Ferdinand: We thought Mason ‘was the one’

first_imgRyan Mason We thought he was the one – Mason retirement saddens former Tottenham coach Ferdinand Joe Wright 00:47 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tottenham Hotspur Hull City Championship Videos Les Ferdinand, who coached the midfielder in his early career with Spurs, was left disappointed at the news of the his retirement Former Tottenham coach Les Ferdinand was saddened by the news of Ryan Mason’s retirement from football.Hull City midfielder Mason suffered a fractured skull in an FA Cup match against Chelsea last January and confirmed on Tuesday that he has been advised by specialists not to return to playing.The 26-year-old, who said he felt “lucky to be alive” after the incident, had hoped to resume his career but said in a statement he was left with no option but to retire “due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury”. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Former England and Spurs striker Ferdinand, who was a coach at White Hart Lane for six years before becoming QPR director of football in 2014, felt Mason had the potential to become an excellent player.”It’s a real disappointment for him. He was a talented boy,” Ferdinand, speaking ahead of the London Football Awards, told Omnisport.”When we were at Spurs, we thought he was the one that was really going to scoot on and be everything we thought he had the ability to be.”It just goes to show, you find yourself fortunate in this game because sometimes you can have a career… I retired when I was nearly 40 and then there are some people that have injuries in their early 20s and are never able to play again.”I’m really sad for him, it’s disappointing news, disappointing for me to find out that he had to retire. It was a horrible clash but I thought he would come back from it. That’s sad news because you hate to hear of someone retiring early from football.” Ferdinand was speaking after the QPR in the Community Trust was nominated for the LFA’s Community Project of the Year award, after their work to host the ‘Game4Grenfell’ match in support of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire last June.last_img read more

James Washington Earns Midseason All-American Honors from ESPN

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. ESPN released their midseason All-American Team earlier this week, and Oklahoma State star wideout James Washington has earned midseason honors. Washington is the only representative from the Big 12 conference on the list.Washington ranks ninth nationally in receiving yards per game, and ranks No. 2 nationally in that same category since week 3 after a slow start to the season.Through 6 games, he already has 36 receptions for 731 yards through the air and 6 touchdowns, averaging a gaudy 20.3 yards per catch nearly matching the 20.5 he finished with last season.Oklahoma State also placed two players on the midseason All-Big 12 list in senior safety Jordan Sterns, and junior defensive tackle Vincent Taylor.last_img read more

Poll Results: 70 Percent Of Oklahoma State Fans Think Big 12 Will Die Slow Death

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The most surprising part of these poll results is that those of you who voted that the Big 12 will actually thrive crept into the double digits. I told Carson this on our podcast, but I think I’m more optimistic than most about the future of the Big 12. I think I might be with the “will thrive” people.I’ve really struggled with how to think properly about this because there are so many tentacles to try and get your arms wrapped around, but the reality is that the Big 12 is currently making money. A lot of it. $300M last year ($30M to each team) and will make even more with a conference championship game.There is no incentive for anyone to go anywhere except for maybe OU (and even that is pretty debatable). The issue for the Big 12 is going to be this: Figure out how to keep pace with future contracts with TV networks on a per/team basis. You don’t have to make SEC or Big 10 money, but you do have to make per-team SEC money (which you are currently pretty close to).The issue is that now your properties are not as valuable, and those other conference are beginning to sign some outrageous contracts. So where does the Big 12 go? Does it try and contend with those conference in terms of ESPN and FOX or does it try to ink deals with, say, Netflix and Hulu? Is that a wise financial move in the future or does it just sound sexy?These are the decisions the Big 12 will have to make now that it has decided to stay at 10 teams. I think there’s a space for the Big 12 to really thrive over the next decade and beyond. I’m just not sure who I trust to find it. Tuesday poll question: Following the no expansion announcement, the Big 12 will …— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 18, 2016Let’s get to your comments.okstate1990: The B12 will be fine. The Conference, the Universities and the Networks will figure it out — there are some pretty smart people involved despite the arrogance of UT. 2025 is a long way off. There’s no need to panic and add teams (especially the ones available) just because the media and fans think they should.At some point, people may realize that the B12’s round robin schedule is the way to do it and the 14/16 member conference idea wasn’t so great. TV Networks are evolving very rapidly now; how do we know what the networks are going to even look like much less be able to afford in 9 years? It may turn out that the B12 is at an advantage only having 10 teams splitting fewer pie pieces.Levin: there are only a few P5 caliber schools not yet in a P5 conference. (BYU, Houston, Cincy) Those schools will add value to whatever conference they join, no question. The Big 12 will be fine without them for now, but will we be kicking ourselves later for not adding them when we had the chance?Chris: Wonder how other leagues are viewing the petulant behavior of OU during all this? Not a team player at all having constant tantrums since 2011. The league is dead, but I bet Ou doesn’t get an offer until Boren is gone.TJ: I think maybe the big 12 accidentally is ahead of the curve on this. They protected their recruiting base just as much their financial base.last_img read more

