Latest Football News (Week 1 May 2018)

Barcelona makes it 26 league trophies

The Catalan giants may have fallen to Rome, but they are the undisputed rulers of Spain, and in the last decade have managed to seize the league 7 times as compared to 2 of their arch rival Real Madrid. Barcelona managed to win the league by making another record. They won the league without losing any match, thus scribbling their name on the list with Celtic and Arsene’s invincible. Barcelona secured a 4-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna with their maestro Messi scoring a hat-trick and Coutinho opening the scoring at Riazor. Messi has already scored 32 times in his 30 outings and will win the Pichichi Award without a shadow of doubt.

Highlighted as Messi’s most influential season with Barcelona, he has helped them win yet another double. It was a perfect send-off to midfield magician Andres Iniesta, and Barcelona would be keen to fill his void. It was far from a resounding performance, but Messi’s brilliance coupled with Suarez’s astute touches meant Barcelona winning the league with Real Madrid 15 points behind them.

 

Iniesta still remains perplexed with his move outside Barcelona

It had been two-decades of unparalleled brilliance from the diminutive Spaniard who has won everything except the Ballon D’or, although it would not be too much to say that his brilliance should not be measured by a Ballon D’or. Iniesta hasn’t really made up his mind, but he has made it clear that he will not be playing in Europe as he will not be able to play against Barcelona. In that case a move to China would be a probable option, but he could also follow his long term friend Xavi and move to the Middle-east.

Iniesta has won 4 Champions League with Barcelona and the La Liga a record 9 times with 6 Copa Del Rey trophies as well. The 33-year old has received showers of praise from Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Juan Mata, Lionel Messi, and other footballing greats.

 

Real keen on reaching yet another final

Real Madrid could make it 3 out of 3 Champions League final if they manage to win against Bayern at Santiago Bernabeu. With a slender 2-1 lead, and Bayern being the better team throughout the first leg Zidane will have his work cut out, and onus will be on Cristiano Ronaldo for the umpteenth time. Bayern players expressed their sentiments after losing at Allianz Arena and felt they were the better side and should have won it 5-2 or 6-2. Zidane’s men will not be thinking of that and look to play attacking form of football as their defensive ineptitudes were quite visible against Juventus. It will be another battle for the ages as Real would look to knock Bayern out for the 3rd time in a row.