Lead-up and line-ups
Both teams went into this game with new coaches and new signings. What wasn’t new was the expectations and hype.
To date Barcelona had negotiated the transition to Gerardo Martino with greater success than that of Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti.
Barcelona dropped their first league points in nine games last weekend in a scoreless draw away to Osasuna.
Real Madrid was three points behind Barcelona after a 2-2 draw with Villarreal and a 1-0 derby loss to Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid went into the game looking for a third consecutive clasico win, something they had not done in 34 years.
Of Real Madrid’s three big summer signings only Gareth Bale made…to read more please click on the link.
Another frenzied end to a transfer window in Europe and the discussion will now move quickly from discussing and debating who strengthened their squads and who lost out, to the vast amount of money that has just been spent.
Two of the biggest spenders were Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur but rather than pushing the clubs into the red both clubs will likely generate… to read more please click on the link.
A couple of weeks ago Manchester United manager David Moyes was venting that a computer software program had assigned his new club “the hardest start for 20 years.”
First up was a tricky trip to Swansea that turned out to be not nearly as problematic in reality as it was on paper. A 4-1 win for United made sure that the label of “crisis-club” remained firmly attached to Arsenalrather than the Premier League Champions – for the first week of the season anyway.
But although the trip to Wales was successful Manchester United still has…….to read more please click the link.