La Liga

Monday, 25 August 2014

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The Italian coach feels that the effects of a three-day turnaround were there for all to see in the European champions' laboured display in their Primera Division opener

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Diego Simeone's side begin their title defence in Spain with a tricky trip to the fellow capital club, with the likes of Mario Mandzukic set to make their bows in La Liga

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The midfielder says that he is fully focused on "fighting to the death" in the Champions League play-off against Napoli and will not be distracted by the Germans' reported interest

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The Atletico Madrid boss has been punished for an altercation with officials during the Supercopa second leg and will miss the Liga clash with Real Madrid next month

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The successful Argentine coach is keen to move on following his dismissal against Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercup and has stated he still counts on Toby Alderweireld

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Mauricio Pochettino appears to have finally landed the centre-back he has been craving for his new side, after attempts to lure Mateo Musacchio from La Liga fell through

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The Argentine winger will move to Manchester United this week in a transfer which has highlighted some familiar flaws from Florentino and Real Madrid

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Spanish football expert Phil Kitromilides believes another high scoring Madrid derby between these two sides is on the cards this evening and is backing over 2.5 goals

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Our man in the Spanish capital, Phil Kitromilides, does not expect too much from the visitors this evening and thinks the European champions can win by at least four goals

Sunday, 24 August 2014

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The Argentina international struck twice in Sunday's 3-0 win over Elche but his coach was more taken with the No.10's all-round brilliance than his goalscoring exploits

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The Barcelona starlet marked his professional debut with a spectacular goal against Elche and is proud of how he and his team-mates have started their season

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Two goals for Lionel Messi and a debut strike from Munir were enough for three points on Barca's opening day against Elche, despite the first-half dismissal of Javier Mascherano

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The Argentine scored twice, while youngster Munir El Haddadi was also on target as the Catalans made light of the first-half dismissal of Javier Mascherano

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The Spain international has wished the winger well at Old Trafford, with the Argentine ace set to complete a big-money transfer to the Red Devils in the next few days

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The Catalans are without the injured Neymar - but Lionel Messi will lead the attack and there are debuts for new signings Ivan Rakitic and Jeremy Mathieu

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The former Barcelona boss bemoaned the lack of a creative spark as his side drew 1-1 with Sunderland but couldn't be drawn on whether a move for the Real Madrid star was close