The ladies of The Real Housewives of Atlanta are heading to Spain! Well… some of them, that is.
On Sunday’s all new episode of the hit Bravo show, the Atlanta Housewives hopped a flight to Barcelona for this season’s big girls trip — though not all of ATL’s best made it to the tarmac for takeoff.
Longtime rivals Kenya Moore and Kim Zolciak-Biermann skipped the getaway, for very different reasons that left costars NeNe Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, Shereé Whitfield and Porsha Williams polarized.
For Moore, her insistence on avoiding drama and conflict in the wake of her marriage to husband Marc Daly was a real driving force.
“I passed on Barcelona because I have been on two trips already with these ladies and each have had negative components,” the 47-year-old former Miss U.S.A. explained, recalling visits in San Francisco and Houston earlier this season that exploded in questions about her relationship and criticisms of her attitude.
“My priority is my family,” Moore continued.
Bailey, a BFF of Moore’s, appeared to understand. “Kenya’s at a point in her life where she just got married, she’s happy,” the supermodel, 50, told audiences. “So if I can’t get Kenya to allow me to meet her husband in the United States, how in the hell am I supposed to convince her to come to Barcelona if she doesn’t want to go.”
But when it came to Zolciak-Biermann’s decision to stay behind, Bailey’s costars were far less understanding.
Perhaps that’s because Zolciak-Biermann has been difficult about traveling on group trips in the past during RHOA‘s first five seasons.
There was the vacation to South Africa that she skipped in season 4 so she could stay at home with her kids. And then there was the couples trip to Anguilla in season 5, which the mere discussion of caused the mother-of-six (who was pregnant at the time) to storm away from the cameras and quit the show entirely.
She’s back now after a 5 year hiatus, in a ‘Friend of the Housewives’ role. But even though she’s not full-time, the cast still wanted her to join them — and fellow guests Shamea Morton, Marlo Hampton, and Eva Marcille — for the overseas excursion.
Sadly, that wasn’t going to happen because Zolciak-Biermann wasn’t going to travel to Spain without her husband Kroy Biermann coming along.
Her reasoning? The mini-stroke she had in September 2015, that lead to her hospitalization (and, eventually, heart surgery after doctors discovered an existing genetic condition that required treatment).
“Less than two years ago, I had a stroke coming from L.A. which is a 4-hour flight. Going to Barcelona, which is a 10 hour flight, does make me nervous,” Zolciak-Biermann said. “I know that my husband would make sure I’m okay. He knows why signs to look for… It makes me very uneasy.”
“I don’t know why it’s an issue to bring Kroy,” she told her cast. “He’s my husband. I don’t understand what the problem is.”
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Not everyone was against the idea, including Williams, Whitfield, and Bailey. “This trip is a girlfriends trip. However, I know when it comes to Kim, her idea of girlfriends is her and her girlfriends and Kroy,” Bailey explained. “I have no energy to go back and forth about it. She wants to bring Kroy, bring Kroy.”
“Kim likes to bring Kroy everywhere she goes,” Whitfield said. “Now, I can’t say I’m 100 percent opposed to that because I’m a girl who likes to be spoiled. So if I got a man who wants to drive me around and sit in the parking lot, then okay!”
Still, pressure from folks like Leakes kept Zolciak-Biermann from getting on that plane.
“NeNe was super vocal about Kroy not going,” Zolciak-Biermann said. “A 10 hour flight and not bringing my husband, it does make me nervous.”
Her absence made Leakes happy.
“Kim is not coming, which I think is amazing,” Leakes, 50, said. “She was going to come and Kroy was going to come. But really, it’s a girl’s trip. And I don’t think that anyone should have to travel on this trip if they cannot travel without their significant other.
“I think it’s the strangest thing that she cannot leave and travel without Kroy,” Leakes added. “She can’t travel without Kroy? That is so stupid.”
Burruss appeared happy too: “If Kim wanted to come on the trip with her husband, than stay at home,” the Grammy winner, 41, said. “It’s a girl’s trip. Kim is always the one who feels like she doesn’t have to follow the rules. Which is fine. You don’t have to hang out with the circle.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.
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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has claimed his side may be without Alvaro Morata for some time yet, and that the back injury keeping the player out shows no signs of being fixed.
