Martin Odegaard deserves Real Madrid chance

Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard looks set to leave Real Madrid on a two-year loan deal to Dutch giants Ajax, according to the latest speculation. The Norwegian has starred during a series of loan stints in the Netherlands, and surely deserves a chance in the first-team squad at Los Blancos.

The 20-year-old is currently on loan at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem after previously making 43 first-team appearances on loan at Heerenveen, with both his stats and reviews this campaign showing a marked sign of progress. The midfielder has impressed once again in the Eredivisie this campaign by netting eight goals and providing nine assists to help Vitesse into a top seven spot. Continue reading

Keylor Navas set for Real Madrid exit

Keylor Navas

A multitude of reports in the Spanish press on Monday stated that Real Madrid had informed long-serving goalkeeper Keylor Navas that his time at the club was up. The 32-year-old’s final game at the club is set to be against Real Betis on Sunday, in an opportunity for him to say his goodbyes to the fans after five years in the Spanish capital.

The Costa Rican appeared certain to leave the European champions last summer whenever their €40m deal for Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea was completed. However, the Costa Rican number one stuck it out in the Spanish capital and continually referenced his contract at the club and even stating ‘he would rather die’ than leave the Bernabeu. Continue reading

Real Betis will not sign wayward Jese Rodriguez

Jese

The story of Jese Rodriguez is one of missed opportunity, bad decisions and misfortune. As he rose through the youth ranks at Real Madrid and into the first-team squad, his style of play drew comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo and he was widely recognised as one of the best players in the world.

Three months ago, Jese celebrated his 26th birthday and even though he should be approaching an age where most elite footballers reach their peak, his career is lurching from one underperformance to the next. Reports in Spain now say Real Betis, where he is currently on loan, will not exercise the option to sign him permanently. Continue reading

Ernesto Valverde under growing pressure at Barcelona

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As soon as Barcelona went a goal down at Anfield in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final, you could sense what was about to unfold. Liverpool, three goals down from the first leg, were shorn of attacking stars Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. This was as close to an unassailable lead for the Blaugrana as they were ever likely to get in the competition.

The manner of their collapse would be bad enough in isolation but held up against what had happened the previous year against Roma at the quarter-final stage, it really is close to unforgivable. Ernesto Valverde’s side held a 4-1 lead (in what did not reflect the play of the Camp Nou clash) before being blown away by a hungry, energetic side in the return. Continue reading

Fantasy La Liga picks for the final games of the season

La Liga

Girona will fight for LaLiga survival while Valencia, Getafe and Sevilla battle it out for that final Champions League spot in the last round of games in the LaLiga season.

As always, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures from a LaLiga fantasy football viewpoint to help you with your picks for the final weekend of the season.

Have a read and see if any tips stick out which might suit your fantasy LaLiga team this weekend.

Goalkeeper – Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – 11.0 million

Jan Oblak is the usual safe option in goals as Atletico Madrid still prove to be one of the strongest defensive options in LaLiga. Oblak has 119 points this season. Continue reading

Huesca relegated as Valencia continue push for Champions League qualification

Valencia

Valencia turned on the style to hit Huesca for six, confirming relegation for the bottom-of-the-league side in the process.

Marcelino’s team bounced back from their 3-1 Europa League semi-final first leg defeat at Arsenal in the best possible way.

It took just two minutes for the away side to take the lead. Daniel Wass was allowed far too much space on the edge of the box before putting his shot past Roberto Santamaria in the Huesca goal.

In the 16th minute, Rodrigo raced onto Santa Mina’s pass to round the ‘keeper and roll the ball in to make it 2-0 to Valencia. Continue reading

Celta Vigo to avoid La Liga relegation

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Celta Vigo look to have already done enough to secure their La Liga status, after a brilliant turnaround in form in recent weeks moving them up to 15th in the table.

Twelve points from their last seven games has seen them move away from the relegation zone, with three matches still to play.

Fans will not be happy until their safety is confirmed, but they will be getting increasingly confident of remaining in the top flight for the 2019-20 campaign.

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Fantasy La Liga picks for this weekend’s action

La Liga

Starting with Sevilla and Leganes on Friday night, there is another full schedule of 10 LaLiga games this coming weekend.

With Barcelona and Valencia still in European competition, will they be resting players? The two legs of the Champions League and Europa League semi-finals are on either side of this weekend which will influence team selections.

As always, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures from a LaLiga fantasy football viewpoint to help you with your picks for the weekend.

Have a read and see if any tips stick out which might suit your fantasy LaLiga team this weekend. Continue reading

Valencia eye Champions League spot via the Europa League

Goncalo Guedes

Valencia could secure an alternative route into next season’s Champions League, as their La Liga top four continues to falter.

Back to back defeats against Atletico Madrid and Eibar, in league action, has pushed Marcelino’s side down to sixth place, three points behind Getafe and Sevilla, with three games to go.

However it is not over yet in terms of a second successive season in Europe’s premier competition for Los Che.

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Barcelona seal LaLiga title with home win over Levante

Barcelona

It was only just and proper that Lionel Messi was the man to score the winning goal which gave Barcelona their second LaLiga title in a row on Saturday.

Levante were the visitors to Camp Nou as they continue to fight for their status in Spanish football’s top division.

Messi actually started on the bench for the home side with Ernesto Valverde clearly having one eye on his side’s upcoming Champions League semi-final clash with Liverpool.

Luis Suarez brought a good save out of Aitor with Barcelona’s first real chance of the game. Then Philippe Coutinho rattled the crossbar with an excellent effort from a free-kick. Continue reading