Warriors Taking Over?

Warriors Taking Over?

With the Golden State Warriors hitting form, and the Cleveland Cavaliers hitting the rocks a little, is it time to admit that the Golden State Warriors are the favourites to lift the Championship? Before the season began, everyone highlighted that the Warriors would struggle with the defensive end of the ball game as they acquired Kevin Durant, only to lose Bogut and Ezeli. However, that has not been the case as to everyone’s surprise they have been the best defensive team of the season and the acquisition of Kevin Durant has made their defence stronger. In that blowout win at the Oracle against Cleveland, Durant showed that he can even play a little bit of 5 as he shutdown LeBron James partly, something that Durant has struggled to do since he first started matching up with LeBron.

The rivalry between Golden State and Cleveland is pretty much the only relevant thing the NBA has going on this year. You can mention this new rivalry between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook too, but that’s quite irrelevant due to the Thunder not being a realistic challenge for Golden State. You can also mention the constant beef between ‘Boogie’ Cousins and the refs, but who really cares about the Sacramento Kings? There are no other realistic contenders from the Eastern Conference, and Golden State will likely overhaul any Western team apart from Kahwi’s Spurs who could mount a challenge. Everybody has it set into their minds that the final is already set out between these two super teams.

After making an impressive fourth quarter comeback on Christmas Day, the Cleveland Cavaliers showed that they had the most experience of the two teams. However, last week the Warriors won by 35 points which turned a few heads and made many people believe that the Warriors are by far the superior team due to the star power they have. Since the trade for Kyle Korver, Cleveland’s plans haven’t started superbly, their record has drifted out to 30-12, whilst the impressive Warriors have moved to 37-6. Of course this is just the regular season, which means LeBron will be strolling along, and the defending champions won’t be in that playoff mindset. To add to that, this time last year the Warriors were like 40-3, whilst the Cavaliers were in danger as they had many managerial problems.

The whole NBA are pretty much relying on LeBron to stop this mega team from winning it all, just like last season when he spurred his team to a 3-1 comeback. This season means so much more because of Kevin Durant though and has caused many basketball fans to turn on the Warriors. Here is what I see happening in this years finals (and yes I do think it will be a Warriors-Cavs final).

PG: Steph Curry vs Kyrie Irving. Recent times have showed that Irving is more clutch than Curry. But with less responsibility on the 2x MVP this year it could be his year to shine. Both players are at the top of their game, and reliable scorers for both of their teams. You can’t really make a decision between these two, Curry is unstoppable from the 3pt line, and Kyrie can not be stopped on the drive.

SG: Klay Thompson vs JR Smith. This will obviously be all about JR trying to shut down the impressive Thompson once again. He managed to keep Thompson pretty quiet last year, and obviously popped a few impressive three’s himself. Whoever is guarding Klay, whether it’s Smith, Liggins or Shumpert, their job will be to give him as little room as possible and challenge every shot he puts up. If Klay gets on fire then you can’t stop him, just like he showed in his 37 point quarter against the Kings last year.

SF: Kevin Durant vs LeBron James. The best two players in the World. LeBron can not go into the mode where he thinks that he can jump every shot, he needs to drive into the paint and get the Warriors into foul trouble. Once he did this last year, the Warriors started panicking. On the other hand, Kevin Durant needs to keep popping shots and be as efficient as we all know he can be. Durant has not shown any sign of being clutch throughout his career, this is his major chance on the biggest stage. Everyone knows how impressive he is going forward, but he needs to make a big contribution defending the paint this series.

PF: Draymond Green vs Kevin Love. Green has clearly showed he is the glue to this Warriors team, you know that he will turn up. His major part in this game is to keep Love quiet, like Cleveland will try to do with Thompson. He also needs to protect the paint and get into James’ head. Kevin Love has had a great year thus far when fit, his 3pt range is a danger to any team.

C: Zaza Pachulia vs Tristan Thompson. All these guys need to do is defend the paint, grab rebounds and make as big of a defensive contribution as possible. Everyone knows that this series will be close so that extra rebound could be the difference.

