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.
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.
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.
Most people remember Simone Zaza for what was probably the worst moment of his life. Left for dead after a pedestrian loan spell with West Ham, the Italian forward is reinventing himself with Valencia, having scored eight goals in nine La Liga appearances this season, second only to Lionel Messi’s 11.
If this doesn’t make you want to drop everything and hop into a rondo immediately, you have no soul. Football is joy — just look at the reactions from Luka Modric and Marcelo to Cristiano Ronaldo’s reverse elastico on poor Borja Mayoral. The 20-year-old Real Madrid academy graduate doesn’t deserve this kind of brutality, but it’s definitely appreciated by all.
The game just keeps on giving, and players like Ronaldo — now fast approaching his 33rd birthday — show you that the simple joys never get old.
Everyone’s excited about Atletico Madrid’s gorgeous new digs, even fierce rival FC Barcelona. The Wanda Metropolitano, located east of Madrid’s city center, just opened in September but it’s already scheduled to host the 2018-19 Champions League Final.