Paul Macdonald

 
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Former Goal editor, FootballCritic and Football Transfers founder with over a decade of experience covering domestic and international football, with particular focus on Barcelona.

Articles written by Paul Macdonald

Premier League

Premier League Table: Leicester go top after Chelsea win

The Foxes jumped ahead of Manchester United off the back of a 2-0 home victory over Chelsea on Tuesday evening.

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Lionel Messi

Messi's red card shows his frustration that Barcelona just aren't good enough

The Argentine launched a punch to the back of Asier Villalibre's head as his team lost the Supercopa final to Athletic Bilbao

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Player Ratings

Barcelona 2-3 Athletic Player Ratings: Messi sent off after late capitulation

The Argentine was barely in the contest and was red carded for a wild punch as Barca threw away a winning position in the Supercopa final

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Player Ratings

Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace Player Ratings: Stones turns striker!

The England defender produced a superb display at both ends of the pitch as Pep Guardiola's side purred into action

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Player Ratings

Tanguy Ndombele: Player Rating and performance versus Sheffield United

The dynamic midfielder scored a brilliant goal in the middle of another dominant display for Jose Mourinho's side

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Team of the Week

Championship Team of the Week: Classy Cantwell continues great form

The creative midfielder has been on an excellent run and kept it up against Cardiff to keep Norwich top

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Spanish Supercopa

Real Sociedad 1-1 Barcelona (2-3 pens), Player Ratings: Griezmann shines to clinch final berth

The Frenchman may have missed in the shoot-out but his display in normal time was another move in the right direction

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Lionel Messi

The chart that shows Lionel Messi is having an outstanding season - again

The Argentine's numbers might have started slowly, but in the last few weeks his actuals are catching up with his expected numbers

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Player Ratings

Crawley Town 3-0 Leeds United, Player Ratings: Bielsa's boys battered in shock cup exit

The Premier League side made a few changes but were not expected to be posed too much trouble for the fourth-tier side

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La Liga

Wonderkid Pedri needs to maintain his high level, admits Ronald Koeman

The Barcelona starlet has had a sensational season so far and his coach believes a spot at the Euros with Spain is achievable

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Analytics

Are footballers simply too programmed to understand a tactical 'Plan B'?

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United side have mastered their coach's tactical ideas - why confuse them with alternatives?

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Player Ratings

Athletic Bilbao 2-3 Barcelona, Player Ratings: Messi and Pedri majestic in superb win

The Argentine produced one of his most impactful performances of the season while the 18-year-old shone again in Bilbao

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Player Ratings

Milan 1-3 Juventus, Player Ratings: Chiesa unplayable as Juve make statement

The wide forward produced a superb display and as was ably backed up by Paulo Dybala in a crucial win for Pirlo's side

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Player Rating

Arsenal loanee William Saliba suffers nightmare loss on Nice debut

The highly-rated defender showed that he hasn't played much football in 2020 as his new club went down comfortably at Brest

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Analysis

Trent Alexander-Arnold loses the ball a lot - but does it matter?

The Liverpool full-back made a record number of concessions in Monday's defeat to Southampton, but creative players usually do

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Analytics

Endless Expected Goals debate shows knowledge gap football still faces

Pundits and commentators are still attempting to round on the metric and their lack of interest shows a game set in its ways

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Team of the Week

La Liga Team of the week: Suarez reminds Barcelona what they are missing

The Argentine maestro was magnificent as the Blaugrana comfortably swept Real Valladolid aside this midweek

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Team of the Week

Premier League Team of the Week: Tierney and Laca spearhead Arsenal inclusion

The young Frenchman was in magnificent form in goal for Marcelo Bielsa's side, helping to keep Burnley at bay with a string of saves

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Predicted XI

Coronavirus causing selection problems - how Man City and Man United could line up in Carabao Cup

City's plans continue to be disrupted by positive cases within the squad, while Ole Solskjaer has many options available

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La Liga

La Liga Table: Late Suarez winner retains Atleti's top spot

Diego Simeone's side are still in a superb position in the table and left it late to get the points away versus Alaves

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Predicted XI

Griezmann left out again? How Barcelona could line up versus Athletic Bilbao

The Frenchman was frozen out of Barca's weekend victory over Huesca and it could be a repeat in the Basque country

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Team of the Week

Championship Team of the Week: Brilliant Buendia included again

The schemer has caught the eye of major clubs and he continues to do good things in the Championship

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La Liga

Huesca 0-1 Barcelona, Player Ratings: De Jong and Messi star

The Dutchman and the Argentine combined to great effect for the only goal of the game

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Premier League

Timo Werner: His stats as German goes 12 games without scoring

The forward's form has come to a staggering halt in recent weeks - so how are his underlying numbers?

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Premier League

Chelsea 1-3 Manchester City, Player Ratings: De Bruyne stars, Ziyech flops

The Belgian was in excellent form as he led his team to a super victory that puts them back into the title picture

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