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Juan Carlos Unzue throws his hat in the ring for Barcelona top job

FC Barcelona assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue has dropped a hint that he would like to succeed Luis Enrique as first team coach when the latter leaves the Catalan football club at the end of the season.

The former goalkeeper made the declaration while watching the Tour of Catalonia (Volta de Catalunya) cycle race from a privileged position in the team car of the Spanish based "Movistar" cycling team, which his brother manages.


Ligue 1: Monaco, PSG register crucial wins

Monaco maintained their recent momentum with a 3-0 away win over Caen in Ligue 1 on Sunday to maintain a three-point lead over defending champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), who beat Olympique Lyon 2-1 at home.

Missing their top scorer Radamel Falcao due to a hip injury, French football league leaders Monaco were boosted by an excellent performance by promising youngster Kylian Mbappe.


Dutch Eredivisie: Feyenoord win, Ajax held

Dutch Eredivisie leaders Feyenoord booked a crucial 2-1 win at SC Heerenveen with main rivals Ajax Amsterdam dropping points following a 1-1 draw at Excelsior.

Heerenveen were the better side in the first half against Feyenoord and took the lead in the 18th minute of Sunday evening's encounter. Heerenveen striker Reza Ghoochannejhad was brought down by Miquel Nelom and the Iranian converted the penalty himself. Thanks to several saves by their goalkeeper Brad Jones, Feyenoord only conceded one goal in the first half.


La Liga: Barcelona down Valencia 4-2

FC Barcelona defeated Valencia CF 4-2 at the Camp Nou to remain in touch with Real Madrid as the Spanish La Liga reached the final international break of the season.

Barca, however, had to work hard against Valencia in a game in which their attacking trio of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez was again decisive.


Bundesliga Round-up: Bremen smash Leipzig 3-0, Cologne crush Hertha Berlin

Werder Bremen shocked second placed Leipzig 3-0 on home soil whereas Cologne eased 4-2 past Hertha Berlin in the 25th round of the Bundesliga.

Leipzig on Saturday dropped points again after suffering a second loss in a row as Bremen extended their unbeaten run to five games thanks to the goals from Zlatko Junuzovic, Florian Grillitsch and Florian Kainz. The visitors took the reins from the kick-off to ensure the first chance of the match through Timo Werner, who capitalised on a through ball to test Bremen goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald from inside the box with 11 minutes played.


Nice drop points again in Ligue 1 title race

Italian forward Mario Balotelli could not find the net as Nice dropped two crucial points in their bid for French Ligue 1 football championship after a 1-1 draw with Nantes.

With two consecutive draws, the second on Saturday, Nice remained third with a four-point gap from league leaders Monaco, who will visit Caen on Sunday. Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain led Nice by one point at second, with a highly-anticipated clash with Lyon at the Parc des Princes.


Memphis Depay: "I didn't understand Mourinho's choices"

Dutch winger Memphis Depay said he did not understand former head coach Jose Mourinho's choices at Manchester United and was probably not good enough for him to keep the footballer at the English club.

Depay vowed to be back on top of his game. The 22-year-old made just one start for United since Mourinho took over from former coach Louis van Gaal in the summer.


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