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GMB fans are shocked by Matt Hancock's "bragging rights" appearance when he was talked to by Adil. Is "exposed"

Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock, 43, appeared on Good Morning Britain today where he was interviewed about the Downing Street Christmas party (Author: Gardener)

GMBFormer Health Secretary Matt Hancock, 43, appeared on Good Morning Britain today interviewed about the Downing Street Christmas party. Entrance and then when he was accused of "lying" to try to get his job back on the front bench. The former Health Secretary, 43, appeared on Good Morning Britain today where he was interviewed last year about the Downing Street Christmas party which he said she only found out last night - much to the disbelief of hosts Susanna Reid and Adil Ray and the viewer like. Over a week ago, the Mirror revealed that Downing Street employees had been charged with breaking Covid rules by attending parties at number 10 in the run-up to last Christmas. Adil urged Hancock to break his own Covid rules, for which the Tory MP claimed he was responsible, but the host pointed out that he only did so because he was caught. As he jumped up and jumped into his chair, Susanna said, "He has a crack in his crotch!" In the meantime, viewers immediately went to Twitter, with one commenting, "But Matt Hancock's entrance .. While another asked," WTF is this Matt Hancock entrance. "Another asked," What was that Matt Hancock walk? This man's self-love is terrible, why give him airtime? After the commercial break, Susanna and Adil continued grilling him when they called him "crying" last year on the show that has since become a meme. "Yeah, but it was a really emotional moment, we worked on the vaccine for a year," he said. "I was just pulling myself together to answer questions." Following his comments on Omnicron, he was grilled over the Downing Street Christmas party last year - something he said he had no clue about and said he wasn't invited. Hancock claimed he hadn't heard from the party until late at night. "You lost your job because you broke the rules of social distancing," said Susanna. "If you see there was a party that might have been broken, how do you feel?" "I don't know about the party," he insisted. I only found out about it last night. While being questioned about the party, Hancock continued, "Like I said, I don't know anything about it ... I worked incredibly hard back then." But Adil pointed out, "Only if you got caught by CCTV ... And the viewers weren't impressed, with a comment:" #gmb @MattHancock avoids questions with a classic distraction ... "I don't know" "not that I am aware about! " & "I can't answer questions that I don't know!" While another commented: “The gift that is given over and over again !! When the wheels go off their feet on Downing St, a bright spark decides the Matt Hancock Show should go on tour. Hear the story of the illegal Christmas party on Downing Street late into the night. "Simply unbelievable, breathtaking lies! It's coming." after Hancock, 43, appeared on This Morning yesterday to promote the idea of ​​dyslexia screening for all elementary school children. Tory MP Hancock wasn't diagnosed with dyslexia until he went to Oxford University. It comes after viewers yesterday shuddered after Phil asked him a "wild" question about violating his own Covid rules after the interview. Phil asked: "Was it your dyslexia that meant? Did you get the social distancing rules wrong? "When Holly tried to hide a smile, Hancock looked incredibly embarrassed when he replied," No, I can't blame this on dyslexia or anything. In fact, I'm not asking for special favors or anything because I'm dyslexic and have a lot to offer in politics. "In this case it was a mistake and I apologized for it and it was a failure of leadership because I came to shows like this and asked people to do it and I didn't follow the rules myself. " As if things couldn't get any more embarrassing, Holly kept asking him about his Christmas plans. And viewers couldn't believe what they heard with a tweet: "Wilder von Phil." While another wrote, "The best question Phil has asked in years." A third wrote: "Phil, you are such a legend."

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Preview: Man City vs. Wolves

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Premier League clash between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, including predictions, team news (Author: Gardener)

