Don’t Get Caught Offside – The Grass is Greener… But So is The Money

The grass is greener… but so is the money!

Apparently, the grass is greener everywhere on the continent (more on that below) because Barcelona haven’t given up on Mesut Özil.  The German playmaker is top on Ernesto Valverde’s list of names to replace the recently departed Neymar.

As we mentioned last week, Neymar leaves a void on the Spanish giants’ side that very few players can fill.  Apparently, one of those players is Özil.

The player hasn’t given anyone any indication that he’s ready to leave the Gunners, but a bid of £53m will likely be enough for Wenger (or his puppeteers) to allow his return to La Liga.  Barcelona are also helped by the fact that Özil is in his last year of the contract he signed with Arsenal. (more…)

Don’t Get Caught Offside – The Replacements: Neymar Goes to France

Introduction

You’ve spent weeks preparing THE perfect team to kick off the season.  It’s not easy to have two strikers and three midfielders that average above £10.0, but you’ve somehow found the perfect balance between firepower and the best bang-for-your-buck defense £21.0 can buy.

And then, two weeks before Gameweek 1, a title contender spends the equivalent of a small country’s GDP on the latest striker from La Liga, and you know your guy will be spending the majority of the season making 10-minute, game-ending appearances instead of earning you crazy points.

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FC Barcelona vs Manchester United – 2017 International Champions Cup

Messi Rojo Laughing Barcelona vs Manchester United

LANDOVER – Barcelona beat Manchester United 1-0 in a preseason friendly match at the 2017 International Champions Cup tournament. Over 80,000 traveling fans turned out on a beautiful footballing evening at the Redskins’ FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

Neymar pre-season form.

Neymar BarcelonaNeymar continues to exude class in spite of all the rumors that place him with one foot inside millionaire French club Paris Saint-Germain.  The Brazilian scored the only goal of the match after 31 minutes, taking advantage of an Antonio Valencia error after a cutting pass from Lionel Messi.

Valencia failed to intercept the pass and slipped as Neymar collected the ball and calmly placed it past United keeper David de Gea.

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