Basel coach Paulo Sousa believes his side can trouble the established powers of Real Madrid and Liverpool in their quest to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League for just the second time in the club`s history.
Following their 2-0 win over the visiting Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique heaped praise on Lionel Messi. Enrique said that the Argentine is their comic book hero and can do things that people can't do on a Playstation video game. The coach also felt that manga super-hero Captain Tsubasa aka Flash Kicker would struggle to match Messi's magic.
European champions Real Madrid could be without the world`s most expensive player Welshman Gareth Bale and Portuguese defender Pepe when they meet city rivals and domestic champions Atletico Madrid in Tuesday`s first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
Real Madrid took a huge step towards their first Champions League final in 12 years as Karim Benzema`s first-half goal gave them a 1-0 first-leg lead over holders Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu.
With this season` s El Clasico fixture in the league over, now the focus will be on Barcelona-Atletico Madrid. The result from the return leg of the fixture between these two teams will decide which team lifts the trophy.
Lionel Messi blew the La Liga title race wide open when the unstoppable Argentina forward netted a hat-trick in a 4-3 comeback win for the champions at 10-man Real Madrid in an action-paced `Clasico` on Sunday.
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to become Barcelona`s all-time record goalscorer as they cut the gap on La Liga leaders Real Madrid to four points ahead of their meeting next weekend with a 7-0 thrashing of Osasuna.