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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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Chelsea Transfer News: Gerard Pique Rumour Emerges, Latest on Fernando Torres

Oct 29 2014 4:30am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique to freshen up the club's defensive options this January, according to reports emerging from Spain. Mourinho is considering a huge winter bid to convince the Catalan star to join playmaker Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge. The Blues boss also has one eye on how Fernando Torres is doing at AC Milan. The on-loan striker is reportedly finding life tough with the Rossoneri, per Daily Mirror reporter Neil McLeman, which ...
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We’ve Got 4 Pairs Of Boots To Give Away From The Unique New Nike Boot Pack

Oct 28 2014 12:26pm CDT | Source: balls

Balls.ie Look at what’s arrived at Life Style Sports! Check out the new Nike Football Boot Pack, nice right? No matter what your position, the Nike Football Boot Pack has every boot for every surface covered. Featuring four unique styles, select your weapon of choice from: NIKE MERCURIAL SUPERFLY – Favoured by Arsenal midfielder, Alexis Sanchez, the Nike Mercurial Superfly boot with its lightweigh ...
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La Liga's Shambolic Awards Gala Ignores Koke, Miranda & Atletico Generally

Oct 28 2014 12:08pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Atletico Madrid may have disrupted the Barcelona-Real Madrid duopoly last season, but despite winning La Liga for the first time since 1996, Los Colchoneros were all but shut out of Monday night's awards gala in the Spanish capital. Granted, Real's Cristiano Ronaldo was always going to walk away with the Best Player and Best Forward gongs, and there was little outcry over his claiming of the Best Goal trophy—earned for a back-heeled strike against Valencia last May. But it ...
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Barcelona pay tribute to Ballon d’Or nominees Messi, Neymar, Mascherano and Iniesta [Video]

Oct 28 2014 11:46am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Barcelona have released a short video paying tribute to the players at the club who were nominated for the Ballon d’Or.Argentinians Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano performed admirably at club level while playing key roles in their country’s fine World Cup, in which they finished as runners-up.Neymar also had a fine World Cup and looked every inch the talisman during that tournament that the Brazilian media had built him up to be.Andres Iniesta, ...
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Barcelona's La Masia Tops CIES Study into Europe's Best Football Academies

Oct 28 2014 9:25am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Barcelona's famed La Masia has topped a research study into Europe's best football academies, boasting more graduates plying their trade in the continent's top five leagues than any other academy. The research was undertaken by CIES (h/t Dermot Corrigan on ESPN FC) and showed there are currently 43 former La Masia trainees playing in Europe's big five divisions—La Liga, the Premier League ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo Wins 3 Awards as Real Madrid Dominate 2013-14 La Liga Gala

Oct 28 2014 3:53am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Spanish champions Atletico Madrid were largely ignored at the Spanish Professional Football League (LFP) Gala Awards for the 2013-14 season on Monday as Real Madrid dominated proceedings, with Cristiano Ronaldo claiming three gongs. The Portuguese superstar picked up the awards for best player, best forward and best goal in La Liga at the ceremony in Madrid, per AS. Ronaldo's wins were largely unsurprising considering his 31 goals from 30 matches last term, per WhoScored.com, wi ...
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Spanish Paper Talk: Real Madrid’s ‘GPS’ Earns Praise For His Accuracy

Oct 28 2014 3:35am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Enrique asks for more pressing from his Barca players... All the latest headlines from the newspapers in Spain as Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is singled out for praise for his contribution to the team.  Image courtesy of Marca. - Madrid’s GPS. - Kroos dazzles. The German impresses his teammates with his 94 per cent pass accuracy. - Carlo Ancelotti unsettled him when explaining what he wanted: he wasn’t expecting to play so deep. - Gareth Bale: In the starting line-up but o ...
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The Eight Best Central Midfield Partnerships In The World: Chelsea Pair Just Seen Off By Real Madrid Duo

Oct 28 2014 2:03am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

The eight best central midfield duos currently playing the game. SEE MORE: Austin goal video Sanchez as good as Henry - Mathieu Flamini Premier League team of the year so far Central midfield is perhaps the most important area in any team, with the right balance in the engine room being crucial to the chances of success for any team. With this in mind, we've taken a look at the best pairings in club football and come up with this list of eight top c ...
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No Suarez? Three Chelsea players nominated in 23-man Ballon D’Or shortlist

Oct 27 2014 11:03pm CDT | Source: Soccerlens

No Suarez? Three Chelsea players nominated in 23-man Ballon D’Or shortlist - originally posted on Soccerlens.com It’s that time of the year, the time to reward the best for outstanding display on football pitch. FIFA have nominated 23-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon D’or where three current players from Chelsea feature in it. Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are the three current Chelsea players who are shortlisted for this award, although Courtois and Costa got ...
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For Wantaway Pedro, It's Time to Buckle Down at Barcelona

Oct 27 2014 1:32pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Imagine being Pedro Rodriguez on Saturday. A two-time Champions League winner, world and European champion, and coming off a 15-goal season in La Liga that represents a career high, you are benched in favour of a controversial forward who has never played a competitive match in Spanish football. Framed in that context, it's not at all difficult to understand why the 27-year-old would have wanted to table a transfer request on Sunday—something, according to the Express' Charl ...
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