Man CityManchester City host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League at Etihad Stadium on Saturday after their seven-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end mid-week. Pep Guardiola's men lost 2-1 to RB Leipzig in the middle of the week, while the guests were defeated by a late Liverpool winner last weekend at Molineux. Man City's status as Group A Champions League winners was confirmed before they traveled to RB Leipzig on the final day of the match. The Bundesliga team, led by Achim Beierlorzer, ended City's winning streak of seven games in all competitions thanks to goals from Dominik Szoboszlai and Andre Silva, with Riyad Mahrez's header insufficient to threaten a late comeback. But City's 3-1 win over Watford - not least thanks to an amazing performance by Bernardo Silva - led them to take advantage of Chelsea's defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers and reclaim the top spot in the Premier League table - one point ahead of Runner-up Liverpool. Guardiola's side have been far from perfect this season, but they welcome the Wolves to Etihad with a four-game winning streak on home soil and are in no mood to let their midweek defeat spoil their luck at home. Wolves became the final casualties of a last-minute Divock Origi winner last weekend, but Bruno Lage must have thought his luck was in when Diogo Jota somehow blasted the ball on Conor Coady despite otherwise aiming the entire goal would have. Origi came off the bench, however, to beat Liverpool winners in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time in what marked the Wolves' third game without a win or goal in the Premier League when their European dream took another hit. Now that Lage has weathered a bitter downturn with just one win out of the last five in the top division, Lage still has some work to do to get his team back into the top six as they occupy eighth place overall - two Points behind seventh place Arsenal and three behind Manchester United. Man City beat Wolves 4-1 at Etihad last season after taking a 3-1 win at Molineux a few months earlier, and visitors to Manchester this week have six of their last nine visits to the Citizens' Headquarters lost. Man City lost both Nathan Ake and Phil Foden to injury in the defeat against Leipzig, although neither player should have suffered any serious damage. Meanwhile, the Wolves are left without long-time absentee Willy Boly, Yerson Mosquera, Jonny and Pedro Neto, and Lage was also worried with Rayan Ait-Nouri and Conor Coady after losing to Liverpool. It remains to be seen whether Coady and Ait-Nouri will get fit for the weekend but if not then left-back position could be in an awkward spot as Fernando Marcal tries to recover from COVID-19. Hugo Bueno could be called on to the baptism of fire on the left, but otherwise Lage sees no reason to change the team, which would have received just one point from the game against Liverpool. Scoring goals has been a major issue for this Wolves team over the past few weeks, but they are hoping their newfound defensive solidity will come to the fore against a town-based side who are grappling with a number of offensive absentees.

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When Mally's magic helped sink Leeds

Carlisle United's nostalgia feature this week dates back to 1983 and a memorable second division win over Leeds thanks to Malcolm Poskett. (Author: Gardener)

LeedsWhen Carlisle United started the 1983/4 season with one point and no goals from four games, it was not immediately clear that a promotion challenge was imminent. When Carlisle United started the 1983/4 season with one point and no goals from four games, it was not immediately clear that a promotion challenge was imminent. In December, Bob Stokoe's Blues were in strong shape and looked like a good bet for a major return for the second time in their history. In December, Bob Stokoe's Blues were in strong shape and looked like a good bet for a major return for the second time in their history. Division Two was replete with big names, including clubs like Chelsea, Newcastle United, Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United that compete with the Cumbrians. The offensive combination of Northeast duo Malcolm Poskett and Alan Shoulder was often illuminating, and by the end of November Carlisle was unbeaten in seven games. Penalty boxing action as Leeds pressured by the Blues On December 3rd, Leeds visited Brunton Park. Leeds tried to fend off pressure from United in the 1983 game They started against Leeds with an iron record at Brunton Park after conceding six straight home games without conceding. It resulted in a highly competitive game in which Leeds had possession of the ball without often threatening it with much. Later, the former European Cup winner missed a header that gave Carlisle's Andy Hill a clear run into the box only for Tony Brown to spare Leeds a timely challenge. Burns looked otherwise sovereign, while Carlisle's best chance in the first half was visiting goalkeeper David Harvey Poskett to a cross on the shoulder while Leeds number 1 also defeated Hill after a header. On the other end, blues keeper Dave McKellar was well protected by Bobby Parker and Jack Ashurst, who kept Andy Ritchie and Andy Watson of Leeds at bay. Mally Poskett, right, is pursuing United Carlisle, who is first threatened. Tommy Craig picks Paul Haigh, who tests Harvey with a strong, evasive shot. On the other end, Dave Rushbury made some major clearances for the Blues when Ritchie and Watson tried to team up. One more goal was needed to lift the game out of its tension - and when it finally came in the 53rd minute, it was with a special style. He hit him sweetly and sent a brilliant volley over Harvey, the power and flight of the shot leaving the Leeds keeper no chance. It was the Teessider's sixth goal of the league season and the one he would consider his best in a blue jersey. It also left United plenty of time to consolidate and defend their sudden lead. Leeds returned with a goal they hadn't shown before, testing United through George McCluskey, who carved himself half chances for Ritchie and future Blues midfielder Gwyn Thomas. Haigh missed a chance to give United two goals clear, and after that it was all Leeds as Gray's side pressed for an equalizer in vain. McKellar dismissed a McCluskey attempt, Rushbury cleared another attempt off the line, Peter Barnes was on the verge of tinkering, and then, when found in space, Burns shot way past target. The rest were grateful to United for Parker's defensive composure and the fight against Mick Buckley in midfield, and Stokoe's side celebrated the 1-0 win that further increased their promotion ambitions. It started a five-game winning streak and saw Player of the Month McKellar set a new club record for seven clean sheets. United finished ninth and was well placed for a challenge in the new year. Poskett continued to deliver a steady balance when the thought of top football returned to Cumbrian minds. Unfortunately, the 1983/4 run-in brought the more familiar sight of United towards the climax. Carlisle's challenge lost its momentum and they had to settle for seventh place (three ahead of Leeds): a frustrating result after the intoxicating hopes that had been going on on days like 3rd. Poskett ended the season with 16 league goals and is always considered one of the blues stars of the 80s: a skilled goalscorer capable of wonderful performances at a high level in the final era of United football.

