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Why haven't Atletico filled their Griezmann void?
09:00 Wednesday 11th December 2019

Antoine Griezmann was Atletico Madrid. The two served in duality, which was mutually beneficial for both parties. The French striker came in the year after Atletico Madrid won the La Liga title, with the expectation he’d be…

Spain
Can Rakitic seize the opportunity of Arthur's injury?
18:00 Tuesday 10th December 2019

Barcelona's midfield hasn't been the same since Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta departed the Nou Camp. The club has struggled to replicate its typically fluid passing system in their absence. However, following some decent pieces…

Spain
Thomas Partey: Atletico Madrid's key cog
12:01 Sunday 8th December 2019

Atletico Madrid began this season poorly. Only six Liga clubs register fewer than their 16 goals after as many matches. They're sixth in the table following last week's 0-1 defeat to Barcelona and the subsequent goalless draw with Villarreal…

Spain
Equal Time: Lionel Messi's sixth Ballon d'Or settles GOAT debate
17:29 Saturday 7th December 2019

It all began when Cristiano Ronaldo won his first Ballon d'Or in 2008. In becoming the first Premier League player to claim the award, he made history, claiming it on the back of a successful season in which he won the…

Cult Heroes
Equal Time: Messi’s 6th Ballon d’Or doesn’t warrant GOAT status
17:00 Saturday 7th December 2019

People say stats don’t lie. Lionel Messi recently surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo as the all-time scorer at a top European club. At the writing, he has 614 goals for Barcelona to the Portuguese’s 608 for his four clubs, Sporting…

Spain
Federico Valverde: A Real asset
08:01 Friday 6th December 2019

Real Madrid's squad is massive. Spoiled for choice is the apt phrase. Every match, Zinedine Zidane faces a problem to find the perfect starting XI. However, the results keep coming. Los Blancos sit second in La Liga, only shy…

Spain
How long can Barcelona be patient with Ousmane Dembele?
17:01 Monday 2nd December 2019

Barcelona's slow start to the season has everyone talking, though improved performances in the past few games are helping to regain the trust of supporters. The Blaugrana sit atop the La Liga table at the moment while already…

France
Should Samuel Umtiti return to Lyon?
09:00 Friday 29th November 2019

Supporters who followed Barcelona's 2017/2018 campaign had to come away feeling that Samuel Umtiti was the missing piece that would fit the Blaugrana defence for years to come. The Frenchman partnered with Gerard Pique that well. He…

Spain
Why are Espanyol struggling in La Liga?
17:00 Friday 22nd November 2019

Thirteen games into the season, Espanyol find themselves in 19th place after picking up a measly eight points. It might seem to be early days, but Los Peroquitos are in serious trouble. Six defeats in seven is relegation form - and it isn't…

Spain
For Lucas Perez, home is where the heart is
19:02 Thursday 21st November 2019

Lucas Perez was part of West Ham's summer clear-out. He dashed to Spain, rejoining boyhood club Deportivo Alaves. Lucas isn't just catching up with old friends there; he's enjoying the game once again. After initially firing…

Spain
Has Lionel Messi taken free-kicks to another level?
08:01 Sunday 17th November 2019

Everyone knows how dangerous Lionel Messi is whenever he runs at opposition defences with the ball at his feet. At 32, time isn't on his side. Pace will leave him in two or three years. Of course, that will make it all the easier to…

Spain
Why is the Yellow Submarine taking on water?
15:00 Sunday 10th November 2019

How does a club with La Liga’s second-most potent attack and third-best goal difference languish in eighth place? In Villarreal’s case, the answer is all about the individual. Football is a team sport but we often talk about clubs…

Spain
Winning ugly not acceptable at Barcelona
08:00 Friday 8th November 2019

When you hold to the highest standard, it's difficult to enjoy your football. Anything less than comprehensive excellence feels like a major crisis. Barcelona occupy first place both in La Liga and their Champions League group but…

Spain
Is La Liga now the world's most competitive division?
17:01 Thursday 7th November 2019

I can’t decide whether to write ‘this century’ or ‘this millennium’ when referencing La Liga’s recent dominance in European competition. Both read like a four-year-old saying, “Never in all my life.”…

France
Should Sevilla regret selling Ben Yedder to AS Monaco?
17:01 Sunday 3rd November 2019

A massive auction occurred at Sevilla last summer. Almost €100m found its way to the Andalusians’ coffers. Wissam Ben Yedder was the most valuable commodity on display, yielding almost half that figure. Unsurprisingly, though, his…