If there is a singular statement that you could write highest on the wall, above all of the rest of the analysis and discourse in Spanish football, it would be that of a great Argentine. Not Lionel Messi nor Diego Maradona, but his right-hand man at the 1986 World Cup, Jorge Valdano. “Football is a … Continue reading Two glitches in LaLiga’s matrix
Like the imperfections in somebody’s appearance, imbalances in football are often what catch the eye. And, in the case of the less renowned nerazzurri in the Italian game, Atalanta’s attacking overloads have seldom failed to dazzle over the previous five years. Atalanta’s exuberance, creativity and sheer excitement have all been the brainchild of Gian Piero … Continue reading Are Atalanta’s advances losing their appeal?
Twisting and turning, aching and groaning, knees burning; Atlético de Madrid finally came round the ultimate bend in last season’s title race with nothing more to give. Every last life had been used, every slice of fortune pawned away and all of their reserves exhausted. Even while toting a double-digit lead earlier in the season, … Continue reading Atlético de Madrid’s evolving place at LaLiga’s top table