Here are the latest stories from Tuesday.
BARCELONA: Barcelona defender Gerard Pique heaped praise on Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo but insists that Lionel Messi is in a league of his own.
– Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists Barcelona will not speak to anyone about selling Neymar after the Brazilian’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro, talked up the potential of a move to PSG. Bartomeu said: “If anyone comes now to negotiate for Neymar, we will not authorise it. He will continue at Barca.”
– Barcelona right-back Aleix Vidal suffered an injury to his right adductor muscle and is expected to be out for the Blaugrana’s Champions League quarterfinal first-leg tie against Atletico Madrid, the team announced on Monday.
– Diego Simeone says Barcelona’s Clasico defeat won’t affect them against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League this week and warned his side to be ready for a long day.
– Jorge Messi, the father of Barcelona star Lionel Messi, has denied the family’s involvement in tax evasion projects as alleged by a coalition of media outlets that is investigating offshore financial dealings by the rich and famous.
– Pep Guardiola has talked up Benfica’s defence ahead of Tuesday’s first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals at the Allianz Arena: He said: “I don’t feel like a favourite after I watched Benfica. It will be evenly balanced, they have impressed me. Benfica defend very aggressively. Their back four are perhaps the best in Europe. They allow hardly any chances.”
– Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer considers his team’s chance against Benfica good as their stellar strikers make them the stronger team.
– PSG have the edge over Man City: Champions League Tale of the Tape by Nick Ames.
– Manchester City returned to the FA Youth Cup final after holding 10-man Arsenal to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates on Monday to secure a 4-3 aggregate win.
– City will not increase season ticket prices for next season when Pep Guardiola takes charge of the club.
CHELSEA: Antonio Conte has been appointed as Chelsea manager on a three-year contract. “I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club. I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that,” Conte told Chelsea’s official website.
– Conte would be wise to keep John Terry at Chelsea when he takes over at Stamford Bridge this summer, according to Blues legend Ray Wilkins.
– Police opened an investigation into Twitter trolls who posted “vile” comments about Jaime Vardy’s infant daughter.
– FIFA has launched an investigation into links between disgraced former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo and a member of its own Ethics Committee, Juan Pedro Damiani.
– South American football’s governing body could be forced to leave its headquarters near Asuncion, Paraguay, due to a $10 million lawsuit relating to the land upon which it stands.
MAN UNITED: Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about how he wanted Manuel Neuer to be the long-term No. 1 following Edwin van der Sar’s retirement, but is glad he was persuaded to sign David De Gea instead by goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.
– Ander Herrera says Manchester United will be counting on Wayne Rooney possibly as soon as Sunday’s match against Tottenham and suggested his return will benefit the entire forward line.
– Phil Jones, Ashley Young and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson all returned to action by playing for Manchester United’s under-21 side in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea U21s at Old Trafford on Monday night.
LIVERPOOL: Roma forward Mohamed Salah has revealed he was close to joining Liverpool before Jose Mourinho instead convinced him to move to Chelsea in 2013. Salah told Egyptian television channel MBC: “I was waiting to go to Liverpool because I really liked them. I was really desperate to join them, but then I received a phone call directly from Mourinho and that changed everything.
BRAZIL: Sao Paulo police have banned away fans from attending city derbies until the end of the year after a bystander was shot dead on Sunday as Palmeiras and Corinthians fans battled ahead of their state championship game.
Alexandre Pato reveals how the duck theme is spreading at Chelsea pic.twitter.com/MvbFQCWHRi
– 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) April 5, 2016
Most chances created in the Champions League since 2014/15:
Lionel Messi (43)
Isco (40) pic.twitter.com/JtdTJcSqxt
– Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 5, 2016
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