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LaLiga Highest Goal Scorers so far [Top 12]
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LaLiga Highest Goal Scorers so far [Top 12]

Ahead of the conclusion to the LaLiga match-day six fixtures on Thursday night where Barcelona will tackle Cadiz, below are currently the highest goal scorers in the Spanish-top flight league. Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, is presently the highest goal scorer in the LaLiga with eight goals. The France international scored a brace in Real Madrid’s 6-1 win against Mallorca on Wednesday night. Behind Benzema is Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior, who has scored five goals so far. Below is the highest goal scorers in the LaLiga so far; 8 goals; Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema 5 goals; Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior 4 goals; Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal 3 goals; Valencia’s Carlos Soler, Sevilla’s Erik Lamela, Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa, Real Madrid’s Marco A...
Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid’s Benzema opens up on desire to win
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Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid’s Benzema opens up on desire to win

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has expressed a desire to win the Ballon d’ Or before retiring from football. Benzema made the revelation at a press conference ahead of Real Madrid’s away Champions League clash with Inter Milan on Wednesday night. “[Winning the Ballon d’Or] does not make me lose any sleep, although it’s a dream for every player,” Benzema said. “What I want is to help the team. Every player wants to win it [the Ballon d’Or] and so do I.” The France international added, “For me, the Champions League is the top competition and it is the one with the most pressure. “For me, there are no favourites. On the pitch, one thinks that one team will win and then another wins. We have a great team and we are going to fight to win it.”
‘Benzema is a child of OL’ – Real Madrid star could return to Lyon one day, says club president Aulas
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‘Benzema is a child of OL’ – Real Madrid star could return to Lyon one day, says club president Aulas

The Groupama Stadium chief is optimistic that the French striker will re-trace his steps before he reaches the end of his career Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas hopes Real Madrid star Karim Benzema could return to the French club one day. Benzema began his career at Lyon back in 2004 and spent five years on their books before being snapped up by Madrid for an initial fee of €35 million (£30m/$41m). The France international has since established himself as one of the top centre-forwards in Europe and recently signed a contract extension at Santiago Bernabeu, but Aulas still believes that he could retrace his steps in the future.
‘Ankle injury is a thing of the past’ – Hazard in high spirits after returning to action with Madrid
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‘Ankle injury is a thing of the past’ – Hazard in high spirits after returning to action with Madrid

The Belgium forward has featured only intermittently for his club since moving from Chelsea due to a succession of physical problems Real Madrid star Eden Hazard vowed his ankle troubles were now behind him after the Blancos kicked off Carlo Ancelotti's second spell as coach in style. The Belgian played just over an hour of Saturday's 4-1 thrashing of Alaves and provided a fine assist before being replaced by Vinicius Junior, with Madrid already cruising at that stage thanks to Karim Benzema's double and a strike from Nacho. And having seen his time at the Santiago Bernabeu severely affected by injury, Hazard believes he has now turned a corner.
Ancelotti Puts Real Madrid squad up for sale, excludes five players
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Ancelotti Puts Real Madrid squad up for sale, excludes five players

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is ready to sell his entire squad, except for five players in this summer transfer window, as he looks to bolster his team ahead of next season. Express UK reported on Monday that Real Madrid is in need of money to allow Ancelotti to bring in his own signings, with one player, in particular, being lined up. Ancelotti is desperate to create money to bring in his own players, meaning the majority of the Los Blancos squad could be available. The likes of Eden Hazard, Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale are all still on Real Madrid’s books and are, no doubt, on huge wages. The trio could all leave Santiago Bernabeu before the end of the summer if the right offer comes in. The players Ancelotti won’t sell this summer are Karim Benzema, Thibaut Court...
Real Madrid defender Odriozola tests positive for coronavirus
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Real Madrid defender Odriozola tests positive for coronavirus

The defender has joined Karim Benzema and David Alaba in having tested positive for Covid-19 to further disrupt Madrid's pre-season preparations Real Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola has returned a positive test for coronavirus, the club confirmed on Saturday. The Liga side's pre-season preparations have been disrupted by the virus, with some of the club's first-team players having been forced to isolate after testing positive. And Odriozola is the latest who will have to withdraw from training, with Madrid due to face AC Milan in a friendly on August 8.
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Real Madrid Defender, David Alaba Contracts COVID-19

