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 […]

Aderlan Santos Beginning To Prove His Worth To Gary Neville’s Valencia

When Aderlan Santos joined Valencia in the summer, he immediately wanted to inform the fans of his intentions to give everything for his new club. “I am a battler and a warrior,” Santos told the club’s official radio station. “If I have to leave my skin out on the field I will do that. I […]

Why Multifaceted Bruno’s Such A Valuable Asset To Villarreal In All Aspects Of The Game

A splendid free kick from Villarreal’s captain, Bruno Soriano, proved the difference as Marcelino’s Yellow Submarines sunk Gary Neville’s Valencia 1-0 at the Madrigal. In a cagey affair that saw both sides complete less than 62% of their passes, Bruno’s slickness and polish from central midfield, which saw him operating at an 83% success rate, […]

Why Antoine Griezmann’s Contribution To Atletico Madrid Extends Far Beyond Just Goals

“He is a unique player with incredible efficiency. And when the ball comes to him in moments like that we just know it’s going in.” These were the words of Atletico Madrid midfielder, Saul Niguez, on Antoine Griezmann, following yet another decisive goal from the Frenchman in Atleti’s 2-1 triumph over Athletic Bilbao that propelled […]

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 […]

Andres Iniesta’s All-Round Brilliance Too Much For Madrid in Clasico Rout

When Andres Iniesta was taken off in the 76th minute of Barcelona’s clinical thrashing of Real Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Madrid faithful gave him a richly deserved round of applause, just as they did for Ronaldinho 10 years ago. This was a clear sign of appreciation of his genuis from the hapless, dejected […]

Aymeric Laporte Continues To Show Why He’s So Integral To Ernesto Valverde’s Athletic

Already this season, Aymeric Laporte has faced some hugely challenging opponents. And while it hasn’t always been easy for him up against the likes of Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema, Roberto Soldado, Imanol Agirretxe and Alvaro Negredo, more often than not, he’s acquitted himself capably. Such challenges will only serve to benefit him in his development, […]

Michael Krohn-Dehli’s Superlative Passing Ability Propels Sevilla To Victory Over Barca

Before Barcelona’s ridiculous 5-4 UEFA Super Cup victory over Sevilla, Michael Krohn-Dehli spoke glowingly of the now Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique, who he enjoyed a season under with Celta Vigo back in 2013/14. “He was the first to put me in midfield and that’s what brought me to Sevilla. Without him I probably wouldn’t be […]

Bakkali, Feghouli and Piatti: Why Valencia’s Wingers Might Hold the Key to Success this Season

Only a couple of weeks ago, things weren’t looking so good for Valencia. On September 19, in front of their home fans, the club slumped to a disappointing 0-0 draw against Real Betis, despite spending over 40 minutes with an extra player after Dani Ceballos was sent off. In the eyes of the Mestalla faithful, […]

Analysis: Three Key Things from Barcelona’s 2-1 Win over Atletico Madrid

Following on from the international break, Atletico Madrid played host to Barcelona to punctuate Week 3 of the La Liga season. The first half proved to be something of an endurance test for Luis Enrique’s men, and after going behind early in the second half, it looked as though Diego Simeone’s Atletico might be able […]