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Champions League and Europa League matches are also postponed!
Everything is at the expense of official confirmation and that UEFA, the highest body of European football, officializes the definitive postponement. It will probably be at the meeting to be held next Tuesday. A logical decision after, for example, in Champions League matches there has been the incongruity of playing a Liverpool-Atlético with the public and fans from Madrid, one of the most important sources of coronavirus in Spain, and others at the door closed, like Valencia-Atalanta and PSG-Borussia Dortmund.
The pending matches
Thus, in the top continental football competition, Barcelona-Naples, Manchester City-Real Madrid, Juventus-Olympique de Lyon and Bayern-Chelsea remain pending to play – they were scheduled for next week. Now, they are postponed ‘sine die’ and only Atalanta, Atlético de Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig know that they have a guaranteed place for the quarterfinals.
What will happen now?
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Against this background, football leaders will have to find solutions once the suspension of these matches is lifted, which can happen in just two weeks or up to four months following the most negative forecasts. One possibility when football returns is to turn the qualifiers into a play-off system, with the aim of expediting the outcome. But anything can happen.
Spanish international Iago Aspas highlighted the "effort" of the Celta de Vigo board of directors to reinforce the squad and predicted a season "exciting" for the return of footballers such as Denis Suárez and Santi Mina, who could soon be joined by the Sevilla player Nolito.
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"Personally, I like the team that we are forming, especially because people from the house have returned who once had to leave. We practically have the block made, one or two players are missing, and that is good to arrive in the best conditions at the start of the League"declared the forward.
Aspas, the top Spanish scorer in LaLiga the last three seasons, avoided talking about Europe as a goal for the new season, although he admitted that Celta have to give "one more step" to get closer to the top of the table.
"The speech I had last year I’m not going to change now because I have two or three more players", said the forward, who recalled that last year they reached Christmas "fighting for europe" and three months later they were "decreasing".
He showed his desire that Celta and Sevilla close the return of Nolito to Balaídos, because "it would be a good complement", and trusts that between Santi Mina and the Uruguayan Gabriel "Bull" Fernández supplant Maxi Gómez, transferred to Valencia.
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"Maxi was an important player for the team, he scored 31 goals in two seasons, they are very good numbers for a young player like him. And this year attack people like Santi and el Toro have arrived, I’m sure they will also help us a lot", he stated.
Forward Santi Mina affirmed this Friday that he returns to Celta de Vigo being "a footballer made", after playing the last four seasons at Valencia, where he signed his "best numbers" as a forward – last season he scored 7 goals in LaLiga, 4 in the Copa del Rey and 2 in the Champions League.
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"These four years away from home have helped me to mature in all aspects. I left as a child and I believe that I will come back a true footballer, with important values that had already been instilled in me since I was little here at Celta. The most important thing is the experience that I have been able to live at European level"he stated during his presentation.
Mina assured that, despite the rumors that placed Uruguayan striker Maxi Gómez at West Ham, he always believed in his return to Vigo because "I know more than that Celta kept his word that he was going to do what was in his power for me to come, and so it was".
"It is clear that there are interests of certain clubs in good players – in reference to Maxi Gómez, finally signed by Valencia in the operation that ended with Mina and Jorge Sáenz at Celta – but I am very grateful to the club, to all those who made it possible for me to be here back"he insisted.
The former Valencian player confessed that the presence of Rubén Blanco, his "best friend", and the Spanish international Iago Aspas, "an idol", in the blue wardrobe influenced his decision to return to Balaídos.
"I am proud to defend this shirt again. From the first time I arrived I will do it with all the illusion I have, the same as I had when I arrived as a child", declared the attacker, who feels like a footballer "more mature" after passing through Mestalla.
"Here in Vigo I played on the right wing or on the left, and in recent years I did it more as a center forward. I will play where the coach puts me. I have come to play as many minutes as possible and to enjoy football with all my people", he stated.
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Europe was targeted, "we have team to fight for it", and promised to work "strong" to earn the forgiveness of those fans who still remember his departure to Valencia four years ago, after the Ché team paid the 10 million set in its clause.
The relationship between FC Barcelona and Nolito has had a soap opera tinge for months. The club has negotiated his transfer with Celta on many occasions. However, the Galicians remember that the player’s starting price is clear: the 18 million of his termination clause.
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While other clubs such as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have taken advantage of Barça, the Barça players who share the team’s dressing room with the player put their hands on their heads before the possibility that the possibility of having him as a teammate escapes. the Camp Nou next season.
Sergio Busquets was the last to put pressure on the Barça leadership. "Now for 18 million euros you only buy a boot from a great player, so Nolito’s price is a good price", said the midfielder this Monday night in ‘Onda Cero’.
The Catalan has not been the only player who has bet on Nolito. A few days ago, Gerard Piqué was also clearly in favor of the forward’s arrival. "Nolito at that price is a bargain"he said when asked about it.
Busquets also reviewed other current issues.
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Nolito will return to FC Barcelona. It will make the way back. He wants it, Luis Enrique Martínez wants it and the dressing room wants it. Yesterday, at the headquarters of the Spanish team in the European Championship in France, a phrase was leaked confirming the signing of the Andalusian striker: “The 18 million of the clause will know little with the European Championship that I’m going to do.” The one from Sanlúcar de Barrameda is already seen at Barça next season. Finally, the dream come true, although in 2014 he extended his contract until June 2019 and raised the clause from 10 to the current 18 ‘kilos’.
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Nolito could not sign a clearer confession, the attacking player that FC Barcelona always wanted and whom FC Barcelona has wanted to wait before playing it with another striker. The arrival of Nolito was always endorsed by Luis Enrique and, now, in France, he has direct support from his future colleagues.
Piqué has assured that Nolito “would be a great player for Barça and he is showing it in the national team”. He also commented that “for the price and from what I see that you pay, it seems like a bargain.” Other players, such as Iniesta or Busquets, with whom he already lived when he debuted with Barça in the 2010-11 season, with Pep Guardiola as Barça strategist, endorse the second half of the now Celta striker at the Camp Nou.
Nolito, who had no place in the first team after growing as a player in the subsidiary (three years, two in Second B and one in Second, all with the Asturian coach on the bench), had to emigrate to the Portuguese Benfica, where he played a year and a half. The other half did it on loan to Granada. Then he signed for Celta, where he has played the last three seasons.
His knowledge of Barça, as well as his accumulated experience, have made Nolito the desired player to accompany MSN, who will not be able to lower his guard or fall asleep for a single game. The competition for the next season will be much more fierce, although it will be necessary to see how Luis Enrique will manage the rotations and changes of players such as Messi, Suárez and Neymar, who in the past year played practically everything when they jumped onto the pitch.