Real Madrid defender, David Alaba, has tested positive for COVID-19. Real Madrid made the announcement in a statement via its website on Wednesday. The statement read, “Real Madrid C. F. would like to notify that our player, David Alaba, has tested positive for COVID-19.” This is coming less than a week after Real Madrid officially unveiled Alaba as their player. Alaba, a former Bayern Munich star, is now the second Real Madrid squad member to have tested positive for COVID-19 this summer. Karim Benzema is still in Lyon after he turned in a positive test result just before he was scheduled to return to Real Madrid. Alaba will now be in isolation for the next couple of days.
Benzema Tests Positive for COVID-19
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Benzema Tests Positive for COVID-19

  Real Madrid have confirmed that striker Karim Benzema has tested positive for COVID-19. The LaLiga giants, who have replaced Zinedine Zidane with Carlo Ancelotti, are already in preseason ahead of the 2021/2022 season. However, Benzema will play no part in pre-season training, as he must now take in a period of self-isolation. A terse statement on Real’s official website reads: “Real Madrid C. F. confirm that our player Karim Benzema has tested positive for Covid-19.” He will not be cleared to rejoin the rest of Ancelotti’s squad before a negative test has been posted. Benzema has already made a delayed return to the Real fold following his involvement with France at Euro 2020
Euro 2020: Highest Goal Scorers revealed
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Euro 2020: Highest Goal Scorers revealed

  Following the conclusion of the Euro 2020 semi-final fixture on Wednesday night, below are currently the top scorers chasing the Golden Boot in the European Championship ahead of Sunday’s final at Wembley. Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo and Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick are tied in the race to finish in top scorer at the ongoing Euro 2020. Ronaldo and Schick both have five goals each despite both of their countries being out. However, England captain, Harry Kane has four goals after he netted the winning goal in his country’s 2-1 victory against Denmark on Wednesday. Euro 2020 top scorers after semi-final fixtures. 5 goals – Ronaldo and Schick 4 goals – Harry Kane, Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, France’s Karim Benzema and Sweden’s Emil Forsberg. 3 goals –...
Cesc Fabregas tells Harry Kane club to join
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Cesc Fabregas tells Harry Kane club to join

Former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, has urged Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane, to join Real Madrid. Kane has already informed Tottenham he will leave the club this summer. But Fabregas believes the England captain would be ‘perfect for Real Madrid if they need to replace Karim Benzema. Kane has drawn the interest of many European clubs including, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea. “For a long time, I have felt that Harry Kane would be the perfect replacement for Karim Benzema at Real Madrid,” Fabregas wrote in a column for the Daily Telegraph. “Of course, Benzema showed again at the European Championships that he is not going anywhere and that he is playing very, very well, but the fact I even think Kane is capable of taking over from hi...
Euro 2020: Benzema breaks silence on France’s elimination
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Euro 2020: Benzema breaks silence on France’s elimination

France striker, Karim Benzema, has finally reacted to his country’s elimination from Euro 2020. France was knocked out of the European Championship on Monday by Switzerland. Didier Deschamps’s side was defeated 5-4 on penalties in Bucharest after Kylian Mbappe saw his spot-kick saved by goalkeeper Yann Sommer following a 3-3 draw after 120 minutes. Reacting, Benzema, in a post via his Instagram account, said: “Sad and disappointed after yesterday’s match. The disappointment is immense, I would have liked to continue to make you vibrate for a long time. Thank you for your unwavering support since the start of this Euro. “Thank you for the strength you have given me daily. “Nothing is ever easy, we continue to fight to prepare for the future and come back even stronger.”...
Mbappe misses vital penalty as Swiss dump out France in Euros epic
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Mbappe misses vital penalty as Swiss dump out France in Euros epic

Kylian Mbappe sensationally missed the decisive shoot-out penalty as Switzerland knocked out Euro 2020 favourites France after a six-goal thriller to set up a quarter-final clash with Spain. The superstar striker stepped up to take the 10th kick of the shoot-out but was denied by a brilliant stop by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer to cap a classic contest and a day of incredible drama at the European Championships. Manuel Akanji Switzerland Scored Marcus Thuram France Scored Ruben Vargas Switzerland Scored Presnel Kimpembe France Scored Admir Mehmedi Switzerland Scored Kylian Mbappe France Saved Early in the game Switzerland had taken a shock lead through Haris Seferovic's header (15), but France turned it around with a four-mi...
I’m on Same Level as Lewandowski, Benzema, others – Lukaku
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I’m on Same Level as Lewandowski, Benzema, others – Lukaku

