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Rafa-BenitezNapoli coach Rafael Benitez is set to take charge at Real Madrid, with the club expected to officialy announce his new position on Wednesday.

According to Marca, the former Liverpool and Chelsea manager hopped onto a private jet from Naples to Madrid on Monday morning and gave a quick interview before he flew.

“I’m excited and very happy” said Rafa Benitez as he climbed into his car before admitting that he and Real Madrid “still have things to discuss”.

Asked whether this is the beginning of a dream, the Spaniard replied with a resounding “yes“. Despite winning ‘La Decima’ in 2014, Real Madrid sacked Carlo Ancelotti last week following a trophy-less season at the helm.

Barca-Sopa-WinnersLionel Messi scored another wonder goal as Barcelona moved a step closer to completing the treble on Saturday night with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Copa del Rey final. That is how dominant the are. This Barca side is on the cusp of being even better than the 2011 Pep Guardiola side and I did not think that was possible.

messi is possibly playing the best football of his career at the moment and the addition of Suarez and Neymar gives Barca an attacking threat that even the 2011 did not have . Barca can still pass you to death, but with that attacking triumvirate they can also be deadly on the counter-attack now.

Ahead of the Copa Del Rey final, we compare the 2014/15 La Liga stats of Athletic Club and Barcelona


We take a look at Lionel Messi’s stats from the 2014/15 La Liga season. Messi was named Whoscored’s La Liga Player of the Year despite not finishing as the top goalscorer.

Sevilla are champions of the Europa League for the second consecutive season after defeating Dnipro of Ukraine 3-2 in the final on Wednesday night.

A Carlos Bacca brace and a goal for Poland’s native son Grzegorz Krychowiak earned Sevilla their fourth UEFA Cup/Europa League crown. With this victory, Sevilla have also earned a coveted place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League, a new rule instituted by UEFA that went into place this season. That means that La Liga could have at five teams in the group stages next season for the first time. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and now Sevilla will all enter at the group stage, while Valencia will enter at the Champions League play-offs stage.

dani-alvesDani Alves still feels not “fully respected” at Barcelona and has hinted he will leave after the season.

The Brazil international’s contract expires this summer and he has yet to sign a new deal.

“I’ve had to put up with a lot this year and this is the reason why I’m speaking out,” Alves said in Monday’s press conference. “I feel a lack of respect and I have limit. I haven’t taken a decision yet. I have a few options that I’m considering but I will take a decision after the Champions League final.”

Carlo-Ancelotti-CL-TrophySometimes you have to wonder why successful businessmen can continue to make the same mistake over and over when they run a football team.

Despite winning the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez has fired Carlo Ancelotti less than 12 months ago he delivered the long awaited ‘LA DÉCIMA’ Champions League trophy to the club.

Ancelotti’s “crime” was not winning the league, something Real have only done once in the last seven years, despite Perez spending close to €1 Billion on new players in that time period.

xavi-largeXavi Hernández, FC Barcelona’s most decorated and longest serving player, has announced he will leave the Catalan club after 17 brilliant years of service.

The Champions League final on 6 June will provide a fitting stage for the 35-year-old’s farewell before he links up with Qatari club al-Sadd SC on a two-year deal, with the option of a third year.

“I was offered another year but I’d made my mind up,” he explained. “It’s time to think about the future, and it’s my objective to come back here some day. This is my home, whether that’s as a coach or in another capacity. In my head and body it’s the right time to go – not in my heart as Barcelona is all there is in my heart.

cr7-ballonInteresting little piece in the Spanish newspaper Marca on Thursday that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has met with club president Florentino Pérez to find out what the club’s intentions are for next season.

Mentioned in the newspaper that since Ronaldo arrived at the Bernebeu in 2008 he has scored 223 goals, an average of 37 per season, yet has only one La Liga title and one champions league trophy to show for it.

Reading between the lines it appears that Ronaldo thinks that Real Madrid have became a one-man team, and that they cannot compete with Barcelona and their Messi/Neymar/Suarez triumvirate unless Bale and Benzema can chip in 30 goals each next season.

Rafa-LiverpoolThe Rafa Benitez era at Napoli is coming to an end, but where the Spanish manager ends up next season is very much up for grabs. Rafa’s contract with the Partenopei is up at the end of the season and nobody expects him to renew it after two years at the Stadio San Paolo.

Benitez will be one of the top managers on the market this summer, along with Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti, and his agent is busy handling inquiries from several teams.