Forget the big match: As Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have proved, sometimes an old-fashioned power struggle is better
Sometimes conflict is healthy, keeping people motivated and proving they care. Sometimes it can be ridiculous.
Cristiano Ronaldo, chasing a hat-trick of hat-tricks, will be relishing taking on depleted Barcelona in El Clasico
Drop everything you’re doing at 6.50pm on Sunday. Barcelona welcome, or should that simply be host, old foes Real Madrid at the Camp Nou in the first Clasico meeting of the Liga season.
Madrid are on-course to smash all kinds of league records with two games to go. They’ve already secured the highest number of away wins in a season with 15 and counting, most league goals scored in a season with 115 and counting and levelled the most away league goals scored with 49, another record they should beat with one away game to come at Granada.
I think that Roy Hodgson’s appointment infuriates so many of us because it shows us what we really are: we are outsiders, peering up at football’s elite.
Jupp Heynckes has had his fair share of unfair dismissals. His first spell at FC Bayern ended with dismissal for failing to win consecutive titles. Just under a decade later, Heynckes took Real Madrid to their first European Cup success in 32 years and was rewarded, once again, with the sack.
If one player in La Liga could unveil Balotelli’s famous ‘Why Always Me?’ t-shirt this weekend, it may well be Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
La Liga’s winter break was put in place to give players, and managers, the time for rest and recuperation ahead of moving into the second half of the season, the ‘business end’ of the season.
So: Barcelona 1, Real Madrid 1. In the immortal words of the C&C Music Factory, this match was one of the things that make you go “Hmmmm”. I can’t help that think that, when football’s historians return to ponder this fixture, their verdict will be a slight frown and a brief stroke of the chin.
Who wants to go in goal? It’s a question worthy of inclusion in John Rentoul’s series ‘Questions to which the answer is no‘.
Anyone who’s ever kicked a ball in a park will know that finding volunteers to stand between the sticks is about as easy as convincing Arsene Wenger to open his cheque book.
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