PSG star Dani Alves opens door to Barcelona return

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Dani Alves has revealed he would return to Barcelona tomorrow if the La Liga giants contacted him.

The Brazilian full-back left Barcelona for Juventus in 2016 and moved to PSG last July.

Alves won 23 titles with Camp Nou club, including three Champions League and six La Liga titles.

Since moving away from the Catalan side, the 34-year-old has tasted league success at both Juventus and PSG, but that doesn’t mean he wants to stay away from the club.

He told Mundo Deportivo: “Barca is my home. It’s impossible to say that I wouldn’t go back; I’ll go back tomorrow if they call me. If I was to say that I wasn’t hurting when I left, I’d be lying.

“It was painful when I left because I think that I contributed a lot to build a great history at Barcelona with results that maybe even the club never imagined.

“I left with 23 titles in eight years. I gave them good results and they ended up not respecting my history.

“When I left they suggested a send-off and I said no, because for me that will always be my eternal home and if you consider somewhere to be home, then you have no reason to say goodbye. How was there going to be a send-off if you’re going to go back?”

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Barcelona youngsters rule Europe as Alejandro Marques scores double against Chelsea

David Cooper 23/04/2018
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Alejandro Marques celebrates his goal with his Barcelona teammates.

Barcelona will be getting their hands on European silverware after all as a double from 17-year-old starlet Alejandro Marques saw their youth side ease past Chelsea 3-0 in the UEFA Youth League final in Nyon.

The 6-foot-2 striker, who made his Barcelona B debut in March, had Abel Ruiz to thank for a wonderful assist in the first half before crashing a header home.

Marques then ensured that Barca took home the trophy for the first time since the inaugural UEFA Youth League in 2014 after capitalising on a defensive mistake.

In injury-time Ruiz, got a goal his performance richly deserved following a slight deflection.

Chelsea started the match the brightest with Harvey St Clair showing pace and trickery down the right-hand side.

But midfielder Ricard Puig, the star of Barca’s semi-final victory over Manchester City, began to take charge and probe Chelsea’s defence.

The Catalans’ pressure told on the half-hour – and it took a magical piece of skill from Ruiz to pull it off.

Having shaken off attention near the halfway line, Ruiz stormed down the left, played a one-two and then a perfect cross for Marques’ bullet diving header.

Mere minutes into the second half Marques grabbed his second. This was one was all about sheer persistence, as he caught defender Marc Guehi in possession and rasped a shot into the bottom corner.

Chelsea had their chances to get back into the game, not least through Luke McCormick’s audacious overhead kick that cleared the far post by inches.

On the hour mark the breakthrough nearly came – only for Callum Hudson-Odoi’s free-kick to rebound off the post.

Just as so many of the senior sides have done down the years, however, Barcelona began to control the game with their precision passing in midfield.

Chelsea did one final opportunity but substitute Charlie Brown’s header could only shave the crossbar.

Ruiz then rubbed salt in the wounds by firing in a low strike that took a ricochet on the way through.

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Barcelona youth star Carlos Perez starts as Chelsea await in UEFA Youth League final

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Barcelona and free-scoring Chelsea are set to do battle in the UEFA Youth League final on Monday evening (19:00 GST).

La Masia hotshot Carles Perez, who has scored seven goals from just eight games in the tournament this season, is set to start for Barca.

But Perez and Co have a job on their hands as Chelsea – champions in both 2016 and 2017 – are the most prolific team in the competition, having scored a stunning 28 goals through nine games.

Chelsea (3-5-2): Cumming; Sterling, Guehi, Grant; James, St Clair, Maddox, McCormick, Familio-Castillo; Hudson-Odoi, Redan.

Barcelona (3-4-3): Pena; Morey, Mingueza, Brandariz, Miranda; Ricard Puig, Orellana, Collado; Ruiz, Marques, Carles Perez.

Check back after the game for reaction on Sport360.

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