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Business as usual for Barca, work to be done for Madrid

Aug 19 2013, 7:10am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 19 (IANS) Two days into the new Primera Liga season and the most obvious is that rumours of Barca's demise have been overstated.

Madrid, Aug 19 — Two days into the new Primera Liga season and the most obvious is that rumours of Barca's demise have been overstated. That was made clear by a blistering first half display against...

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Business as usual for Barca, work to be done for Madrid

Aug 19 2013, 7:10am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 19 (IANS) Two days into the new Primera Liga season and the most obvious is that rumours of Barca's demise have been overstated.

Madrid, Aug 19 — Two days into the new Primera Liga season and the most obvious is that rumours of Barca's demise have been overstated.

That was made clear by a blistering first half display against Levante which saw the reigning champions go in 6-0 up at half time and eventually secure a record opening day win 7-0 Sunday, reports Xinhua.

The fact this was done on the back of a chaotic pre-season and with Neymar and Andres Iniesta on the subs' bench should worry everyone in La Liga, although the failure to sign a central defender will be a problem as the season progresses.

For the moment however, Barca fans will be delighted at the way the side have adapted to the high-pressing game demanded by Tata Martino and the new hunger they showed on the pitch after a downbeat end to last season.

In the Santiago Bernabeu, Carlo Ancelotti made it clear that he is very much his own man with the decision to leave Iker Casillas on the bench and play Diego Lopez in goal.

Following Casillas' much publicized spat with Jose Mourinho last season most would have expected Casillas to have started in the 2-1 win against Betis, but it was Lopez who got the nod.

Quite where this leaves Casillas at the start of a World Cup season remains to be seen and with Casillas' influence in the press and dressing room, Ancelotti has shown himself to be a brave man.

As for Madrid's performance, it was a letdown after a promising pre-season, but with the new coach trying to introduce a more passing style of football, he may need more time that Martino, who has given a few 'tweaks' to the Barca mechanism rather than attempt a full scale overhaul. Meanwhile Isco looks as if he could be the signing of the summer.

As for Barca and Madrid's respective rivals: Levante look as if they are in for a long season after a difficult summer with internal issues, while Betis showed the same courage and flair as last year despite a revolving door transfer policy.

Radamel Falcao has left Atletico Madrid but they still have Diego Costa and their 3-1 win in Sevilla was a win to quieten the doubters that the loss of their star striker would be a handicap.

The arrival of David Villa and Leo Baptistao has actually given Diego Simeone more options and Costa looks to be revelling in his new found responsibility.

Sevilla looked good in patches as well, but may also need time to integrate their new signings.

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Barcelona To Speed Up Signing Of Manchester United Target After Fifa Transfer Ban

Aug 22 2014 10:46am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Barca accelerate efforts to sign in-demand playmaker. SEE MORE: Greatest football team of all time! Check out the best XI of the 21st Century Barcelona could be set to step up their efforts to sign Atletico Madrid playmaker and Manchester United transfer target Koke before the end of the summer after learning of their transfer ban imposed by Fifa, according to Fichajes.net. Koke is a long-term target for the Catalan giants, but they will now accelerate their plans to ...
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Why Javier Mascherano Will Shrug off Barcelona Captaincy Snub

Aug 22 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The coming season in Catalunya looks set to be one of transition and great change. Luis Enrique takes over on the Barcelona bench to become the third coach in as many years, and the ex-Blaugrana favourite as a player faces a slew of challenges in order to reverse a trophyless campaign in 2013/14.  One of the former Roma coach's first duties was to oversee the new men in the Barcelona captain's hierarchy. Retired central defender Carles Puyol and goalkeeper Victor Valdes, one of Puyo ...
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7 hours ago

Neymar Injury Opens Door for Rafinha and Munir El-Haddadi to Shine

Aug 22 2014 5:43am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Luis Enrique was always going to give the kids some chances at Barcelona, but now Neymar has been injured the Barca manager has virtually been forced to. Rafinha and Munir El-Haddadi could start for Barcelona this weekend against Elche as La Liga kicks off. Pedro has been sidelined with gastroenteritis, per Sport, so it leaves relatively few options for the new Barcelona manager. News of Neymar's grade one ankle sprain broke on Friday morning, and it will come as a crushing blow to the Br ...
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Barcelona Prepare Sensational Bid to Sign Marco Reus Then Loan Him Back for the Coming Campaign

Aug 20 2014 12:52pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Nou Camp side look to seal swift deal before lengthy transfer ban kicks in. Check in to FC Barcelona vs Elche CF Barcelona are lining up a sensational bid for Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus according to the Daily Express. The Nou Camp side had been linked with an interest in the German international but opted instead to use the lion's share of their transfer budget to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez but FIFA's decision to re ...
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2 days ago

FC Barcelona can compete for all titles this season - Andres Iniesta

Aug 20 2014 1:34am CDT | Source: Crunch Sports

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta believes the club can win every competition they enter this year. Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has been busy since taking charge at Camp Nou at the end of last season, making no fewer than six signings, including Luis Suarez, and most recently Thomas Vermaelen. En... Read the rest of the article hereClick he ...
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Real Madrid Transfer News: Toni Kroos Sale Reportedly Against Pep Guardiola Wish

Aug 19 2014 2:31pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Pep Guardiola and the headstrong Bayern Munich board have never seemed a completely comfortable fit. The two sides could now be heading for a major spat if extracts in a forthcoming biography about Guardiola are accurate. Spanish journalist Marti Perarnau has sent extracts of Herr Guardiola to the press as a teaser. Certain passages claim the Bundesliga club sold dynamic midfield playmaker Toni Kroos against Guardiola's wishes, per the Daily Mail's Kit Holden ...
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Iniesta: We’re ready, at this club we don’t understand patience

Aug 19 2014 2:30am CDT | Source: inside spanish football

Barcelona midfielder, Andres Iniesta was delighted following his side’s 6-0 Joan Gamper win over Club Leon on Monday evening and the vice-captain feels that his squad is ready to take on a long season. In his post-match interview, Iniesta spoke about the match and the desire to get the season off to ...
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3 days ago

Combined La Liga XI: New Names Upset Barcelona & Real Madrid Dominance

Aug 19 2014 12:03am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

The best starting XI of La Liga stars. With the Spanish Super Cup kicking off this week, and La Liga soon to follow, fans of Spanish football will be able to rejoice in the return of what many consider to be the greatest domestic league in the world. And with that, we thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look into what would make an ideal combined XI of pure La Liga brilliance. Check the results bel ...
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(Video) Neymar Scores Exquisite Goal On Barcelona Return Against Leon

Aug 18 2014 2:47pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Brazilian finishes off a sublime Andres Iniesta pass. SEE MORE: Sexy WAG love triangle caused by Neymar break-up. Brazilian superstar Neymar made his return to action after the horrific back injury suffered against Colombia at the World Cup this evening, as Barcelona faced Mexican outfit Leon in a pre-season friendly. It didn't take long for him to make his mark, latching on to a superb ...
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3 days ago

Neymar is fit again, and looking awesome

Aug 18 2014 2:06pm CDT | Source: SBNation

After a back injury in the World Cup, Neymar looks his former self, one of the top soccer players in the world. Neymar had a nice little break post-World Cup because of a back injury, but he's back on the pitch for Barcelona a little faster than expected. He doesn't look rusty at all -- it only took him 11 minutes to set up a goal and score one of his own in a friendly against Club Leon. Here's the one he se ...
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