BLOG ESPANA: MIKE BARNES
2016-17 Season Preview: La Roja
With a new Coach in charge of Spain, Mike Barnes previews the season ahead for La Roja under Julen Lopetegui.
2016-17 Season Preview: Atletico Madrid
Having come agonisingly close to a League and European cup double last season, Mike Barnes feels Atletico Madrid’s new recruits can take them that elusive step further in 2016-17.
Euro 2016 Squad Selector: Alvaro Morata
In-form striker Alvaro Morata has made it into Spain’s provisional squad and looks certain to go to Euro 2016, writes Mike Barnes.
2015-16 Coach of the Season: Diego Simeone
Whether or not Diego Simeone leads Atletico Madrid to Champions League glory next weekend, Mike Barnes believes Cholo can be pleased with another great season.
Euro 2016 Squad Selector: Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas has had a disappointing season at Chelsea but, as Mike Barnes explains, the midfielder remains a key figure for La Roja.
Euro 2016 Squad Selector: Vitolo
Vitolo is in the frame to be selected for Spain ahead of Euro 2016. Mike Barnes considers whether the Sevilla attacker has done enough to secure a place in the tournament in France.
Euro 2016 Squad Selector: David de Gea
David de Gea has been hailed as one of the best goalkeepers at club level and, as Mike Barnes explains, now is the time for him to become Spain’s No. 1.
Madrid’s Champions League flame still burning
Real Madrid are through to the Champions League quarter-finals but, Mike Barnes asks, do they have what it takes to go all the way in the competition?
Barca eyeing record-breaking run
As well as remaining on course to retain their title, Barcelona can set another record when they face Rayo Vallecano on Thursday night. Mike Barnes reviews the midweek action in La Liga.
Messi lifts below-par Barca
The smart money is on Barcelona progressing to the Champions League quarter-final but, Mike Barnes writes, the Catalans were made to fight by Arsenal until Lionel Messi’s late double.
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