Hey guys, it’s Stuart Appleby here giving you a bitesize look at what’s making the headlines on Sunday…
BARCELONA ON THE BRINK OF LA LIGA
Will he add another La Liga title to his trophy cabinet today?
A win at Deportivo La Coruna today will see Barcelona seal their 25th La Liga title, and first since 2016, with four games to spare.
Having wrapped up the first part of a league and Cup double with a 5-0 Copa del Rey final rout of Sevilla last week, it would be a fitting feat for the Catalan giants to win another crown just days after Andres Iniesta announced his retirement.
Read this piece from our man Andy West who looks ahead to Sunday’s clash at the Riazor and shines the spotlight specifically on club legend Iniesta and how Ernesto Valverde will manage Lionel Messi‘s workload between now and the end of the season.
Yesterday, Gareth Bale scored as a much-changed Real Madrid warmed up for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Bayern Munich with a 2-1 win over Leganes.
Bale bundled Real into an early lead, before Borja Mayoral took advantage of more sloppy defending to make it two before half-time.
Serbian Darko Brasanac gave Leganes hope of a comeback, but Real closed out the victory despite struggling in the second-half.
Elsewhere, Juventus battled past 10-man Inter Milan with two late goals giving the champions a 3-2 win in the San Siro to reopen a four-point lead at the top of the Serie A table.
Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed England centre-back John Stones will not be sold this summer – despite the fact the defender has struggled for regular game time this year.
In the IPL last night, Mumbai Indians kept their play-offs hopes alive with a thrilling eight-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings at Pune.
Read Ashish Peter’s full analysis of the encounter in Pune, here.
In other news, former India chief selector Sandeep Patil has questioned Gautam Gambhir’s attitude and suggested that has been the main reason for his decline in form. Read more here.
In local football, Al Ain coach Zoran Mamic has insisted his champions will show the same “level of honour” that led them to a record-extending 13th Arabian Gulf League title when they wind up a glorious campaign against relegation battlers Al Dhafra.
The Boss emphatically secured the crown with last Saturday’s 4-0 win at Al Nasr and will celebrate this success at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium today.
Our reporter Matt Monaghan has more on this story.
FEATURE OF THE DAY
Gareth Bale was on the scoresheet against Leganes.
Life in football can change very quickly.
Last Wednesday, Gareth Bale watched an entire 90 minutes from the substitutes bench as Real Madrid triumphed 2-1 in the semi-final first leg at Bayern Munich – fuelling rumours that his stint at the Bernabeu was all but coming to an end.
But, wind the clock forward a few days and the Welshman has put himself in the frame to start in the return fixture on Tuesday, following a goalscoring display against Leganes.
Here, Matt Monaghan analyses the former Tottenham man’s showing, as well as Karim Benzema’s and Achraf Hakimi – asking the question of whether each of them did enough to cause Zinedine Zidane a selection headache.
SOCIAL MEDIA ROUND-UP
A selection of Tweets from Spanish football’s big two…
WHAT’S ON TODAY
Premier League: West Ham v Manchester City 17:15 and Manchester United v Arsenal 19:30
La Liga: Deportivo v Barcelona 22:45
IPL Cricket: Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad 14:30; Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders 18:30