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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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Why Luis Suarez Should Start the Clasico for Barcelona

Oct 24 2014 7:43am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Big games like Clasicos need big players to make big impacts. And they don't come bigger than Luis Suarez. If Luis Enrique is to secure his dream result at the Santiago Bernabeu, picking the Uruguayan hitman from the start could be the key to a Barcelona triumph. One of the main doubts about Suarez is that he will not be fit enough to play. However, Luis Enrique confirmed at his press conference on Friday that the Uruguayan would be taking to the p ...
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Real Madrid boss Ancelotti pre-Barcelona: ‘No other game in the world has the quality of El Clasico’ [Video]

Oct 24 2014 7:28am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Cristiano Ronaldo. Lionel Messi. Luis Suarez. Neymar. Toni Kroos. Andres Iniesta. James Rodriguez. And the world’s most expensive player may not even feature: El Clasico is undoubtedly, and has been for some years now, the best fixture in world football.Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said as much at his pre-match press conference today, highlighting the quality not just in the respective attacks, but all over the pitch.‘No other game in the wor ...
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Barcelona midfielder Iniesta expecting "great" El Clasico

Oct 23 2014 5:46pm CDT | Source: Tribalfootball.com

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is up for their El Clasico against Real Madrid. Iniesta is expecting a "great game". NO, This article does ...
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(Video) All Of Barcelona’s El Clasico Goalscorers, Including Legendary Lionel Messi Free-Kick And A Dani Alves Screamer You Somehow Forgot About

Oct 23 2014 12:21pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Watch some memorable Barcelona goals against their great rivals Real Madrid... FC Barcelona have ramped up the hype ahead of Saturday's El Clasico by posting a video showing a goal from each of their current players who have scored against Barcelona. Real Madrid have yet to respond... If you're happy playing Pedro in goal you could construct a pretty fantastic XI from the list of players in the video: Pedro, Da ...
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Ronaldo and Messi set for Bernabeu showdown

Oct 23 2014 11:50am CDT | Source: Soccerlens

Ronaldo and Messi set for Bernabeu showdown - originally posted on Soccerlens.com Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema, Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos, Neymar, Luka Modric, Xavi, James Rodriguez, the list goes on. It is quite some cast list for this Saturday evening’s match-up between Real Madrid and Barcelona. All of the players mentioned could legitimately stake a claim to being placed in the world’s top 20 players and all are capable of being hugely influ ...
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Iniesta buoyed by Suarez availability

Oct 23 2014 11:06am CDT | Source: Soccer News

Andres Iniesta is relishing the prospect of Luis Suarez making his Barcelona debut in an eagerly-awaited El Cl ...
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Barcelona Going To Real Madrid To Win Says Andres Iniesta

Oct 23 2014 10:11am CDT | Source: insidefutbol

Andres Iniesta has insisted that Barcelona are only looking for a win against Real Madrid on ...
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Iniesta buoyed by Suarez availability

Oct 23 2014 10:06am CDT | Source: Soccerway

Andres Iniesta is relishing the prospect of Luis Suarez making his Barcelona debut in an eagerly-awaited El Clasico on ...
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Clasico Is Too Close to Call as Real Madrid and Barcelona Adapt to Changes

Oct 23 2014 8:04am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

If Saturday’s Clasico is half as good as last season's breathtaking corresponding encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu, which finished 4-3 in Barcelona’s favour, then it’s fair to say the global audience of around 400 million people are in for a treat. Real Madrid avenged the league defeat less than a month later when they beat Barcelona 2-1 in the final of the Copa del Rey, and although it’s only six months since the teams last met, a ...
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Iniesta: El Clasico not just any other game

Oct 23 2014 7:24am CDT | Source: ESPN STAR Sports

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has acknowledged there is much more than just three points at stake in Saturday's first Clasico of the season ...
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