Published: Sun, May 07, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Atletico seals return to Champions League after Real defeat

Atletico seals return to Champions League after Real defeat

Combined with the fact that Barcelona will have a new coach next season, getting Messi to commit his future and continue to be a leading figure for the next man in charge will be of major importance to the reigning La Liga champions.

However, Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu continued his brilliant form to bring the visitors levels just 11 minutes later when he streaked clear of Gerard Pique before slotting home his seventh goal in six games. "From here on, it will depend on what we do and later what our rivals do", Enrique said in a press conference on Friday.

Barcelona are now La Liga leaders, but still they are trailing behind Real Madrid since they have one match more played than their rivals.

"(Neymar) has a different way of understanding football for all the rest. According to Spanish paper As, the Argentinean ace has rejected the chance to sign a contract extension with his club for a salary which would fluctuate between € 30 and € 35 million-a-year.

Granada offered little resistance and only the woodwork denied Lucas Vazquez adding to the demolition.

Suarez took that tally to 101 and killed the game off as a contest when he turned Jaume Costa and fired low and hard past Fernandez.

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The capital club, though, have two games in hand, the first at relegated Granada tonight.

He said: "We have already chosen his replacement but we won't communicate our decision right now out of respect for Luis Enrique".

Saul Niguez's strike ensured third-place Atletico Madrid beat Eibar 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon to edge closer to Champions League group stage qualification.

"I don't just focus on that (their record against the top four) but in what they do as a team".

Villarreal is five points behind fourth-place Sevilla, the last team now securing a Champions League spot. The return leg is next Wednesday. "We will do everything we can to pull off the comeback".

Sporting Gijon kept up their slim hopes of survival by beating Las Palmas 1-0, moving three points behind Leganes who occupy the final spot outside the relegation zone and host Real Betis on Monday.

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