Barcelona assistant boss Alfred Schreuder confident of LaLiga title hopes

Barcelona ‘don’t look at other teams to win LaLiga, we trust our players’, says Alfred Schreuder – with assistant boss confident of title hopes as four-way race with Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Sevilla goes down to the wire

Barcelona will not be distracted by other teams as the LaLiga title race goes down to the wire, the club’s assistant Alfred Schreuder said.

Ronald Koeman’s deputy was speaking after seeing his side come from behind to defeat lowly Valencia 3-2 with Lionel Messi’s double helping the side keep pace with Real Madrid.

The rivals are on 74 points with four games left to play, while Atletico Madrid have a two-point lead and next face Barcelona.

Barcelona back themselves to win LaLiga this season, insists assistant boss Alfred Schreuder

Schreuder was quoted in Marca saying: ‘It will be very close, that’s also what we hoped in January.

‘We are there. We don’t have to look at other teams. We look at ourselves.

‘Sometimes we lose points, sometimes Atletico, sometimes Real, Sevilla… It won’t be the final game next week. We still have four games to go.

‘Everybody at Barcelona trusts our players (to win the title). We trust our players. That’s what they showed today again.’

After a goalless first half, Valencia drew first blood on 50 minutes when Gabriel Paulista nodded home from a corner and Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s appeals that he was impeded were waved away.

Lionel Messi saw a penalty saved on 57 minutes but scored from close range amid a scramble after the home side failed to remove the danger, and Antoine Griezmann put the visitors up 2-1.

Messi found the net again through a free kick on 69 minutes, and Carlos Soler’s superb late strike set up a tense finale, but Valencia could not find an equaliser and Barcelona kept the pressure on league leaders Atletico Madrid.

Koeman, who was sent off during a mid-week defeat to Granada, began a two-match touchline ban at the Mestalla, made four changes to his team.

Ronald Araujo and Clement Lenglet replaced Oscar Mingueza and Samuel Umtiti in defence, while Sergino Dest and 18-year-old Pedri were recalled in midfield at the expense of Sergi Roberto and Ilaix Moriba.

Schreuder, speaking about the game against Atletico, said: ‘It’s an important game. But we also have other teams (Real Madrid and Sevilla) who play the day after for the same position as us.

‘We look at game to game. Of course, we know that it’s a very important game (against) Atletico.’

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Man City sign Dario Sarmiento from Estudiantes in £5.2m deal with winger described as ‘mini Messi’

Manchester City complete the signing of Argentina starlet Dario Sarmiento from Estudiantes in £5.2m deal… with teenager winger described as a ‘mini Messi’

  • Manchester City have signed Dario Sarmiento in a £5.2m deal from Estudiantes 
  • The 18-year-old Argentine winger will officially join the club this summer 
  • Sarmiento has been compared to Barcelona and Argentina legend Lionel Messi 

Manchetser City have signed Argentina wonderkid Dario Sarmiento in a £5.2million deal from Estudiantes.

The 18-year-old winger has drawn comparisons to his compatriot Lionel Messi for his speed and ability on the ball and has been described as a ‘mini’ version of the Barcelona star.

City have been tracking the youngster for some time and began talks to sign him in December, as reported by Sportsmail

Man City have signed Argentina starlet Dario Sarmiento in a £5.2m deal from Estudiantes

He will officially join the Premier League side in the summer after Estudiantes confirmed the £5.2m deal, which will include add-ons.

In a statement, the Argentine club said: ‘We can reveal that, upon completion of the transfer agreement signed with Manchester City, Dario Sarmiento will join the English team from July 1 onwards.’ 

Sarmiento is left-footed, 5ft 6 in and an Argentine youth international – meaning comparisons with Messi have been inevitable.

The 18-year-old winger has been compared to Lionel Messi

The youngster is a similar height to the Barcelona star, is left-footed and is brilliant at dribbling

The 18-year-old winger has been described as a ‘mini Messi’ because of his similarities to the Barcelona legend

The winger, who made his Estudiantes debut at the age of 16, is confident on the ball and has shown an impressive dribbling ability in his handful of senior matches.

Former Manchester United and Chelsea midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron believes Sarmiento has an incredibly bright future.

‘He has incredible improvement margins. To me, he has quality,’ the ex-Argentina international told Stats Perform News.

‘Now a lot of clubs look for this kind of player, who runs on the flank. It is so easy for him to dribble his marker – not something so easy to see these days.

‘He is fast, agile, nice left foot and great at dribbling, but he is still a project of a player.’   

Sarmiento will officially join Pep Guardiola's side  on July 1 with the deal including add-ons

Sarmiento will officially join Pep Guardiola’s side  on July 1 with the deal including add-ons

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