That’s not great news for Chelsea, and while they only have to face West Brom and Hull in their next couple of games, it’s the Champions League tie against Barcelona that will have Conte and the fans worrying.
Conte did admit that winter signing Giroud is available, and will be able to play this weekend, and Chelsea know they can’t drop anymore ground in the race for the top four after inconsistent results since the turn of the year.
Conte said in his presser: “Giroud is training with us and is in contention.
“Players like Morata we are missing for a long period.
“I don’t know, he is trying to stop this pain in his back.
“I don’t know and for this reason I am a bit worried as you know very well the importance of this player.”
When it comes to his own future, Conte wasn’t pulling any punches, and made it clear that he is fully committed to Chelsea, the players and the club.
It may well be the case that he leaves come the end of the season, but for now, the Chelsea boss is happy to stay and work with the under-performing players – and has even given them some time off due to their heavy schedules.
“I am not thinking for only one moment the possibility of going away from this club.
“My commitment and the players are totally for this club.
“A lot of time in football the manager and the coach depends on the result. At the moment we are having a poor result.
“For this reason we have to pay great attention.
“I think it was the only moment in the whole season to give them a bit of rest. For this reason.
“I think in the future it will be very important to have a little space and room with the federation to give a bit of room for the players. When you play a lot of games, especially when you go through in the competitions.
“We are playing in the FA Cup and two games against Norwich, then CL and the league.
“A bit of rest for the players, not just mine, but in general is important.
This is a guest post from Gerry Johnston. Johnston is a 32 year old writer from Ireland. He currently writes about La Liga for www.laliganews.co.uk. Gerry has been a Barcelona fan since 1996; you can follow him on Twitter @gjsportsblog.
Much has been made of Barcelona’s summer with words like crisis and disaster being the most used adjectives to describe what went on at Camp Nou. However, are things really as bad as is being made out in the media and by the grief loving element within Barcelona’s online fan base?
There can be no doubt things didn’t go as the club planned this summer or in fact over the last twelve months or so but for the purposes of this article let’s take a look at some of the main factors so we can consider if things are just as bad as they are being portrayed.
One of the biggest issues at the club right now is Josip Maria Bartomeu and his board. Off the field, Bartomeu’s tenure has been nothing short of a disaster and we are now starting to see his incompetency filtering through to the product that steps onto the field for games.
The Sporting Project
In many ways, it’s difficult to know where to start but let’s look at the sporting project. Ideally you will want a first eleven, a number of capable replacements and some talented youngsters to fill out the squad and to get some time on the field to help them develop so when the time is right they are ready to step into the void left by their older teammates who can slide back into the capable replacements role before eventually moving on or even better finding a role somewhere else within the club so they can pass on their experience to the next generations. Can anyone say that’s the case at Barcelona? The squad to me looks like a bit of a mess.
Barcelona seem to have a strong first eleven, maybe two solid back ups and then a lot of guys somewhere between not being great cover but not young enough to be considered “talented youngsters.” It’s the latter that are absolutely killing the club. They are all guys around the 24-26 age range and while they won’t play a lot of football they are earning vast amounts of money while blocking the path for younger players coming up behind them.
Defensively there’s Thomas Vermaelen and Lucas Digne. Vermaelen is on a big wage and instead of off loading him we have sent Marlon Santos out on loan to Nice. I hear many saying he’ll get more experience there but what he’s really getting is experience of a lower standard of football and club. How can you learn to be Barcelona level if you’re not there? Would he learn more about being an elite footballer from training with and watching world class stars every day with maybe half a dozen to a dozen appearances in all competitions or will he learn more at Nice? For me it’s straight forward and being in France isn’t the best thing for his development.
There are similarities in midfield. Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta are elite footballers. Ivan Rakitic is much maligned but in my opinion the fans are being extremely harsh in their treatment of the Croatian. He has been as much a victim of poor tactical acumen from Barcelona managers as Iniesta and Busquets but is treated worse than those two. Maybe it’s the fact he’s not a product of La Masia or just that his ceiling was never as high as Busquets or Iniesta’s but in my opinion he remains an important and integral part of the first eleven. Outside those two we have another batch of guys who aren’t good enough to be considered good back ups nor young enough to be future prospects. The likes of Andre Gomes, Paulinho, Denis Suarez, Rafinha and Arda Turan wouldn’t really be missed if they left and I’d much rather see Sergi Samper or Carles Alena picking up those minutes.
