BLOG ESPANA: MIKE BARNES
Spain’s northern soul
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both suffered defeats at the weekend, but Mike Barnes says their northern opponents deserve credit for their success.
Barca pass Man City test
Barcelona’s victory over Manchester City offered confirmation the Spanish champions are back to their best, writes Mike Barnes.
Real Madrid’s treble chance
After Real Madrid booked their place in the Copa del Rey final, Mike Barnes says Carlo Ancelotti’s men are serious contenders for treble success.
All well at Athletic
Athletic Bilbao’s impressive form this season meant their draw with Real Madrid was no surprise. Mike Barnes assesses the strengths of Ernesto Valverde’s side.
Can Atleti keep Courtois?
Thibaut Courtois has been a crucial factor in Atletico Madrid’s success. Mike Barnes considers what the future might hold for the Belgian goalkeeper.
A tale of two Barcas
Mike Barnes considers why Barcelona struggled against Levante, a team they beat 7-0 on the opening day of the season.
Three chasing 100-point prize
With little to choose between the top three at the season’s mid-point, Mike Barnes examines Spain’s title contenders.
La Real back on track
Real Sociedad’s Champions League campaign was a chastening experience but, says Mike Barnes, its ending has seen a return to form for the men from San Sebastian.
Barca steady not spectacular
Barcelona advanced with ease in the Copa del Rey, but Mike Barnes says Tata Martino’s side have still to regain their spark.
Overcoming Copenhagen with ease to top their group, Mike Barnes believes Real Madrid are pacing themselves for an assault on the Champions League.
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