European Football Round Up – 28th Feb 2012

It’s not even March yet and already the coach of The Greatest Team Ever™ has admitted that his side won’t win the title this season. There may be 14 rounds of matches still to be played in La Liga, but Pep Guardiola has said that he can’t see his Barcelona side overhauling Real Madrid’s 10 point lead at the top. Barcelona went to Madrid’s city rivals Atletico and took on a side that have been revitalised under new coach and ex-Atletico player, Diego Simeone. A clever free-kick from Leo Messi sealed the points for Barca and consigned Simeone to his first defeat as coach of his new team. Dani Alves had opened the scoring only for £35m striker Radamel Falcao to equalise for Atletico. Into the 81st minute and it was time for Messi to step up. Atletico keeper, Thibaut Courtouis – on loan from Chelsea – was still lining up his wall when Messi curled the ball over the Belgian’s head for his 28th league goal of the season. Continue reading…