Spanish football evening headlines for 17 March.
Laporta’s Messi message
Laporta told the assembled group, in quotes carried by El Mundo Deportivo: “I will do everything I can to try to convince Leo to stay. He knows this.
“We will try everything because he is the best player in history and forgive me for saying this to you in front of everyone here, but you know how much I love you and how much we want you to stay.”
No fans at finals
However, this move appears to now be a non-starter with OK Diario outlining that the Basque Government have already rejected this suggestion while Diario AS claims the national government are also ruling out the possibility.
Despite falling rates of Covid-19 and the vaccine rollout picking up pace in Spain, governments are urging caution and claim that fans returning to stadiums will send out the wrong signal.
Atleti in Champions League action
Los Rojiblancos line-up for the return leg in a 4-4-2 formation, with Joao Felix partnering Luis Suarez in attack with Kieran Trippier and Yannick Carrasco – both absent from the first leg – returning.
Thomas Lemar and Angel Correa have dropped out of the side from the first leg.