Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez grabbed the headlines after Real Madrid's victory at Balaidos on Sunday night, scoring twice in a hard-fought 4-2 triumph that kept the side's title hopes alive. At just the right time from the point of view of both player and club, Chicharito has gained a position of importance within the team. Real's plans for Chicharito remain vague -- "at the end of the season" is manager Carlo Ancelotti's mantra -- but a striker signed on loan for a €2.5 million fee and...
Five thoughts gleaned from the weekend's action, as Barcelona eased past Espanyol and Real Madrid showed some fighting spirit against Celta Vigo.
1. Barca focus spot on
The Catalan capital derbi at Espanyol looked a potentially tricky one for Barcelona. The previous day's Champions League semifinal draw had set up Josep Guardiola's emotional return to the Camp Nou with Bayern Munich in just 10 days' time. Saturday was also the first anniversary of the death of former Blaugrana coach Tito...
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Who will win this year's Champions League trophy?
Well, the weekend's worst-kept secret is out: Chelsea's Eden Hazard is the winner of the 2014-15 PFA Player of the Year award, fending off...
The rumours are gaining steam and, in many instances, credibility. It's the sweet spot for Transfer Talk, where anything is possible as the summer window nears.
Real to make shock move for Blues benchwarmer?
John Obi Mikel was once rated so highly that Chelsea and Manchester United fought a bitter battle over the midfielder's future. Unfortunately for the Blues and Mikel, he never really fulfilled his potential, yet has become a solid squad option for Jose Mourinho.
That dependability is an enticing...
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez brought a memorable week to a close with a brace that helped Real Madrid to a hard-fought 4-2 victory in an entertaining game against Celta Vigo in Galicia.
The Mexican, who scored the winner in the midweek Champions League triumph against Atletico Madrid, took his tally to six goals in just three starts in La Liga and three goals in five days with two neat and timely goals in Balaidos as Madrid kept their title aspirations alive following Barcelona's derby win over...
There was good news from Carlo Ancelotti's pre-match press conference on Saturday: Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are on the road to recovery. The Welshman is expected to be available for the league match against Sevilla next week and Real's first-choice striker should return to action in the first leg of the Champions League tie against Juventus in Turin on May 5.
The bad news is that alongside Luka Modric, neither will make the trip to Balaidos to play Celta on Sunday. The same situation was...