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Hello Guillem first of all just want to say I always find your articles very interesting to read! Obviously we know Malaga have a potentially huge transfer kitty at their disposal for the coming years. Are you impressed with what they have achieved during their first year of the Qatari reign? Also are there any names being linked with a move during the end of the season and who would you go for if you had a transfer budget like Malaga's available to you?
Posted 23:28 27th March 2012
Hi Guillem, Big fan and was interested in your opinion regarding David Villa. When he moved to Barca Sir Alex Ferguson came out and said he was the only player he would have spent big money on, now with Berbatov set to leave and Villa seemingly out of favour at Barca do you think there is an opportunity there for United to get Villa? Also Uniteds biggest problem this season has been a lack of a creative midfielder, is there anyone whom you think would be an ideal fit at OT? Many thanks.
Posted 22:17 27th March 2012
love ur show, guillem balague, i was wondering what da you think, of the youn rela madrid defender, raphael varane????? everytime i see him, he rimends me a bit of lilian thuram, da you think he sholud go to the eruos for france?????? and should he be starter for real madrid,,,,,,,,,
Posted 19:21 27th March 2012
Hi Guillem, I'm a very big fan of Revista De La Liga and agree with most of what is said on the show, except for perhaps the Cristiano Ronaldo/Lionel Messi argument. After watching most of(if not all) Barca and Reals games over the past two years I think the pendulum of excellence may just swing in Ronaldos favour. I find there is vast general bias towards Lionel Messi worldwide perhaps due to the fact that he is just your average looking guy and runs around with a jersey that looks too big for him, and therefore what he does seems more magic because it is somewhat unexpected. Whereas Ronaldo is tall and athletic and is somewhat expected at first glance to produce quality. I also believe that due to Ronaldos reputation for going down easily and going for goal in the EPL he is still labelled a diver and a selfish player whereas Messi is seen as the honest player. People seem to forget that Ronaldos attitude has changed drastically since joining Real, he no longer rolls around on the floor and has upped his assists etc. If anything, it seems to be Barca and Messi of late who are rolling around and complaining to referees, flashing imaginary cards etc. By the way don't get me wrong, I believe Messi is a magnificent player and there's no denying his magical close control. What he does do is amazing, but his range of abilities are somewhat limited in comparison to that of Ronaldo. Messi produces class week in week out when it comes to close ball control, through balls and the occasional cheeky chip over a goalkeeper, he is a fantastic finisher. But in my opinion Ronaldo has everything; Speed, power, strength, crossing(as we saw recently for Benzema), finishing, through balls, heading, attacking positions. Plus he now tracks back as well. As well as that Messi is Barcas focal point for attack where as Ronaldo plays mostly behind Benzema, yet he matches Messi (if not beats him) for goals.. What is your opinion on this?
Posted 16:11 27th March 2012
Hi Guillem, with the Euro Cup only a few months away many are describing it as the end of an era for England and the start of a transitional phase. The same could also be said for Spain in a way, Xavi, Puyol, Torres and Villa will probably be phased out over the next few years through a combination of age in the case of the first two and poor form and injury for the second two. Fringe players such as Marchena and Capdevilla are also likely to disappear. My question is, who will replace these players? Will Spain still be as strong? And will Spain have to alter its style of play to accommodate this change? Thank You.
Posted 12:57 27th March 2012
Hello Guillem I have been watching alot of Barca these last few years as a avid supporter. I want to ask what are the defensive options Barca are looking at this summer? As Puyol who has been outstanding for Barca throughout his career. As a loyal fan of Barca's i do wish that we can strengthen the back line with more quality & strong additions? Along with the potential signing of Alba, who else do you think will be added to the Barca backline at the end of the current season.
Posted 12:27 27th March 2012
Guillem - I'm a huge fan. Your analysis always provides a fair insight into the Spanish game. Keep up the good work. As a Real fan, I really hope you're wrong and that Neymar comes to Madrid, but if he doesn't is there any other future superstar we're looking at? Personally I think Neymar is better suited to Real, as he will not be able to work around Messi effectively (abit like Villa and Alexis now), but I'm interested to see what you think. Also, if Mourinho stays at the Bernabeu, will Marca ever accept him as one of their own? Surely success must surpass ill feeling towards a manager? Vamos REAL!!!
Posted 11:50 27th March 2012
First of, lets be honest and agree that Liverpool haven't had the best start on year 2012. Long-term injuries at crucial times, poor performances (especially from a couple of the new arrivals) and at times 'no luck' on the pitch has caused many dropped points - now being far away from top four. What is your impression on their season so far, the new arrivals and is Kenny Dalglish too far from modern football? Could Rafa fill the gab with new owners supporting him financially? Thanks.
Posted 09:30 27th March 2012
hi guillem, i've noticed this season that one of the strong points of real madrid (not the attack this time) but the partnership of sergio ramos and pepe. i was wondering that would real madrid look to buy a centre back in the summer and move ramos back to right back or is ramos now a fully fledged centre back also do you feel he will also play centre back for the national team in the euros? thanks
Posted 23:43 26th March 2012
Hola Guillem your the best journalist ever my question is barca need centre halves and i like amorebietta and gonzalo do you think barca would be interested in these two?
Posted 22:39 26th March 2012
Hi guillem there is talk is talk in tue English press, yet again about Chelsea , that we are planning a raid of real madrid for higuain and ronaldo! Or the "budget option" lavezzi and cavani from Napoli. As a Chelsea fan I wouldn't mind either! Whats the news in Spain?
Posted 20:08 26th March 2012
Hi Guillem, I find your words of wisdom very interesting. I would like to know your thoughts on a possibility of Javi Martinez moving to Manchester United, or what type of player he is for Manchester United - Is he the right man?
Posted 18:26 26th March 2012
Barcelona's front line now seems to becoming over-populated, with Afellay returning from injury and also Cuenca and Tello breaking through to the squad with the signing of Neymar apparent, the question is who will go? Does Villa stand a chance again and will any of the youngsters be moved on? How can Pep rotate to keep everyone happy? I suppose it's a good problem to have but not for the likes of Villa and Afellay.
Posted 18:17 26th March 2012
Sr Balague, a pleasure to have this chance. Would this summer be time to depart for Mr Roberto Martinez? If they go down, perhaps returning to the Premieship would be an interesting challenge. But if they stay, and I hope they do,what is it there left for him to do? I want him to stay, but sooner or later we all know he will go to a better team. Nobody could blame him for that, not even Mr Whelan. Regarding Bilbao's wonderkinds, not many people speaks about Herrera. If I not mistaken, last year he was playing as an offensive mildfielder with Real Zaragozy, seems better as an organizer. Him and Iturraspe are doing a very good job, in my view
Posted 17:52 26th March 2012
Hi Guillem, What are the chances of Man Utd signing any of the athletico Bilbao players?.
Posted 17:44 26th March 2012
As a big Liverpool fan I was just wondering with Liverpool underperforming in recent weeks a few rumours have been going around about la liga targets? With links in Spain I wondered if you knew anything?
Posted 17:36 26th March 2012
Hi Guillem, Do you this Mikale Arteta is worthy of a Spanish cap. Now he is at Arsenal he has been working with better players and looks a better player now.
Posted 17:21 26th March 2012