Latest Football News (Week 2 February 2018)

Barcelona drew a stalemate as Real returns to winning ways

Barcelona had an off day, and could not stretch the lead as they failed to score for the first time this season. Getafe was exceptional and their defensive solidity shouldn’t be undermined, and goalkeeper Guaita was outstanding as he denied Messi and Suarez clear chances. Coutinho hasn’t adapted to Barca’s style of play yet and was placed in a 4-man midfield to replicate Iniesta’s role. He was found a bit too forward, but given Getafe’s limited offensive displays he was let off the hook. Suarez should have converted at least once, and Messi was well marked as well and could not influence the game.

Iniesta replaced Coutinho and Dembele returned to action after Alcacerwas taken off, but neither of them could make a difference and the Frenchman looked leggy throughout the game. Yerry Mina had a go and did well for most part of the game. His defensive positioning should be reviewed, but it was an efficient performance from the Columbian. Real Madrid will be relieved to see Cristiano Ronaldo score his first hat-trick of the season, as Real thrashed Real Sociedad 5-2. Vazquez and Kroos added the other two as Zidane made a few changes to the starting line-up. Asensio was excellent, and Vazquez was energetic throughout the game. Bale and Iscowere introduced later in the game.

 

Neymar may end up in Madrid believes Marcelo

The Brazliian full back believes his compatriot should join Real in the future, and would fit in nicely alongside world class players. Prior to Marcelo’s comment, Brazilian Ronaldo also expressed his desire to see Neymar play for Real Madrid, and expects him to do great things at the club. The talks of Neymar leaving PSG for Madrid have gained momentum and Perez’s comment on helping Neymar win the Ballon D’or has turned a few heads. Marcelo also brushed off rumours regarding Cristiano leaving Madrid, and feels that Cris is a mature guy and he knows he is surrounded by a great bunch of players and he can still achieve a lot. Marcelo believes the kind of criticism Ronaldo receives is unfair.

 

Zidane brushes off Isco rumours

The Frenchman has made it clear that Isco will not leave Real Madrid, and it is his wish to see the Spaniard finish his career on top at Madrid. The Spanish midfielder was again on the bench but came on as a substitute later in the game. Bale’s return to form and action and Zidane playing BBC up front gives Real a more balanced dimension overall. Isco’s free roaming ability has hurt Real defensively, but there remains no doubt over his abilities. Isco seemed to be happy about his position and will be eyeing to make his mark against PSG whenever Zidane calls upon him.