Monday, October 22, 2018

Phillipe Coutinho: A Quality Player And Why Barcelona Need Him

  It's done and it's not surprising. A Brazilian has angled for a move to his dream club and has gotten it. Then, you check the month of the year and the teams in the latter stages of the UEFA Champions league that includes Liverpool and Barcelona and you begin to rationalize why a €160m move is made in the...

BARCELONA THRIVING DESPITE INSTITUTIONAL CRISIS – TALKING TACTICS

Barcelona ought to be in crisis. What is happening? Just fresh off a terrible summer of contractual lies, disappointments and scatter gun approach to transfers, motion of “vote of no confidence”, chants of #BartomeuDismision; Barca’s on pitch performance has been nothing but encouraging with a few improvements needed . Led by a false 9 Messi, the Catalan outfit has scored...

La Liga 2017/18: Youngsters To Watch This Season

Few leagues across Europe are as youth friendly as the Spanish La Liga which seems to have a never ending stream of fascinating younsters coming through the league, from Messi to Asensio and now these blooming aces. BORJA MAYORAL 20, REAL MADRID Another striker off the Real Madrid production line, described as an unapologetic scavenger. He could very well take the...

La Liga 2017/18: Season’s Preview – Team By Team Analysis

La Liga is back and there have been a lot of changes. Eight of the league’s twenty teams have new managers; four of them finished in the top 10 last season. While some players have left their teams or the league entirely, some others have come in. The most notable departure was Neymar’s for a staggering world record fee....

Spanish Super Cup Preview: Barcelona vs Real Madrid – El Clasico Special

If you take the last 1.5 years of Real Madrid into consideration, one would be forgiven for suggesting Zidane’s Madrid is on par with Pep’s Barcelona side – ignoring aesthetic value & what not. The true strength of both sides lay in midfield but what this Madrid side doesn’t have going for them is the fear factor that Pep’s...

Who Makes Your Combined Manchester United/Real Madrid XI?

Manchester United and Real Madrid; certainly two of the greatest teams in world football. The former dominated England for a long time under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson. Despite the little decline they’ve experienced since the change in 2013, they clinched 3 trophies last season. Some respite after being mocked for failing to grab a Top Four finish. Madrid...

The Best and Most Expensive “B” Team In History

Currently, the Madrid Reserves’ team that Zidane continues to deny is a ‘B team’, have smashed 13 goals in their past 3 matches and look unstoppable. They are better than many starting eleven of genuinely decent teams around the world and boast of premium attacking talent. Of course, the main problem with any remotely good B-team is that it...

El Classico Preview: No Margin For Error

Following contrasting European outings, Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to lock horns in what is for both teams a must win game, a potential title decider if you may. Barcelona in particular cannot afford any slip ups as anything but a win will all but end their league title hopes as a potential 6 or more points gap with...

Wanted: Which Fancy Forward Will Pop Up Next For Atletico?

Diego Forlan. Sergio Aguero. Radamel Falcao. Diego Costa. Antoine Griezmann. These players all have something in common. Yes, if your guess was that they were all superb Atletico Madrid forwards always destined to leave, you are right. Los Colchoneros have always somehow been able to replace these magnificent strikers. With Manchester United ready to splash the cash for Greizmann...

Golden Boy: Is Martial Really THAT Good?

A look at Anthony Martial and his performances in his debut season at Manchester United shows why the club felt justified to spend £36 million (minus add-ons) on the former Monaco forward. Clean strikes from ridiculous difficult positions, movement & dribbles that would confuse any EPL defensive stalwart, and a killer mentality to boot. It was almost a given...
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