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Atleti claims win over Barca as Catalans continue poor start to their campaign

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Barcelona have picked up just 11 points from their first eight La Liga games this season – their worst tally since 1991-92.

 

Ronald Koeman’s side suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid on Saturday with Yannick Carrasco scoring the winner in first-half injury time.

 

The result was the first time Diego Simeone has defeated Barcelona in La Liga with Atletico ending a 20-game winless run against the Catalans in the Spanish top-flight.

 

Simeone’s men have now also gone 24 games without defeat in La Liga and currently sit second in the competition on goal difference but with a game in hand.

 

Barcelona meanwhile remain stuck in 10th, nine points adrift of Atletico, and have won just one of their last five La Liga games. That poor run has seen Koeman’s side accrue a meagre 11 points with the club not tallying so few at this point of the competition in nearly three decades

 

Despite that worrying statistic, the last time Barcelona started so poorly in 1991-92, they did go on to be crowned champions as they finished one point ahead of Real Madrid.

 

Koeman will hope to see his men bounce back in the Champions League on Tuesday night against Dynamo Kiev with the Catalans winning all three of their group games in the competition to date.

 

Following that clash, Barca return to La Liga action at home against Osasuna and will need to start winning matches if they hope to turn their poor league form around before it’s too late.

 

“We knew this could happen to us, we have to keep improving,” Pedri said after the Atletico defeat. “La Liga is still long and I think we can compete.”

 

In the Catalans’ favour is the fact reigning champions and fierce rivals Real Madrid have also made a stuttering start in the league with Zinedine Zidane’s side held to a 1-1 draw against Villarreal on Saturday.

 

Los Blancos are currently fourth in La Liga, six points ahead of Barcelona, but have played one extra game to date.

 

Real Sociedad are the early pacesetters in Spain’s first division with the club losing just one of their first nine games in the competition.

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Uk government to allow 1000 fans to watch Anthony vs Pulev fight at wembley stadium

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One thousand fans will be allowed to watch the coming boxing big battle between English and Nigeria star Anthony Joshua and Bulgarian opponent Kubrat Pulev.

This will be the first time this year that the United Kingdom government will be allowing fans into the stadium since March due to the serious disturbance of deadly COVID-19. Coronavirus disturbed virtually all sporting activities in England and the rest of the world as the Premier League games was also stopped for three months. And since the return of football in England and other parts of the world, the English government are still locking all stadiums so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Anthony Joshua will be putting his heavyweight titles on the line against Kubrat Pulev in a duel that will come up on December 12.

According to the report on Daily Mail, PDC chairman Barry Hearn explained that he is waiting for more information from the UK government. ‘We are geared up for fans to come back. If they give me 1,000 I will be over the moon but we waiting on more information from the government and health authorities. ‘We have got the AJ fight coming up as well without a ticketing agency, but believe you me we are standing by and waiting to press a big red button on my desk.” Anthony Joshua’s last professional fight was against Andy Ruiz and the 31-year-old did well to beat the Mexican and collected his titles back

One thousand fans will be allowed to watch the coming boxing big battle between English and Nigeria star Anthony Joshua and Bulgarian opponent Kubrat Pulev.

 

 

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