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Quique Setien Barcelona Manager

Barcelona manager Quique Setien is reportedly set to stay in charge of the LaLiga giants next season. The 61-year-old took over from Ernesto Valverde in the hotseat in January and has guided Barcelona to the top of the league.

And now Setien will remain at the Nou Camp next season with the boss already involved in plans for the new campaign, according to Spanish outlet SPORT.

Setien arrived from Real Betis mainly because he believes in the same philosophy that Barcelona has, which is that possession of the ball is everything.

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La Liga president Javier Tebas says he is “convinced” the league will be able to complete the 2019-20 season despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

The top two divisions in Spain are currently at the start of a two-week break on all fixtures, while the Spanish government is also set to declare a 15-day national lockdown on Monday in an attempt to halt the spread of the virus.

A similar approach has been employed by authorities across the continent as they seek to limit events with large crowds, resulting in a near-total shutdown of all sporting events.

Simeone Compares Jan Oblak To Messi

Jan Oblak Atletico

Diego Simeone compared Jan Oblak to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi after the goalkeeper’s exploits helped Atletico Madrid eliminate Champions League holders Liverpool.

Oblak produced a man-of-the-match display with a number of important saves in Atletico’s stunning 3-2 extra-time victory over Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday.

Liverpool were on top for much of the last-16 second leg – having 34 shots on goal – but they could not move clear of Atletico or get the better of Oblak as the visitors secured a 4-2 aggregate triumph thanks to Marcos Llorente’s brace and Alvaro Morata’s late strike.

Real Madrid’s Champions League second leg match against Manchester City next week has been postponed, it has been confirmed by the clubs.

A statement from Real Madrid confirmed the club were in quarantine due to a basketball player contacting the virus.

It has been widely reported that the club’s various sporting groups share common spaces, with a risk that the virus has spread and is active in these areas.

“Real Madrid CF reports that a player from our first basketball team has tested positive after testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Spain Friendly v Holland Postponed

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The Spanish FA have confirmed that Spain’s friendly match against the Netherlands later this month has been cancelled.

The fixture was due to take place at the Johan Cruyff Arena – home of Dutch giants Ajax – on 29 March and had initially scheduled to be the first match in which Luis Enrique is back in the dugout for the Spanish national team.

However, a subsequent friendly against Germany was arranged for 26 March – which has yet to be cancelled but the expectation is that the game will no longer take place.

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Chaos in the Europa League as Getafe president Angel Torres has confirmed his side will not travel to Italy for their scheduled Europa League tie at Inter Milan on Thursday.

It has already been confirmed that the Round of 16 match will be played behind closed doors but the Lombardy region of Italy is the most affected in Europe with the coronavirus.

“Unless this situation change a lot, Getafe will not travel to Italy tomorrow,” Torres told Onda Cero on Tuesday night.

“We have asked UEFA to consider an alternative to playing in Milan. We have asked for help from the Spanish FA too.

Copa del Rey Final Postponed

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The Copa del Rey final between Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed from its scheduled date of 18 April.

The Spanish FA confirmed the postponement of the eagerly anticipated fixture on Wednesday afternoon with suggestions that 30 May is the likely date for the final, which is to be played in the Cartuja stadium in Seville.

It was unanimously agreed that fans must be able to attend this fixture and that playing behind closed doors was therefore not an option.

There are a series of complications with arranging this fixture but the fluid situation of the coronavirus causing mass disruption in sport means little is certain at this stage.

The return leg of the Champions League Round of 16 clash between Barcelona and Napoli could be played behind closed doors.

The game is scheduled to be held on Wednesday March 18 at the Camp Nou but Catalan newspaper L’Esportiu highlights how authorities may step in to prevent fans from attending the fixture.

It claims that the Generalitat de Catalunya will declare that the general public will not be able to access the fixture due to the spread of the Coronavirus.

he report highlights how the Barcelona Marathon scheduled for this month has been postponed until October, with the football authorities now said to be waiting further instruction from governments.

The dressing room of Barcelona is pressing club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar this summer, report Deportes Cuatro.

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is the top transfer target for Barcelona this summer, according to both Diario Sport and El Mundo Deportivo.

The two Catalan sports papers insists that negotiations will be re-opened before summer between the clubs, with Neymar’s relationship with PSG sporting director Leonardo said to be a key factor in accelerating his exit.

The latest report highlights how the Barcelona dressing room – particularly Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique – are keen on Neymar returning.

Neymar Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is the top transfer target for Barcelona this summer, according to both Diario Sport and El Mundo Deportivo.

Neymar failed in his attempts to force through a move back to the Catalan giants last year after becoming frustrated with life in Paris.

But according to the Spanish newspaper, Neymar is still determined to return to Barca amid a ‘climate of tension’ between him and his fellow Brazilian Leonardo.

The former Santos forward left the Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 for a world record €222m fee, but reports continue to suggest he may be open to a departure from the Parisians.