Guillem Balague says the La Liga title race is far from over now Real Madrid are out of the Champions League.Back to story
I tune into Revista every week to watch what I think is the most entertaining league in the world.For me personnally Barca need to invest in a new left back ie.Lahm.Ialso think that they should cut their losses and sell Henry and Eto'o.Ribery and Villa would be unstopable with Messi.
Posted 14:13 21st March 2009
Hi Guillem, I was wondering which team in the premiership do you think plays most similarly to spanish sides?
Posted 15:38 20th March 2009
The Dutch have had a relatively big influence on Spanish football in the past, but I believe it is time the Spanish took their own mantle head on. I fail to see any reason why Real Madrid keep signing the Dutch when there are Spanish players who are already established like the two Davids, Silva & Villa, Alonso, Fabrigus to mention but a few. With all due respect to teams where the above mentioned play, I don't think the richer part of the capital can fail to sign any of them. They have been known to buy already made goods, there is no room for grooming players at Madrid. One man I pity most is J. Ramos, I doubt he has the capacity to tone down the current queries at Madrid. Much as it looked like mission impossible for Madrid to catchup with Barca, the current situation at Madrid is going to make the chase even harder. I won't be surprized if Madrid fail to win against Almeria.
Posted 18:28 19th March 2009
Guillem, In your reply to "English Invasion", you make the point twice that money is the reason for English dominance in Europe. Do you then believe that Liverpool is a richer club than Real Madrid? I admit as a Liverpool fan that I have used money as an argument to explain our shortcomings in the league. However, would you not agree a more likely explanation is the length of time managers are given to form their teams a more reasonable explanation for La Liga's inability to create European challengers in more recent seasons?
Posted 18:31 18th March 2009
I heard an interesting thought on the english dominance in champions league on swedish television. The reason that english teams are superior at the moment is because they have more money. But it's not only that. If you compare the english game to Italy and Spain you find one major difference for each of them. The italian league have fallen behind due to their underestimation of speed. If you look at italian clubs and the italian national team you can hardly find any player you would call fast. This might sound like a small thing, but in the modern game speed has become more and more important. Man U has Ronaldo, Nani, Tevez, Liverpool has Torres, Babel, Gerrard, Arsenal has Walcott, Clichy, Arshavin and so on. Inter has... Balotelli. And who else? It got very clear against united. Ibrahimovic (who is a world class player) played unbelievable football. I've never seen a striker cause so much problem in the air for Vidic and Ferdinand. But every time Ibra brought the ball down on his chest, there was no one taking the dangerous runs with speed through the defence. He had nothing to do with the ball but trying something on his own. And that works every week against Siena or Genoa. But not at Old Traford. The differance between England and Spain is down to patiance. Spanish teams have been far to impatient with their managers in resent years. Real Madrid change manager every season, so does Valencia and every other spanish club. Barcelona kept Reijkard for a few seasons and seem to have found their man in Guardiola. But they are an exception. If Benitez is asked: "Why have you achieved greater success in England than in Spain?" He would probably answer that it's because he is given time. Liverpool has a long ongoing project involving him, which brings a stability to the club that Real Madrid and others don't have. There are probably many more reasons but I thought these were interesting.
Posted 18:11 18th March 2009
Hi Guillem, I was over at you're other favourite team, Espanyol's game vs. Mallorca on Sunday evening. Great game and the supporters of the club are second to none with generating the atmosphere with their new stadium upcoming it should be a treat. My question, watching the Espanyol side, one player caught my eye and he is a bit of legend for Espanyol, Raul Tamudo. Do you think he would ever leave Espanyol at this stage of his career because he clearly has a great footballing brain and would be a good asset.
Posted 17:59 18th March 2009