In their biggest domestic challenge of the season so far, Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde illustrated their tactical versatility in a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid and the newly constructed Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Following the international break, the clash was an intriguing one on paper with the Catalan club the league leaders whilst Diego Simeone’s charges 

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As Neymar departed for Paris, few could have envisaged Barcelona settling into life under a new coach as quickly as they have. Seven La Liga matches later and Los Cules have racked up seven straight victories and sit an enormous seven points clear of title rivals Real Madrid, although the two behemoths still have to 

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Sunday October 1st will be a day that lives in infamy for many reasons in Spain, the Catalan independence referendum split the country as a whole, it sparked violent disturbances throughout the Catalan region, locals were met with significant force and some even appeared to be denied their right to vote. Inevitably the chaos spilled 

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Atletico Madrid’s pursuit of Diego Costa has been a lengthy process. At times it appeared as though Chelsea were going to be successful in their resolve to not lose face in the transfer market at the behest of a player, yet with confirmation of a £57 million switch coming last week, Los Colchoneros’ attacking corps 

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Converting chances has been the biggest problem for Real Madrid this season, over the course of the two draws with Valencia and Levante; Los Blancos took over 40 shots and converted just three of them. Sunday’s meeting with Real Sociedad saw Borja Mayoral handed a rare start and he scored with his very first chance. 

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A few short weeks ago I could barely have envisaged writing such a piece, given the strength of Real Madrid’s squad and just how strongly they began the campaign with victories over Manchester United and Barcelona. Yet Los Blancos are struggling domestically in the absence of their talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo’s total five-match suspension, as 

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Barcelona’s summer transfer window has been a struggle with the club losing Neymar in the most spectacular of circumstances as well as failing to address key issues of concern, especially in midfield. This poor window, unlike this informative post, looked to be continuing as the club rather bizarrely pursued Philippe Coutinho, even making a final 

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With the close of the summer transfer window came another piece of key La Liga news with Antoine Griezmann’s buy-out clause returning to its original value of £92 million. As part of the contract extension agreement which kept the Frenchman out of Manchester United’s grasp this summer, the buy-out clause was temporarily raised to £183 

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With the vast majority of Europe’s clubs preparing for a mad market dash before Friday’s La Liga transfer deadline, Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane can sit comfortably and enjoy a quiet end to the window knowing they have the near perfect squad. There was much talk earlier in the summer about how Los Blancos would 

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As Atletico Madrid head into the start of the La Liga season this weekend, the club would be forgiven for letting out the briefest sigh of relief after having negotiated a transfer window in which they couldn’t register new signings but haven’t lost any key first team players. Antoine Griezmann was expected to be the 

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All the talk in Spain has been about Barcelona and Real Madrid, and rightly so. Barcelona obviously have lost Neymar and are now frantically searching for his replacement. While Real Madrid have stayed steady and look stronger than ever, yet it seems that Kylian Mbappe will not be joining Los Blancos.   On the other 

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I think most would agree that with a few exceptions, the prices being paid for players this summer are staggering, especially for those who aren’t any better than mediocre signings. Of course this was always going to be the case in the Premier League where television revenue fees have skyrocketed over the past 3 years 

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The imminent departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain leaves Barcelona in an unenviable position with just one month to go in the summer transfer window. The club are now light in two positions within their starting line-up and are about to have a cool £197 million burning a hole in their pocket. However this could 

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News of Real Madrid finally making a concrete move for Kylian Mbappe has sent the transfer window into a spiral with Monaco likely to pocket £161 million in total from any deal to sell the teenage forward. Both Los Blancos and Manchester City are in the running with the up-front fee more than likely to 

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Transfer stories involving Barcelona are nothing new, yet seldom do the Catalan giants find themselves in the position of such stories linking one of their stars with a move away from the Camp Nou. Reports in Italy on Monday evening suggested that Paris Saint-Germain would be willing to pay the Brazilian’s £197 million buy-out clause 

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Many have expressed incredible surprise at Tuesday’s announcement that confirmed James Rodriguez, the star of Colombian football, had joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid. It wasn’t just the nature of the move that caught people by surprise but rather the price, with the Bavarian giants agreeing terms on a deal 

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It seems as though Real Madrid’s summer transfer window could be about to spring into action with the club ready for two significant departures this week. With Juventus desperate to find a replacement for Dani Alves, it seems set that Brazilian right-back Danilo will leave the Bernabeu for Turin with the finishing touches being put 

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When you are back-to-back European Champions it is very difficult to pick a point in your team which needs improvement and thus for the second consecutive summer Real Madrid are living through a rather uncharacteristically quiet transfer window. Whist he was recently elected unopposed to serve a fifth term, Florentino Perez is presiding over a 

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David de Gea to Real Madrid has been one of those transfer sagas that simply refuses to go away with the Spanish stopper linked with a move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu almost every single summer. Following the fax machine debacle which prevented a switch going through on the deadline of the summer transfer window 

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Every single transfer window involves a high profile saga which seems to drag on for almost the entirety of the summer and this year it is likely that James Rodriguez’s protracted move away from Real Madrid will take on this role. The Colombian will leave the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this summer with several clubs interested 

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On Thursday morning, Atletico Madrid received the news they had feared: an appeal against their transfer ban had been rejected and the punishment would be upheld for the duration of the summer transfer window. This means that Los Colchoneros are unable to register new players until January 1st 2018 as was the case with Barcelona 

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Barcelona’s failure to retain their La Liga title came about because of a multitude of different factors, including a lack of consistency throughout the campaign as well as the disruption caused by Luis Enrique announcing his upcoming departure midway through the season. With that being said it must also be accepted that Real Madrid have 

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It’s a well documented saying in the salary-cap driven NFL that once you gather a group of extremely talented players, you simply can’t pay everybody and a similar situation is unfolding at Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane simply finding it a case of not being able to play everybody. Los Blancos are on the cusp 

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The truly great sporting teams throughout the ages have been remembered for their star performers; Pele, Cruyff, Maradona, Ronaldo and Zidane have all left their mark on great teams that they have achieved incredible victories with. The current front three at Barcelona are as impressive a trio as any era has witnessed but their place 

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