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Emma Hayes' blues suffers from a stalemate

Chelsea have it all in their last Champions League group game after drew 0-0 against Serie A giants Juventus on Wednesday night in Kingsmeadow. (Author: Gardener)

Emma Hayes'Chelsea will have to wait until the final group game to secure their spot in the Champions League knockout stage after losing 0-0 to Juventus. This was a game Chelsea should have won. They had 25 shots at Juve's two, had 72 percent possession and spent most of the game in the opposing half. But the blues ended the night in frustration when Sam Kerr rolled over a renegade pitch invader in the closing stages of the game. The Australian excelled in Sunday's 3-0 triumph of the FA Cup against Arsenal but didn't find the magic touch to bring her team to the last eight. He could have had a photo if he really wanted one, "said Chelsea boss Emma Hayes of the pitch invader. I think it should remind our stadiums and stadiums that protecting players must come first . ' The Blues only need one point from their last game against Wolfsburg to advance as group winners but they should have picked up all three here, but this is a Juve team who have scored 24 goals in all 10 of their Italian league games with only two goals conceded They came here to frustrate Chelsea, knowing a draw would put them in a strong position to move into the last 16 with group bottom Servette to play in their final game - and they celebrated that point like a win. "The game went exactly as I imagined," added Hayes. "I'm very proud of the players to play a game of this magnitude so soon after the FA Cup Final." We were the team that pushed for goals. We have a point, we're in the position we want to be in the last game. I'm really proud of my players. "I know they (Juve) are celebrating t have like it was their cup final. Getting through this game without conceding a goal in what I think is a very difficult period will prepare us well for next week. ' Joe Montemurro won only once in 12 games against Chelsea while serving as Arsenal manager, with two draws and nine losses, but this was a happy return to Kingsmeadow for the Juve boss. Chelsea had more than enough chances to win this game and could have taken an immediate lead through Erin Cuthbert, but her shot on goal was pushed over the bar by Juve goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin. Sophie Ingle then came close with a drive from the edge of the box before Peyraud-Magnin was called again when she knocked Guro Reiten's stabbing shot over. The first saw her outmuscle defender Martina Lenzini, who ran on goal before lapping Peyraud-Magning, but her attempt just missed the post. Millie Bright was the next closest to scoring as the defender's long range drive was ousted by Peyraud-Magnin. Kirby had the ball in the net early in the second half after being played through by Pernille Harder, but the striker was caught offside. A rare counterattack from Juve shortly after an hour forced Lina Hurtig Ann-Katrin Berger to make a save at the near post, but it was a convenient stop for the Chelsea keeper. Beth England forced Peyraud-Magnin to make one more save before Kerr missed another big chance from the resulting corner. Cuthbert's delivery went to the back post, but an unmarked Kerr was unable to respond in time. Chelsea pushed further forward in the closing stages but failed to make a breakthrough. Cuthbert stormed forward to the right, put the ball on Melanie Leupolz, who impaled Kirby on the edge of the penalty area - but the striker could only shoot past the goal. In one bizarre ending to the game, a young man ran onto the pitch trying to take a selfie with Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson. When stewards rushed to see him away, Kerr took matters into his own hands by pushing him to the ground. Juve refused to be pushed, however, and Montemurro and his coaches waved at the disgruntled home fans, who whistled them off. "I've always enjoyed coming here because you know you're going to get a game of the highest quality," said Montemurro. Even if it was a bit frustrating at times with the bottom line, there were always good fights, good games, good quality football and that's the most important thing for me. “Emma is a great coach, Chelsea are a fantastic team and I can only sometimes sit in awe of the group that they are and what they do for women's football.

