La Liga

Even Though Real Madrid Lost To Girona, Isco Was Still Pretty Darn Good

Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Girona on Sunday, but, hey, at least Isco was there. The 25-year-old scored Real Madrid's goal and generally continued the good form he has been in this season. Isco was so good Sunday Sergio Ramos kissed his boot after Isco scored.

Isco is Real Madrid's joint top scorer in La Liga right now, tied with Marco Asensio with three goals apiece after ten games. It has been a disappointing ten games for Real Madrid as a whole, as they find themselves eight points down to Barcelona in La Liga.

Real Madrid Somehow Lost To Girona

After Catalonia declared independence on Friday, everyone knew Real Madrid's away game against Girona, one of three Catalan teams in La Liga, would be interesting.

Boy, was it ever.

Yesterday, Barcelona took care of business against Athletic Bilbao. Real Madrid dropping points in this very embarradding manner puts Barca up eight points in La Liga. Barcelona have 28 points to Real Madrid's 20 through 10 games.

It’s That Man Messi Again For Barcelona

Barcelona maintained their four-point lead atop La Liga following a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames. Lionel Messi scored the first for Barcelona, his 12th of the 10-game La Liga season, in the 36th minute. Paulinho added the second in the 92nd to ensure the three points for Barca.

Remarkably, that’s Paulinho’s third goal of the season for the club, moving him level with Luis Suarez in league play as Barca’s second highest scorer. With Messi in the kind of form he’s currently in, the club hasn’t had any real need for additional marksmen.

Barca Visit Bilbao This Weekend, A Fixture Ronaldinho Used To Have Too Much Fun In

When Barcelona visit the San Mames on Saturday to take on Athletic Bilbao, we’ll all bear witness to a historic matchup featuring two of the three clubs that’ve never been relegated from the top division — the other being Real Madrid. The history between the two sides goes way back, but perhaps no individual performer has shone as brightly as Ronaldinho when the Blaugrana have locked horns with los Leones.  

Officials Say Real Madrid vs. Girona Will Go Ahead After Catalonia Declares Independence

Things are happening in Catalonia. Big things. Political things, as you can see from these helpful tweets from the Associated Press:

Spanish Football Federation Says La Liga Will Adopt VAR Technology Next Season

According to Spanish football federation president Juan Luis Larrea, La Liga will begin using Video Assistant Referee technology next season if all goes according to plan. Given La Liga’s refusal to use goal-line technology on the grounds of cost concerns, the proposed introduction of VAR in the Spanish top flight represents something of a shock.

Gross Video Shows How Barcelona Left Its Locker Room After A Match In Murcia

Ever wanted to know what a locker room looks like after your favorite stars are done with it? Well, it’s a bit like learning how the sausage is made — probably something you’d rather not see. The Barcelona locker room was left a nauseating mess after the team’s 3-0 win over host Murcia in the Copa del Rey fourth-round match on Tuesday. 

Messi Is As Vital As Ever, But It’s Sergi Roberto Who Deserves The Early Acclaim

This is dumb, but in some ways, Sergi Roberto is simply too good. He’s too intelligent, too tactically aware and too adaptable. The likes of Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique and Ernesto Valverde never complained, but it’s also made the 25-year-old something of an unknown quality outside of those who watch FC Barcelona play week in, week out.