Barcelona’s Speed and Quality Too Much For Brave Las Palmas

No one could argue that Las Palmas weren’t brave against Barcelona. They didn’t sit back and move into absorb-and-counter mode, and they didn’t play reactive football. Instead, they were proactive. They pressed the Barcelona back four, held a high line and even tried to play out from defence. Essentially, they were offering their home fans […]

Barcelona Brilliant yet Slightly Unhinged in 4-2 Win over Valencia

Barcelona’s 4-2 win over Valencia was an exciting one. 6 goals, a red card for Valencia centre-back Eliaquim Mangala and yet another lovely display from Lionel Messi, who not only scored twice but also offered five key passes. The scoreline, however, hints at the fact that Barca weren’t overly assured throughout the course of the […]

Andre Gomes Shows His All-Round Quality in Barca’s Win Over Las Palmas

Andre Gomes hasn’t exactly set the world alight since his summer transfer to FC Barcelona, but things are getting better for him. The former Valencia star was superb in last weekend’s win against Las Palmas, and by way of a brilliant assist for Luis Suarez early in the first half, he finally recorded his first […]

A Look at Denis Suarez and his Path to the Barcelona First Team

Barcelona is a team full of big names, and a number of them played last weekend against Sevilla. Headlined by Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, the attacking trio otherwise known as “MSN,” and supported by the likes of Sergio Busquets, Barca’s stars led them to a 2-1 win in the league against Jorge Sampaoli’s […]

A Look at Luan, The Dynamic Gremio Attacker Attracting the Interest of Europe’s Elite

Brazil’s Olympic campaign may have started indifferently, but their two 0-0 draws, against South Africa and Iraq respectively, have done little to dampen the hype surrounding their much-talked-about front three. At the heart of things is Neymar, the Barcelona star who skipped the Copa America in order to play at Rio 2016. Beside him, there […]

Tactical Analysis: Barca Claim the Title with a Solid 3-0 Win over Gritty Granada

For Barcelona, the final day equation was simple. Win away at Granada and the league title would be theirs, slip up and it would be Real Madrid’s. In the end, Barca did it pretty easily. They took a 2-0 lead in the first half against a defensively minded Granada before having to endure a tougher […]

UCL: Wenger and Arsenal Made to Pay in Transition Again

In the wake of Arsenal’s 2-0 home loss to Barcelona, in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 clash, Arsene Wenger did little to hide his displeasure. “Of course I’m disappointed because we put a lot of energy into this game,” he said. “I felt that we lost at the moment that […]

Arda Turan’s Encouraging Transition To Barcelona Suitably Illustrates His Genius

It took six months, but Arda Turan finally made his debut for Barcelona in last week’s 4-1 demolition of Espanyol in the Copa del Rey. For the man who’d been forced to watch Barca’s 30 previous fixtures from afar, and who’d only played a mere two internationals for Turkey in that time, it came as […]

Reinstated Rodrigo De Paul Shows Why His Creativity Is So Essential For Valencia In Draw vs Barca

It was great to see Valencia’s wildly talented Argentine, Rodrigo De Paul, brought back in from the cold after being ostracised by former Valencia manager, Nuno Espirito Santo. The timing couldn’t have been better either. With new manager, Gary Neville, watching from the stands for the Bats’ colossal clash with league leaders Barcelona, De Paul […]

Ligue 1: A look at Barcelona and Arsenal target Almamy Toure

Monaco have an impressive array of attacking talent. There’s the ex-Benfica man Bernardo Silva, who cost the club a whopping €15.75 million, and there’s the man they call the Pharaoh, Stephan El Shaarawy. Then, of course, there’s €25 million worth of Joao Moutinho and another €9 million worth of Guido Carrillo. When combined, it’s probably […]