Bedlam Winners and Losers: Sterns Shines, Gundy Does Not

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Despite the game, there were still winners all over the field on Saturday. Let’s take a look at the Bedlam winners and losers as we mourn yet another Bedlam L.Kyle BooneWinner: The running game (again) — Justice Hill and Chris Carson got the work done in the first half and they were the reason Oklahoma State even had a chance. They each nearly got 200 yards on the ground but, unfortunately, were the only real bright spot on offense.Loser: Mike Gundy — Riding a 7-game win streak they seemed to have some serious momentum, even as an 11-point dog in Norman. Winning on the road is tough no matter where you go. But you have to take risks to reap rewards (see Kliff Kingsburys game plan in Stillwater).I don’t care if Masons fingers were frozen cold with sleet. OU’s secondary has been borderline Kansas bad all year. They didn’t take risks downfield and, like many, I thought the conservative coaching potentially cost them a chance at their second Big 12 title.Kyle PorterWinner: Jordan Sterns — He’s a dog. Tied the school record with 19 tackles. Took on every dude over the middle. Took on Perine on every run through the heart of OSU’s defense. I’m going to miss watching No. 13 lace ’em up.Coming home to get the jersey dirty one more time! #210 pic.twitter.com/Slq1vXXq10— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) December 5, 2016Winner: Headline writers — I wept over how good this headline was on Sunday. The photo to go with it. The whole thing was one big ball of sadness for me but greatness for them..@TheOklahoman Bedlam sports cover – Baker Mayfield propels Oklahoma to its 10th conference title in the Stoops era. #Sooners #Cowboys pic.twitter.com/oRSSeJjlwi— James Poling (@James_Poling) December 4, 2016Winner: Alamo Bowl executives — They were getting two of OU, OSU, USC and Colorado so there is not really a loss here, but I’m sure they clinked a few glasses over getting two of the top 12-ranked teams in the CFB Playoff final rankings.Winner: Samaje Perine — Dude looks like he could be LeBron James’ father, and plays like he owns Bedlam. Probably because he does …screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-8-35-19-amLoser: OSU’s crootin odds — It really felt like Oklahoma State had a real chance to turn the tide on 100 years of recruiting futility (compared to OU) with a win in Bedlam. Alas, bring me more three-star guys. Bring me more Bedlam losses.Kyle CoxWinner: Baker — Who’s the best quarterback in the state of Oklahoma? No question. I don’t want to hear about rain or weather or wet balls.Winner: Mike Stoops — Yeah, the inept, stubborn, non-flexible, nepotism-aided window-assaulter held OSU to its lowest point total since last year’s Sugar Bowl and apparently didn’t have to try that hard.Loser: Mike Gundy — He lived up to the “little brother” moniker so many OSU fans loathe. I sincerely think OSU had a good shot at winning this game but the greatest head coach they may ever know simply laid down. Unacceptable.Loser: All OSU fans — A Big 12 title doesn’t come along all that often in Stillwater (once!) and neither do years when you have the talent OSU has this year. Got to take advantage.Steven MandevilleWinner: 2017 Cowboy Offense — We polled on Bedlam preferences related to Rudolph’s future and while the lesser preferred scenario occurred, it feels like a return for No. 2 is imminent. James Washington had quite a catch on Saturday but wasn’t himself on Saturday, coming back shouldn’t hurt him either (IMO).This is an insane catch by Washington. pic.twitter.com/gdtjH4e4qM— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 3, 2016Winner: Justice Hill — Gosh he was fun this year. He was solid on the ground in Bedlam, plenty of reason for continued optimism after he continued his climb over the “freshman wall.” Hopefully the studs coming in behind him will push him to keep getting better.Winner: Wal-Mart — Sooner fans are rolling hard towards some everyday low prices on Boomer Sooner Big 12 title tees.Losers: OSU Wide Receivers — Because of inclement conditions and a severe case of “road mason-itis”, one of college football’s strongest receiving cores missed out. Play back this game indoors and I think these guys really shine.Loser: Dede Westbrook — Best wishes on getting better but it’s safe to assume his Heisman numbers took a hit with him missing time.Loser: Zach Crabtree — Felt like Obo just did what he wanted to him today.. Tough day for what some felt was the Cowboys best road grader.last_img read more

