In this week's RoundUp you'll find an in-depth analysis of the return leg of the Spanish Super Cup, why Andrés Iniesta deserved the UEFA Best Player Award, what Alex Song brings to FC Barcelona...
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• Total Barça. Tactical Points: Real Madrid 2-1 FC Barcelona
Excellent tactical overview from the folks over at Total Barça of this Wednesday’s Spanish Super Cup return leg between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
• Soccernet.com. Andres Iniesta, from La Masia to European glory
"Andres Iniesta is a gift to football, a legendary symbol of what it means to be Blaugrana and living the dream from a very early age. Seeing him lift the 2012 UEFA Best Player award was an incredibly pleasant surprise"
• ESPN. Francesc Tomas. Messi: Iniesta deserves Euro crown
"Barcelona ace Lionel Messi says team-mate Andres Iniesta deserved to be crowned the best player in European football on Thursday night"
• Bleacher Report. Roberto Alvarez-Galloso. Andres Iniesta: Why He Deserves the UEFA Best Player Award
• UEFA. Comprehensive overview of UEFA Best Player Award finalists
• Foreign Desk. Filippo Ricci, Sid Lowe, Martin Ainstein, and Kay Morray. Foreign desk debates about spanish supercup 2nd leg RM-BCN
Pre-match analysis ahead of the Real Madrid-FC Barcelona Spanish Super Cup return leg. While this piece may be a little dated, it’s always interesting to hear what Lowe, Ricci, Ainstein, and Morray (guest in this edition of the vlog) have to say about Clásicos.
• Un Cule en la Malagueta.Jose A. Moreno Soler. Alex Song, la apuesta de Tito [ESP]
"Un nuevo león indomable está al caer en Can Barça. Físico, técnico, polivalente, con pase de gol y llegada al área, lo tiene todo para ser el nuevo comodín de la plantilla blaugrana. Es Alex Song, la apuesta de Tito Vilanova para reforzar el Barça 2012-13."
• Chicago Tribune. Barca's Vilanova dispels doubts over Fabregas form
"'The second year is always better," Vilanova told a news conference previewing Sunday's La Liga match at home to Valencia when asked about Fabregas's form. "I am convinced he will have a great season," added the 43-year-old, who was promoted from assistant coach when Guardiola announced he was leaving the club at the end of April.'"