Bench: Obviously these players will be used to give the starters a rest, but there will only be two real relevant players in my opinion that will affect the game massively. Andre Iguadola needs a series like he had 2 years ago. Kyle Korver needs to show the World that he is one of the best shooters of all time, it’s as simple as that, both players will make huge contributions coming off of the bench.

After showing they can actually defend, I predict that the Golden State Warriors will win the Championship 4-2. This series could go either way, and we all know LeBron James can turn a series’ on its head.

Manchester United vs Liverpool thoughts

Manchester United vs Liverpool thoughts

Yesterday was yet another day of social media trying to crucify Manchester United and Paul Pogba as much as possible. Most of yesterday’s football focus was more on the irrelevant things rather than giving praise where it is due. Manchester United carried on their amazing run of form, and Liverpool earned a well fought point with several players missing.

The game as a whole lacked quite a lot of quality, but was very entertaining and very well refereed. Michael Oliver had a superb game, and in my opinion only made one poor decision which was booking Dejan Lovren, the assistant’s also made a couple of mistakes, with Valencia highlighted offside in the lead-up to Manchester United’s first goal, and a booking that Paul Pogba should’ve received for wrestling Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to the ground.

The first half started off very slow, there were very few chances. Paul Pogba should have give Manchester United the lead, but he dragged his weak foot shot just across the post. Liverpool capitalised on Paul Pogba’s inability to mark the constant aerial threat of Dejan Lovren as he gave away a penalty that James Milner slotted home. With the score at 1-0, Mkhitaryan had a brilliant chance one-on-one with Simon Mignolet but the Belgian keeper pulled off a beautiful save. In a nutshell, the first half was possession based and neither side looked threatening. Anthony Martial was a constant threat down the left side, but struggled to create anything that could have been turned into a goal.

The second half was really a tactical masterclass from Jose Mourinho that completely swung the game into Manchester United’s favour. The first substitute took place at the half, with Wayne Rooney replacing Michael Carrick, this gave Manchester United much more options going forward and Rooney played a huge part in creating the goal. Liverpool sat back in hope that Manchester United would not score, they were very poor going forward at this stage of the game and created nothing. Manchester United carried on the pressure without creating any real key chance, Juan Mata replaced Anthony Martial who had an outstanding performance. Liverpool were shocking at the start of the second half until Phillipe Coutinho entered the field, from this point on he got Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Gigi Wijnaldum ticking. Roberto Firmino should have sealed the game but David De Gea came up with a trademark save. Jose Mourinho figured that the game needed a ‘Plan B’ as Liverpool’s defensive unit was not going to be broken down, on come Marouane Fellaini. Antonio Valencia had much more space down the right side as Phillipe Coutinho often abandoned his defensive duties, Divock Origi who was replaced had done a brilliant job of keeping him at bay. Manchester United finally scored as Wayne Rooney played a brilliant ball to Marouane Fellaini who struck the post, the ball then rebounded to Antonio Valencia who found Zlatan Ibrahimovic to nod home off the bar. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had been non-existent all game until that goal, he was marked out brilliantly by my man of the match Dejan Lovren. The last minutes of the game were end to end, but neither keeper was troubled and the game finished 1-1.

Manchester United ratings:

David De Gea – 8. Distributed the ball excellently, made a few decent saves, could do nothing about the goal.

Antonio Valencia – 7. Did well to create the goal, wasn’t his best attacking display of the season. Kept Divock Origi and Phillipe Coutinho relatively quiet.

Phil Jones – 7. Very good performance, but made a crucial mistake in the lead up to Liverpool’s goal.

Marcos Rojo – 7. Did what he had to do, and did it superbly.

Matteo Darmian – 7. Was great defensively but lacked any real threat going forward.

Michael Carrick – 5. Had a very poor first half, and was correctly substituted at half time.

Paul Pogba – 5. Had a poor game and gave away the goal. Didn’t look his usual self in the midfield against a packed Liverpool side.

Ander Herrera – 7. Carried the Manchester United midfield once again, created a couple of chances and made a few crucial interceptions.

Anthony Martial – 8. Was by far Manchester United’s best player going forward, caused the Liverpool defence real problems and worked back defensively.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 7. Another solid outing for the Armenian. Set up Paul Pogba, and should have scored after making a brilliant run.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 6. Nothing but the goal. Offered very little, but did what he does best to save the day.

