Anyone going to give the Dutch league a watch?
Some great youngsters there I'm looking forward to watching more. Jordy clasie being the main attraction
I think you should Ram, and become NSNO's Dutch correspondent. Rumours that Si and Bally will pay for a couple of trips to the Dam as well, if you take up the role. Lot of exciting kids always coming through there as you say. Would definitely like to see some live football in Holland, if and when I get the chance to go back, but don't get to see any as it stands really apart from their CL and EL teams in Europe.
Nowhere near enough. The day I see Sociedad or Villareal lining up 3-7-0 I'll start watching! And what can I say? Italian men have better hair and beards than Spaniards. Plus, I'm a sucker for a guy in Italian loafers
Nah in all seriousness what I like about La Liga is how the vast majority of teams, if not all, actually play football. Less of that West Ham, Norwich City play-the-percentages shite. What puts me off - and I hate to be that guy - is the gamesmanship; but I think my view on this has been tainted by mainly watching El Clasicos.
Serie A is fairly accessible with a lot being on BT. I don't have BT at home but the fact it's on there means there's always a good stream available.
I think the only challenger this year will be Roma. While it's true Allegri is not Conte he is a good manager and, with the exception of Roma, Juventus have been so far ahead of the rest of the division these last few years that they could afford to drop fairly significantly and still be there or thereabouts. If Roma can replicate last season and Juve falter then an upset could be on the cards. I can't see anyone else challenging.
No it's fair what you say about La Liga, and the playacting runs through the whole league really, there's no denying that. Sky's coverage is very Real/Barca centric, so you only get to see the other teams as an afterthought. On the other hand, last season almost all Atletico games were also shown, and you do get to see a fair bit of Valencia, Bilbao and Sevilla as well, which is good. Most teams in the division have brilliant little technical players, and as you suggest, all the teams are very technical and ability focussed.
Most exciting/interesting transfers in Serie A this year then?