The Unsettled Catalans
As this season comes to a close Spanish giants Barcelona appear ready for change again. Blaugrana are set to say goodbye to Argentinian manager Gerardo Martino after just one year at the helm. ‘Tata’ Martino has overseen what may be a trophy-less season for Barcelona. They were defeated in the Champions League quarter-finals by Atletico Madrid and lost the Copa del Rey final to Real Madrid.
The La Liga race is still on however and if Martino can lead his team to victory in their two remaining games they will be crowned Champions. Atletico Madrid may again prove to be this years surprise nemesis for the Catalan club. Barcelona face Atletico at Camp Nou in the final league game. Presuming both clubs win this weekend (Atletico at home to Malaga, Barca away at Elche) then a draw will be enough for Atletico Madrid to claim the league title. Barcelona have failed to beat Los Rojiblancos in their three meetings so far this season (two draws and a defeat). More…
Real Madrid 3 – 4 Barcelona
Real Madrid XI: Lopez, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Alonso, Di Maria, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo
Barcelona XI: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Fabregas, Messi, Neymar
“This game will not decide who wins the title but it may decide who loses it”, a great quote from the commentator as Real took the field against Barca tonight. This may only have been true in the case of a Barcelona defeat however. They would then find themselves seven points behind their biggest rivals with Atletico Madrid also four points clear of them. Put simply, Barcelona needed a result. More…