Barcelona & Premier League
Regional Spanish politics are gaining plenty of attention at the moment.
That’s as Catalonia are looking to hold a referendum on whether they should remain part of Spain.
The issue has received a fair amount of attention in England in recent days as Pep Guardiola has got involved.
Guardiola has been vocal about the need for the referendum. He believes the people of Barcelona should get to have their voices heard.
On Sunday, the Times reveal that if Barcelona does cede from the rest of Spain, the Catalans could end up playing in the Premier League.
Leo Messi in England?
Gerard Figueras, the sports minister for Catalonia, has raised the possibility of Barcelona joining the Premier League. Figueras has said the following:
In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La Liga — Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona — will have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or a neighbouring country like Italy, France or the Premier League.
Monaco play in France, (while) in England (they include) Welsh clubs.
With that said, it seems highly unlikely Barcelona will leave La Liga anytime soon.
Were that to happen, the Spanish top flight would be irrevocably damaged.
Could you imagine a Spanish season without two El Clasicos?
The vote on the referendum in Catalonia is set to be held on October 1.
Pep Guardiola calling on Catalans to vote in October's referendum – which the Spanish state is trying to criminalise – on independence. pic.twitter.com/yOUSf88DPe
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) September 14, 2017
Barcelona & Real Madrid
Spain’s two biggest clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid, are back in action on Sunday.
Barcelona began round seven of the La Liga season in first place. They welcome Las Palmas to the Camp Nou this weekend.
As for Real Madrid, they are seven points behind Barca. Espanyol visit the Santiago Bernabeu today.