La Liga preview: Spanish title rivals aim for winning streak

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September 9, 2011

Barcelona visit Real Sociedad while title threat Real Madrid are also aiming for a second-straight win in La Liga on Saturday.

The two powerhouses both recorded convincing wins on the opening match day, with Jose Mourinho’s men recording a 6-0 victory at Real Zaragoza to take top spot.

Barcelona put five past Villarreal in a superb display, but their clash against Philippe Montanier’s team should prove a tougher challenge.

Lionel Messi netted twice in Barcelona’s win and had a hand in several others as Pep Guardiola’s men again looked irresistible.

Midfielder Xavi said on Thursday that Guardiola had changed the way football was played around the world.

“In my opinion he’s the best coach in the world,” he told Spanish daily Sport.

“There is little doubt about that for me. He has revolutionised football and has added everything to this club that we needed.”

“This team can achieve a lot under Pep and we all accept his decisions. Nobody questioned it when he benched (Sergio) Busquets in the European Supercup. We will all have our moments where we won’t play. Not even Messi can always play.”

“Those who think they are untouchable won’t go far under Pep. History doesn’t count for anything. We are all equal and have to show that we deserve to play.”

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick for Real Madrid and is sure to cause Getafe plenty of problems.

Third-placed Valencia, who had Roberto Soldado score a treble in their opening win, will welcome Atletico Madrid.

Real Zaragoza will be out to bounce back from their thrashing when they travel to promoted Rayo Vallecano.

Elsewhere, Mallorca and Real Betis meet after both recorded first-up wins, while Osasuna and Sporting Gijon are looking for their first victories when they clash.

Sevilla will travel to Villarreal, Racing Santander host Levante and Athletic Bilbao visit Espanyol in the other games.

Fri 9 September, 2011

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La Liga preview: Spanish title rivals aim for winning streak

Oleh: admin

Barcelona visit Real Sociedad while title threat Real Madrid are also aiming for a second-straight win in La Liga on Saturday.

The two powerhouses both recorded convincing wins on the opening match day, with Jose Mourinho’s men recording a 6-0 victory at Real Zaragoza to take top spot.

Barcelona put five past Villarreal in a superb display, but their clash against Philippe Montanier’s team should prove a tougher challenge.

Lionel Messi netted twice in Barcelona’s win and had a hand in several others as Pep Guardiola’s men again looked irresistible.

Midfielder Xavi said on Thursday that Guardiola had changed the way football was played around the world.

“In my opinion he’s the best coach in the world,” he told Spanish daily Sport.

“There is little doubt about that for me. He has revolutionised football and has added everything to this club that we needed.”

“This team can achieve a lot under Pep and we all accept his decisions. Nobody questioned it when he benched (Sergio) Busquets in the European Supercup. We will all have our moments where we won’t play. Not even Messi can always play.”

“Those who think they are untouchable won’t go far under Pep. History doesn’t count for anything. We are all equal and have to show that we deserve to play.”

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick for Real Madrid and is sure to cause Getafe plenty of problems.

Third-placed Valencia, who had Roberto Soldado score a treble in their opening win, will welcome Atletico Madrid.

Real Zaragoza will be out to bounce back from their thrashing when they travel to promoted Rayo Vallecano.

Elsewhere, Mallorca and Real Betis meet after both recorded first-up wins, while Osasuna and Sporting Gijon are looking for their first victories when they clash.

Sevilla will travel to Villarreal, Racing Santander host Levante and Athletic Bilbao visit Espanyol in the other games.

Fri 9 September, 2011

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