Lionel Messi is yet to hit the goalscoring form of recent years this season, but coach Luis Enrique says that the Argentine striker will be the best player in the world at every position including defence. Messi contributed in terms of assists to the 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao during the weekend. Barcelona looked in danger of dropping points for the first time this season after failing to find a way past Athletic Bilbao despite having several chances in the match. Neymar finally eased the tension around the Camp Nou by scoring two goals towards the end.
Fabio Borini has been handed another chance at Liverpool after Brendan Rodgers named the Italian striker in his Premier League squad for this season. The 23-year old has struggled for playing time since arriving at the club from Roma in 2012, appearing just 13 times in the Premier League for the Merseysiders and falling down the pecking order under Rodgers despite the former Swansea manager shelling out almost £11 million to bring Borini back to England.
The draw for the group stage of the Champions League has again thrown up some exciting clashes and all four English teams will be confident of progressing through to the knockout stage.
Barcelona have claimed that they managed to secure the signing of Luis Suarez within a few weeks of negotiation because they had started talks with the player even before the World Cup. Suarez recently completed a £ 75 million transfer to the camp Nou, thus becoming the third most expensive player in the world. He is only behind Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of costing their clubs more money. Suarez was banned for four months after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. However, this ban seemed to have little impact on the proposed to transfer to Barcelona and it proved to be the case.
The start of the new Premier League season is just over two weeks away and after a World Cup full of action, drama and despair, it is hard not to think that we are in for similar instalments of such drama offered up from the best teams across England’s top tier.
Many managers have bought shrewdly this summer transfer window, using the World Cup tournament in Brazil as a guiding light as to where to spend their money and which players deserve to be invested in, but few can argue that “The Special One” Jose Mourinho and his beloved Chelsea have spent most wisely so far.