Up top it’s clear that Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele are the starters but there is an enormous gulf between those three and their replacements with Aleix Vidal (Ernesto Valverde seems to see him as a right winger), Paco Alcacer and Gerard Deulofeu a notable drop in class from the starters.
Bartomeu and his Board
Squad issues and sporting project aside there are many other issues with the Bartomeu regime. The Neymar situation hasn’t helped things nor has how the club reacted in response to it particularly with regards to Philippe Coutinho, Jean Seri and other potential replacements that failed to materialise. The Messi and Andres Iniesta contract debacles have also led to many Cules losing faith in those controlling the club with two of Barcelona’s and indeed football’s greatest ever players now just four months away from negotiating exits from the club on free transfers. The thought is enough to give even the calmest of fans palpitations and it is a disgraceful situation for such a huge club to find themselves in. Perhaps this is a direct consequence of their mismanagement of the squad. It is well known that Bartomeu’s board have been teetering around the 70% of income being paid out in salaries and perhaps if they didn’t have so many older, yet average players in the squad the wage bill would have more room for manoeuvre.
La Masia and Youth Development
Another point that has upset Cules is La Masia but I am not necessarily on board with this as La Masia hasn’t produced a lot of gems in recent times although I will accept that this may be a consequence of this boards policy to sell players with a buy back arrangement in place. This may be a factor as I warned in the case of Marlon that Barcelona players at other clubs aren’t learning how to be Barcelona players but instead how to play for and be at the level of the clubs that they have moved too. The point I would make is Thiago Alcantara aside none of the guys who have moved on are keeping me up at night. Many are touted to be the next big thing but Thiago is the only truly world class player to come out of La Masia in a decade. Many Cules will get a bee in their bonnet about Alex Grimaldo but the jury remains out on the left back. He is extremely injury prone and has only made 16 league appearances for Benfica so for me he’s not a stick to beat the board with.
The Valverde Factor
Another big factor on how Barcelona will do this season lies in what Ernesto Valverde brings to the table as the new manager. I have to admit the former Athletic Bilbao manager would have been well down the list of men I would have brought in to replace Luis Enrique as I believe players who play at the elite clubs sometimes need a big name who can command respect and get the best out of them. That said Valverde is the man in the hot seat for now at least and will naturally receive the support of myself and the hundreds of thousands of Cules worldwide.
It’s difficult to judge the manager’s reign so far as he has pretty much been the ringmaster in a circus up to now with all the transfer shenanigans going on behind the scenes. The Super Copa was obviously disappointing but in terms of the clubs priorities it’s not very high up there so it can be forgiven. In the league he has started with two wins, albeit they weren’t exactly convincing but with everything that was going on off the pitch six points can’t be sniffed at. However, the real business begins this weekend and he now has the squad at his disposal that he will have to move forward with until January at least so Barca are now firmly under his control.
The early games of Valverde’s reign are showing some positive signs with the return of the pressing game which was particularly evident in the opening weekend victory over Real Betis. So often under Enrique Barca were the victims of teams pressing them but in that game Barcelona got after the opposition and had a lot of success when Betis resorted to playing long, aimless balls forward which Barca dealt with easily. Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona were excellent when pressing and I don’t think many fans would be annoyed if that was to be one of the ways this Valverde side are remembered. Arguably, the biggest challenge the new boss will face and probably any man who manages Barcelona is how to solve the “Lionel Messi problem.”
Many will no doubt ask how having the best player ever to play the game can be a problem but in truth that’s a one dimensional way of looking at it. The priority for any Barcelona coach has to be how you set the team up to get the best out of Messi but also to set the team up in such a way that they are a strong, cohesive and solid unit. This is not a criticism of Messi in any way and in fact I have no doubt that Messi is long past the notion of personal achievements being important and to him all that matters is winning football matches. The big problem is where do you put him and where do you put the other ten so they can give as much support while also doing the business at the other end of the field by keeping the opposition out?
There are probably four options for Messi nowadays. You either play him on the right wing, centre forward, as a number ten in a 4-2-3-1 or in midfield. What’s best for him and what’s best for the club is probably the million dollar question and we can only pray Valverde has the answer.
