Andy’s latest “The Madrid-Barca Axis” column.  There are less and less players like Javier Mascherano in today’s modern game. Few who are prepared to play in different positions for club and country and fewer have ever made the transition look so seamless. Having moved to Barcelona on the back of impressing as a defensive midfielder, 

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Barcelona were rather fortunate to come away from La Rosaleda on Saturday with a 1-2 win over a spirited Malaga and it was no surprise, given the week he had, that Javier Mascherano was heavily involved. The Argentine made two crucial first-half interventions after errors from Thomas Vermaelen and Claudio Bravo, but that first period 

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