Wayne Rooney – 7. Tried his hardest throughout the second half and his hard work paid dividends when Manchester United equalised.

Juan Mata – 7. Was good when he entered the field and gave Manchester United another option with his silkiness.

Marouane Fellaini – 8. An outstanding substitution. Did not lose an aerial duel and battled until the end, clearly in Mourinho’s plans and deservedly so.

Liverpool rating’s:

Simon Mignolet – 8. Showed why he is a great shot stopper, but still looks quite dodgy with his distribution and crosses.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6. Struggled a lot against one of the best dribblers in the league, he wasn’t any threat going forward but showed great maturity by having a much stronger half defensively in the second. The 18 year old definitely looks special.

Dejan Lovren – 9. Man of the match. Won everything and basically won Liverpool’s penalty.

Ragnor Klavan – 6. Was very dodgy and out of position, also lost quite a lot of aerial duels especially when Marouane Fellaini came on.

James Milner – 8. Nerves of steel. Good display by the left back and showed why he is a part of the Liverpool side.

Jordan Henderson – 6. Wasn’t really involved in the game too much other than the first 20 minutes.

Emre Can – 6. Same as Jordan Henderson, he did what he had to do defensively but didn’t offer or create anything.

Gigi Wijnaldum – 8. Excellent display from Wijnaldum, he covered every blade on the field and unsettled Paul Pogba throughout.

Adam Lallana – 7. Tried his best to get Liverpool playing good football, pressed well and caused a few mistakes.

Roberto Firmino – 7. Played well without doing anything special, pressed excellently and stuck to his job. Could have scored to seal the game though.

Divock Origi – 7. Had a great game, was a nuisance and marked Antonio Valencia out of the game until he was brought off.

Phillipe Coutinho – 7. Looked dangerous as always and created a couple of chances, however his abandoning of defensive duties gave Manchester United something to capitalise on.

 

Agenda against Rooney?

Agenda against Rooney?

After seeing what was going around on social media and the news hours after setting another record, I thought that it would be relevant to speak about something that has always had me confused. Just why do the media hate Wayne Rooney?

On Saturday, Wayne Rooney matched the record set by Sir Bobby Charlton for the most goals scored playing for Manchester United. This is an outrageous record given that they are historically one of the most decorated clubs ever to exist, and currently one of the biggest clubs in the world, both financially and successfully. But yet again, the media ignored this and did not give him the recognition he deserves, instead they publicised the fact that a Reading player rejected to swap shirts with him. Not only was this irrelevant, it was also a false story and very much mediated as the player later tweeted a picture of Rooney’s landmark shirt with kind regards. This comes shortly after the media absolutely tore Wayne Rooney apart for having a few drinks at a wedding, I do not have an explanation for this, as he was doing nothing wrong and harming nobody. Yet the media a week later were processing stupid headlines such as “the drinks are on me” after Roberto Firmino scored a day later after being found guilty of drink driving. This is appalling, Firmino could have caused serious harm by breaking this law, but the media chose to ignore the harsh reality of this. I do not understand why this is and there is no explanation, the only thing I can assume is that the media choose to do this because Wayne Rooney is English, and Roberto Firmino is a talented Brazilian with the ending “ino”.

Wayne Rooney is one of the best players to ever wear a Manchester United shirt, and an England shirt, given the records he has broke you could also make a case that he is the best. England will be fortunate to see another player break the records he has set, or the records that he will have set when his career is over. You will never see the English media saying any of this though, it will continuously be negative media towards someone who is doing nothing but good for his country. There are also many victims of this, not just Wayne Rooney. Recent examples include: Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Tom Cleverley. Raheem Sterling, whilst at Liverpool, was the hottest young talent around. But as soon as he moves to Manchester City all you hear about is how much of a gold digger he is, completely ignoring the talent and worldwide potential of this young superstar. Also, he now apparently is much worse of a player, despite doubling his contribution of stats since moving to Manchester City. The next player John Stones is another great example. He receives nothing but great media as he blossoms at Everton, but as soon as he moves to Manchester City he is also criticised heavily and branded overrated because he has made a few mistakes. The two are barely even adults yet the English media try their best to crucify them. The last example is Tom Cleverley, a fairly average player, but was used as a scapegoat when Manchester United performed poorly under David Moyes. Rather than criticising key players such as Nemanja Vidic, Robin Van Persie and Patrice Evra they chose to try and ruin a young English player’s career.

