Despite currently enjoying a sabbatical from the sport, veteran coach Javier Aguirre has given his thoughts on Neymar's world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain and the Mexican believes that the Brazilian can overtake Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Aguirre doesn't plan to return to coaching until at least 2018 with the 58-year-old's most recent job coming with Al-Wahda in the United Arab Emirates.The break from the intensity of working in football has handed Aguirre the chance to watch football for leisure and keep an eye on events in leagues throughout the world away from Mexico, and he made clear that he believes Neymar can be the very best footballer in the world."Today Neymar is not the best in the world. Cristiano and Messi are a step above but Neymar, given his age, is a player who can easily surpass those two," he explained.Many believe that the summer of 2017 has irreparably damaged the transfer market with the fees being paid for players reaching rather ridiculous sums, however the former national team coach feels that last summer was the beginning of the aforementioned inflation."Already last year [Paul] Pogba joining Manchester United made a lot of noise as well as [Gonzalo] Higuain joining Juventus, these players are costing amounts that one thought would only ever be paid for Ronaldo and Bale but everything has changed," stated Aguirre.He was however confident that those in charge of monitoring Financial Fair Play are more than competent."The Financial Fair Play people are being very attentive to the numbers going around because quite simply you cannot spend more than you have," he intimated.Unai Emery's debut season at the Parc des Princes was a mixed one with the Spanish coach given a lot of freedom and responsibility in his first transfer window only for the club to lose to Ligue 1 title to Monaco.It is well known that the Mexico City born coach has a strong relationship with Emery after they studied together in Madrid, and Aguirre believes the Spaniard has put the blocks in place to be successful in France."He is a man accustomed to big challenges," said Aguirre."Last year he couldn't be a champion but he worked very well and with the arrivals of Dani Alves and Neymar you are talking about a team that is not only a favourite for the French title but also the Champions League, he is very capable."
Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri says he is unaware whether his representative is talking with Barcelona, following his side's clash with Guingamp on Sunday."I am not in touch with anyone. I don't know anything," he told ESPN."We will see what happens. At the moment I am a Nice player and we will see what happens later."Barcelona are looking to reinforce their side following the departure of Neymar and Seri appears to be an option along with Coutinho and Dembele.
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta says the club need to get rid of current head man Josep Maria Bartomeu if they want to avoid the risk of losing Lionel Messi.Laporta took to Twitter to criticise Bartomeu with Yahoo France reporting that Manchester City are ready to pay Messi's 300 million euro buy-out clause."If we want Messi to continue being happy here at Barcelona then we need to get rid of Bartomeu immediately," he wrote.Laporta was beaten by Bartomeu in the previous presidential elections and is considering standing again at the next opportunity.
A fine Real Madrid team goal against Deportivo which Casemiro supplied the finishing touch to, was preceded by the highest sequence of passes since the 2005/06 season.The move began with goalkeeper Keylor Navas and ended with the midfielder netting for his first goal of the new league campaign.Before he scored, every Real player touched the ball for a total of 44 completed passes in a period of 107 seconds.The players who touched the ball the most were Isco and Luka Modric with eight apiece, Toni Kroos with six and Casemiro did so just twice.With the goal, Real have bettered Valencia's goal from last season when Santi Mina scored after 38 passes and 105 seconds of possession.Valencia were also the victims of a similar goal last season when Las Palmas hit the net after 35 passes, while Barcelona needed 34 against the island outfit when Neymar provided the finish.
The ultimate winning machine that is Real Madrid rolled on with abandon in a 3-0 victory over Deportivo in their league opener on Sunday night at the Estadio Riazor in La Coruna.Gareth Bale, Casemiro and Toni Kroos all scored in what was a straightforward and decisive win for the reigning La Liga champions, with the only stain being a last minute sending off for Sergio Ramos.Deportivo should be commended for trying to play a positive brand of football, but they were simply out-classed by the vast array of attacking talent possessed by Zinedine Zidane's side.With talisman Cristiano Ronaldo out suspended, Zidane restored Isco to the starting XI, while Nacho got the nod ahead of Raphael Varane in defence.Deportivo looked up for a fight and Keylor Navas had to spring into action twice early on to deny Florin Andone. First, the Romanian shouldered Dani Carvajal off the ball and forced the Costa Rican into a sprawling save; moments later Andone beat Ramos on a long ball, only for Navas to stand tall and prevent the opening goal.Real began to impose their will and soon enough the first goal fell their way. Marcelo swung a pass across to Luka Modric, whose shot was bobbled by Deportivo goalkeeper Ruben and it fell to Karim Benzema, who fed Bale and it was an easy slam into net for the Welshman and a 1-0 lead for Zidane's men.The goal only strengthened Real, and a 2-0 lead followed minutes later when a 44-pass build-up was finished off by deep Marcelo cross from the left that found Casemiro at the back post.At the other end Depor remained intent on attacking, but at half-time it was Real's efficiency in front of goal that marked the difference.Things turned more physical in the second-half, and it fired up both the crowd and the home side and if not for a Ramos clearance off the line, Andone's header would have found the back of the net. The Andalusian defender was lucky that he was still on the pitch, as he easily could have seen red for a hand to the face of Schar, but instead he was issued a yellow and allowed to continue.As so often happens, right when an opponent thinks that they are going to break through and score, Real extinguish any hopes of a potential comeback. Depor were the latest victim, as Kroos calmly slotted in a shot after a pass back from Bale to hand Los Blancos a commanding 3-0 lead.Even good fortune was on Real's side, as minutes after the Kroos strike, Guilherme had a shot bounce off the crossbar.The healthy lead allowed Zidane to make a couple switches to give several key players some rest, with Isco, Casemiro and Bale yielding their places to Marco Asensio, Marcos Llorente and Lucas Vazquez, respectively.Deportivo's bad night was capped in the match's final minutes when Andone flubbed a penalty after Carvajal had taken Bruno Gama down in the top corner of the penalty area. It was a weak effort from the Romanian and Navas stretched to his right to deflect the ball wide.There was still some drama though and Ramos was in the middle of it for an elbow to the head of Borja Valle, which earned the centre-back a foolish sending off with just seconds remaining.Real will return to action next Sunday at home versus Valencia.Match Sheet0.- Deportivo: Ruben; Juanfran, Schar, Sidnei, Luisinho; Mosquera, Guilherme, Celso Borges (Adrian, min. 65), Cartabia (Borja Valle, min. 79); Bakkali (Gama, min. 54), Andone.3.- Real Madrid: Keylor; Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo; Isco (Asensio, min. 66), Casemiro (Llorente, min. 72), Modric, Kroos; Bale (Lucas Vazquez, min. 80), Benzema.Goals: 0-1, min. 21: Bale; 0-2, min. 27: Casemiro; 0-2, min. 62: Kroos.Referee: Gonzalez Gonzalez (Castilla y Leon).Yellow cards: Bakkali (Min. 24) for Deportivo, Schar (Min. 53) for Deportivo, Ramos (Min. 53) for Real Madrid, Cartabia (Min. 61) for Deportivo, Mosquera (Min. 84) for Deportivo, And one (Min. 87) for Deportivo, Ramos (min. 92) for Real Madrid.Red cards: Ramos (Min. 92) for Real Madrid.Stadium: Riazor.Attendance: 32.000.