Mason Rudolph Tabbed Top-10 Heisman Candidate by Vegas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Bovada recently released their preseason Heisman Trophy odds, and Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph was listed as a top-10 challenger with 12/1 odds.Rudolph is one of three Big 12 players on the list, with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield as the odds-on favorite, and Texas sophomore Shane Buechele listed at 35/1.Complete list of odds pic.twitter.com/4xBZLbLPuX— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) January 23, 2017Along with these odds from Bovado, Rudolph was most recently named a serious Heisman contender by Pro Football Focus.Needless to say, the senior signal caller will be receiving plenty of attention in his final season at OSU.last_img read more

Junior College Offensive Lineman Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgThe offensive line recruiting class was an area of concern for the Cowboys when national signing day rolled around. Despite holding the commitments of three high school recruits rated as four-stars at one point, there were no four-year players who signed earlier last week. And only one junior college prospect, Arlington Hambright, who signed.That changed earlier this week. NEO A&M offensive guard Larry Joubert, Jr., has pledged to OSU he announced on twitter.“I believe stuff happens in life for a reason,” he said. “I know this is one of those reasons. Haters, doubters and nonbelievers, I want to silence all of them. I’m committed to sign with Oklahoma State University. Better opportunities for me and also better place to better myself as a person because this is my decision and nobody else. I’m getting better every year as a football player so I’m ready for the challenge. Coach Gundy is giving me the opportunity and I’m thankful.”According to 247sports, Joubert is a 6-foot-4, 265 pound prospect who will likely play offensive guard for the Cowboys. He was previously committed – and signed – with New Mexico. However he did not meet academic requirements which forced him to open up his recruitment.On signing day, Gundy said one scholarship was still available. And given OSU’s situation along the offensive line, I wouldn’t be surprised if that final spot goes to another offensive lineman — perhaps later in the coming weeks.Because of when Joubert committed, it is believed that the number of scholarships available is still at one. So don’t be surprised to see OSU still aggressively pursuing prospects from the junior college ranks, or even sniffing out a potential graduate transfer. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Barca equal La Liga unbeaten record

first_imgBarcelona Barcelona equal record for unbeaten La Liga run Joe Wright 06:40 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Barcelona - cropped Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Ernesto Valverde Guardiola Lionel Messi Luis Suárez Barcelona v Girona Girona Real Sociedad The La Liga leaders have surpassed the club record for an unbeaten run in the league, set under Pep Guardiola Barcelona have equalled the record for the longest unbeaten run in a single La Liga season.The leaders reached 32 games without defeat in the top flight with a 6-1 thumping of Catalan neighbours Girona at Camp Nou on Saturday.Luis Suarez completed his hat-trick after Lionel Messi’s brilliant first-half brace and Philippe Coutinho scored his first league goal for Barca in spectacular fashion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The run matches that of Real Sociedad back in 1979-80.Sociedad’s total undefeated streak lasted 38 games, running from April 1979 through May 1980, meaning Barcelona is still six games off equalling the La Liga mark that extends beyond a single season. Barca’s run surpasses their previous club record of 31 games in a row without defeat, which was set back in 2010-11, when Pep Guardiola’s side won 27 games and drew four between matchday three and 33 of the season.They have only lost three times in all competitions since Ernesto Valverde took charge — dropping both legs of the Supercopa de Espana against Real Madrid in August and losing 2-1 to Espanyol in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final, although they advanced 2-1 on aggregate.32 – Barcelona have lost none of their last 32 league matches (W27 D5), the second ever unbeaten run of any side (Real Sociedad, 38 between April 1979 and May 1980). Unstoppable. pic.twitter.com/wsrcvn3kS6— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 24, 2018Barca’s victory against Girona sees them stay top of the table, with 20 wins and five draws from 25 games. They lead second-placed Atletico Madrid by 10 points.The club go to take sole possession of the single-season unbeaten record Thursday away to Las Palmas.last_img read more

