

9. Luis Suarez


?Liverpool Career:? 2011-2014

Suarez is one of the best attackers to have graced the Premier League in the modern era. Signing in 2011 from Ajax, the news of Fernando Torres’ departure overshadowed his arrival, but Suarez ended up being more prolific than the Spaniard ever was.

Suarez enjoyed the most successful period of his ?Liverpool career during his last season at Anfield, finishing the 2013/14 term as the joint-top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues alongside Cristiano Ronaldo with 31.

The Uruguayan became Liverpool’s first to surpass 30 goals in a season since Ian Rush in 1986/87.

Major Achievements: League Cup, PFA Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year, Premier League Player of the Year, Premier League Golden Boot, European Golden Shoe

8. Ray Clemence

Ray Clemence

Liverpool Career: 1967-1981

?Signed by Bill Shankly from Scunthorpe in June 1967, it took a few years for Clemence to break into the senior team but, when he did, boy oh boy did he impress.

Between 1970 and 1981, ‘The Networker’ missed just six league matches and was consistently a phenomenal performer as the Reds enjoyed their most successful decade in their history. The Englishman only conceded 16 goals in the 1978/79 season on his way to his fourth league title.

Major Achievements: First Division (x5), FA Cup, League Cup, European Cup (x3), UEFA Cup, European Super Cup

7. Ron Yeats

Ron Yeats

?Liverpool Career: 1961-1971

As an absolute unit of a defender and a former member of the British Army, Yeats was a force to be reckoned with. Unveiled famously by Bill Shankly as his ‘giant centre half’ in 1961, Yeats would go on to become one of Liverpool’s finest ever defenders.

The Scotsman spent a decade at Anfield, captaining the Reds to three major trophies in the mid 1960s. Yeats left the club in 1971 with 454 appearances and 16 goals to his name.

Major Achievements: First Division (x2), Second Division, FA Cup

6. John Barnes

John Barnes

?Liverpool Career: 1987-1997


The Jamaican-born Barnes was the star of possibly Liverpool’s most exciting ever forward trio. Alongside Peter Beardsley and John Aldridge, he shone at the height of the Reds’ glory days, as his side won two league championships and an FA Cup in a three year period.

Winning the FWA Player of the Year two years out of three at the end of the 1980s, Barnes was recognised as one of the best forwards in England’s top flight. Netting on 108 occasions for Liverpool, including 24 within the final 15 minutes of games, he was an expert entertainer.


Major Achievements: First Division (x2), FA Cup, League Cup, FWA Footballer of the Year (x2), PFA Player of the Year

5. Alan Hansen

Stan Bowles,Alan Hansen

Liverpool Career: 1977-1991

Starring in the centre of the Reds’ 1980s defence, Hansen is one of the most decorated players in Liverpool’s history. Hansen, alongside Dalglish and Souness, was part of a triumvirate of Scottish players brought in by Bob Paisley within an extraordinary 12 month period in 1977.

Hansen was instantly a hit at Anfield as he won the man of the match award on his debut against Derby County; his first appearance of an eventual 620. He remains Liverpool’s tenth most capped player ever, winning a remarkable eight championships in 13 seasons.

Major Achievements: First Division (x8), FA Cup (x2), League Cup (x3), European Cup (x3), European Super Cup, PFA Team of the Century

4. Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness

?Liverpool Career: 1978-1984

Known for being one of the ultimate midfield maestros of his generation, Souness is a man certain to be in everyone’s all-time Liverpool XI. Driving his side forward in the heart of midfield, often alongside Terry McDermott, the Scot dictated play and made football look easy.

Souness won five out of an available six First Division titles with Liverpool between 1978 and 1984 – including three back-to-back – and also won the European Cup on three occasions during the same period. He went on to manage the Reds between 1991 and 1994, winning the FA Cup.

Major Achievements: First Division (x5), League Cup (x3), European Cup (x3), PFA Team of the Century

3. Ian Rush

Ian Rush

?Liverpool Career: 1980-1986, 1987-1996

Rush is, simply, the greatest goalscorer in Liverpool’s history. He netted 346 times in 660 appearances, and in the 1983/84 season famously put four past Coventry City and five past Luton Town.

Merseyside rivals Everton absolutely despised playing against Rush. The Welshman scored a ridiculous 25 goals against the Toffees – ten more than he managed against any other opponent. The definition of a bogey man.

Major Achievements: First Division (x5) FA Cup (x3), League Cup (x5), European Cup, PFA Young Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, PFA Player of the Year, European Golden Shoe, PFA Team of the Century

2. Steven Gerrard

Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Ge

Liverpool Career: 1998-2015

Gerrard is arguably Liverpool’s greatest captain, certainly their best ever midfielder and probably the most successful footballer to never win a league title. The ?Premier League aside, ‘Stevie G’ achieved nearly every other accolade achievable. So many trophies.

