BLOG ESPANA: MIKE BARNES
Bale key to Madrid success
Gareth Bale’s hat-trick against Real Valladolid was a reflection of Real Madrid’s resurgence as well as a personal triumph for the Welshman, says Mike Barnes.
Wake-up call for Martino
Barcelona are not looking like the team they used to be and, now tasting defeat, Mike Barnes says their opponents are becoming more confident.
Barcelona are winning games with or without Lionel Messi. Mike Barnes believes his absence will be felt more by the man himself than by his club.
Ancelotti still in search
Real Madrid are close to qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage, but Mike Barnes saw both positives and negatives to drawing with Juventus.
Barca ring winning changes
Tata Martino rotated his squad to play Celta Vigo and changed Barcelona’s playing style. Mike Barnes considers at the alternative approaches available.
Milan highlight Martino’s work
Barcelona dominated against Milan but failed to convert possession into goals. Mike Barnes considers why.
Patience pays off for Spain
Spain have been criticised for the low-key nature of their qualification for next year’s World Cup finals but, as Mike Barnes argues, patience has been a virtue.
Spain expect no pain
The end of the road to Brazil is in sight and Mike Barnes expects Spain to complete their qualification campaign without any alarms.
Barca, Atleti build on belief
Reflecting on last night’s Champions League action, Mike Barnes examines how Barcelona managed without their star player, while Atletico Madrid march on.
Barca answer Tata’s critics
Tata Martino has been criticised for changing Barcelona’s style of play but, writes Mike Barnes, the end justifies the means.
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