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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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Samp's Campana looks to Iniesta

Jul 23 2014 11:05am CDT | Source: Football Italia

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Jul 21 2014 7:01am CDT | Source: floyd mayweather wiki

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Will Spain's Poor World Cup Form Affect Barcelona's Core?

Jul 21 2014 6:45am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Andres Iniesta And Eva Gonzalez Present 'Smurfs 2'
Spain entered the 2014 World Cup looking to defend their title, but things could not have turned out more odd. La Roja were trounced in their opening match against the Netherlands, before losing to Chile and not even making it out of the group. As has been the case for a while now, a large fraction of Spain's World Cup squad was made up by Barcelona players—Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Pedro—who were al ...
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Louis van Gaal's Tour Squad Highlights Problems to Solve at Manchester United

Jul 18 2014 5:11pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard (R)
Louis van Gaal announced his first Manchester United squad on Friday. He named the 25 players he'll take to the United States this summer for games against the LA Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.  With it, the Dutchman showed the trust he has in young players. But the group he picked also highlighted the gaps that need to be filled before the transfer window shuts. Asked this week about whether he's keen to promote youth team pla ...
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Jul 18 2014 12:23pm CDT | Source: floyd mayweather wiki

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Should Barcelona Consider the Double Pivot as an Alternative Tactical Variation?

Jul 17 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Luis Enrique Unveiled As New Barcelona Coach
Barcelona have undergone significant and extensive regeneration over this summer period, with Luis Enrique really putting his stamp on the squad. After a season full of disappointment, much is expected of the manager and his staff, and the coming months will show us if the group has learned any lessons from the 12 months spent under Tata Martino. It's long been contended that Barca need a plan B to switch to if their natural passing and ...
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Manchester United Transfer News: Ander Herrera Can Become a Red Devils Star

Jul 17 2014 2:11am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Brazil v Chile: Round of 16 - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Ander Herrera has the potential to be a Manchester United star, but he currently pails in comparison to Paul Pogba and Toni Kroos, according to Red Devils coach Nicky Butt. The Class of '92 star, always an honest professional, believes United have captured a talent with something to prove in England. He indicates the Premier League club should be pleased with their efforts to land the 24-year-old Spaniard in a crowded market whe ...
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Spanish Paper Talk: ‘Germ4ny’ As The World Cup Crowns The Best Team

Jul 14 2014 3:07am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

FIFA World Cup final - "Germany v Argentina"
 'Faith and football', Germany overcome curse for European teams in South America. All the latest headlines from the newspapers in Spain as Germany are praised following their fourth World Cup triumph with victory over Argentina in the final.  Image courtesy of Marca. - Faith and football. - Germany capture their fourth star and the World Cup crowns the best. - Joachim Low's orchestra destroy the curse that prevented a European team winni ...
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World Cup Daily Digest: Collective Trumps Individual as Germany Rule the World

Jul 13 2014 6:04pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

FIFA World Cup final - "Germany v Argentina"
Germany are world champions. Journalists are told to never bury the lede, so let's get that out of the way first and foremost. The 2014 World Cup final was billed as the best team in the tournament against its best individual player, and in the end it was the collective that won out over the cult of a single personality. Those who witnessed the 2010 World Cup final likely experienced a certain amount of deja vu as eve ...
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Götze stunner lifts Germany to fourth World Cup

Jul 13 2014 4:36pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Germany v Argentina: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — With two quick and sublimely deft touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany’s 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to a few moments of individual skill. Goetze, who wasn’t born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the b ...
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