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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

Small is better. Man has always tried to make things smaller in order to improve them. We had vinyl records, then we had CD’s & now we have MP3 players. The same seems to go for football. For a while at the start of the millennium it was larger, more athletic players that seemed to be winning out & changing the nature of football. The likes of Patrick Vieira & Steven Gerrard were held up as the future model for […]

Posted by Simon Heptinstall On Mar - 3 - 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 […]

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