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Preview: Vital Champions League games for Spanish trio on Tuesday******
MADRID, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Three Spanish clubs are in Champions League action on Tuesday in matches that are vital to them making it through to the group stage of the competition.。
FC Barcelona travel to face Dynamo Kiev with Sergi Barjuan in temporary charge following their disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Alaves on Saturday.。
Barca have just three points from their opening three group games, which came from a narrow 1-0 win at home to Dynamo Kiev a fortnight ago, and with a trip to Munich and a home match against Benfica still to play, they need all three points to keep a realistic hope of reaching the last 16 alive.。
Kun Aguero will miss the trip as he remains in hospital undergoing tests to detect a possible irregular heartbeat, which saw him forced out of Saturday's game after he suffered a dizzy spell in the first half.。
Gerard Pique will also miss out after pulling a calf muscle in the same game and he joins Pedri, Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto and Martin Braithwaite on Barca's injury list.。
The club hopes that midfielder Frenkie de Jong and striker Ansu Fati will be able to travel after both missed out at the weekend, but whether they will be able to start is still unclear.。
Reaching the last 16 is worth nine million euros for Barca's troubled economy and also important for the club's morale and status in the game.。
Sevilla will take a big step towards the last 16 if they can win their home game against Lille.。
The Spanish side is second in their group with three draws from three games, giving them a point lead over the French Champions and three points in the Sanchez Pizjuan would take them close to the knockout stage.。
Julen Lopetegui's men go into the game in third place in La Liga after another solid display saw them win 2-0 at home to Osasuna at the weekend.。
Villarreal's domestic form is going real cause for concern and their 2-0 defeat to local rivals Valencia at the weekend means Unai Emery's men have taken just one point from their last four games.。
Emery is without the injured duo of Juan Foyth and Gerard Moreno and if his side is to get out of a tight Group F, he needs to see a repeat of the display that saw them beat Young Boys 4-1 away from home a fortnight ago when the Swiss side visits their Estadio de la Ceramica. Enditem。
Trump announces plans to launch social network******
Former US president Donald Trump on Wednesday announced plans to launch his own social network, in the latest push to reclaim his Internet dominance after he was banned from Twitter and Facebook in the wake of the Capitol insurrection.
The move is likely to further strengthen speculation that Trump is gearing up for another presidential run in 2024.
"TRUTH Social" will be owned by Trump Media & Technology Group, and is expected to begin its beta launch for "invited guests" next month. It is already available for pre-order on Apple's App Store, the group said in a statement.
TMTG also intends to launch a subscription video on-demand service that will feature "non-woke" entertainment programming and will be led by Scott St John, an executive producer from "America's Got Talent," it said.
For years, Trump, who wielded Twitter in particular as a rhetorical weapon during his presidency, has battled tech giants that he argues have wrongfully censored him. "I created TRUTH Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech," Trump, banned from Twitter and Facebook for stoking the January 6 US Capitol attack, was quoted as saying in the statement on Wednesday.
"We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable."
US Congressional investigators are examining the January 6 attack, when thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol nine months ago in an effort to overturn President Joe Biden's election victory. They had been egged on by Trump, whose fiery speech earlier that day falsely claiming election fraud was the culmination of months of baseless claims about a contest he lost fairly to Biden.
The investigative committee has charged that Trump was "personally involved" in organizing the attack.
The free-speech fight escalated when the world's dominant social media platforms banned Trump as punishment for stirring up the mob that ransacked Congress.
Facebook banned Trump indefinitely on January 7, later narrowing the ban to two years.
Twitter quickly followed, permanently suspending Trump's account – which had more than 88 million followers at the time – due to the "risk of further incitement of violence."
文/图 华商报新闻记者 卿荣波。