In truth I think Messi can play any of the four positions without any drop in his own performance but the issue is what gets the best out of his colleagues and provides a balanced team capable of winning the top prizes in the game?
In recent times Messi has featured on the right of the front three and he has excelled there. The problem arises when he comes inside and abandons that flank. In the days of Dani Alves and his Duracell powered performances he was getting up and down the wing every game. Alves was a threat on the overlap but his engine also allowed him to get back to defend. Recently Sergi Roberto, who was the first choice right back, was reluctant to go forward as much so the team lacked width and with him not being a natural right back he was often caught out and the fact Messi often failed to track down didn’t help the man who came through La Masia. Messi is 30 years old now so is it too much to expect him to cover defensively when so much is expected of him in attack? It’s a tough balance and for me I think we look unbalanced when he abandons his position so it might require a change.
If Messi goes back to his old central role or false nine as it’s known the question becomes what do you do with Luis Suarez? Suarez is certainly industrious enough to play out wide but you’re obviously losing his predatory instincts in the penalty area which would be a blow. For the false nine to succeed you need players overlapping the forward which Suarez and Dembele would undoubtedly do but Barca don’t tend to have midfielders who pass the attackers so I’m not 100% it would work. If it was to succeed you would need the midfielders to get more involved in attacks and although I’m not totally convinced I think it could be a better option than having Messi out right as the overall balance would be better.
Messi could of course go back into midfield and I have no doubt if he did he would be the best midfielder in the world but again I don’t think it’s in the team’s best interests. Messi has been and still is Barcelona’s biggest goal threat and the further back he goes the more he has to do to score. There’s also the fact that he would have more responsibilities in the defensive side of the game and part of me thinks that it would be a shame to waste his talent in that way.
The fourth and final option would be for Barcelona to change to the 4-2-3-1 that Valverde preferred during his time with Athletic. This would obviously be a big difference for Barca who have generally played 4-3-3 for much of Messi’s career but it might just be the best option going forward. However, it certainly isn’t without it’s problems as Barcelona have a ridiculous amount of central midfielders and with only two starting there’s going to be a lot of guys unhappy at less minutes which to be fair probably needs addressed anyway. There’s also the question of who plays wide? Dembele would occupy one wing and Messi would take the central role behind Luis Suarez which leaves one place vacant. Is Gerard Deulofeu good enough to be a regular starter? Would Valverde consider someone else for the role? Regardless of what the new manager does there appears to be both positives and negatives but the one thing that will remain constant is Messi will be the most important player he has and if Barcelona are to succeed then they will need Messi in a position where he can inflict as much damage as possible on the opposition.
The Madrid Challenge
While much of this summer’s media coverage has focused on the negatives the club really aren’t in as big a state as has been suggested. They only lost out on the league title to Real Madrid by three points and the same people who are knocking Barca are portraying this current Real Madrid side as one of the best ever. Whether that’s true or not is a different debate but there is no doubt that Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane are a very good side that play to their strengths well and had an incredible level of depth in their squad last season so for Barcelona to be a club in crisis and only finish three points behind them suggests that if they can sort things out quickly there’s no reason why they can’t provide a credible title challenge.
As good as Real Madrid are, have they built on their position of strength? For me they haven’t. Pepe and Alvaro Morata were two very good players when you consider they weren’t in the clubs first eleven. Both when on top form could be described as world class players but both have moved on and not been replaced by anyone close to that level. Real’s big signings of the summer were Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos. Theo seems like a talented player but any time he takes to the field he will be weakening the Real Madrid side as Marcelo has been by quite a distance the best left back in world football over the last year or so. Ceballos is another extremely talented footballer and I think he will one day be among the world’s best but in terms of helping Real Madrid defend their titles I don’t see him getting too involved.
Dembele: Better than Neymar?
The Neymar transfer made a lot of headlines during the summer and I for one was absolutely gutted the Brazilian saw fit to leave the club. In my eyes he was the player most likely to end Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance in the Balon d’Or/ FIFA Best Awards and losing a player capable of being the best in the world is not where Barcelona want to be. That said Ousmane Dembele is a very good replacement. He’s still very young and still developing so hopefully he too will go on to be considered one of the best players in the world one day. One of the biggest criticisms Neymar got was on that his finishing could be poor. If Dembele can be a better finisher than the Brazilian then his pace and Messi’s range of passing could be an absolute nightmare for La Liga’s defences.