The agenda against Wayne Rooney and our own talent needs to stop. It is worrying for the next set of superstars that we have coming. Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli look like they will eventually blossom into world class players, but what happens when they have a run of bad games? How will the media attempt to crucify them? This is all I have to say on the matter, but if we want to perform significantly better in future major tournaments on the world scene then we need to get behind our players instead of criticising them.

Team Of The Year 2016

Team Of The Year 2016

After an amazing 2016 for all football fans with various surprises such as Leicester winning the Premier League, Zidane’s long unbeaten run, Portugal winning the Euro’s and Zlatan Ibrahimovic finally coming to the Premier League, here is my team of the year.

Before I give mine, here is the official team of the year, which features 8 La Liga players.

Goalkeeper: Gigi Buffon.

Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Leo Bonucci, Gerard Pique, Jerome Boateng.

Midfielders: Luka Modric, Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos.

Forwards: Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Now here is my team of the year, leave yours in the comments down below.

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris. This is a difficult one, but I just don’t think that any other goalkeeper performed better than Hugo Lloris in 2016. He was a major part in one of the best defences in the league with Tottenham, he put in some great performances in the Euro’s, and he was awesome for Tottenham yet again in the Champions League. I think you could make a case for quite a few goalkeepers last year, including Keylor Navas, Manuel Neuer, David De Gea and Rui Patricio.

Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Diego Godin, Jerome Boateng. Firstly, Sergio Ramos, proved once more his greatness, leading his team to the Champions League and scoring vital goals in the back end of 2016 to ensure his side stay unbeaten, a truly great defender and a nightmare for strikers to face. Next up, Pepe. What an incredible year it was for Pepe, playing a major role for both club and country, he is now also playing with controlled aggression and maturity. Next, Diego Godin, now this was a tough choice but he gets the nod given how good he was in the first half of 2016. Played a key role in Atletico’s push for the title and brilliant Champions League run, the Atletico defence always struggles without him. Lastly, Jerome Boateng. Another solid year for Bayern Munich and had a brilliant Euro’s apart from the stupid penalty he gave away in the quarter finals. Notable mentions go to Leo Bonucci, Thiago Silva and David Luiz who have all had brilliant years.

Midfielders: Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, N’golo Kante. 2 certainties and a controversial pick here. Firstly, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. Nothing needs to be said about these 2 now. They are the best centre midfielders in the game, they may be overtaken in the future but they are both playing wonderfully and a huge factor in Real Madrid’s brilliant 2016. Now, N’golo Kante, give credit where credit is due. Any side with this little warrior in their side will have a chance of winning the league, despite not being a natural on the ball he covers all areas of the field and would slot into any side apart from maybe Barcelona. It will be hard for him to have a better year than this. If Iniesta and KdB were not injured for lengthy spells they would be in for a shout, as would Paul Pogba but he was quiet at the start of the year.

Forwards: Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo. Definitely the easiest choice for forwards in a long time, an explanation is barely needed. Lionel Messi, superb, again. Cristiano Ronaldo, European Champion, Ballon D’Or, exceptional season. Antoine Griezmann also cemented himself as one of the best players in the game, turning up when it mattered most, leading his teams to finals and capturing a few individual awards along the way. Mentions also to Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has loved every minute of the Premier League so far and scored the second most goals in 2016, Luis Suarez who ripped up the La Liga, helping Barcelona secure the league whilst scoring the fourth most goals in the calendar year and Gareth Bale who would’ve been a bigger contender if he was not injured.

 

 

NFL Playoff Prediction

NFL Playoff Prediction

Here is my prediction on the result of every single game and how things will play out in the build up to the most watched show in the World, the SuperBowl. The AFC seems pretty straight forward this year, even though anything can happen given home ground and momentum. However, my prediction on the NFC could be massively wrong given the level of competition right now. So before the Wild Card weekend starts, here are my predictions…

AFC Wild Card:

Miami Dolphins vs Pittsburgh Steelers: In this matchup I believe that the Steelers will grind out a win against a strong, but not good enough yet Miami Dolphins. The Steelers have some defensive doubts but the star power of “Big Ben” in the air and Bell on the ground should be enough to overcome Miami.

