BLOG ESPANA: MIKE BARNES
Magical Madrid deserve La Decima
After destroying Bayern Munich so comprehensively, Real Madrid deserve to secure La Decima at last, writes Mike Barnes.
Stalemate for Simeone
Atletico Madrid’s clash with Chelsea was a war of attrition, but Mike Barnes says Diego Simeone can be content with a goalless first leg.
World Cup Squad Selector: Isco
Isco Alarcon has had an up and down season since his high profile move from Malaga to Real Madrid. Mike Barnes considers the midfielder’s chances of inclusion in La Seleccion.
Copa another Clasico distraction
The outcome of the Copa del Rey final will tell us little about the respective seasons of Barcelona and Real Madrid, Mike Barnes writes…
One down, three to go
Mike Barnes believes the three games separating Real Madrid from La Decima will be the hardest of a long season for Los Blancos.
Just like in La Liga, there is little to separate Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in their Champions League encounter, writes Mike Barnes.
Barca back on track?
Completing a Clasico double should boost Barcelona’s confidence, says Mike Barnes, while Real Madrid can recover against Sevilla.
Squad depth gives Madrid the edge
Real Madrid have had almost perfect preparation for the Clasico, Mike Barnes writes, and the depth of their squad gives them the edge.
Will the real Barca please stand up?
Barcelona’s form this season has been inconsistent by their high standards. Mike Barnes assesses whether they can bounce back against Manchester City.
Costa a contender for La Roja
Diego Costa could make his debut for Spain against Italy. Mike Barnes considers what Vicente Del Bosque is looking for from tonight’s World Cup warm-up.
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