IMAGE: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi takes a free-kick during the La Liga match against Atletico de Madrid at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, Spain, on September 12, 2015. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images Almost everything Lionel Messi does looks effortless but the Barcelona forward insists a lot of practice goes into trying to perfect the free-kicks which have contributed a sizeable chunk of his goals this season. The 28-year-old Argentine has scored seven goals from direct ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
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'We are humans, not machines' IMAGE: Barcelona's Neymar reacts after missing a goal against Valencia last weekend. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters Barcelona’s Luis Suarez has come to the rescue of under-fire teammate Neymar and added it was important to get back to winning ways against Deportivo after Barca suffered three consecutive league defeats for the first time since 2003, allowing Atletico Madrid to draw level on points with them and Real Madrid to move one behind. “We were ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
‘We still depend on ourselves. Our margin for error has run out and we are aware of the challenge’ ‘We can’t be worried at all when you look at the way we are playing at the moment’ IMAGE:FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, left, and Neymar look on dejected. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images Barcelona’s players returned from the international break at the start of April confident of achieving an unprecedented second straight treble. La Liga PHOTOS: ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
It’s been a week now since Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo hobbled off the pitch after injuring his thigh against Villarreal during a La Liga match last Wednesday. Since then, the Portuguese forward he has tried to allay fears about the extent of his injury by posting happy pictures of himself on his Instagram account, stating "Don't worry be happy," and later some more photographs of him exercising in a gym, including one where he is flexing his muscles. His efforts to stay positive ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago Ronaldo second highest scorer in La Liga as Madrid crush Celta 7-1 Rediff.com, 2 months ago
It was a week of comebacks and failures as headlines were full of surprises with Spain's 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal won his first big title in two years' time. Also English club Liverpool fought back from a hopeless position to edge Dortmund in their Europa League quarter-final match. But FC Barcelona's form continued to dip. After a mid-week defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid, and a consequent exit from the UEFA Champions League, the defending Spanish football champs ended the ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
‘We make ourselves strong with the tools we have’ IMAGE: Diego Simeone, coach of Atletico Madrid gives instructions during the Champions League quarter-final, second leg match against FC Barcelona. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images. Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone praised his team's spirit after knocking holders Barcelona out of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday. "There is a virtue in this team," he said. "We are a group of honest workers who can win or lose.Rediff.com, 1 month ago
‘It’s evident that we are in a hole, we aren’t at our best at the moment nor our most effective’ IMAGE: FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi reacts as he fail to score during the Champions League quarter-final, second leg match against Club Atletico de Madrid. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images. Barcelona are in a slump after exiting the Champions League at the hands of Atletico Madrid, their coach Luis Enrique said on Wednesday. Champions League PIX: Atletico ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'What happened before remains in the past' 'The key is to control our emotions, play intelligently, we have known how to play these types of games for the last three or four years' IMAGE: Atletico Madrid's Gabi attends a news conference. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters Atletico Madrid captain Gabi said his team would not be lulled into complacency by Barcelona’s faltering form when they host the Champions League holders in the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday. Luis ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Image: Real Madrid's Alvaro Arbeloa blows a kiss as he celebrates after scoring a goal. Photograph: Reuters. Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa reignited his long-running war of words with Barcelona’s Gerard Pique by suggesting that the Spanish League leaders manage to win only if opposing teams have had players sent off. La Liga leaders Barca surprisingly succumbed 1-0 to mid-table Real Sociedad on Saturday, a result that not only condemned the Catalans to their second successive ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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