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The toughest job in football? Arsenal are preparing for the perfect Barcelona in the UWCL

On Sunday, it was Chelsea, now domestic triple winner, who reaffirmed their status as the dominant force in the English game. (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaThe phrase "get out of the pan and into the fire" hardly does justice to the kind of challenge Arsenal face when preparing to face the best team in the world, Barcelona, ​​in the Emirates in the Champions League Welcoming women just four days after his FA Cup hopes were shattered by Emma Hayes' team at Wembley. In normal times, Arsenal players might have had a whole summer to go away and stew a cup final defeat, lie on the beach somewhere and forget about football. “We played way below our standards so we have to break away from it, think about it and hope it doesn't happen again. “I just love to get a lot of games and not train so much!” She says at an event marking the partnership between Italian coffee maker Lavazza and Arsenal Women. "They play for soccer games and we all love to do it." They were equally dominant in the Champions League, winning four out of four, including the 4-1 win over Arsenal in October. "It was a big test for us," said Gunners winger Caitlin Foord of the first encounter in Catalonia that Arsenal entered with their own perfect league record, including a day one against Chelsea. “We knew we were going to be in a tough game, but it was a little reality check for all of us to see how good they are. I heard one of them say in an interview that this was the best game they have played in a while. So if you do your best and we don't, such a team will do that to you. "We know what's important this time around, we're at home and we want to get the result, especially after losing to Chelsea." More than 10,000 fans are expected at today's game and the Emirates should provide a suitable stage for a game in which - for all Barcelona it seems like a league of its own - two of the best teams in Europe will compete against each other. Perhaps the club's biggest night in the Emirates came when the men's side tackled a similarly daunting task a decade ago when they beat Pep Guardiola's legendary Barcelona team 2-1 and a win would mark another milestone for the Gunners - not only in the history of the stadium. but also in the development of Eidevall's team. "It's a fantastic stadium, we have fond memories of the game against Chelsea there and we hope we get a really good crowd to support us because we will probably need them as the 12th man."

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Barcelona crashes after losing to Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich set a perfect record in the Champions League group stage when Barcelona were eliminated; Lille secure the top spot in Group G as Red Bull Salzburg are in second place ahead of Seville, which advance to the Europa League play-offs (Author: Gardener)