Another advantage Dembele has over Neymar is his nationality. Generally, things like nationality should be of no importance but nobody can deny that Barcelona tended to look a little bit sluggish after international breaks last season. I am of the belief that this was a result of the front three players being exhausted after making cross-Atlantic trips to represent their countries in the notoriously tough South American World Cup Qualifiers. Replacing a Brazilian with a Frenchman might just ease that a little bit as half of his internationals will be played in France so travel will be a lot less than what Neymar had to endure.
There’s no doubt that things are not perfect with Barcelona for now but we are not a million miles off being a good side. If the issues behind the scenes can be resolved, we get competent people in key roles at the club and the manager shows astute tactical acumen then there’s no reason why Barcelona can’t enjoy a successful season and push towards a third La Liga crown in four years as well as reach the latter stages in the Champions League and maybe even win our sixth Champions League.
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‘Reunited and it feels so good’
Barcelona took the lead against Valencia in the second half of their game on Thursday evening but it was Liverpool that everyone was talking about.
The Camp Nou side were looking to seal their place in the next round of the Copa del Rey with the side already having a 1-0 lead on aggrigate.
Though, they did make it 2-0 and 1-0 on the night just after the break but it was the scorer and the man that set him up which had people talking.
That is because former Liverpool man Luis Suarez set up another former Reds star Philippe Coutinho to score the opening goal.
Coutinho’s well-documented move to Barcelona was finally completed in the January transfer window for a fee around £142million.
The Brazilian nearly moved last summer but Liverpool blocked all advances despite the player pushing for a move.
That upset most Liverpool fans but they knew that the player would likely go on to bigger and better things.
Now, that situation has been realised and in the most painful of ways for Reds fans after Luis Suarez was even the man to set him up.
What could have been if both remained at the club but they are now two of the biggest catalysts in Barcelona’s silverware hunt this season.
Should they win tonight, they would progress through to the final of the Copa del Rey with other competitions lined up nicely.
Ernesto Valverde’s side already have a nine-point gap at the top of La Liga and look set to win that trophy without any effort.
Not only that, they still remain in the Champions League and face off against Chelsea in a two-legged clash to go through to the next round.
Safe to say, with Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Lionel Messi at the helm, even the treble could be possible this year.
Everyone trolls Liverpool
Liverpool fans seeing Suarez assist Coutinho for his fist Barca goal: pic.twitter.com/HdRPMQfnzX
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 8, 2018
Just watched Suarez assist a Coutinho goal. https://t.co/yzsUdTXuZj
— Kristian (@vonstrenginho) February 8, 2018
Liverpool fans be like… pic.twitter.com/ldDfYpCx68
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) February 8, 2018
Coutinho scores his first goal for Barcelona with Suarez getting the assist
Liverpool fans everywhere… pic.twitter.com/2iT3lEDw6k
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) February 8, 2018
Suarez setting up Coutinho for his first Barcelona goal.
I’m not crying, I swear.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) February 8, 2018
When Suarez sets up a Coutinho goal for Barca… pic.twitter.com/ezaBN1qb5h
— BigSport (@BigSportGB) February 8, 2018
Suárez to Coutinho and Barcelona score a goal that would make any Liverpool fan cry in agony/nostalgia.
— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) February 8, 2018
SUAREZ WITH THE ASSIST TO COUTINHO!
Where have we heard that before? pic.twitter.com/w8kYp4Llcm
— SiriusXM FC | NOW SiriusXM ch. 157 (@SiriusXMFC) February 8, 2018
In the end Barcelona ended up dominating Espanyol in the Catalan Derby, but not after a a few early visits from lady luck. All four of the squad’s new summer signings took part in the match and all four showed glimmering glimpses of what Culés can expect in the coming months. Critics may argue the club is missing a player the caliber of Philippe Coutinho but currently the squad sits first in La Liga four points in front of Real Madrid.
Marc-André ter Stegen – 6.5
Made nice stops in either half and started the movement for the fifth goal with a long pass. His distribution cannot be argued against but his decision-making in the box leaves a little bit to be desired. Whether to come for the ball or not is the always the question.
