José Mourinho Provokes Response From Pep Guardiola

This time it’s personal. Barcelona’s coach, Josep Guardiola, finally exploded, sending a year of pent-up anger and frustration gushing forth as he responded to José Mourinho on the eve of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. The question now is whether Mourinho will feel that he has won the mental battle, dragging Guardiola into territory that is not his own, or if Guardiola will feel a release at having…

April 27, 2011

Preview: Bayern Munich v Inter Milan

Bayern Munich prepared for Tuesday’s Champions League second leg with Inter Milan by thrashing Hamburg 6-0 on Saturday. The Germans had been in crisis since winning 1-0 at the San Siro in the first leg. All that changed against Hamburg as Bayern halted their plummet down the Bundesliga standings and gave coach Louis Van Gaal, who will leave at the end of the season, some respite. Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben…

March 14, 2011

Xavi, Iniesta And Messi…Who Really Deserve The Award?

Leo Messi was wearing a dickie bow. Proof, some said with a smile, that he knew he was going to be awarded with a second successive Ballon d’Or – after all, Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta were only in ties. But he didn’t know: amid all the shock, the disgust and the pathetic patriotic paranoia, the man most surprised at Messi’s award was Messi. On his way into the gala,…

January 12, 2011