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SPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓN

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 Barcelona 4 1 0 13
2 Real Madrid 4 1 0 13
3 Alavés 3 1 1 10
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Lionel Messi's Argentina return 'will happen' - AFA president

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner gives his plaudits to PSV for their efforts, but says Lionel Messi's class shone through once again in Barcelona's UCL opener.
Argentina's interim head coach Lionel Scaloni says the number 10 shirt will not be given to another player until Lionel Messi announces his plans.
Brazil's Filipe Luis believes the best player in the world is Lionel Messi and that the fact he isn't included in FIFA's Best Player of the Year award means it isn't credible.

Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia has no doubt that Lionel Messi will return to play for Argentina.

Messi has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the team after Argentina were knocked out of the World Cup in the round of 16 by champions France but has not addressed his future.

He will not be called up by Argentina interim coach Lionel Scaloni for the international friendlies in Saudi Arabia against Iraq on Oct. 12 and Brazil on Oct. 16.

"I have no doubts that he will...

Barcelona to appeal Clement Lenglet's red card against Sevilla

Barcelona will appeal against the VAR decision which saw Clement Lenglet sent off as they dropped their first points of the new La Liga season, held to a 2-2 draw by Catalan rivals Girona at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Lenglet was dismissed for "elbowing an opponent in the face when competing for the ball," according to referee Gil Manzano's report, but Barca feel that video footage proves it was not intentional.

Coach Ernesto Valverde argued that it "wasn't an act of aggression" on the defender's part...

Manchester United's Ander Herrera keen to stay despite Barcelona interest - sources

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets, including what Manchester United should do to get the most out of Alexis Sanchez.
Steve Nicol breaks down what impressed and frustrated him about Paul Pogba's performance in Manchester United's draw against Wolves.
Manchester United's Jose Mourinho insists he was more disappointed in his side's 1-1 draw against Wolves than during his 3-0 defeat to Tottenham.

Ander Herrera's preference is to stay at Manchester United despite interest from Barcelona, sources have told ESPN FC.

The midfielder's contract at Old Trafford is set to expire in the summer and if fresh terms are not agreed he will be able to walk away for free.

Sources close to United insist they are keen to thrash out a deal with the 29-year-old while Herrera is prepared to snub other offers to stay at the club he joined from Athletic Bilbao for £30 million in 2014.

Herrera has been linked...

Spanish players' union against moving Barcelona-Girona game to United States

La Liga president Javier Tebas says that La Liga games in the USA will only benefit MLS.
Gab Marcotti details how playing in the United States can benefit all La Liga clubs, not just headline acts Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The Spanish Footballers' Association (AFE) notified La Liga on Monday that it does not approve of plans to stage Girona's home game against Barcelona in January in the United States.

La Liga planned to host a regular-season game overseas annually as part of a 15-year marketing agreement with Relevent Sports and decided to move the Catalan derby, set for Jan. 26, to suburban Miami.

The players' union has had reservations about the plan from the start, and after receiving a detailed report from La...

Barcelona-Atletico Madrid decision made me lose sleep - Antoine Griezmann

Craig Burley feels Antoine Griezmann's comments are a bit arrogant when he said he's at the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Antoine Griezmann said he lost sleep during the summer as he debated whether to leave Atletico Madrid for Barcelona.

Griezmann decided to sign a new contract with Atletico rather than join Barca in a video released before France's opening World Cup game against Australia in June and said it was the "most difficult" decision he has ever made.

"There were times when I wasn't feeling good," Griezmann told Telefoot. "I spoke about it with my wife. I woke her up at three in the morning and asked her,...