Are Osasuna about to set a new standard? They could end the season as the best awful team of all time. For much of the season, La Liga pundits have been united in their view of the relegation scrap: ” Stick a fork in it, it’s done.” Their logic is compelling: the bottom three are awful … More Osasuna’s exercise in magnificent futility
It’s difficult to see the notion of the mind game as anything other than a journalistic invention, a key part of the narrative arc which has little effect on the changing room, except perhaps a gradual erosion of the credibility of the likes of Rafa Benitez as the press constantly proclaim him the loser of … More If PR own goals matter, Liverpool are in trouble.
Here’s something I wrote for Soccerlens It’s one of those expressions that work equally well in Spanish and English: “Mourinho Tira La Toalla A 22 Jornadas Del Final” – “Mourinho Throws In The Towel With 22 Games Left”. AS’s front page had put it in a nutshell: the game was up in the league. Maybe … More Spy Versus Spy as Mourinho Finds Madrid’s Not Forever
The other Catalan club’s new coach Javier Aguirre Here’s something I wrote for Soccerlens Harry Redknapp isn’t the only wily veteran to take on a dysfunctional bottom of the table side this week. Javier Aguirre is a master fire-fighter but he’s taken on a massive job at Espanyol. At least his side isn’t as far … More Javier Aguirre Takes on Espanyol’s Mission Impossible
From Soccerlens When Jose Antonio Reyes scored the fastest goal in the history of the Seville derby last weekend, snatching that record from opposing manager Pepe Mel in the process, it seemed too good to be true. Jose Antonio Reyes celebrates during Sevilla’s remarkable derby win When he added another goal and an assist before … More The Inevitable Demise of Jose Antonio Reyes