Bayern MunichBarcelona were eliminated from the Champions League after a 3-0 defeat at Bayern Munich on Wednesday and did not make it through the group stage of the competition for the first time since the 2000/01 season. With goals from Thomas Müller and Leroy Sane in the first half, the Germans, who had won all six games in Group E, took the lead before Jamal Musiala scored the winner in the third just after an hour. Barcelona have made it through to at least the round of 16 every time they have competed in the Champions League since 2001, but will continue to play in the second-rate Europa League after finishing third in the group. Barca, who had no chance in the second half and only scored two goals in six group games, have lost their last two games in all competitions after new coach Xavi's first loss to Real Betis on Saturday. A new era begins today and we have to get Barca to where they deserve, and not in the Europa League. "I'm frustrated because this is our reality. We're starting from scratch and we have to get Barca back to fight for the Champions League. Now we have to go out and win the Europa League." Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann put on his strongest team despite his leader Julian Nagelsmann and refused to pause top players after the 3-2 win against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in the Bundesliga. The German champions struggled defensively and conceded only one goal in the last eight games before Wednesday. But that was all that emerged from the Barca attack for the rest of the game as the Germans gradually took control. A dazzling Muller run down the left caught Barca napping, but his setback came too late for Robert Lewandowski, who couldn't get out of a meter. Roles were swapped, Lewandowski played the ball into the penalty area and Müller headed his 50th Champions League goal in the 34th minute, making him only the eighth player in the history of the Champions League to reach this mark. Bayern hit again with a Sane missile from 25 meters before the break. Barcelona, ​​who needed a win to advance, had no chance in the second half before Musiala sealed the exit in the 62nd minute. Lille reached the knockout round of the Champions League for the second time when they took a clear 3-1 victory and first place in Group G in Wolfsburg. The French champions needed a draw to advance but they played with ambition to end up scoring 11 points from six games, one ahead of Red Bull Salzburg with goals from Burak Yilmaz, Jonathan David and Angel Gomes. Wolfsburg, which scored a consolation goal through Renato Steffen, came in last with five points and was eliminated from all European competitions. Noah Okafor scored the only goal of the game when Salzburg made it into the knockout phase of the Champions League for the first time in their history with a 1-0 win over 10-man Sevillan at the Red Bull Arena. Salzburg are in second place in Group G with 10 points from six games, one behind Lille. Sevilla finish in third place and will play in the Europa League play-offs. There was little celebration of goals in the first half but the game came to life after the break when Salzburg was helped by a second yellow card for Seville midfielder Joan Jordan in the 65th minute. Magomed Ozdoev's lightning bolt resulted in a 3-3 draw at Zenit St. Petersburg and second place in the Champions League group H. Timo Werner thought he would have settled the dispute with a clever, late second goal in the closing stages, only for Ozdoev to hit a half volley home from the edge of the box on death. Juventus' 1-0 win over Malmö secured the top spot for the Italians and left defending champions Chelsea sweating after a possibly tougher tie in the knockout round of 16. Claudinho and Sardar Azmoun looted two quick goals to compensate for Werner's second-minute opener. While the tie hardly represents much damage, Headmaster Tuchel will no doubt be frustrated by another underperformance by a Chelsea team in the middle of a little funk. A greatly changed Juventus, who had already secured their place in the round of 16, raced into the lead in the 18th minute when Moise Kean headed his first Champions League goal after a centimeter-accurate cross from Federico Bernardeschi - and it turned out to be enough. Manchester United drew 1-1 against Young Boys from Switzerland in Champions League Group F at Old Trafford. United was already the top spot in the group and secured a spot in the last 16, while the Young Boys finished last and are eliminated. Interim United manager Ralf Rangnick made 11 changes to the team that defeated Crystal Palace on Sunday, and his makeshift side got off to an ideal start when Mason Greenwood took a super volley lead in the ninth minute. The Young Boys equalized three minutes before the break when United's Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek missed the ball on the edge of the box and kicked Fabian Rieder into the corner. Atalanta's decisive final Champions League group game against Villarreal has been postponed due to heavy snowfall. The Group F winners in Northern Italy would be sure to have a spot in the Champions League knockout stage, but the two teams will have to wait to find out their fate after English referee Anthony Taylor called off the game. Atalanta said on social media that the game would now take place on Thursday, with UEFA yet to set a kick-off time. The draw for the Champions League in the round of 16 will take place on Monday, December 13th, in Nyon, Switzerland.

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Barcelona 'resign from football elite' as angry Xavi calls for a new era

