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Living in Madrid, writing on football for ESPN, Irish Examiner, WSC, Whoscored & Unibet and talking about football for Newstalk and others.

Carlo Ancelotti: It is impossible to shut up FIFA president Sepp Blatter — Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has said it is impossible to keep FIFA president Sepp Blatter quiet, while backing Blancos talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to win this year's Ballon d'Or award. On Monday, Blatter claimed that Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer should have won the Golden Ball prize awarded to Lionel Messi as FIFA's best player of the tournament at last summer's World Cup.

Barcelona's Mathieu surprised to play left-back, see Suarez on the wing — Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has appeared to criticise his team's tactics during the 3-1 clasico defeat to Real Madrid last weekend, while saying he was "surprised" to have been asked to play the game at full-back and that Luis Suarez was played on the wing.

Sergio Ramos: Madrid don't just counter-attack, we play marvellous football — Sergio Ramos says anyone who knows anything about football knows that Real Madrid are not just a counter-attacking team, in an apparent riposte to comments made by Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez after Madrid won 3-1 in last Saturday's La Liga clasico.

Five things we learned in La Liga this weekend — 1. "Hay Liga" -- for now at least Barcelona's excellent opening to the season and the issues suffered by likely challengers Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid through the first weeks had some optimistic pundits among the Catalan press already predicting in mid-September that a win for the Blaugrana in the season's first clasico could potentially "determine" the title race.

La Liga Betting: Atletico Madrid To Cap Off A Good Week At Getafe — While this is in theory at least a local derby, Atletico Madrid's trip to Getafe is about as low profile as can be this weekend, given the noise generated elsewhere in the Spanish capital by Saturday afternoon's clasico, in which Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti — Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said that his players not panicking after conceding early, and sticking to their gameplan, was key to Saturday's 3-1 La Liga clasico win over Barcelona. Barca went in front after just four minutes through Neymar, and might have made it 2-0 when Lionel Messi had a great chance saved by Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas midway through the first half.

New chapter added to Van Gaal's fluid football vs. Mourinho's pragmatism — Louis van Gaal had only been Barcelona manager for a few months and, although he already knew the young Jose Mourinho offered much more than just being a translator, he hadn't realised just how much. That would come, but thanks to an unlikely source.

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona — It would be naive to deny that the rise of the clasico to become the biggest and most important game in world football has nothing to do with vastly expanded television coverage in recent years or with the many thousands of online columns, magazine articles or newspaper coverage around the globe.

La Liga Betting: Madrid To Edge Tight Clasico Decided By Fine Margins — Even for a clasico this is hard to call. Real Madrid have won all of their last eight games in all competitions, scoring 35 goals and conceding five. But Barcelona come into the game four points ahead of Los Blancos in the Primera Division table, having started the season going a club record eight games without conceding a goal.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale ruled out of Clasico, Isco set to replace him — Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Gareth Bale will miss Wednesday's Champions League game at Liverpool and Saturday's clasico at home to Barcelona, while suggesting Isco is most likely to come into the side in Bale's stead.
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Oct 29, 2014

RT @FCBarcelona: Suárez's wonderfully cheeky assist for Piqué's headed goal is the talking point of an otherwise largely uneventful half #FCBlive

Oct 29, 2014

FT Cornella 1-4 Madrid in Copa first leg. Which should make second leg comfortable enough at Bernabeu in early Dec.

Oct 29, 2014

Suarez is playing centre-forward for Barca in Catalan Supercup tonight. Captain Pedro on left, Munir on right of attack.

Oct 29, 2014

Madrid final two subs are Castilla's finest Medran & Raul de Tomas for Isco [cheered by crowd all night] & Benzema.

Oct 29, 2014

4-1 Madrid. Isco drives into box and has shot saved, Marcelo doesnt mess around this time, smashes in from tight angle.

Oct 29, 2014

Marcelo straight through on goal tries pretty silly back-heel which doesnt come off... immediately has hand up to say sorry...

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