Sports Burst - Barcelona Go Full 2020

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by Tim Stannard

 

Josep Bartomeu leaves Barcelona in chaos - again - as team prepare for Champions League duel against Juventus 

 

Accordingly to Sports Burst's calculations, something insane at Barcelona has happened every day for the past two-and-a-half months. 

It's 2020 but packed into a football club. 

 

From the 8-2 drubbing by Bayern Munich back in August, the club has backed Quique Setien, fired Quique Setien, hired Ronald Koeman, publicly fallen out with Lionel Messi and forced their unhappy star player to stay. Publicly fallen out with Luis Suarez and sold the striker to a rival for next to nothing.

The club president, Josep Bartomeu, lost an early referendum on his future, the club lost a Clasico, Bartomeu said that he would not resign and would endure a vote of no confidence from the fans and then late on Tuesday, swiftly resigned a day later, announcing Barcelona wanted to join a non-existent league. 

So what happens next? 

Well, everyone seems to have forgotten that while the telenovela drama was happening in Barcelona, the team was over in Turin preparing for today's Champions League clash against Juventus. 

 

The big news from that match is that it will not be a Messi v Ronaldo battle with the Juve man still testing positive for COVID-19, but thankfully seems to be well, judging by the number of topless shots being posted to social media. 

Back at the ranch in Spain, a temporary board will take over the running of the club while new presidential elections are planned. After that?....It's 2020. Who knows. 

But our Jamie Easton will be on the Sports Burst live show at 12PM ET to explain what might be next in store for Barcelona and if Leo Messi will be happier today than he was yesterday. Head to our beIN SPORTS USA Facebook page and beIN XTRA channel

 

 

PSG in action in Turkey in middle of diplomatic war

 

To be fair, anything else going on today is going to seem like small potatoes to the soap opera at the Camp Nou, but let's give it a go.

Match Day 2 of the Champions League continues. The champions of Turkey and France go head to head with Istanbul Basaksehir and PSG facing off in the middle of a diplomatic spat between the two countries. Just something else to add to the every expanding worry-list of Thomas Tuchel.

Former PSG striker, Edinson Cavani, might be back in action in the Champions League for Manchester United, who host RB Leipzig in Old Trafford. 

However, the soccer connoisseurs will be tuning into Sevilla hosting Rennes, although the French visitors will be missing Eduardo Camavinga.

Meanwhile, the Copa Sudamericana continues on beIN SPORTS on Wednesday from 6:15PM ET with seven games across the network including the giants of Sao Paulo, Atletico Nacional and Penarol all in action. 

 

 

Los Angeles Dodgers seal World Series despite in-game COVID scare

 

Somehow, MLB managed to battle through a curtailed season in 2020 and come out with a winner. And it was the Los Angeles Dodgers, who sealed a city NBA double with the LA Lakers after beating the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. 

 

The game even had a twist with Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner leaving the field in the middle of the game after the results of a positive COVID-19 test came through. "Can't believe I couldn't be out there to celebrate with my guys. So proud of this team and unbelievably happy for the city of LA," announced Turner who said that he felt no symptoms.

The NBA may be over, but basketball is back on beIN XTRA with action from the FIBA Champions League today. Plenty of US talent on display as VEF Riga takes on Strasbourg from 12:50PM ET.