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Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has expressed his big admiration for FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of their 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League duel.The Argentina captain is playing against the Bavarians in a match which could however condemn the Catalans to a season without titles. The sides meet in a one-legged quarter-final on Friday.“I have a lot of respect for this player. He has something that possibly no one else on this planet has. He can decide a game on his own,” Rummenigge told reporters.The former German captain added: “He’s a player that you have to watch closely and from whom you also have to take some of the fun out of the game.“He’s a player who wants to have fun with football. If you take a little of that fun away from him by trying to take him out of the game tactically, then there is a good chance for Bayern Munich.”Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona have each won the elite event five times. They are the only ex-champions in the eight-team field for the Lisbon mini-tournament, which was to open later Wednesday and runs until August 23.Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka said the only way to stop Messi is “collectively.”“Everyone knows what a gifted footballer he is. He is capable of finding many solutions also in tight situations. We will have to fight back as a team,” Goretzka said.“Whether you can actually take away his fun in the game, I don’t know.”Messi has not much fun this season as Barca had to settle for second in the league behind arch rivals Real Madrid and they also did not make it to the Spanish Cup final. “Everything has been bad since January,” Messi said, adding that Barca had been “an inconsistent, bad team.”Barca appear more dependent on the now 33-year-old than ever before, as shown in the 3-1 last 16 win over Napoli where he scored one goal and set up another.Neither Ernesto Valverde and his successor Quique Setien have been accepted as a leading coach by the club’s stars.There is also unrest at the top of the club around the upcoming presidential elections.RelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Expensive signings over recent years such as Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho have struggled, and Antoine Griezmann is also yet to show his full potential at Barca.That leaves only Messi, who has been at the centre of transfer gossip that he could leave for Inter Milan next year.He now wants to win the event he has scored 115 goals in for the fifth time.“Anything is possible with this Messi,” a sports newspaper said.dpa/NAN.Tags: Bayern MunichFC BarcelonaKarl-Heinz RummeniggeLionel MessiUEFA Champions League
Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Upton, 31, said some of his 12 big league seasons have been like that, and he’s not sure why.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.He also had no explanation for what has been a consistent area of struggle. Upton has hit .199 with a .657 OPS with runners in scoring position.“I can’t put a finger on that,” he said. “Every time I felt I was in a hitter’s count, a guy makes a great pitch or I mis-hit something. Things just didn’t go my way with guys in scoring position, but somehow I still drove in runs. It’s just one of those weird things.”Upton has 85 RBIs, which is tops on the team.Manager Mike Scioscia said there was some bad luck involved with Upton’s issues with runners in scoring position. “He hit some balls hard (that were caught),” Scioscia said. “He probably hasn’t been as productive as he’s been in the past in that regard, but he’s had a great season.”Upton was the Angels cleanup hitter when the season began, expected to bat between Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. As the year developed, he will end up as the primary No. 5 hitter, behind Trout and Shohei Ohtani. When Pujols is back next year, it seems likely he would hit behind Upton, which could be fifth or sixth, depending on whether Trout is No. 2 or No. 3.“I guess that’s the plan,” Upton said of having all four hitters healthy in the middle of the lineup. “It didn’t work out for us. Hopefully, next year is a little different.”Upton has four years left on the contract extension he signed last year, getting an extra year on his deal in exchange for passing on his opt-out. Upton is due to make $18 million next year, and $90 million over the next four years.He seems to have no regrets about returning to the Angels instead of becoming a free agent.“This is a great clubhouse,” he said. “We had injuries and didn’t play as well as we wanted to, but people are going to come in prepared again next year to chase our goal of getting to the postseason. I enjoyed the season as much as you could. I enjoy the guys. I enjoy the atmosphere. I’m looking forward to next year.”ALSOMatt Shoemaker will start the season finale on Sunday, regardless of whether the game has any playoff implications for the Oakland A’s. Scioscia had a choice of Shoemaker, Felix Peña or even a crew of relievers. He opted against Peña because he’s already thrown 126 innings between the minors and majors, about double what he threw last year as a reliever in the Cubs’ system. Peña finishes his season with a 4.18 ERA, including 4.00 in his 17 starts. Scioscia said Peña “had a great run for us. He learned a lot.”UP NEXTAngels (LHP Tyler Skaggs, 8-9, 3.91) vs. A’s (TBA), Saturday, 6 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ANAHEIM — Although Justin Upton will end his season with his accustomed numbers, he would have preferred a smoother ride.“I typically like to do it in a different fashion than I did, but that’s how things were,” the Angels outfielder said with a shrug.Upton is hitting .259 with 30 home runs and an .813 OPS after Friday’s game. His career average is .268 with 28 homers a season and an OPS of .826.Upton, however, got to those numbers in a turbulent manner. He had a .657 OPS in his first 29 games, followed by a .965 mark over his next 33 games, a .639 over his next 28 games, and then a 1.000 for 32 games. Since coming back from a stint on the disabled list with a finger laceration, he has a .722 mark over his last 21 games. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thanks to favorable weather, Iowa farmers have planted most of the corn crop and are nearing completion of soybean planting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that in the week ending Sunday, farmers had planted 96% of the expected corn crop, putting them nearly a month ahead of last year and almost three weeks ahead of the five-year average.Farmers had planted 86% of the soybean crop, also nearly a month ahead of last year and three weeks earlier than the average. They were helped by good weather that made for 4.3 days suitable for field work.