When Real Madrid and FC Barcelona play each other, Spain stops, Europe stops, perhaps the entire football-loving fraternity on this planet stop. TheHardTackle presents the Rival Rendezvous.
Table toppers Real Madrid ensured that they will go into the Clasico next week with a 3 point lead and a game in hand by overcoming a potentially tricky match away against Sporting Gijon. The hosts were beaten 0-3 with the all whites getting all 3 points although they did struggle at first against a stubborn Gijon defense led by the Catalonian Alberto Botia. In the end, Madrid broke the resistance with goals from Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo. In what turned out to be an ill tempered match, the referee was generous with his cards and Gijonai??i??s number 8 Sebastian Eguren collected two yellows and hence saw red. Current champions FC Barcelona were facing what could have been a tough match against Levante at home but the Catalans controlled the match from the start, with the minnows from Valencia lucky to have conceded only 5 goals. Cesc Fabregas proved his worth with a brace and a goal […]
Barcelona Host Levante in their final match before El ClA?sico. Match Analysis, Injury News, Line-Ups and Predictions follow.
Real Madrid are sitting top of the table but travel to Gijon to take on Preciado's men.Sporting are the same team which handed Mourinho's first home defeat in nine years. Can they beat Real Madrid again?
Real Madrid have another Makelele and contrary to the popular belief it is not Lassana Diarra. It is Sami Khedira. In the second part of this series TheHardTackle tries to bust some myths and appreciates one of the most under appreciated players.
Beleaguered Barcelona take on another team from Madrid. After Getafe can Rayo provide their more illustrious cross-town rivals a plush cushion? TheHardTackle presents the preview and other details.
Real Madrid increase their league at the top and more about week 14 of La Liga.
In recent weeks, and indeed since the Supercopa clashes between Barcelona and Real Madrid (at the beginning of the season), the Spanish and international media has had a tendency to sound a bit like a broken tape recorder, with the same thing being repeated again and again. The main points of this tiresome media narrative are: Ai??Jose Mourinho’s teams are better in the second year. Ai??Real Madrid have improved (as witnessed by the Spanish Supercopa matches) and will usurp the league this time around. But let’s examine these statements and their true worth. It is a fact that JosAi?? Mourinho’s teams are better in the second year. You just have to look into the Special One’s performances when he was manager of Porto, Chelsea and Inter to realize thsi. With FC Porto, it was said that Mourinho’s first conversation with the team went along the lines of promises that were stated like events that had already occurred. Something along the […]
As "El Derbi madrileAi??o" comes into focus once more, the fortunes of the two teams could not be more different. Will Atletico spring a shock or be hapless victims at the hands of Los Blancos once more. TheHardTackle gives a preview of what to to expect from Spanish capital giants.
FC Barcelona Travel to Getafe in Matchday 14 of La Liga, trying to keep up the pace at the top of La Liga.