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 […]

Shkodran Mustafi Primed for Valencia’s Battle Royale vs Real Madrid

What a superb signing Shkodran Mustafi has turned out to be for Valencia this season. Despite missing the first four games through injury, Mustafi has been an ever present since, playing 30 La Liga games, in a season where he’s been an indispensable player for Nuno Espirito Santo’s outfit. Playing alongside the aggressive Argentine, Nicolas […]

Tevez Thrives in Between the Lines against Real Madrid

Just as they had a few weeks previous, following their beloved Bianconeri’s 1-0 Champions League quarter-final win over Monaco, the fans at Juventus Stadium roared with approval and, above all, went home happy. They had just watched their heroes claim victory over the reigning European champions, Real Madrid, by a scoreline of two goals to […]

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Sublime Showing vs Sevilla About So Much More Than Just Goals

Going into Real Madrid’s hugely important clash with Sevilla, the giants from the capital knew the trip to the Sanchez Pizjuan wouldn’t be easy. After all, Sevilla hadn’t lost at home for 34 matches, in a run that’s seen them win a staggering 28 times and draw just six times. It’s been a truly remarkable […]

Chicharito Proving his Worth with Real Madrid Purple Patch

The Balaidos hasn’t traditionally been a happy hunting ground for Real Madrid. In fact, it’s one of the few grounds where the tenants, in this case Celta Vigo, can happily argue that they have a positive record against the might of Los Blancos. Going into their most recent fixture, played on Sunday, a total of […]

Karim Benzema’s Journey from the Next Anelka to Real Madrid Mainstay

Karim Benzema was brilliant in the most recent iteration of El Clasico. He worked hard, made a series of excellent runs and, perhaps most importantly, facilitated much of Real Madrid’s best build-up play. In fact, he just about managed to roll all of these characteristics into a single moment of quality immediately before Los Blancos’ […]

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 […]