Jordi Alba – 8.5
Looks like a player reborn under Ernesto Valverde and with the absence of Neymar. The left flank is his to dominate and dominate he did against Espanyol. He provided two assists to the second and third goals of Lionel Messi’s hat trick with overwhelming overlaps into the box. Messi playing the false nine and Luis Suárez starting on the left but always drifting inside allows Alba the full freedom he desires on the wing.
Samuel Umtiti – 8.0
Intercepts, blocks, tackles, headers, and strong running is this man’s game. What a signing the Frenchman has turned out to be. With his continued improvement the left side of the defense will not be a problem for the club for many years.
Gerard Piqué – 7.5
He was strong in the air all match and provided the steel the defense needed. Critiques continue to argue that he has dropped below Barcelona quality but he continues to show that is not the case. Hopefully his strong header goal will silence some critics. The future president’s form is key to this season’s results.
Nélson Semedo – 7.5
This man is a beast on the right side of the pitch. Up and down he strides stopping all that come to oppose him. Defense is his first concern but offense on the right is of no concern with his presence on the pitch. His partnership with Ousmane Dembélé will be a joy to watch this season.
Andrés Iniesta – 6.5
Wasn’t the night that will stand out on this man’s great CV. He was mostly anonymous on the night but did provide an outlet from Espanyol’s press. Age may be catching up with this magician but class is something that never goes away.
Sergio Busquets – 7.5
This man has divine class on the ball. If MAtS gets him the ball any press can be broken. It is worrying that he has no one on the squad that can back up his world class play. Injuries are the one thing that could derail the club’s momentum at this point.
Ivan Rakitić – 8.0
Another player who looks to be reborn under new management. With Semedo owning the right side, Ivan has the space to drift inside and be the central midfielder he is made to be. His through ball assist for Messi’s first goal was a diamond even if Messi was offside.
Gerard Deulofeu – 7.5
He is definitely the bargain buy of the season for the club. All he does is create space and drive into the box. He won numerous corners, created a number of chances, and overlapped with a vengeance. Hopefully he will get plenty of minutes on the pitch to keep improving.
Luis Suárez – 6.5
He was a step off all night. You can blame it on coming back too soon from injury or the FIFA virus but hopefully the great number Nine will not struggle with Messi playing a false nine. Even with all his struggles Luis still scored a great goal in the 90th for Barcelona’s fifth of the match.
Lionel Messi – 9.0
Hat trick for the maestro. All match he drove into the heart of Espanyol and ended up ripping it out with only blood left in his wake. This man is some kind of machine made to play football, but upon closer inspection it is his artistry that truly makes him special.
Ousmane Dembélé – 7.5
Brilliant assist to Luis to open this man’s account for FC Barcelona. The pressure of the world is on this man’s shoulders, but he responded with vigor. Will he get the start on Tuesday?
Paulinho – 6.0
Quiet eighteen minutes on the pitch for the Brazilian. Many will jump to say his first touch isn’t Barcelona quality, and he should have scored his one chance on goal, but time will be his friend and his worth remains to be seen.
André Gomes – 7.0
Who was this man who was subbed on for Andrés Iniesta in the 77th minute? He was barley recognizable to the player who played for the club last season. Driving runs, passes forward and longer than five yards, and an electricity about him were a grand sight to behold. His beautiful pass to Ousmane freed him to put Luis on goal.
The Club won the derby five to nil, has won it’s first three matches in league, and are looking like world beaters early in the season. Tuesday’s match against Juventus in Champions League play will be the true early season test for Barcelona. Can the club band together and show its true colors, Blaugrana. What do you think?
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Chelsea have been linked with a stunning move for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.
Luis Enrique has been tipped to take over from Antonio Conte and reports in the Spanish media have claimed the former Barca boss would want to bring Suarez to Stamford Bridge.
Journalist Eduardo Inda told El Chiringuito TV that Enrique is in pole position to replace the under-fire Chelsea manager.
Enrique won nine major trophies during his time at the Nou Camp and he was responsible for bringing Suarez to Spain from Liverpool for £65 million in 2014.
The Uruguay international was a big hit in England, scoring 82 goals in 133 games for the Reds.
He has notched a further 140 goals in 178 appearances for Barcelona and still has three years remaining on his contract.
The 31-year-old is believed to be happy at the Nou Camp, although Barcelona have been eyeing moves for other forwards.
Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann is strongly fancied to sign for Barca this summer, while Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has also been linked with the Spanish club.