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camp-nou-newBarcelona defender Marc Bartra feels the Spanish La Liga leaders are in the right physical and psychological shape for the title run-in. Barça maintained their two-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga in midweek with the much-vaunted forward trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all on target in the 6-0 thrashing of Getafe at the Nou Camp.

Spanish international Bartra was part of a defence which secured a fourth straight shut-out and Barcelona are now only four games from winning a 23rd domestic title. “We worked very hard from a physical standpoint starting in the pre-season,” Bartra said.

ICC 2015 ScheduleThe schedule for the 2015 International Champions Cup has been released and Barcelona has two mouth watering friendles lined up in the USA this summer. They will meet Manchester Unitedon July 25 in San Francisco and they lock horns with old foe Jose Mourinho and Chelsea on July 28 at FedEx Field in Washington D.C.

Barca will kick off their USA tour against the LA Galaxy on 21 July. The final game will be against Fiorentina in Florence on 2 August.

Tickets are expected to go on sale in early May.

After breaking the 100-goal barrier against Getafe on Tuesday night, we look at the goals Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have scored for Barcelona during the 2014/15 season

bernabeu-newFirst is was Barcelona who were punished for illegal transfer dealings and not it looks like their bitter rivals, Real Madrid could be facing the same punishment.

A report by Spanish radio station Cadena Ser that Carlo Ancelotti’s team were to be handed a year-long transfer ban similar to that Barcelona find themselves under this season.

Real quickly released a statement on their website Wednesday stating that ‘such information is absolutely false’ and that they will face no punishment for any wrongdoing.

javier-hernandez2It is amazing the difference week can make in the life of a footballer. Last week the consensus was that Javier Hernández’s year on loan has been nothing but disappointment and that he would be returning to Manchester United this summer.

But Chicharito followed up his match winner against Atletico in the Madrid derby on Wednesday with two goals in a 4-2 win over Celta Vigo and suddenly Little Pea is the toast of Madrid and Karim Benzema is wondering if he will get back in the team when he returns from injury.

Champions League trophyUEFA has changed how it will seed teams for next season’s Champions League and that could be bad news for both Real Madrid and Atletico. Currently, top-seeded teams are the eight highest-ranked in a five-year results cycle in UEFA competitions.

Under the new rules, the top seeds will go to national league winners plus this years Champions League winner.

Based on current standings Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Porto would drop from being a top seed, into pot two.

CAarlo-Ancelotti-NewReal Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes his side have a better chance of retaining their Champions League trophy than beating Barcelona to the Spanish La Liga title.

Earlier today, Barcelona opened up a five-point lead over Real Madrid on the league table with their 2-0 derby win over Espanyol.

With six games remaining, Madrid are faced with the task of overturning that five-point league deficit while navigating tricky fixtures against Celta Vigo (away), Sevilla (away) and Valencia (home) over the next two weeks.

Sandwiched between the Sevilla and Valencia matches will be their two-legged Champions League semi-final against Italian champions, Juventus, who Ancelotti who coached Juventus between 1999 and 2001.

eden-hazard2Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has told Real Madrid that if they want Blues star Eden Hazard, he will cost them a world record £200 millon.

Hazard is set to be named PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night, and Madrid have already started their patented tapping up process through the media,. Last week Zinedine Zidane has talking about the best players in the world and he brought up the Chelsea star:

“I enjoy everything he does on the pitch. I like the way he carries himself, that decisive streak in him and the fact that he’s improving every year. He can still get better too, and I think he’s a big reason why Chelsea are on top of the table.”

Pep Guardiola will come face-to face with his former club when Bayern Munich meet Barcelona in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, while holders Real Madrid face Juventus.

To lead Bayern to the final in Berlin, Guardiola will have to overcome the club he achieved so much with as a player and manager. Guardiola’s four-season spell at the Barça helm yielded 14 trophies, including two triumphs in the Champions League – something he will now look to deny them.

Bayern will have home advantage for the second leg of the semi-final, with the winner taking on Serie A giants Juventus or holders Real Madrid in the final.

Holders Sevilla will take on Fiorentina for a place in this season’s UEFA Europa League final. Sevilla are bidding to become the first team to lift the trophy four times. They are currently alongside Juventus, Inter Milan and Liverpool on three.

Fiorentina overcame Tottenham, Roma and Dynamo Kiev en route to the last four and have home advantage for the second leg.

The other tie sees Rafael Benitez’s Napoli take on Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of Ukraine for a place in the Warsaw final, which takes place on 27 May. This will be Dnipro’s first UEFA competition semi-final: they lost two previous European Cup quarter-finals.