BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barring a drastic turn of fortune, Barcelona is on the brink of finishing its worst season since former coach Pep Guardiola molded it into one of the most successful sides to play the game.
Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil could make his return from a hamstring injury at Hull City this weekend, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Thursday. "I think (Kieran) Gibbs will be out for the weekend but (Nacho) Monreal is possibly available and Ozil could be available to travel as well," Wenger told a press conference. Germany international Ozil has not played since going off at half-time of his side's 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 on March 11. The 25-year-old has had a fitful first campaign in England since arriving from Real Madrid in a Â£42.5 million ($70.7 million, 51.6 million euros) deal last September, but Wenger believes that he will come good next season.
BERLIN (AP) — The relegation battle and race for the last Champions League qualification spot take center stage in the Bundesliga with just four games of the season remaining. League champion Bayern Munich has already turned its attention to defending its Champions League and German Cup titles and will use the remaining games as warm-ups for Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. There are no games on Friday so the 31st round of games gets underway Thursday night with Eintracht Frankfurt hosting Hannover. Here are five things to know ahead of the Easter weekend's games:
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has called the remaining league games of the season five "finals," and his team plays its first against Elche on Friday before receiving Chelsea in the Champions League.
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