Ronaldo wants three more Ballon d’Or awards

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo: I want three more Ballon d’Or awards but would be happy if I retired now Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:05 26/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) Cristiano Ronaldo Getty/Goal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División The Real Madrid star remains at the pinnacle of the world game and has achieved everything he wants, but he is sure he can keep going for a bit longer Cristiano Ronaldo says he has achieved all of his dreams in football, but would like to win the Ballon d’Or another three times before he retires.The Real Madrid star was named the best player on the planet for the fifth time in 2017, pulling level with Barcelona rival Lionel Messi.Ronaldo already has four Champions League and Club World Cup trophies to add to his Premier League and La Liga winners’ medals accrued in his sensational periods at Manchester United and Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And while the 32-year-old feels he would be perfectly happy in life if he were to retire from the game immediately, he believes he can still achieve a great deal more before he does call time on his career.”I never dreamed of winning the Ballon d’Or five times,” he told Desimpedidos . “If I had to finish my career now, I would be super happy… [but] if I won another Ballon d’Or, two or three more times I’d be delighted with life.”Even if I don’t win, I’ve already won five… but I still have the confidence and the strength to compete for the prize… it depends on the titles we win this year.”Everything I dreamed of, I achieved.”After guiding his national team to Euro 2016 glory last season, Ronaldo is preparing to lead out Portugal in their World Cup campaign in Russia this summer.Although he feels his side are not looked upon as favourites to win the title, Ronaldo still has hope heading into the tournament.”We are not the favourites, we have to be honest,” he added. “There are teams with more names, like Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina… but in football everything is possible.”We are going to try to advance from the group stage, then we’ll see. The main objective is the first phase.”last_img read more

Are Liverpool any worse off for selling Coutinho?

first_imgPremier League Are Liverpool any worse off for selling Coutinho? Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 03:28 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Liverpool celebration Mane Firmino Can Getty Images Premier League Liverpool v Newcastle United Liverpool Newcastle United Opinion Klopp’s great gamble is paying off with the Reds reasonably assured of a top-four slot and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals Jurgen Klopp said pre-match that Liverpool were less predictable since Philippe Coutinho’s departure. That is not to sling mud at the Brazilian who departed for Barcelona in the January transfer window but more to reflect the fact that without one dominant playmaker opponents simply don’t know where the danger is going to come from.Klopp’s gamble in sanctioning Coutinho’s record transfer is paying off. Safely delivered through to the Champions League quarter finals – barring a cataclysmic collapse – and now second to only Manchester City in the Premier League, the manager can currently reflect on a pretty canny piece of business. All that and RB Leipzig dynamo Naby Keita to look forward to in the summer.It would be remiss to say Coutinho was holding Liverpool back or causing them a problem but there is better balance in the team since Klopp has been given the option to play with a more pragmatic midfield three. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Without the schemer occupying a place in the team ahead of him, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is beginning to carve out a niche instead of the Reds having one attacker too many. His work in providing Mo Salah with the opening goal against Newcastle was excellent.Salah, now safely assured of his status as signing of the season, needs no second invitation in situations like that. He has now scored in 26 separate club games for Liverpool this season – an English and top-five European league record.While Klopp was commenting on the effect on the side since Coutinho’s exit, he mentioned the form of Roberto Firmino. He may never be a bonafide poacher like Sergio Aguero but that is not what Liverpool are looking for.He fits this set-up like a glove, whether it’s leading the line or dropping in to create the play. He gave Sadio Mane the opportunity to shoot at goal for Liverpool’s second, game-killing strike.Newcastle provided exactly what was expected on one of the coldest nights to see a game this season. Rafael Benitez had his team sit deep and resist. It worked until just before half-time and a side of such limited ambition is always going to struggle to get back into a game after falling behind.These types of games have had the habit of biting Klopp on the backside throughout his Liverpool reign. This time, though, there were no mistakes and Liverpool took care of business efficiently.That Mane goal was the 200th Premier League goal of Klopp’s Liverpool reign. They have come in 97 matches. Scoring has never been a problem, rather it’s been keeping them out at the other end.The signing of Virgil van Dijk should help in that regard and, while they lost a superstar in Coutinho, they appear to have gained a bit more balance. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Barcelona team news & likely XI vs Atletico

