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Case Study: Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid 15/1/2017

January 25, 2017
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Case Study: Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid 15/1/2017

After extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to 40 games by moving past Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, Real Madrid had every right to be confident of putting some distance between themselves and the chasing pack at the top of La Liga. Nevertheless the hard work had been done in...

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Case Study: Eibar 1-1 Valencia 13/12/2015

December 17, 2015
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Case Study: Eibar 1-1 Valencia 13/12/2015

With the understandable excitement in the British press surrounding Gary Neville’s appointment at Valencia churning out overwhelmingly positive spin, it’s worth taking a step back and actually looking at what would actually constitute success in his first job. The most obvious issue Neville faces is whether or not he’s actually much of a coach:...

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Case Study: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Valencia 25/10/2015

November 4, 2015
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Case Study: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Valencia 25/10/2015

Atletico Madrid are now in an awkward predicament about where they are as a club. They are still and probably forever will be behind Real Madrid and Barcelona in terms of reputation and resources, but they are also quite some distance ahead of the chasing pack. They have solidified their place as Spain’s third...

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Case Study: Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid 24/10/2015

October 25, 2015
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Case Study: Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid 24/10/2015

After a testing draw away to Paris Saint-Germain in mid-week, Real Madrid may have hoped for an easy ride come the weekend, but they had no such luck. Undefeated and with a 4-1 thrashing of Barcelona to their name, Celta Vigo have started the season in top form and had a very good chance...

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Case Study: Atletico Madrid 4-0 Real Madrid 7/2/2015

February 8, 2015
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Case Study: Atletico Madrid 4-0 Real Madrid 7/2/2015

After the shock and horror of losing a game, Real Madrid came back strong with another five wins on the bounce to put some distance between them and the chasing pack, but they had reason to be more than a little edgy going into the match against their city rivals. Atletico won the Supercopa,...

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Case Study: Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid 4/1/2015

January 5, 2015
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Case Study: Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid 4/1/2015

Having already broken their club record, Real Madrid headed into their game at the Mestalla just two wins shy of Coritiba’s world record 24 game winning streak and as world  champions, having emerged victorious against Copa Libertadores winners San Lorenzo in Morocco. It was a tricky return from the winter break however: Valencia aren’t...

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Case Study: Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona 25/10/2014

October 29, 2014
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Case Study: Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona 25/10/2014

The latest edition of football’s greatest rivalry featured a managerial Clasico debut of Luis Enrique – a man who had his fair share of Clasico appearances for both sides as a player – but all that experience counted for little as Carlo Ancelotti outfoxed his younger counterpart. The pre-match focus was on another debut:...

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Contrasting defending in the Madrid derby

September 25, 2014
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Contrasting defending in the Madrid derby

About a year ago, we highlighted some similarities between the Real Madrid of today and the Galacticos of Florentino Perez’ last spell as president. Them winning their tenth Champions League would seem to disprove the idea but after their transfer dealings over the summer. In retrospect, Gareth Bale’s signing was the equivalent of Ronaldo...

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The Galactico Project

September 13, 2013
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The Galactico Project

There’s an eery sense of deja vu surrounding Real Madrid this summer. Ten years ago, they had a change of coach, pushed one of the less high-profile but better players out the back door – with whispers that they weren’t that good anyway – and brought in a British star they didn’t really need...

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What can we expect from Gerardo Martino at Barcelona?

August 7, 2013
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What can we expect from Gerardo Martino at Barcelona?

At first glance, it doesn’t really make sense how Gerardo Martino has ended up at Barcelona. Their coaches typically have some sort of link to the club – while Martino did have a brief spell at Barcelona at the tail end of his playing days, it was the Ecuadorian club founded by an immigrant...

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