Girona blazing trail in La Liga to leave them feeling like they belong | Sid Lowe

Pablo Machín and his players have transformed the club and, with it, the town. This never used to be a football place focused on its own team. It is now It took Lionel Messi two seconds to work out what was going on, Pablo Maffeo says, and not very much longer for him to say sorry; he was just doing what he’d been told to do. It was September, FC Barcelona’s first ever visit to Montilivi in primera, and it wasn’t a whole lot of fun for either of them. Everywhere Messi went, Maffeo went too. There was no getting rid of him, so Messi wandered about, mostly staying out the way, and struck up conversation. He asked how old he was – 20 – and whether he’d come from Man City – yes, he had – until eventually the Girona wing-back was withdrawn. As Maffeo sat on the Continue reading "Girona blazing trail in La Liga to leave them feeling like they belong | Sid Lowe"

Barcelona take 19 point lead over Real Madrid

Messi and Suarez scored two second half goals each in Barcelona’s 5 – 0 win over Real Betis. Barcelona go 19 points clear of Real Madrid and 11 points clear at the top of the table and Messi is in marvellous form. Both Messi and Ronaldo scored two goals each in their last La Liga […]

Ronaldo gets a boot in the face

Poor Ronaldo got kicked in the face by De Portivo defender Fabian Schar while scoring the sixth goal in a 7 – 0 hammering that Real Madrid unleashed on them. Bale got a standing ovation at the Bernabeu for his contribution to the goal tally.Luka Modric scored his first goal in La Liga this season. […]

Gareth Bale given standing ovation as Real Madrid thrash Deportivo

Gareth Bale departed the Santiago Bernabéu to a standing ovation and joked that this time they had applauded him, “instead of a whistle, which is always good”. The Welshman, who has occasionally been the focus of criticism from some supporters and who has been left out of the squad through injury 25 times during his career in Spain, curled in a wonderful goal and headed a second as Real Madrid came from a goal down to defeat Deportivo La Coruña 7-1. Those strikes took him to seven in only seven league starts this season, making him the team’s top scorer. Continue reading...

Real Betis 0-5 Barcelona: La Liga –as it happened

Thanks for joining me. It really was a great pleasure to watch Messi in this type of form, he really was unstoppable tonight. No one will be catching Barcelona this season, it would seem and rightly so, based on this performance.

< p class="block-time published-time"> Once the first goal went in after the break, it was all very easy for Barcelona. Betis gave as good as they got in the first-half but the second was a different story as Messi had one of his better games, which is saying something, leading the way against a team who could not cope with his magical feet. Continue reading...

Francis Coquelin says Arsenal squad have no ‘problem’ with ‘top’ Chilean ace

Former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin, who made the jump to La Liga outfit Valencia CF during the current transfer window, has defused rumours surrounding Alexis Sanchez’s supposedly disruptive attitude in the dressing room by claiming that the squad have no ‘problem’ with the wantaway Chilean. Sanchez’s highly-anticipated switch to Manchester United from the Gunners is […]