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Guillem Balague blogs on Real Madrid's rise up La Liga

Image: Jese is firing Real Madrid to new heights, says Guillem

When Real Madrid lost El Clasico they were six points behind Barcelona and five away from Atletico Madrid and now they have the same points.

Guillem answers your questions...

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Hi Guillem, I've read that Thomas Muller and Javi Martinez could be moving to Madrid, is there any truth in deals for either of them? Thanks Paul
GUILLEM SAYS: No. People should stop reading Twitter so much!

Hi Gulliem. How highly do you rate Louis Van Gaal as a manager and was his time at Barca a failure or a success? Could you also shed any light on the rumours linking Pochettino to Real Madrid? Many Thanks David
GUILLEM SAYS: I've got no idea where Pochettino to Real Madrid comes from, Real Madrid have got no idea where that comes from and neither has Pochettino! I think someone just made it up. Having said that, he is on the way to becoming a top manager and I trust he'll have an opportunity at one of the big clubs in England first and perhaps Real Madrid at some point. Florentino Perez likes him. But these latest rumours? Nobody knows where they've come from. As for Louis Van Gaal, I will call his first time at Barcelona a success and his second a failure. The second time, he shouldn't have come but in the first spell he put the foundation for the structure of the club and their methodology in place - and that has never been recognised. I'm trying to put together a bunch of opinions from people who were close to him - from Jose Mourinho to Pep Guardiola - to give him the homage he deserves because he was absolutely essential for the progression from the Johan Cruyff era to the Pep era.

Hi Gulliem. I'm a big fan of your column! I'm a lifelong Madridista and was wondering if you can please shed some light on the Benzema situation, I know he is scoring goals at the moment but I can name at least 10 better strikers than him and would really love to see him leave. Is there any chance of Real Madrid signing Cavani, Suarez, Falcao, or any other world class striker or are we stuck with Benzema because of his relationship with Zidane?Roy
GUILLEM SAYS: I want you to name me the ten strikers and then we can continue talking!

Hi Guillem, Great Work! Unless I haven't seen enough of Arda Turan the Turkish gem at Atletico, why on earth isn't anyone in the EPL courting him? I'm seriously impressed with him.Nyakzin
GUILLEM SAYS: Turan had a lot of offers from England, from back home and from Germany but he decided to stay because he believed in the project and was earning enough - he got a new contract when all these offers came in from clubs in England.

Hi Guillem, No doubt Luis Aragones was a special man and he changed the international team but do you think half of it came from Barca with Johan Cruyff as most of the Spanish talent has come from their academy and they know how to play the right way, which in my opinion is why the BPL players are not big players for Spain... Because they are not on the same wavelength tactically i.e. United, City, Chelsea etc. set their teams up different to La Liga teams with the approach and possession.Benjarno
GUILLEM SAYS: Of course Johan Cruyff helped Barcelona to a way of playing but you have to have somebody who says 'ok, let's do it now'. And by the time Luis Aragones started putting his team together and took the decision to put in all the short midfielders, Pep Guardiola wasn't in the first team at Barcelona and it was a bad Barcelona that had gone two years without winning anything. You have to be very brave to say 'that is the way'. He didn't say 'the way is the Barcelona way' he said the way is short midfielders, passing the ball, keeping control of the ball because Santi Cazorla, David Silva, Xabi Alonso and Marcos Senna, all these guys understood the style - and they weren't just Barcelona players.

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