Belgium striker, Romelu Lukaku, has insisted that he is on the same level as Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suarez and Tottenham’s Harry Kane. Lukaku said this ahead of Belgium’s Euro 2020 round of 16 tie against Portugal on Sunday night. The Inter Milan forward believes he should be recognised as one of the best strikers in the world. Lukaku has so far scored 63 goals in 96 games for Belgium. “People have tended to describe things this way,” Lukakau said at his pre-match press conference. “When they talk about [Robert] Lewandowski, [Karim] Benzema, [Luis] Suarez, [Harry] Kane, they would say it’s world class level and with me it is always about being in good form. “In the last two years I think I have shown it’s ...
Portugal vs France: Benzema Reveals Conversation with Cristiano Ronaldo after 2-2 draw
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Portugal vs France: Benzema Reveals Conversation with Cristiano Ronaldo after 2-2 draw

France striker, Karim Benzema, has revealed his conversation with Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, following both sides’ Euro 2020 2-2 draw on Thursday. France and Portugal played a draw at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium in Budapest on Thursday night, thanks to two goals each from Benzema and Ronaldo. Benzema and Ronaldo were former teammates at Real Madrid. Both players were seen chatting on the way to the tunnel at half-time before somewhat prematurely swapping shirts. Asked what was said between the both of them, Benzema told reporters after the game at his post-match press conference: “It’s nice to see him again, we have come a long way together. “We both played eight or nine years at Real Madrid, we scored goals, won trophies. “We spoke, we wished each other good ...
Chelsea Coach, Tuchel takes decision on selling Werner to Real Madrid
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Chelsea Coach, Tuchel takes decision on selling Werner to Real Madrid

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has decided not to sell striker, Timo Werner, to Real Madrid this summer, the UK Sun reports. Tuchel has made it clear he doesn’t want his countryman Werner to leave Stamford Bridge, despite the fact that Chelsea wants to sign a top striker this summer. Werner had emerged as a surprising transfer target for Real Madrid manager, Carlos Ancelotti. Ancelotti is keen to bring Werner to the Santiago Bernabeu despite the 25-year-old enduring a difficult first season with Chelsea. Werner is believed to be on the list of forwards being targeted by Ancelotti as the Los Blancos continue their search for a long-term Karim Benzema replacement. The 25-year-old star joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig last summer in a deal worth £47 million. He finished the ...
LaLiga: Benzema reacts as Sergio Ramos leaves Real Madrid
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LaLiga: Benzema reacts as Sergio Ramos leaves Real Madrid

Real Madrid forward, Karim Benzema has reacted to the departure of Sergio Ramos from Los Blancos. The LaLiga giants confirmed during the week that their captain is leaving the club. The Spanish giants also announced a press conference will be held on Thursday (today), to bid farewell to the veteran defender. The Spain international’s contract expires at the end of June and there have been reports Real Madrid were willing to give him an extension if he accepted a pay cut. But the 35-year-old, who has spent 16 years at the club, has decided to leave the Santiago Bernabeu. “More than a Capitán, my friend, my brother thanks for all the moments we spent together on the road of success for the @realmadrid Wish you all the best legend @SergioRamos,” Benzema tweeted on Thursday....
Hummels Own Goal as France Overcome Germany
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Hummels Own Goal as France Overcome Germany

A calamitous own goal from Mats Hummels gave world champions France a 1-0 victory over Germany in their Euro 2020 opener at the Allianz Arena. Hummels, recalled by Germany boss Joachim Low for the tournament following a two-year absence, sliced Lucas Hernandez's cross into his own net (20) to give favourites France, runners-up at the last Euros, a winning start in Group F. The eagerly-anticipated encounter proved an absorbing affair, although a little cagier than many were expecting, with clear scoring opportunities at a premium after the own goal. Serge Gnabry went closest for Germany, sending a looping volley narrowly over the bar from a Robin Gosens cross, while France, their ranks bolstered by the return of Karim Benzema, who started up front, struck the post through midfi...
France vs Germany: Play dirty against Giroud, Mbappe, Benzema, Griezmann – Rudiger tells teammates
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France vs Germany: Play dirty against Giroud, Mbappe, Benzema, Griezmann – Rudiger tells teammates

Germany defender, Antonio Rudiger, has urged his teammates to play a little dirty football against France forwards when both countries meet on Tuesday night in their Euro 2020 opener at Allianz Arena. France boasts a number of good forwards, including Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, Antoine Greizmann and Olivier Giroud. Didier Deschamps’s side are in a tough group with Germany, Portugal and Hungary. “Of course, they [France] have good forwards [Mbappe, Benzema, Griezmann and Giroud], we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges,” Rudiger said at a pre-match press conference ahead of the game. “We have to be a little dirty, not always be nice or try to play nice football. “Against players like them, you have to throw down a marker.” The kick-off time for France v...
‘France have seven musketeers in attack’ – Papin thrilled by forward talent and return of ‘wild card’ Benzema
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‘France have seven musketeers in attack’ – Papin thrilled by forward talent and return of ‘wild card’ Benzema

