Messi-less Barca Win, Euro Latest News
Barcelona defeated Elche 2-0 without Lionel Messi, who is serving a two-match ban after his recent red card.
They are now third behind Real Madrid who won 4-1 on Saturday against Alaves while Athletico Madrid are sitting pretty top of the La Liga with 47 points, seven clear of city rivals Real.
Athletico defeated Valencia 3-1 Luis Suarez among the goalscorers.
In Germany, Robert Lewandsoki continued his rich goal scoring form as he scored in Bayern Munich’s 4-0 win at Schalke 04.
The Bavarians are seven point clear on top of the German Bundesliga.
Manager Hansi Flick is not satisfied despite the rout:
“I am not totally satisfied. We scored four goals but I could see that at times we could improve our possession game.”
“We sometimes play too fast, sometimes too slow, sometimes with too much risk. There is lost possession which we can avoid.”
Juventus defeated Bologna 2-0 to put pressure on Inter and AC Milan.
Napoli suffered a shock 3-1 loss to Hellas Verona while Saampdoria won 2-0 at Parma.
Ozil Pens Emotional Bye to Arsenal
Midfielder Mesut Ozil formally joined Turkish side Fenerbahce at the weekend and penned an emotional letter to Arsenal fans saying “I will always be a Gunner”. He left after his 350k per week contract was cancelled early.
It was also reported that Martin Odegaard is set to join Arsenal on loan after Real Madrid and Arsenal agreed on the deal.
The 22-year old Norway international is expected to undergo medical in London today and later unveiled if he passes.