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Atleti hasnt won the 'Derby Madrileño' since 1999.

  Real Madrid left the Calderon stadium without a goal on Tuesday night, some would say it was down to Jan Oblak’s superhuman heroics in goal, but I believe we again witnessed the same thing which happened versus Barcelona – a serious lack of composure in front of goal. Carlo Ancelotti has a problem, his front three are bottling chances in big games. Against Barcelona – in what looks like a La Liga defining defeat – Madrid battered, bothered and […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 17 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Dani Alves is entering the final months of his career as a Barça player. His contract ends at the conclusion of the season. He is free to talk to other teams since January as he was hoping to stay with the Blaugrana. That might be different as of last week since both, the club and the player, differ on terms for a new deal. Either a compromise must be reached or this relationship will come to a sad end. Dani […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Apr - 14 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar There wasn’t a shock at the Bernabeu on Saturday as Real Madrid scored three to cruise past fourteenth placed Eibar. Having had his yellow card from the previous game rescinded, it meant Cristiano Ronaldo could start, and it was he who opened up the scoring with a rare free-kick. It was fairly all one way traffic in the Spanish capital, and even with Toni Kroos unavailable [suspension], the midfield looked capable enough to allow Madrid to […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 13 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Barcelona start their serious quest to win the Champions League as they go head-to-head with Paris Saint-Germain for the third time this season. Both sides go into Wednesday’s first leg in very different moods. PSG picked up the French League Cup, beating Bastia 4-0 with doubles from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani. Meanwhile, Barcelona surrendered a two-goal advantage at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, drawing 2-2 with an on-form Sevilla side. When they met each other in the group stage […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Apr - 13 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST

For the second season in a row, Neymar’s form has been disappointing. Although last year’s dip was expected, this year’s slump is surprising. Last season, I discussed the difficult challenge that awaited Neymar during the second half of his debut season for Barça. History has shown us that most recent Barça transfers have sizzled in the first half of the season only to fizzle in the ensuing second half. Sadly, history repeated itself when Neymar joined the likes of Ibrahimovic […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Apr - 6 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored five times as Real Madrid ran riot at the Bernabeu against Granada, winning 9-1. Gareth Bale opened the scoring for Madrid, whilst Karim Benzema managed to score a brace amidst the Ronaldo show. Nineteenth placed Granada did manage a souvenir goal for their efforts. The game marked the return of James Rodriguez having missed nine games for Los Blancos, and Carlo Ancelotti slotted him straight into the starting line up as Isco was absent due […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 6 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  With Vicente del Bosque set to step down from the Spanish national team after Euro 2016, the choice of his successor is still up in the air. Today, Spain and Holland renewed acquaintances for the first time since the 5-1 drubbing the Oranje gave La Roja in Brazil during their opening World Cup match. Many thought that Vicente del Bosque would step down after that disappointing World Cup where the defending champions exited without qualifying from the group stage. […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Mar - 31 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

FC Barcelona got to exact revenge on Real Madrid for their loss earlier in the season and in the process, increased their lead atop of the standings to four points. The victory was a boost to the confidence of the Blaugrana and redemption for some. When Barça lost in the Spanish capital to Real Madrid during week 9, Barça had a one point lead atop of the standings. They would soon lose the top spot to Madrid and struggle the […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Mar - 25 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST

  Barcelona’s 2-1 victory in last weekend’s Clasico was a vital one, in more ways than one.  It not only helped the Catalans get some breathing space in the race for the title, but It helped reinforce the good work Luis Enrique has carried out since taking over from Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino in the summer. It seems quite incredible that there was talk of Luis Enrique losing his job earlier this season. There was criticism coming from the fans regarding […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Mar - 24 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba celebrate a goal against Cordoba during their Spanish First division soccer match in Barcelona

Things are still going well for Barça. They qualified for the Copa del Rey Final, are in the driver’s seat in their Champions League tie against Manchester City, and currently are league leaders. However, all this talk about another Barça treble is premature at this moment. Barça’s disappointing loss to Malaga has become nothing but a distant memory. Barça seemed to struggle with taking advantage of opportunities to breathe down Real Madrid’s necks. Now, they are the ones breathing the […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Mar - 18 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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