Almost. That would be the word to describe round 18 of Spainai??i??s top division. Betis almost held Barcelona to a draw (or, even worse, a shock defeat) and Mallorca almost opened up La Liga when they took the lead against Real Madrid. Barcelona, who were facing Real Betis at home, had to really sweat to win all 3 points. Betis are known for their very positve football style and they almost caused a huge upset. Although they didnai??i??t outplay the Catalan side, they did score twice to bring the score to 2-2 before going a man down. Alexis Sanchez and Lionel Messi scored to get the Catalans a respectable 4-2. This was the first time that Barcelona conceded at home in the league this season. Lionel Messi, however, added to his already impressive tally to make it 19 goals in the league, two behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who didnai??i??t score this week. Real Madrid, like Barcelona, seemed to have one eye […]

Welcome to the complete round-up of transfer rumors and confirmed news for the day.Ai??TheHardTackleAi??brings you the top five transfer rumors, verdicts and more. Christopher Samba on the verge of joining Tottenham Hotspurs Tottenham have made a bid for Blackburn’s Christopher Samba. Verdict:Ai?? The addition of Samba in January would be a cracker of a signing for Spurs. Why? First, Harry Redknapp is a great admirer of the Congo defender. Secondly, he needs a towering figure at the back. At 27, Samba has the agility and a stout physical presence that match with the clubai??i??s policy of buying experienced PL players from lower teams who are good enough to play for them. Also, Gallas and King are getting old. There is also a growing interest for him from the QPR camp, especially after the arrival of Mark Hughes who actually bought him during his coaching days at Blackburn Rovers. But it is understood that Blackburn is resigned to lose him and […]

The Spanish league saw some very interesting matches this week. with the top 3 being the main focus to see if there would be any major shocks, and fans werenai??i??t disappointed. Real Madrid overcame a pontentially tricky situation against Granada to eventually end up winning the match 5-1. Although the Capital club won the match by a comfortable margin, Granada did a pretty good job of giving the Spanish giants a fight for their money in the first 30 minutes or so at the Santiago Bernabeu no less. Sergio Ramos must stick out for his performances in this match by easily thwarting any forays forward by the Granada forwards and also for scoring Madridai??i??s second goal. One can assume that Malaga didn’t go into their match high on confidence after the narrow defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey (3-2), in which they were leading by two goals which was followed by a dramatic and amazing comeback by […]