La Liga

Chelsea and Rudiger willing to make Barcelona transfer happen in January

Chelsea are reportedly keen to let go of Antonio Rudiger in the January transfer window after interest from Barcelona. It is thought that the La Liga giants are in the hunt for a new budget centre-back incase Samuel Umtiti leaves the club. Barca boss Ronald Koeman is expected to continue to reshape his squad in January. And Spanish outlet Sport claim that Rudiger has been added to Koeman’s list of

Sir Alex Ferguson perfectly summed up Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi debate

The Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo debate is as old of time. Nine times out of ten, it sees someone with a connection to either Manchester United,Real Madrid or Juventus naming Ronaldo. And someone with a connection to Barcelona naming Messi. Former Barcelona stars Gary Lineker and Ronaldinho, for example, are very much in the Messi camp, and have previously sang the Argentine's praises in the press. "He's just phenomenal,"

Dani Alves claims Barcelona 'went into prostitution' in dig at hierarchy

Barcelona hero Dani Alves has hit out at the Spanish giants for their off-field management. Brazilian star Alves won three Champions League titles as well as six La Liga crowns during his time at the Nou Camp. The 37-year-old now plays in his home country with Sao Paulo having also impressed for PSG and Juventus in recent years. He admits he would have stayed at Barcelona his “whole life”, though

Barcelona troll Cristiano Ronaldo after Champions League win over Juventus

Barcelona couldn't help but poke fun at Cristiano Ronaldo after beating Juventus in the Champions Legaue on Wednesday night. The La Liga giants came away from Turin with a 2-0 victory to cement their place as leaders of Group G, with goals coming from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi. It was the win Ronald Koeman's men needed on the back of a 3-1 defeat by bitter rivals Real Madrid and

Arsenal's Lucas Torreira transfer talks do not include Thomas Partey deal

Arsenal are in talks with Atletico Madrid over a deal to offload Lucas Torreira, but midfielder Thomas Partey is not part of the ongoing negotiations. After securing the services of no less than five players this summer, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has turned his attention to clearing out the deadwood at the Emirates. Among those he's deemed to be surplus to requirements is defensive midfielder Torreira, who has fallen down

Real Madrid: ‘Translation error’ in Ifab laws saw Sergio Ramos escape penalty to beat Athletic Club

Is a translation error the reason Real Madrid beat Athletic Club on Sunday? Madrid took another step towards the Liga title with a 1-0 win in Bilbao after Sergio Ramos scored a late penalty. But the game was mired in controversy after Madrid’s penalty was awarded by VAR following a stamp by Athletic’s Dani Garcia on the foot of Marcelo, while moments later Ramos escaped any punishment for a similar

Sergio Ramos thrilled to be ‘back to normal’ as Real Madrid ease past Eibar to close gap on Barcelona

Real Madrid beat Eibar 3-1 on Sunday in their first competitive match at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium following La Liga’s three-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Toni Kroos got Real off to an ideal start at the empty stadium based at their training ground by scoring in the fourth minute while captain Sergio Ramos struck on the half-hour mark before Marcelo netted in the 37th. Real did ease

La Liga: Sevilla and Real Betis set to kick off restarted season on 11 June

Real Betis and Sevilla will kick La Liga back into action on 11 June. Spain is set to join Germany and Portugal in resuming matches without spectators after prime minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed that the league would be allowed to start up again from June along with other sectors of the economy. All organised football in Spain was suspended indefinitely on 12 March. Spain is among the countries hardest hit

Ex-La Liga official claims '90%' of referees favour Real Madrid over Barcelona

A former La Liga referee has claimed 90% of match officials in the division favour Real Madrid, while the other 10 per cent support Barcelona. Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez was a top flight referee in Spain until retiring in 2012, and officiated more than 300 matches during his career. He suggests that due to many people in the country growing up as Madrid fans, that is mirrored in the number of

The lessons Manchester United can learn from football analytics leaders Liverpool and Barcelona

As winter was morphing into spring in 2017, Luke Bornn was not surprised by Liverpool’s escalation of interest in Mohamed Salah. He was, however, perplexed as to why no other elite team was attentively circling the Egypt international. Operating as AS Roma’s head of analytics at the time, he noted that Salah’s efficiency in creating and scoring goals was supreme, but it was only a snapshot of his potential. Download