He was an almighty leader, strong in the tackle, could hit the ball at ferocious speed, had tremendous vision, scored outrageous goals, and pulled off brilliant passes for fun. There was very little that Gerrard couldn’t do. He even netted for Liverpool on that famous night in Istanbul.

Major Achievements: FA Cup (x2), League Cup (x3), ?Champions League, UEFA Cup, PFA Young Player of the Year, PFA Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, PFA Fans’ Player of the Year (x2), European Super Cup

1. Kenny Dalglish

Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool Career: 1977-1990

Dalglish is Liverpool’s greatest ever footballer and up there with the very best to grace the beautiful game. Even legendary pair Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley deemed him ‘King Kenny’ as ‘the whole team was illuminated’ every time he took to the field at Anfield.

Dalglish signed from Celtic in 1977 for a British transfer record fee of £440,000, and it’s safe to say he was worth every penny. Making 515 appearances for the club and scoring 172 goals, he was the key man as Liverpool won 15 major trophies in eight years between 1978 and 1986.

Major Achievements: First Division (x6), FA Cup, League Cup (x4), European Cup (x3), European Super Cup, FWA Footballer of the Year (x2), PFA Player of the Year, Ballon d’Or runner-up


André Gomes Takes Huge Step in Recovery From Horror Ankle Injury

?Everton midfielder André Gomes completed a 60-minute practice match on Sunday in an attempt to step up his recovery from the gruesome ankle fracture dislocation he suffered back in November last year.

The 26-year-old has not been seen since a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, during which he sustained the horrific injury following a challenge from Son Heung-min. Fortunately, it was soon realised that the injury, which was clearly still serious, was not career-threatening like many felt in the immediate aftermath.

As noted by ?Paul Joyce, the midfielder’s recovery is obviously going well as Gomes was able to play the entire behind-closed-door friendly, which featured both senior players and members of the Under-23s.

The best news was that both Gomes and the club’s medical staff were happy that there had been no issues during the match, so the Portugal international has now moved one step closer to a full return.

He has been in light training since January, and manager Carlo Ancelotti recently confessed (via ?BBC Sport) that the club were eager to welcome him back to the first team in time to face ?Arsenal on Sunday.

Carlo Ancelotti

“We have the possibility to prepare him for Arsenal,” he said. “He had a bad injury but all the work the staff did was fantastic, I was surprised because he started training with the squad quickly. It’s like having a new player.

“I already spoke with the player, he agreed and the medical staff agreed, to have a plan to put him on the pitch against Arsenal.”

It appears that the final hurdle for Gomes is to regain his match fitness, so the fact that he managed to get through what was almost certainly an intense 60-minute game suggests that a return against Arsenal may not be too outlandish.

?Everton currently sit eighth in the ?Premier League, but they are just five points away from the top four, so Gomes’ return will certainly be a welcome boost to their push for ?European qualification.

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Inter CEO Insists Lautaro Martínez Will Only Be Allowed to Join Barcelona if He Asks to Leave

?Inter executive Giuseppe Marotta has insisted forward Lautaro Martínez will only be allowed to join Barcelona if he specifically asks to do so.

Finding a new striker is one of Barcelona’s top priorities and Martínez is believed to be near the top of their wish list. The 22-year-old, who has managed 16 goals and four assists in all competitions this season, will have a €111m release clause in his contract become active in the summer.

Lautaro Martinez

?Barcelona are rumoured to be readying a summer bid for Martínez, but Marotta told ?Sky Sport Italia that ?Inter do not feel as though they need to fold under pressure from any of Europe’s biggest sides.

“Lautaro is growing, he is a very young boy,” he said. “I think he is above all interested in wearing this glorious shirt and growing from a professional point of view.

“Let’s not forget that because of its history, Inter does not envy any other teams, so as I always say, the players will be sold only and exclusively when they themselves indicate that is what they want.”


With Inter determined to hold on to their starlet, Barcelona may be forced to look elsewhere. According to ?Sport, La Blaugrana remain desperate to sign Martínez, but they are not prepared to go crazy in their attempts to get their man.

Barcelona believe that his €111m release clause, which will be active only for two weeks in July, is too high and does not reflect the direction in which they want to move – especially since they are considering other strikers who are available for far cheaper.

Sport suggest that Barcelona could try to explore sending other players to Inter in exchange. Midfielders ?Arturo Vidal and ?Ivan Rakiti? have both been linked with moves to Italy, so Barcelona could look to capitalise on that and try save themselves some money in their pursuit of Martínez.

Arturo Vidal,Ivan Rakitic

?Tuttosport even claim that Antoine Griezmann has been identified as a potential replacement for Martínez at San Siro, but that’s almost certainly not happening as Barcelona are already light on numbers in attack.

With a deal for Martínez potentially looking tricky, Barcelona are considering a number of other strikers. A source has confirmed to 90min that ?Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in their sights, and any deal for the Gabon international would certainly be far cheaper.

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