Oakland Raiders vs Houston Texans: Despite losing star quarterback Carr, I still predict that the Raiders will go to Houston and come back with a spot in the divisionals. Houston were very fortunate to get into the Wild Card spots and they quite simply do not belong there.

AFC Divisionals:

Oakland Raiders vs New England Patriots: The Pats. Easily the most balanced team in the game right now, play to everyone’s strengths defensively, they have one of the best players the game has ever seen and he will turn up once again to knock off a very strong Oakland side.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas Chiefs: Kansas are such a good side and have one of the best defensive units in the game right now, I think they will be too strong for this Steelers side on home ground and book a place into the Conference final. However, an inform Steelers side could quite easily turn them over.

AFC Conference:

Kansas Chiefs vs New England Patriots: The Pats, just. SuperBowl.

NFC Wild Card:

Detroit Lions vs Seattle Seahawks: Detroit showed in their last two games against Packers and Cowboys that they do not have what it takes to win on the big stage, they will not defeat Wilson’s Seahawks.

New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers: This is an insane matchup for a wildcard game, apart from Odell Beckham’s few catches a game, their offence is not good enough to beat the Packers. Especially with how good the Packers are right now with possibly the best player in the game right now.

NFC Divisionals:

Green Bay Packers vs Dallas Cowboys: Aaron Rodgers and co will not have enough to defeat the combination of Zeke and Dak. The Cowboys offence is on another level, they will score points, but they could struggle shutting down A-Rod. I predict the Cowboys, but the experience from Green Bay could cause an upset.

Seattle Seahawks vs Atlanta Falcons: UPSET. Russell take over, Seattle defence steps up, Seahawks win.

NFC Conference:

Seattle Seahawks vs Dallas Cowboys: The rookies in Dallas win this one and take Dallas to the SuperBowl, this could be the Cowboys last good moment of the season though…

SuperBowl:

New England Patriots vs Dallas Cowboys: The exact same as last year. The veteran QB overcomes the inexperience of a side that has a lot of heat but lack that knowledge in those decisive moments. Tom Brady wins that 5th ring, Zeke and Dak fall short.

Do you agree?

 

 

Eventual BPL Winners

Eventual BPL Winners

Going into tonight’s game against London rivals, Tottenham, Chelsea have a 5 point advantage over second placed Liverpool along with this game in hand. After winning 13 straight games and looking to equal the league record of 14 (which is set by another London rival Arsenal), Chelsea are favoured by everyone to go and lift the title again after a disastrous year last year defending it. But in my unpopular opinion, I predict they will fail to lift the title, just like they will fail to beat rivals Tottenham tonight. Chelsea have had it all their way so far just like Leicester did last year, but with pivotal right wing-back Moses leaving them for the African Cup of Nations, Oscar leaving for a super wage boost and a tough run of fixtures to come, how will they react to losing their winning streak? If challengers can maintain pressure on the leaders then I think they will eventually crumble when teams figure out how to handle the 5-2-2-1 formation that Antonio Conte has masterfully developed. I still believe that Chelsea are not the best team in the league in terms of quality, and it only takes one Diego Costa red card, or one calamitous David Luiz mistake to break the unreal chemistry they have developed in the opening half of the season. However, in Chelsea’s favour, the rest of the targets have European football to also worry about (apart from Liverpool) which could play a factor depending on how far they go. So let’s assess the remainder of the targets… Firstly, Liverpool, they are undoubtedly the scariest attack to face. Despite their problems at the back, the attacking fire power they have when Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane are playing is too much for most teams to handle, they are the only team to win at Stamford Bridge this season which says a lot about them, even though this was before Conte’s magnificent tactical switch. With the injuries and loss of Sadio Mane, I believe that Liverpool will drop off of the title hunt eventually but still make top 4 and prepare for the next season, if Klopp is allowed to spend then I could see them winning the Premier League at least once over the next few years. In third place sit Manchester City, when all of their players are fit, they are the best side in the league in terms of quality and that is a fact. But so far, with the injuries and suspensions, Pep’s golden season has been spoiled with players also looking fatigued and disinterested with his overcomplicated tactics. I certainly would not write Manchester City and Pep Guardiola off though, with the quality that is on display, they most definitely have the pieces to put together a title run. In fourth place sit Arsenal, the biggest chokers of the game. Yet again, Arsenal will fail to make a realistic title run, just like they did last year when they were in the lead around February after defeating eventual champions Leicester. This is becoming embarrassing for Arsenal and frustration grows among the fans, especially knowing that star players Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are refusing to sign new contracts. Maybe it is time for Wenger to move on, so that a younger manager can come in and take a brilliant set of players to a realistic title run, Wenger has been an amazing manager, but the Arsenal supporters are losing  trust in him every season after failing to contend for the Premier League and Champions League. Moving on, Tottenham now with a fully fit squad could make a real shout, but I don’t think they are ready quite yet, with the addition of a superstar this summer I think that they will have a better chance next season as their young side continuously gets better under mastermind Mauricio Pochettino. The last contender is Manchester United, after finally finding their feet under Jose Mourinho, they have put an unbeaten run of 13 games together and look a formidable force. The problem with this is that they at 10 points off the lead and will struggle to keep up with the top of the league as games go on, they will need to keep up their form if they want to keep their noses within a chance of the title.

