Spain

Monday, August 25, 2014

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Of the three title contenders this season, the Catalans impressed the most as the two capital clubs looked tired after playing each other on Tuesday and Friday last week

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The Germany international turned in an encouraging display alongside Luka Modric in the Blancos midfield and created the opening goal for Karim Benzema with an out-swinging corner

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Los Colchoneros' title defense started with an opening day draw in Vallecas, with Paco Jemez's side unlucky not to take all three points after an excellent second-half effort.

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New signing Mario Mandzukic had his chances but the former Bayern Munich man failed to take any of them as the Rojiblancos were held by their city rivals

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The Italian coach admitted after a labored Blancos performance in their Liga opener that the Portugal international and the rest of his teammates are not yet fully match fit.

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The Atletico Madrid boss has been hit with a hefty punishment after an altercation with the fourth official on the touchline of the Supercopa de Espana.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

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The Argentine struck two great goals as Barca beat Elche 3-0 to ensure a dream debut for the Asturian coach in a new-look Blaugrana side at Camp Nou.

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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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Carlo Ancelotti's men saw their hopes of winning six trophies in one season ended by Atletico on Friday and they now have little time to recover for their Primera Division opener.

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The Rojiblancos will still be buzzing after their Supercopa de Espana triumph against Real Madrid, but Diego Simeone will be concerned by the three-day turnaround.