The former Les Bleus striker thinks Didier Deschamps' side have the "firepower" to go all the way at Euro 2020 France have "seven musketeers in attack", according to Jean-Pierre Papin, who has expressed his excitement over the forward talent in his country's ranks and the return of "wild card" Karim Benzema. Les Bleus are being billed as the favourites to win Euro 2020, with Didier Deschamps having named a star-studded squad for the tournament as they seek to go one better than their final appearance five years ago. Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, Wissam Ben Yedder and Karim Benzema all made the final cut, with Papin left in awe by the attacking riches at Deschamps' disposal.
Liverpool hero Aldridge: I’d love to see Mbappe at Anfield
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Liverpool hero Aldridge: I’d love to see Mbappe at Anfield

Liverpool hero John Aldridge can't see PSG striker Kylian Mbappe moving to Anfield. Aldridge wrote for the Sunday World: "Karim Benzema is back for France after a long time in the international wilderness, but Mbappe is the player who gives them the magic sparkle and he can turn any game with a flash of genius. "He is a better all-around player than Kane, but he might not be as clinical in front of goal and France need him to have a finishing touch to match his class if he is to shine this summer. "Mbappe is constantly linked with a move to Liverpool and while I'd love to see him at Anfield, I'd say there is more chance of me starting up front for Jurgen Klopp next season. "It looks like Mbappe is a big Liverpool fan and on that basis, it would be great to see him get a move to...
Benzema declares himself 100 per cent fit for France’s Euro 2020 campaign after injury scare
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Benzema declares himself 100 per cent fit for France’s Euro 2020 campaign after injury scare

The Real Madrid striker has confirmed that he is back in full training with Les Bleus after recovering from a slight knock Karim Benzema has declared himself 100 per cent fit for France's Euro 2020 campaign after shaking off an injury scare. Benzema was called up to the France squad for the first time in six years ahead of their latest international tournament, but left head coach Didier Deschamps sweating on his fitness after limping out of their final warm-up game against Bulgaria. The 33-year-old was replaced by Olivier Giroud in the 41st minute of the 3-0 victory after going down under a challenge from opposition defender Ivan Turitsov, leading to question marks over his participation in France's Group F opener against Germany.
Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand Predicts Golden Boot winner
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Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand Predicts Golden Boot winner

  Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has predicted the player that will finish the European Championship as top scorer. Ferdinand feels Harry Kane will win the Golden Boot, depending on how far England progresses in the tournament. If the Three Lions fail to reach the last four, he has picked Kylian Mbappe or Karim Benzema both from France, to claim it. “If England gets to the semi-finals I think Harry Kane will be the top goalscorer of the tournament,” he said. “If they don’t get to the semi-finals I think Mbappe. “Outside bet Benzema – what a fairytale that would be.”
Ancelotti Set to Bring Chelsea Star to Real Madrid
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Ancelotti Set to Bring Chelsea Star to Real Madrid

  Chelsea forward, Timo Werner, is being linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer transfer window. Fichajes reports that Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is keen to bring Werner to the Santiago Bernabeu despite the Germany international enduring a difficult first season with Chelsea. Werner is believed to be on the list of forwards being targeted by Ancelotti as Real Madrid continue their search for a long-term Karim Benzema replacement. The 25-year-old joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig last summer in a deal worth £47 million. Prior to his move to Stamford Bridge, Werner had spent four seasons with Leipzig, during which he scored 95 goals in 159 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga club. Werner’s pace and movement made him one of the most e...
Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker Predict Euro 2020 winner
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Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker Predict Euro 2020 winner

  Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have all predicted that France will win Euro 2020. The French will expect to add a continental triumph to their World Cup success. Dider Deschamps’ team conquered the world in Russia three years ago, with the squad still boasting of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante. Karim Benzema has also returned from a five-year exile to add more strength to the already deadly attack. “France to win it. They have got talent all over the pitch,” Shearer told the BBC. Ferdinand added: “France have got the most depth and the most talent, that is why they are my favourites.” Lineker however believes defending champions Portugal could yet retain their crown, but has still backed Les Bleus. “It’s hard t...
Real Madrid striker Benzema hands France injury scare
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Real Madrid striker Benzema hands France injury scare