first_imgPrimera División Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Atletico Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 15:15 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Getty Images Primera División Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Barcelona Atlético Madrid Everything you need to know as first meets second in the Primera Division at Camp Nou this weekend… Barcelona meet Atletico Madrid on Sunday in what will be a huge title test for both teams in La Liga.Ernesto Valverde’s side saw their lead cut to five points at the top of the table after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Las Palmas in the Canary Islands on Thursday and, after arriving on the mainland just before 4am on Friday morning, their players were back in training at 12:30 to prepare for Sunday’s big game.Atletico, meanwhile, were in action at home to Leganes on Wednesday and won that match 4-0, with all four goals scored by Antoine Griezmann. Diego Simeone’s side have only lost once all season and drew 1-1 with Barca at the Wanda Metropolitano back in October. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Sunday’s clash at Camp Nou…Barcelona injuriesNelson Semedo is expected to be out for five weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in last Saturday’s 6-1 win at home to Girona.Meanwhile, Sergi Samper is out with a long-term problem. The midfielder was on loan at Las Palmas, but damaged ankle ligaments in a game against Eibar in January and has returned to Barcelona for the rest of the season in order to recover and receive treatment.Barcelona suspensionsJordi Alba picked up his fifth league booking of the season against Girona and missed the trip to Las Palmas, but he will be available again this weekend. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez managed to avoid a yellow card on Thursday and will feature, although he is still just one booking away from a ban.Barcelona potential starting line-upBarcelona remain unbeaten in La Liga and coming through this match with that record intact will make the Blaugrana big favourites to claim the title at the end of the season.Valverde will therefore pick his strongest side and the only real doubt is in midfield, with Andres Iniesta, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele competing for two spots alongside Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic.If Iniesta starts, Coutinho could feature as well, but given that his preferred position is also on the left, Dembele may get the nod to provide more balance on the right.With Semedo injured, Sergi Roberto will start at right-back, with Alba back from suspension to replace Lucas Digne on the left. Gerard Pique, rested on Thursday, will return alongside Samuel Umtiti in central defence.Barcelona possible XI AtleticoAtletico Madrid team newsAtletico have lost just once this season in La Liga and are on form after thrashing Sevilla 5-2 away from home and then Leganes 4-0 in their last two league games.Griezmann scored seven goals in those two matches and his partnership with Diego Costa in attack is really starting to blossom for the Rojiblancos.Simeone’s side have a small squad for the remainder of the season after Yannick Carrasco and Nico Gaitan both moved to China and goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya joined Real Sociedad this week.In addition, defenders Lucas Hernandez and Stefan Savic are doubtful for Sunday’s game.Antoine Griezmann Atletico MadridTV channel & kick-off timeBarcelona versus Atletico kicks off at 16:15 local time on Sunday and will be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom) on Sky Sports Mix from 15:00 GMT.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on beIN SPORTS and kicks off at 10:15 ET.Best Opta match facts Barcelona have not lost any of their last 15 games against Atletico in La Liga (11 wins and four draws), their best unbeaten run against them in the competition. Atletico have just lost just once in their last 24 La Liga games away from home (won 15, drawn eight), a 1-0 defeat against Espanyol in December. Simeone (eight defeats and four draws) has never beaten Barca as a coach in La Liga. Atletico are Lionel Messi’s second favourite opponent in all competitions (27 goals scored) after Sevilla (29). Only against Villarreal (nine) has Fernando Torres scored more goals in La Liga than against Barcelona (eight, same as against Athletic), although his last league goal at Camp Nou in the competition was 12 years ago (a double in February 2006).last_img read more