Guillem Balagué has been a regular feature at Sky Sports for 16 years as a Spanish football pundit and reporter. He has written the biography of Pep Guardiola, ‘Another Way of Winning’ (nominated for book of the year in both the UK and Germany) and ‘A season on the brink’ on the Champions League final won dramatically in Istanbul. He is the UK correspondent of the Spanish newspaper AS and the biggest Spanish radio station, Cadena Ser, and also has a regular column in UEFA Champions magazine and Football 24/7.
Hi Balague, I am a Dortmund fan but retain an interest as I do get good coverage of it and real/barca are still the two biggest teams on the planet. Just wondering now that Luis Enrique has arrived, will he stick with the 4-3-3 barca always use or will he switch it up. And if Suarez comes, how will he fit into the team along with Messi and Neymar. Messi as a number 10 in 4-2-3-1 perhaps?
Regarding your post about Fabregas, Man Utd bid over £35M for him last season so if his clause was that then why was it not activated? Ok maybe he didn't want to leave Barca, but maybe he didn't want to play for Man Utd. Do you honestly believe that having tried so hard to bring him back and signing him for £35m from Arsenal, that Barca would then turn around and put a £35m release clause in his contract so anybody could just turn up and take him for that? Given the current turmoil, the fact that United aren't even in Europe next season and may not be for a few seasons, do you honestly think Uniited are favorites over the other 'Champions League' clubs mentioned ? Fabregas is 27 and no spring chicken anymore, he cant just wait around for a few seasons while united get there act together. Also what you said about Arsenal 'not' having a buy back clause is just a downright lie, Arsene Wenger himself has stated that he has a buy back clause, that if a bid comes in Arsenal have to be informed and I believe you have also said as much in the past, why are you being biased toward Man Utd?
Guillem, overall I like your articles but in your recent article about Guardiola I think you were unfair to Luis Aragonés, the true "inventor" of tiki-taka. True that some of the players were from Barcelona but that is another story. Guardiola wisely inherited those players and adapted the style, with the added benefit of having Messi, a luxury that Spain didn't have.
If you don't like him don't read his stuff?! Stop crying about it, he's just a journo that says what he sees.
Find another career. Your writing is appalling. Thanks.
I want to thank you for your warm feelings for everything Barca-related. You truly are something.
IM a fan but what do you have against Barca? Oh yeah, youre an Espanyol fan and Barca kick their ass every game haha
Why must criticize Barca for everything??
Hi Guillem can you put light or your thought on the following issue: I think we have to start thinking about phasing out Xavi, I am afraid that would not be easy. We lost Thiago, when I saw him playing for Bayern, I felt sorry for Barca. I do not know if we can replace him with someone this matured. There are potentials out there in Oliver Torres and Barca should spend crazy amount of money if necessary should sell sergio roberto, Alex Song if necessary i order to finance that, any thoughts ??????????
I have another point, crazy it may sound: Messi could replace Xavi in few years. Recently we have seen him in a traditional no 10 position. We have a front man in Neymar. Besides he plays in that position for Argentina. As he ages, burst running or any recurrence of injury could force him to play in a traditional no 10 position. May be a crazy thought....
2 games = let's right an article about how the entire league has the 'wrong mentality'