A ‘Classico’ worth watching

For the past few years Barcelona have made sure that the match with the highest viewership in the world would not live up to it’s hype. Zinedine Zidane though, had other ideas for his ‘Classico’ debut. Real Madrid came back to beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou after going down by a goal via the head of Gerard Pique. Madrid though responded through Benzema’s brilliant overhead finish. Madrid were dominating the game until Sergio Ramos was given his marching order after a second bookable offence. Zidane though, sticked to his guns and sent on Jese Rodriguez to speed up Madrid’s attack which turned the tables on Barcelona as Madrid scored on a counter attack through Cristiano Ronaldo and thus won the match.                                     Following are a few things that explain perhaps the best ‘El Classico’ after a long long time: Continue reading “A ‘Classico’ worth watching”

Will Zizou succeed as a manager?

The French introvert who ‘talked to the ball’:

He has been the greatest player of his generation. He spoke to the ball and maneuvered it in a way which became ambiguous to the ‘footballing world’. His antics in the 1998 FIFA world cup earned him a Ballon d’Or. This was just the beginning as he moved on to win FIFA’s footballer of the year ‘4 times’ and won the Champions League with Real Madrid. He wasn’t a free scorer like Ronaldo or Messi but it was the way he controlled the tempo of the game that left the footballing world in awe. Continue reading “Will Zizou succeed as a manager?”