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Barcelona Injury Problems Get Worse

Barcelona were dealt a new defensive blow on Monday with news that centre back Thomas Vermaelen has been ruled out for six weeks with a torn hamstring as the stuttering La Liga champions prepare for a gruelling set of fixtures.

The Catalans were already short-staffed in central defence due to the prolonged absence of France international Samuel Umtiti, who is out with a knee problem and with no date set for his return.

“Medical tests carried out this Monday confirmed that Barca defender Thomas Vermaelen has suffered an injury to the biceps femoris of his right leg. He will be out approximately six weeks,” Barca said in a statement.

Barcelona never had any desire to sell Ivan Rakitic in pre-season despite reports to the contrary, according to the club’s sporting director Pep Segura.

Rakitic played a starring role as Croatia reached the World Cup final at Russia 2018, and his performances prompted apparent interest from some other big clubs.

Paris Saint-Germain were reported to be particularly keen on the 30-year-old, with speculation suggesting they were willing to trigger his €125million release clause.

There were even murmurings of Barca being open to selling the midfielder given his age and the fact he was criticised for some below-par performances last season.

Now Vidal Says He Is Happy At Barcelona

Arturo Vidal can’t seem to make up his mind whether or not he is happy at Barcelona.

He’s made the headlines recently with a few of his social media posts which have not gone down too well with Barcelona director Pep Segura.

The Chile international joined Barca in a deal thought to be worth €20 million in August after a successful spell in Germany with Bayern Munich, but things have not gone to plan in La Liga.

Benzema Hit By Hamstring Injury

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has suffered a hamstring injury which Spanish media have reported could keep the Frenchman out of action for two weeks.

‘Following tests carried out today on our player Karim Benzema by the Real Madrid medical team, he has been diagnosed with an injury to his right hamstring,’ the European champions said in a statement.

Benzema joins Marcelo, Isco and Dani Carvajal on the sidelines at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Real having gone four games without scoring in all competitions, but the Frenchman should return before the Clasico against Barcelona on Oct. 28.

Antoine Griezmann scored twice as Atletico Madrid made it two wins out of two in the Champions League.

Griezmann stroked Atletico ahead in the first half but Arnaut Danjuma levelled matters before the break.

Diego Simeone’s side pressed and were rewarded when Griezmann drilled home his second from Diego Costa’s pass. Koke then sealed the win from Griezmann’s assist in injury time.

Afterwards Griezmann admitted he ‘dreams’ of winning the Ballon d’Or but wants to keep improving:

“I want to know how good I can be.”

Messi Shines As Barcelona Beat Spurs

Lionel Messi produced a Wembley masterpiece to condemn Tottenham to their second successive Champions League defeat as they were beaten by Barcelona at Wembley.

Messi was the magnificent orchestrator behind a superb attacking display from the Catalans that eventually proved too much for spirited Spurs, who also lost their opening Group B game to Inter Milan in Italy.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, back from injury, gifted Philippe Coutinho Barcelona’s opener inside two minutes with a reckless dash from goal before Ivan Rakitic put them further in control before half-time with a spectacular 20-yard strike.

Cristiano Ronaldo may not have always had the smoothest relationship with Real Madrid fans but it certainly seems that they are missing him now that he’s gone.

Ronaldo ended his nine-year spell at the Bernabeu when he joined Juventus in a deal worth £100million during the summer.

Los Blancos made a solid start to the season but have now won just one of their last four La Liga matches with a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Sevilla followed up by a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Does Anyone Want To Win La Liga This Season?

Spain’s biggest three clubs, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, find themselves in the bizarre situation of having made poor starts to the campaign by their usual high standards while not losing any ground in the La Liga title race.

Champions Barca dropped points for the third game in a row on Saturday when they salvaged a 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao with a late equaliser.

Even after drawing at home with Girona and sliding to a shock 2-1 defeat at minnows Leganes during the week, Barca remain on top of the standings on goal difference.

Atletico Request Clarification on VAR Use

Atletico Madrid released a statement in the aftermath of Saturday’s Madrid derby calling for LaLiga to explain under which circumstances VAR can be used.

Diego Simeone’s men took a point from the Bernabeu following a scoreless draw with Real Madrid, but felt aggrieved on a number of occasions due to a number of infractions committed by the home side going unnoticed by the officials.

The away team’s cries for a penalty in the first half after Casemiro appeared to handle the ball in the box were waved away by referee Juan Martinez Munuera, as were their complaints after Jose Gimenez received a push in the back from Sergio Ramos.

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui believes his team must stay positive despite the frustrations of not being able to beat rivals Atletico in a goalless draw at the Bernabeu.

Earlier in the day, Barcelona – who were stunned at Leganes on Wednesday – could only muster a 1-1 draw at home against Athletic Bilbao, which meant Real had the chance to move ahead at the top of the table.

However, Los Blancos failed to produce a response from the midweek loss at Sevilla, and lacked a cutting edge.