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Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to go head to head on Saturday night for the fourth time already this season, as the Catalan giants host their greatest rivals at the Nou Camp. And if this weekend has proved anything in La Liga, then it’s that neither team are invincible. Yes both teams won their respective matches, but both had to come from behind in order to do so. And with the mid week distraction of Champions League semi finals [...]

Posted by Simon Heptinstall On Apr - 18 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

For many people (myself included) the Spanish league was over as a competition was once Real Madrid went ten points clear at the top. It wasn’t that Barcelona were any less of the great side that they were back in May when they had lifted the Champions League, it was simply that a Real Madrid team managed by Jose Mourinho would not relinquish a ten point lead. And yet after conceding late goals against Malaga and Villareal, their lead has [...]

Posted by Simon Heptinstall On Mar - 26 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

So Barcelona are through to the quarter finals, who saw that coming? It’s perhaps unkind to Leverkusen to say they never had a chance but if they of beaten Barcelona over two legs it would rank as one of the clubs greatest every achievements. And the manner of their win last week, and the display from their star man Messi, has only added to their reputation as an all time great. As we wait to see who they will play [...]

Posted by Simon Heptinstall On Mar - 15 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

There is very little left to be said about this Barcelona side. They face Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night having already secured a 3-1 advantage in the first leg in Germany. The second leg will be little more than an exhibition and failure to get through to the quarter finals for Barcelona would count as one of the biggest surprises in modern football. So while we all wait to see who they will play in the quarter finals, it’s maybe [...]

Posted by Simon Heptinstall On Mar - 5 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

That’s a bit better from Barcelona. All but through in the Champions League and a good win over Valencia in the league. Who needs away wins in domestic football when you can just beat people at home? And what’s another league title between friends anyway? It’s all about the Champions League. Let Real Madrid have the league, they’ve spent enough money, they deserve it. This may be the attitude needed by the Catalan press to deal with near daily declarations [...]

Posted by Simon Heptinstall On Feb - 20 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Surely that’s it now? Surely Saturday night was the night the La Liga race was lost for Barcelona? Their situation was already on a knife edge before the match. They knew they had to be perfect for the rest of the season but once again it was their away form that has let them down. So imperious at home, so underwhelming away. Barcelona will not be champions of Spain this season. Their latest away disappointment came on Saturday night in [...]

Posted by Simon Heptinstall On Feb - 13 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

The Champions League is almost with us again and defending champions Barcelona take on Bayer Leverkusen next Tuesday in the first leg of the last sixteen round. Barcelona go into the match as raining World and European champions and face a Leverkusen side weakened by injury and division in the camp. This should be the ideal tie for Barcelona who are who looking to become the first side to retain the Champions League since its inception twenty years ago. Barcelona [...]

Posted by Simon Heptinstall On Feb - 8 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

The second half of the season is viewed by many teams as a chance to right the wrongs of the first half. Its like a new beginning and for many teams you really cant blame them for having that kind of outlook. Take Girona for example. The northern Catalans are next to last and are mired in a fairly miserable season. Their new manager, Josu Uribe is charged with trying to get this side back to the safety, a tall [...]

Posted by Arch Bell On Jan - 27 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

So often great teams are defined by who leads them. Whether it’s Steven Gerrard dragging Liverpool up by his bare hands against Milan in Istanbul or Franz Beckenbauer calmly and decisively leading West Germany to victory in the 1974 World Cup despite going a goal down inside the first minute to the great Dutch team of that era. All teams who win at the highest level need one man who will do whatever it takes to win and get the [...]

Posted by Simon Heptinstall On Jan - 20 - 2012 2 Comments READ FULL POST

There will be no Barcelona Observer or Real Madrid Corner this week, as if anyone had anything to say other than that today the two giants in Spanish football will face each other in the second rivalry match of the campaign. Sorry, but I refuse to call this a derby match. I´m sort of a stickler for certain bits and derbies are matches between city rivals. The expectation is that José Mourinho will play it close in the first match, [...]

Posted by elpresidente On Jan - 18 - 2012 2 Comments READ FULL POST