How the mighty have fallen. The five-time European King Barcelona has to adjust to the sobering reality of a first appearance in the Europa League after leaving the Champions League on Wednesday evening. (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaThe five-time European King Barcelona has to adjust to the sobering reality of a first appearance in the Europa League after leaving the Champions League on Wednesday evening. With Benfica's 2-0 win against Dynamo Kiev at the same time in Portugal, the LaLiga giants had to take the immensely difficult away win at Bayern Munich on matchday six in order to achieve second place in Group E and secure passage up to to the round of 16 of the European elite club competition. However, a heavy 3-0 defeat in Bayern caused by goals from Thomas Müller, Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala meant Barca suffered the shame of failing to reach the round of 16 for the first time in 17 years. With third place in the group, Barcelona are now entering the Europa League - a competition they have not participated in since the Uefa Cup was renamed in 2009. Barca's last stint in the Uefa Cup came in 2004 after finishing sixth in LaLiga during a tough end to the Joan Gaspart era last season. The Spanish partisan press typically criticized such a pathetic failure, which began under Ronald Koeman and could not be averted by Nou Camp icon Xavi, and lamented the "withdrawal of the club from the football elite". Other headlines ranged from: “To Hell” (AS), “The Sinking” (Marca) and “Below Zero” (Mundo Deportivo) as well as the more melancholy “Sad farewell to the Champions League” by Diario Sport. After losing to Bayern, an angry Xavi called for a change and urged Barcelona to treat this as a new era. “Bayern dominated us,” he said. “We always want to dominate, but the opposite was the case here. We have to ask for more. We are Barca. “This is the Champions League, but that is also our reality. It is the situation we are in. This is the reality and it annoys me. “Today begins a new era. We're starting from scratch. Our goal is the Champions League, not the Europa League, but that's our reality now and we have to try to win it. "

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An insider's guide to Barcelona's state-of-the-art cocktail bars

With barless bars, stew-inspired cocktails and margarita’n’crepes on the menu, Barcelona's beverage scene is a real journey, says Ed Cumming (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaA Barcelona pub crawl with Moe Aljaff is not for the faint of heart. The Spaniards are said to have more drinking places per capita than any other nation. On a still warm night in October, I have the feeling that I am being led to most of them. Moe invited me to his forest to see how Barcelona drinks these days. We start in his own flagship, Two Schmucks, in the El Raval district. The bar was ranked # 26 best bar in the world and is expected to improve its position in the next ranking announced next week. Aljaff recently handed over day-to-day operations to Juliette Larrouy and Pom Modeste, two charismatic French women who inherited the “jewelry” coat and redesigned the menu to create something fresh. "Comedian George Carlin had a rule that at the end of each year he'd throw away his old footage," says Moe. We're working our way through the new drinks menu, which is as inspired by food as it is by cocktails. There is Juliette's favorite, a mixture of melon, gin, vermouth and burrata; a tribute to mango sticky rice; even a Beef Bourguignon inspired drink that sounds gross but kind of works, although I wouldn't recommend recreating it at home. The balance and elegance of the drinks contrasts with the slightly wacky aesthetics of the bar, the walls of which are adorned with pop culture references and in which the shoes of old bartenders hang like bats by their laces over a high beam. You can see why the Two Schmucks call their ethos a “Five Star Dive Bar”. - and boyish 31, Aljaff has a restlessness in his blood, with all that alcohol. After roaming Europe, the family was eventually given refuge in Sweden, where Moe grew up. When he was 18, Moe left Sweden to learn the bartending trade. In Oslo, he met AJ White, who became his business partner - the couple moved to Barcelona and became Two Schmucks, initially as a pop-up before opening a permanent site in 2017. Two Schmucks has proven so successful that it spawned two more bars: Fat Schmuck, which is a little more food-centric, and a brand new hangout, Lucky Schmuck, which has a full range of beers to compliment the spirits. All three are located on a single narrow stretch in the El Raval district, a street that Moe affectionately calls "Schmuck Street". It's a strange moment for hospitality in Barcelona. With the prospect of Catalonia's independence floating in the air, international brands are moving to Madrid instead. After Two Schmucks we visit a crpe bar, Creps al Born, which is also a bustling margarita place, lanterns that swing over the heads of the guests, and the smell of sizzling dough mixes with the smell of pressed limes. At the other end of the anarchy spectrum is Eternal Boadas, an Art Deco bar gem that opened in 1933, not far from the Ramblas. Another bastion of the Barcelona tradition is the Caribbean Club, an underground bar founded in the 1970s and run by Juanjo Gonzalez, who looks like an old movie star and knows more about rum than anyone in town. Stepping in means stepping into a chic bar in Bridgetown, Barbados, in the best sense of the word, in 1980. The characteristic picture of drinking in Barcelona is that punters flock to the street with beer or cava glasses, but behind closed facades there are secrets: Barcelona people are not used to bars in hotels, hence even the wonderful Punch Room in the Edition Hotel, complete with full-size pool table, is under-used by criminals. About a mile up the street from Two Schmucks is Sips, a new "Trinkhaus" by Simone Caporale and Marc Alvarez, two international superstars. The Italian Simone ran the Artesian in Langham, which was named World's Best Bar four times in a row, while Marc was responsible for the ElBarri Group's cocktails. At Sips, the twist is that they have completely done away with the traditional bar. Instead, the bartenders walk freely among the guests, preparing their cocktails at tables. “That wasn't the easiest opening,” says Simone. "But we will find our feet." He serves me his signature, the Sips, served in a beautiful hand-blown glass. During an unexpected downpour, I immerse myself in 14 de la Rosa run by Dean Shury, who spent years at the Quo Vadis and the Groucho before running the bar at the Chiltern Firehouse. In search of a better balance in life for his family, Shury moved to Barcelona and took over an old eatery on a quiet side street that he has turned into a cocktail oasis. He's making me a Silver Bullet: a drink that is easy to get wrong but immaculately balanced in his hands. Somewhere between the new, the old, the classic and the experimental, Barcelona's bars reveal the energy - sometimes calm, sometimes chaotic - of a city that deals with a few questions. Alcohol may not provide all the answers, but the world looks clearer and clearer after a martini or two.

