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Real Madrid capitalised on Barcelona’s defeat to Malaga to open up a four-point lead at the top of the league after a 0-2 victory over Elche. Goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo ensured Madrid put daylight between thems and their fierce rivals. The away side were completely dominant throughout the game but particularly in the opening half, though rather surprising, Carlo Ancelotti’s men couldn’t score in the first 45 despite creating a handful of very decent openings. Moments into […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 23 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

It’s amazing how one’s future can change in a matter of weeks. It wasn’t that long ago when Luis Enrique was coaching for his job. Now, all is well for now at the Barça kingdom thanks to Luis Enrique being more flexible and listening to his players. It takes two to tango and Lucho and the players are currently engaged in a wonderful tango that has seen the Blaugrana win 11 consecutive matches in all competitions. Coaching is a bit like […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Feb - 20 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  This week we will be looking at two Spaniards who play in different leagues throughout Europe. Alvaro Morata recently has been enjoying a fine run of form recently playing for Juventus. The former Merengue in the last two weeks at Juventus has found the back of the net as of recent also. In the opening weeks of February saw Juventus host AC Milan at the Stadio del Alpi. The last two weeks in the Serie A saw Massimo Allegri […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Feb - 19 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Real Madrid defeated Schalke 0-2 to win their tenth consecutive Uefa Champions League game. Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the first time in three games, and then made an assist for Marcelo to double Madrid’s lead. It was another frustrating start by the Madrid players, who in the first twenty minutes last season had already blown away Schalke. This time though, Ancelotti’s front line lacked sharpness and his midfield lacked Luka Modric’ awareness and mobility. Lucas Silva struggled to begin […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 19 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Schalke host Real Madrid on Wednesday night in what will be a repeat of last season’s clash at the same stage of the competition. The seven time Bundesliga champions were thumped 1-6 the last time Real Madrid came to town, however the European and World champions aren’t looking as dangerous and well oiled as last season. Madrid, who defeated Deportivo 2-0 at the weekend, are still recovering from being humiliated by Atletico Madrid and this, for Schalke, could be […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 16 - 2015 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Real Madrid defeated Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 to ensure they stay top of La Liga for another week. Isco opened the scoring in the first half and Karim Benzema scored 18 minutes from time to secure what was in the end, three hard fought points. The away side came into the tie on the back of two consecutive wins for the first time this season, and they knew they were coming up against a wounded Madrid side who were humiliated […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 15 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Luis Suarez’s first season with FC Barcelona has not been all fireworks. Although expectations were high for Luis Suarez, his performance thus far is not as disappointing to justify the criticism he has received. In fact, you could say he is doing just as well as other Barça strikers before him have done at this stage in their first season. Yes, the huge price tag of Luis Suarez’s transfer perhaps raised expectations of the numbers of goals “El Pistolero” would […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Feb - 13 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST

After years of being the underdog and living in the shadows of their great cross-city rivals, the red and white half of Madrid are the ones who had smiles from ear to ear this week. The 4-0 victory over Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon was more than just three points, it was the day the champions came out of their shell and proved they can live with the rival who once gave them the fear. The Rojiblancos created another […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Feb - 11 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST

  FC Barcelona fired Eusebio today follow a long disappointing season. He is the second disliked figure, after Zubizarreta, to be let go by Barça and this leaves just president Bartomeu as the last disliked man standing.     After 150 matches, the era of Eusebio is over. For many Barça fans, including myself, this day could not come any sooner. With Barça B hovering over the relegation zone, his sacking was a must. After 24 matches this season, the […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Feb - 10 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Atletico Madrid humiliated Real Madrid at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, beating the current league leaders 4-0. The home side ran riot with goals from Tiago, Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were mere spectators. The last time Real Madrid lost at the Calderon in the league was June 12th 1999, and hadn’t lost three straight games (in all competitions) at the ground in the last 64 years. Surely Atleti would fear their mega-rich […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 8 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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