So after assessing all realistic contenders, who do you think will win the Premier League? Currently, I am unsure on who I think will be the eventual champions but in all honesty I do see the favourites Chelsea slipping up, starting tonight against Tottenham.

The Premier League ‘myth’

The Premier League ‘myth’

For years now, we as an audience of football have been made into believing that the best league in the World is the Premier League, with the reason being that “there are more teams that can win it” but how exactly does that make the Premier League the best league in the World? Some say because it is the most competitive, even though last season Leicester (a team who were nearly relegated the year before) won the league with two games to spare. What made this even more embarrassing was the fact that Chelsea (the defending champions) were holding the ball up in the corner, wasting time, just so that Tottenham could not challenge Leicester further. The point I am trying to get at is that La Liga is the best league in the World, in terms of quality and in terms of competitiveness. The main reason people ignore this claim is that they believe there’s only three good teams in the league, and a few years ago there were only supposedly two. It is not that the rest of the league is poor, it is more that the top three teams are so technically and tactically advanced in comparison with not only teams from that league, but also teams across the World. No English team would beat any of the three teams in a Champions League semi-final over two legs in my opinion, if you look at recent history the BPL has only seen one winner in the last nine, which is pretty lame considering it is the ‘best league in the World’. If you delve deeper into the La Liga, you will actually see that there’s life beyond Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Sevilla is the best team outside of those three super squads, they have won the Europa League for the previous three years, that is completely outrageous, and I will be largely surprised if any team from any country in Europe can match that achievement. You will also see Sevilla knock out the champions of England, Leicester, in the round of sixteen of the Champions League. Two teams also to look out for are the returns of ex-major teams from Spain are Real Sociedad and Villarreal, both teams have returned to usual spots in the league after going through a rebuilding process. Average BPL fans will only know Real Sociedad as they were the team that David Moyes struggled to manage after his disastrous spell with Manchester United. Villarreal also gave the best attacking side in the Premier League (Liverpool) a run for their money in the Europa League semi-final last year. If they would’ve managed to overcome Liverpool in that second leg after taking the first leg, that would’ve made the Europa League semi-final an all-Spanish final, along with the Champions League, and what makes this even more dominating in the La Liga’s favour is that Barcelona were not even in the semi-finals of either tournament. Players from these ‘average’ sides that “wouldn’t last two minutes in the Premier League” continue to make their stamp on the Premier League: David Silva (Valencia), Ander Herrera (Sociedad/Bilbao), Eric Bailly (Valencia), Alvaro Negredo (Valencia), Hector Bellerin (Barcelona youth), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona youth), David De Gea (Atletico Madrid). It needs to be made clear sooner rather than later that the best league in the World in terms of technical ability is infact the La Liga, and not the Premier League, as they keep proving with their dominance on the European stage, there is more to life in Spanish football than the three teams that are mainly broadcasted.