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Champions League result, match stream and the latest updates today

Additional coverage from Reuters Everything you need to know TV station: BT Sport 3 confirms Barcelona XI confirms Bayern Munich XI GOAL: Bayern Munich 1-0 Barcelona GOAL: Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona GOAL: Bayern Munich 3-0 Barcelona Goodnight 22:26 , Jonathan Gorrie Thank you for joining us! Full-time: FC Bayern Munich 3-0 Barcelona21: 53, Jonathan Gorrie It's official, Barcelona play in the Europa League. (Author: Gardener)

Champions LeagueBarcelona fell in the Europa League on Wednesday evening after losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich. Thomas Müller, Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala all met behind closed doors in the Allianz Arena on a dark night. Barca, who had no chance in the second half and only scored two goals in six group games, have lost their last two games in all competitions after new coach Xavi's first loss to Real Betis on Saturday. Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann put on his strongest team despite his leader Julian Nagelsmann and refused to pause top players after the 3-2 win against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in the Bundesliga. The German champions struggled defensively and conceded only one goal in the last eight games before Wednesday. Jordi Alba tested Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the seventh minute with a long-range shot and Ousmane Dembele shot over the bar when the Spaniards initially pushed up. But that was all that emerged from the Barca attack for the rest of the game as the Germans gradually took control. A dazzling Muller run down the left caught Barca napping, but his setback came too late for Robert Lewandowski, who couldn't get out of a meter. Roles were swapped, Lewandowski played the ball into the penalty area and Müller headed his 50th Champions League goal in the 34th minute, making him only the eighth player in the history of the Champions League to reach this mark. Bayern hit again with a Sane missile from 25 meters before the break. Barcelona, ​​who needed a win to advance, had no chance in the second half before Musiala sealed the exit in the 62nd minute. Barca fall out of Champions League after losing to Bayern Munich It's official, Barcelona will play in the Europa League. When he played in the penalty area, he rolled over a shot when Ter Stegen slipped. Depay played over a free kick and while Barca kept something alive the ball went out for a wasted corner. 62:00 - Musiala tunes in after Davies plays him. 53:00 - Bavaria, you feel, can shift up gears with absolute ease. Barca, as hard as they try, just can't give them any problems. 47:00 - We have seen Barcelona turn big games but they were a team with Messi, Suarez and Neymar. Despite a promising start, Barca just haven't gotten close. 43:00 - Sane's outside shot goes through Ter Stegen. Eight goals in six and a half games. 30:00 - Ter Stegen would do well to save a Coman header. 28:00 - Mingueza replaces Jordi Alba, who appears to have injured his thigh. 26:00 - Ter Stegen denied Lewandowski an impact after a throw-in from Müller. Could be a pretty historic night for Barcelona ... 7:00 PM - Dembele shoots a shot after a good team-up between him and Depay. If Barca don't win, they are headed for the Europa League right now. 17:00 - Musiala decides on a square to Müller, who was in an offside position and still missed a tap-in. 15:00 - What can be said is that Barca are not as ragged as they were in Lisbon about 18 months ago. 10:00 - Dembele hasn't always convinced at Barcelona but so far he looked like a real threat. If the away team is going to enjoy it, you would support him to play a big role. 04:00 - Sane's resulting free kick hits the Barca captain straight in the face. 03:00 - Ter-Stegen has just passed the ball directly to Lewandowski ... 03:00 - As good as Bayern can afford to sit back, Barcelona play the ball well. 01:00 - The lack of spectators is a powerful reminder of both football during a pandemic and Barca's 8-2 loss to Bayern in 2020. The kick-off is now VERY close. The last time Barcelona did not come out of their group was in 2000/01. Well, Bayern are NOT playing around. Bayern were in excellent shape throughout the group stage and have scored 19 goals so far, five of them in their two home games. Even if they call a weakened team tonight, they should still prove to be too strong for Barcelona. Xavi's side drew against Benfica in their last Champions League game and that could prove to be the costly result. It would be a big surprise if they beat Bayern and one that their current form suggests they are not quite capable. It will be up to Nagelsmann to decide how strong he wants to be against Barcelona, ​​with qualification and top spot already secured. Lucas Hernandez hobbled away in Bayern's recent win against Borussia Dortmund, while Joshua Kimmich missed his team's last games due to quarantine and would need a negative PCR test to be available. Gavi was hospitalized with a head injury after Barcelona lost to Real Betis and Xavi will be without Pedri and Sergi Roberto for the rest of the year. TV Channel: Tonight's game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 3. Welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of Barcelona's huge game tonight against Bayern Munich. The kick-off in the Allianz Arena is at 8 p.m. GMT.

