Spain

Monday, December 15, 2014

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The Argentina captain says he is looking forward to the Champions League last 16 after Barcelona was drawn against Manchester City again.

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The 2013-14 winners face an accessible route to the last eight as they face Schalke, but the Blaugrana meet Manchester City again in a tough test for Luis Enrique's side.

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The Schalke defender and teammates Joel Matip and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are determined to prove they have learned from their thrashing last season.

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A tricky trip to Turkey awaits Brendan Rodgers' struggling Reds, while the Serie A outfit will have to deal with the Eredivisie side.

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VOTE: In the first part of our look back at last year's biggest deals, we assess the players ranked 6-10 and ask you to tell us whether their respective moves were a success.

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VOTE: In the second part of our look back at last year's biggest deals, we assess the top five and ask you to tell us whether you think their respective moves were a success.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

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COMMENT: Diego Simeone's side lost 1-0 at home to Villarreal on Sunday and is eight points down on this stage last season - more importantly, it is now seven off the pace.

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The reigning Liga champions can go level with Barcelona in the title race with a win, but the Yellow Submarine are in top form and could prove tough to crack

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Questions were raised about the condition of the pitch following Cruz Azul's extra-time win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, and FIFA confirmed the switch.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

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The Catalans' disappointing draw at Getafe leaves them four points behind Real in La Liga and they will need to improve greatly to have any chance of winning the title.