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 […]

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 […]

2010 Clasico: Lionel Messi’s Mastery Renders Madrid Helpless in Barcelona’s 5-0 Triumph

What a magnificent night the 29th of November 2010 was for Barcelona. That special evening was, of course, when Barcelona wiped the floor with Real Madrid, beating them 5-0, in a match where some of the most beautiful football seen in recent memory was exhibited by the Catalans. This particular Clasico is an occasion that […]

Copa America: Messi and the Right-Hand Side Could be Key to Argentina’s Success

After Argentina’s collapse against Paraguay, where they squandered a two-goal lead to succumb to an eventual 2-2 draw, Lionel Messi was restless. He stalked the corridors of the squad’s Copa America base, in La Serena, angry at the events that had unfolded in the hours previous. Maybe it was for that reason that he opted […]

Javier Pastore’s Nifty Movement and Understanding with Messi a Real Positive for Argentina

Javier Pastore followed on from his excellent season at PSG by putting in a fine shift in Argentina’s Copa America opener. Despite Tata Martino’s side somehow contriving to succumb to Paraguay’s second half surge, which saw the game finish 2-2, Pastore performance was full of upside, with his movement, ability to identify space and understanding […]

El Clasico: Marcelo and Messi Wage War on the Wings

This time around, El Clasico didn’t produce the kind of high-quality football we’ve come to expect in recent times. Instead of treating us to pure technical skill in a fast-paced environment, the two terms offered an extraordinarily frenetic game, and one that was characterised as much by mistakes as it was by counter-attacking opportunities. That’s […]