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Barca's Xavi "angry" after UCL departure to Bayern

Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez wants the club's premature exit in the Champions League to serve as a turning point and the beginning of a new era for the club. (Author: Gardener)

BarcaAlejandro Moreno sounds like Barcelona left the UCL group stage for the first time since the 2000 season. Alejandro Moreno sounds like Barcelona left the UCL group stage for the first time since the 2000 season. Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez wants the early exit of the club from the Champions League serves as a turning point and the beginning of a new era at Camp Nou. Goals from Thomas Müller, Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala earned Bayern Munich a 3-0 win at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday and sentenced Barca to a place in the Europa League in the new year. - Marsden: Barca's defeat shows how far Xavi has to go - Champions League round of 16 draw: setting, date, details It is the first time since Barca played in the UEFA League since 2003/04 that the Catalan club have not been in the Knockout round of the Champions League, a competition they have won five times. Xavi, who took over from Ronald Koeman as coach in November, admitted that the defeat in Munich was a wake-up call to the extent of the task ahead. "Bayern dominated us," he said. We are Barca. This has to be a turning point to change the dynamics and more. “This is the Champions League, but that is also our reality. That's the reality and it pisses me off. ”Today begins a new era. We're starting from scratch. Our goal is the Champions League, not the Europa League, but that's our reality now and we have to try to win it. "Xavi's return as coach to Barcelona started with two wins and one draw, but the defeat against Bayern followed a 1-0 home win against Real Betis in LaLiga at the weekend, leaving Barca seventh in the table. "I saw how tough the reality is," added Xavi. Bayern are better Reality. We're going to work hard and do everything we can to make sure that doesn't happen again. "We have to start bringing Barca back to where they belong, which is not in the Europa League. It's a blow to me as a coach too. Us will work hard to bring Barca back but of course we have a lot to change. " Barca have fallen sharply since they last won the Champions League in 2015. Bayern have now beaten them 8-2, 3-0 and 3-0 in their three encounters in the last 16 months. "I don't think Barca can handle the intensity," said Bayern midfielder Müller, who scored the goal on Wednesday. Muller opened in the 34th minute with Sane adding second place in a one-sided distance fight just before the break. Musiala scored the third goal in the second half after a good job by Alphonso Davies. Bayern had already booked their place in the round of 16 as group winners, but the win ensures that they go through for the second time with a 100 percent record. They will be supported by Benfica in the knockout round, which will take place on Wednesday Dynamo Kiev defeated 2-0, moving up to second place in Group E ahead of Barca.

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