Richard Martin

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14 Nov 2018 | 3:55 AM

Real Madrid appoint Solari as coach until 2021

MADRID (Reuters) - European champions Real Madrid have handed Santiago Solari a contract as first-team coach through to June 2021, the club announced in a statement on Tuesday.

12 Nov 2018 | 6:26 AM

Pique admits Barca have defence problems after Betis shock

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admitted his side have a problem with their porous defence after the La Liga leaders were beaten 4-3 at home by Real Betis on Sunday, conceding four times at the Nou Camp for the first time in over 15 years.

12 Nov 2018 | 6:25 AM

Dembele must learn football is 24-hour job, warns Pique

BARCELONA (Reuters) - After a week in which Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele failed to show for training and the spotlight on his apparent lack of discipline increased further, team mate Gerard Pique said it was time to teach the Frenchman that football is a 24-hour job.

12 Nov 2018 | 4:19 AM

Messi returns with double but Barca lose at home to Betis

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lionel Messi scored twice on his eagerly-awaited return but La Liga leaders Barcelona were still left shell-shocked by a scintillating Real Betis side, who beat them at their own game of possession football to win 4-3 at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

11 Nov 2018 | 1:13 AM

Messi back against Betis, Dembele excluded from Barca squad

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has returned to the La Liga leaders' squad to play Real Betis on Sunday, getting the all-clear from doctors to play three weeks after breaking his arm, but forward Ousmane Dembele was left out.

8 Nov 2018 | 9:07 AM

Mourinho defends Juve taunts after 'fantastic victory'

TURIN (Reuters) - Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho defended his taunting of Juventus supporters after his side's sensational late revival which saw them grab a 2-1 win over the Italians and boost their chances of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League.

8 Nov 2018 | 7:31 AM

United fight back to snatch unlikely late win at Juventus

TURIN (Reuters) - Manchester United snatched an extraordinary and barely-deserved 2-1 win at Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday with a late free kick from Juan Mata and a scrappy own goal reviving their hopes of reaching the last 16.

7 Nov 2018 | 9:28 AM

Champions League is already a Super League, says Valverde after San Siro thriller

MILAN (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde hailed the Champions League's capacity to thrill after his side's electrifying 1-1 draw with Inter Milan on Tuesday, saying there was no need for a European Super League.

7 Nov 2018 | 6:35 AM

Icardi snatches draw for Inter but Barca through to knockout stage

MILAN (Reuters) - Barcelona qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesday after a compelling 1-1 draw away to Inter Milan as a late leveller from Mauro Icardi ended the Catalans' perfect record in this season's competition.

4 Nov 2018 | 11:17 PM

Messi in Barca squad for Inter match, not yet cleared to play

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lionel Messi was on Sunday included in Barcelona's squad for Tuesday's Champions League game away to Inter Milan, little more than two weeks after breaking his arm.