Monthly Archives: December 2016

  1. The form and fitness of Busquets and Iniesta give Barcelona hope

    7th December 2016. By Ryan Baldi.
    Though they came away with a point and prevented Real Madrid from taking a nine-point lead in the title race, with Sergio Ramos scoring a late equaliser for the away side, Barcelona can be forgiven for feeling deflated after Saturday's 1-1 draw in El Clásico at the Camp Nou.

    But, once the dust has settled and time has allowed the Blaugrana to take a wider view of events from the weekend, manager Luis Enrique will be able to take a couple of positives from the game that will serve them well for the rest of the season. Namely the return to form of Sergio Busquets and the return from injury of captain Andrés Iniesta.

    Barcelona have been something of an inconsistent beast this season. The usual control they exert over opponents in the midfield area has been conspicuously missing from several performances. In their final league game before the

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  2. Gaston Ramirez Exhibits his Skills at Middlesbrough

    5th December 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    Although Middlesbrough's exquisitely talented attacking midfielder, Gaston Ramirez, tends to blow hot and cold, when he's on, there's not too many better creators around.

    Boro manager, Aitor Karanka, knows this better than most, recently musing: "When Gastón plays well, it makes a big difference to us."

    Last weekend's clash with reigning champions, Leicester City, was certainly one of those nights where he was right on top of his game. Despite Middlesbrough succumbing to a late Islam Slimani penalty to draw 2-2, the Uruguayan international displayed why his imaginative passing and dribbling skills are so vital to his side going forward.

    Deployed out on the left wing, the 26-year-old injected a much needed degree of incision and guile into his team's work in the final third. Being such a technical m

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  3. Giovanni Simeone - The Man of the Moment at Genoa

    2nd December 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    "I heard from my father, who told me he had scored against Juventus, and therefore it was in our blood, so I had to do the same. This is the best day of my career so far," explained an overjoyed Giovanni Simeone following his double in Genoa's sensational 3-1 win over Juventus.

    Indeed, there was no better way for the son of Diego to break his six match goalless streak, in a match where he became the first Genoa player to bag a brace against Juventus since Marco Rossi in 2010.

    While his father was busy attending to business of his own, steering his Atletico Madrid side to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Osasuna in La Liga, Diego certainly would've been proud of his boy's exploits against the Serie A league leaders upon hearing the news of his day out. Remarkably, 6084 days after his dad scored a winner vs Juve for Lazio

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