Despite the minor injury concerns surrounding Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Atletico Madrid skipper Diego Godin, the Champions League final is set to feature two full-strength teams from the Spanish capital.
The former FC Barcelona and Holland defender thinks Juventus will not be able to beat Barcelona in the Berlin final. Michael Reiziger is confident that his former club can see off Juventus in the Champions League final, predicting them to win 3-1 in Berlin. Luis Enrique’s side come into the final as favorites, with the trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar having struck a stunning 120 goals between them this season. Reiziger won two league titles during his stay with FC Barcelona and reckons that there is no stopping his former club: “Barcelona are currently playing at a very high level; they’re almost impossible to stop.” “They will win. I think Barcelona will win 2-1 or 3-1..” Reiziger was a team mate of Luis Enrique during his time at the club and is now hoping to see his him lead the club to a famous treble after a mid-season blip during which it was also rumoured that he fell out with […]
Juventus vs Barcelona was not the dream final many neutrals were hoping for. Many, were desperately hoping to witness the first Super Clasico, but it was not destined to be. Destiny however has come in the form of a band of diamonds-in-the-rough, known as Juventus FC. Despite not being the bookmakers choice, the Old Lady, have defied all logic and expectation, and have come within a hairs breadth of scaling the summits of European Football, once again. Their final hurdle however, comes in the form of the equally dominant Barcelona, who like their Italian counterparts, have dramatically changed their game and have earned the tag of ‘favourites’ going into the showpeice final in Berlin. While superstars such as Pogba and Messi have grabbed headlines, it is Massimiliano Allegri and Luis Enrique who are truly at the heart of these two modern machines. Having received a less than rapturous welcome, Allegri, in the space of 10 months, has proved all his doubters wrong. […]
On 4th January, 2015 if some seer would’ve told a Cule that five months down the line Barcelona would be contesting for their second treble in six years, in all probability that Cule would have liked to borrow some of the stuff that the seer was probably smoking – for two fundamental reasons: Firstly to forget the pain of yet another season of downward spiral with the dressing room in a mess Secondly that stuff seemed really good – second treble in six years (most don’t even have one) Five actual months later, Barcelona are realistically contesting for their second treble in six years and fans around the globe couldn’t have been happier. David Moyes, notorious for breaking Manchester United, ironically played a monumental role in galvanizing the Barcelona outfit into one of the most feared ones in recent times – probably more than the one led by the legendary Pep Guardiola. Ever since the departure of Pep Guardiola […]
Two of Europe’s powerhouses are set to go head to head on Saturday, with both sides a single win away from the treble.Barcelona have returned to their brilliant best under Luis Enrique this season, with Lionel Messi leading the way, ably supported by Neymar and Luis Suarez.Up against them are Juventus, looking to add to their domestic dominance with a first Champions League title since 1996. This could be the last chance for legends like Andre Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini to get their hands on the famous trophy. Suarez set to meet his old pals Evra and Chiellini Few years ago in England these two players got into a war of words during a heated derby clash. Suarez apparently hurled racist comments at Evra, and was subsequently suspended eight games for the incident. The two sides met again months later. Prior to the game, Suarez refused to shake Evra’s hand. Given the fluidity with which Barca attack, these […]
FC Barcelona’s star footballer Lionel Messi has praised Juventus FC ahead of the UEFA Champions League final which is scheduled to happen on 6th June. Both the sides are on the verge of winning a treble on that night in Berlin and a mouthwatering clash between the two powerhouses of European football is expected. Messi sounded extremely respectful towards their opponents. He said: “It’s a Champions League final. “We have to go through a lot to make it to the final because we know it is not easy to become champions again. “Our dream is to win it all. We know that we will face a very tricky opponent – they are very strong, Juventus are a big team. “It is a final and anything can happen, but we will prepare and approach it as we have approached finals before.” FC Barcelona attacking trio comprising of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez are being considered as on of the deadliest force […]
Chelsea won their first ever Champions league crown in Munich last night, beating Bayern in a dramatic penalty shoot-out. TheHardTackle brings you the match analysis.
With Real Madrid and Barcelona dominating La Liga thoroughly, is the national league of Spain headed for doomsday like the Scottish one? TheHardTackle's Guest Author, Joseph Walsh, analyzes the situation at hand.
Can there be a bigger match in the European circuit? Well, not really. On the 28th of May, Manchester United will clash with Barcelona at the Wembley for the topmost prize in European Club Football - The Champions League. Keeping with the tradition, TheHardTackle presents the Rival Rendezvous.