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Messi Makes Blunt Comment About Failed Neymar Signing

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Lionel Messi has made a blunt comment about Barcelona failure to sign Neymar during the summer transfer, the skipper believes that the club could have done a little more to bring back the attacker to Camp Nou.
Barcelona was locked in negotiations with the Paris Saint-Germain directors until the final hours of the transfer period and they were unable to reach a conclusion.”I would have loved Neymar to have rejoined the club,” Messi told Sport. “Honestly, I don’t know if Barcelona did everything possible to ensure his return.”However, it is certainly true that negotiating with PSG isn’t easy.”On a sporting level, Neymar is one of the best in the world. The club would also have taken a leap in terms of the level of image rights and sponsors.
“I never asked for the signing of Neymar. All I did was give my opinion.”I’m not disappointed [that he didn’t sign]. We have a spectacular squad, which can compete for everything, even without Neymar.”In terms of Messi’s own future with the club, he dampened recent revelations over a clause in his contract which will allow him to leave Barcelona at the end of the season.”This is my home and I don’t want to leave,” Messi said. “But I want to win.”Messi remained doubtful for the clash against Valencia this weekend at the Camp Nou due to injury.

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Klopp Unhappy With Penalty Decision

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Jurgen Klopp was less than pleased with the penalty decision which helped Napoli to a 2-0 win over his Liverpool side in their Champions League group stage tie on Tuesday night.
Jose Callejon went down in the Liverpool box under minimal pressure from Andrew Robertson, but the well-placed referee gave a spot-kick, and the VAR official decided against overturning the decision.

That allowed Dries Mertens to open the scoring from 12 yards, in a game Liverpool had otherwise been largely comfortable in, and in the dying moments, they added a second goal to seal victory in Naples.
“For me, it’s clear and obvious, no penalty, because Callejon jumps before he has any contact,” Klopp said. “But we cannot change that so we have to be critical with ourselves. We did well in a lot of moments, we played a lot of good football but we didn’t finish off.
“In the second half, we had this wild game, we were running, they were running. They’ve killed everybody on the pitch, started controlling again and then we’ve conceded a penalty.

“Of course that doesn’t help and I’ve seen it now, I don’t think that’s a penalty.”
Klopp was also unhappy with his misfiring forward line, whose link-up play was far below their usual standard and forced only two real saves out of Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret across the 90 minutes.

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Willian Reacts To Barkley Penalty Miss

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Willian in action for Chelsea against Valencia on Tuesday

The Brazilian says his team-mate told him he was confident about scoring but insists he has no ill-feeling towards the England man despite the miss.

Willian has confirmed he asked to take the
crucial penalty which Ross Barkley failed to convert in Chelsea’s Champions League loss to Valencia on Tuesday.

England international Barkley skimmed his attempt off the top of the crossbar in the 87th minute of the Premier League side’s 1-0 home loss.

The midfielder had been introduced from the bench seven minutes earlier and only settled over the spot-kick following a debate with starters Willian and Jorginho.

Blues boss Frank Lampard later revealed
Barkley to be the designated penalty taker but experienced winger Willian had hoped to be entrusted with the chance.

“He was confident about taking it and I asked to take it too,” Willian said. “But he was confident.He ended up missing it.

That could happen to me or any other player, like Jorginho who also takes the penalties. “It is important he keeps his head up.

When you win, you win together and when you lose, you lose together too.”

Barkley’s miss and Rodrigo Moreno’s earlier goal for Valencia contributed to a difficult night for Chelsea, who saw Mason Mount limp out of the contest due to a leg injury after just quarter of an hour of play.

The result left Lampard’s men with work to do ahead of next month’s trip to Ligue 1 side Lille, who were 3-0 losers to Ajax in Group H’s other game.

“We expected a positive result,” Willian said. “We expected to start at home with a victory, but unfortunately we lost it.

We have five games left to qualify. I think we have a chance, of course. “We have to improve and we have to keep our heads up and keep working. We have everything in front of us.

Next up for Chelsea is a testing clash with
Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, where in-form striker Tammy Abraham will be hoping to add to the six Premier League goals he’s scored in his last three matches in the competition.

It remains to be seen how long Mount will be unavailable for, meanwhile, with the Blues due to assess the injury, caused by a nasty challenge from former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin, in the next 48 hours.

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Hazard: Real Madrid fans care more than Chelsea fans

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Eden Hazard admits he has noticed that Real Madrid fans are more invested than supporters at his former club Chelsea.
The 28-year-old Belgium forward, moved from Chelsea to Real for a reported £130m in the summer after seven years at Stamford Bridge.”

I think that here the fans are really fans,” said Hazard, ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League group game against Paris Saint-Germain.
“In England there are not so many fans, people there like football and everyone, young people, adults, teenagers, are really interested in their football, but they are not so fanatical about their teams.
“At the time I was in Chelsea and we lost, we were disappointed as were the fans, but I never felt it was a disaster.
“When you are at Real Madrid, even if it is my first year, talking to the fans, they always expect you to win the Champions League,” he continued.
“That is why I think there is so much expectation placed on this competition and that is why the club has won it more than any other team.”
Hazard patiently waited for a move away from Chelsea – he first said it could be time to move on after the 2018 World Cup – but that did not stop him speaking of his desire to play for Real while still a Blue.
“When I was at Chelsea, I already knew that my dream was to play for [Real Madrid] someday,” he said.
“I hadn’t expected to play seven years at Chelsea, but in the end everything went well and I had the chance to win something every year. I think that’s why I stayed there so long.”

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