Much was expected of James Rodriguez when he arrived at Real Madrid with an €80 m price tag last summer. Having made a huge impression playing for his country at the World Cup, the Colombian was under pressure to hit the ground running in Spain. He also had the unenviable task of filling the void 

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So the weekend is over and it’s now time to analyse what happened, in the most honest, unbiased and fair way… Or just the opposite. It depends on how you see it.   Barclays Premier League Chelsea stayed true to their ‘one goal margin’  name when they defeated Manchester at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. And 

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A season full of mystery, confusion and what might have been surrounded Manchester City’s 2012/13 campaign. Reigning champions City, had to come back even stronger after their infamous title win in 2012. Preparation for the season could not have been much worse. A list of Roberto Mancini’s targets in hand, then Director of Football Brian 

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It’s been a real Jekyll and Hyde season for AC Milan this year. Although Milan managed to narrowly clinch a Champions League qualifying berth, it was anything but straightforward. The Rossoneri only registered three wins in their first 10 Serie A games of the season, including a derby loss to Internazionale to further add insult 

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About a year ago, shortly after the appointment of Brendan Rodgers, I wrote that Liverpool needed evolution, not revolution. The departure last summer of club legend Kenny Dalglish was a difficult one, particularly for older fans who still have fond memories of his glorious first tenure as manager at the club, as well as a 

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Five wins from the opening five — a club record and quite the statement of intent from Marseille who dominated at Nancy but somehow failed to convert any of their first-half chances. The breakthrough came just before the hour courtesy of the Ayew brothers — André crossing for Jordan — and it turned out to 

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  Arsenal 6 Southampton 1 Thanks to two own goals, Arsenal carried their great form to thrash pointless Southampton. The Saints could hardly have asked for a tougher opening to their season, playing the two Manchester clubs and obviously Arsenal. Southampton found themselves 4-0 down in the first 38 minutes thanks to some pretty shoddy 

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Right then — Ligue 1. It’s a bit interesting now, isn’t it? With some very big money arrivals, and equally expensive departures, people seem to be starting to take the French league seriously. While Eden Hazard’s early form at Chelsea has shown the league isn’t as weak as many would have you think, the arrival 

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Welcome to the first of many Serie A weekly reviews! Serie A had some exciting action over the weekend in the second round of matches. On paper, Roma-Inter looked to be the most anticipated match, but Inter never lived up to the hype as they saw the King of Rome pick and choose his spots. 

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