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has handed France an injury scare during their friendly against Bulgaria. Benzema was forced off after 39 minutes. Benzema had a painful collision with Ivan Turitsov as he looked to direct a shot on goal, leaving the Real Madrid striker clutching his right knee. He asked to be substituted, before being replaced by Olivier Giroud. The injury is a blow with France's Euro 2020 campaign just around the corner. However it did not look serious, on a night where Benzema started well and linked up brilliantly with Kylian Mbappe before having to come off.    
Chelsea veteran Giroud bags brace in France victory over Bulgaria
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Chelsea veteran Giroud bags brace in France victory over Bulgaria

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud scored a double as France claimed a 3-0 win over Bulgaria in their final Euro 2020 warm-up match. The reigning world champions fielded a strong team with Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann in attack. Barcelona star Griezmann broke the deadlock with an acrobatic bicycle kick with 29 minutes on the clock. Giroud came off the bench to score a clinical strike before sealing a brace seven minutes later. Les Bleus open their Group F campaign at Euro 2020 on Tuesday, 15 June with an exciting tie against Germany.
France suffer Benzema injury blow as forward limps off one week ahead of Euro 2020 kickoff
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France suffer Benzema injury blow as forward limps off one week ahead of Euro 2020 kickoff

The forward appeared to be injured in a clash with Bulgaria defender Ivan Turitsov during the first half at Stade de France. France striker Karim Benzema limped out of Tuesday's friendly against Bulgaria in a worrying sight for Les Bleus. The Real Madrid star has been recalled to the national team after a six-year absence and is poised to play a starring role for his country at Euro 2020. But that could now be in doubt after the 33-year-old picked up a knock in the first half against Bulgaria.
Euro 2020: Wayne Rooney Snubs England, names country to win tournament
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Euro 2020: Wayne Rooney Snubs England, names country to win tournament

Former England striker, Wayne Rooney, has snubbed the Three Lions and named France as the favourite country to win this year’s Euro 2020. Rooney believes France are clear favourites to win the Euro 2020 ahead of England, Portugal and Belgium because of their quality, experience and track record as world champions. France are in Group F alongside Germany, Hungary and Portugal. The Euro 2020 will kick off on June 11 – 11 July, 2021. “England are among a group of four teams that stand above the rest in terms of prospects at Euro 2020. Portugal and Belgium are in there too, but my clear favourites are France,” Rooney told The Times. “Kylian Mbappe, N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane, Hugo Lloris: you look at their quality, experience a...
Benzema Should be Scoring 50 Goals, not 30 – Real Madrid coach, Ancelotti
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Benzema Should be Scoring 50 Goals, not 30 – Real Madrid coach, Ancelotti

  Newly appointed Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has insisted that striker Karim Benzema should be scoring 50 goals and not 30 goals for the club in a season. Ancelotti described Benzema as a ‘top striker’, adding that he has done really well for the club. The Italian disclosed this on Wednesday during an introductory press conference. The 61-year-old returned to the Santiago Bernabeu from Everton on Tuesday. Ancelotti said, “Benzema should be scoring 50 goals, not 30. Vini Jr. has to score more and we have to get more goals from the others too. “These are the players I’ve got, Karim has done really well. Karim has improved a lot in this period, he has more responsibility. “He’s a top striker. Then there are young players with a lot of potential. The ai...
Euro 2020: Wenger Snubs England, Predicts Country to win Tournament
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Euro 2020: Wenger Snubs England, Predicts Country to win Tournament

Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has predicted that France will go all the way and win this month’s European Championships. The Frenchman said Les Bleus are the “super favourite”, as the return of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema makes the attack an “even stronger” force. The reigning world champions play Wales and Bulgaria in friendlies ahead of the tournament, which starts June 11. France has been placed in the ‘group of death’ along with holders Portugal, Germany and Hungary. But Wenger is confident his fellow countrymen can progress into the knockout phase and go all the way. “France will be the super favourite of this tournament for many, many reasons,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “The main one of course is they just won the World Cup in a convincing way in Russia. Bu...
EURO 2020: Karim Benzema arrives at France’s Clairefontaine base for his first call-up since 2015
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EURO 2020: Karim Benzema arrives at France’s Clairefontaine base for his first call-up since 2015

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema has arrived at France's Clairefontaine base for his first call-up since 2015. The 33-year-old joined the squad at France's Clairefontaine training centre on Wednesday May 26, looking happy and relieved despite his alleged sex-tape blackmail of former team-mate Mathieu Valbuena. The striker is accused of pressuring Valbuena in 2015 to pay blackmailers who threatened to reveal an intimate video in which Valbuena featured. The scandal led to his ban from the France national team since November 2015. His six-year exile from the national team over his alleged role in a blackmail plot came to an end last week when he was recalled by Deschamps for this summer's delayed European Championship. "It's a non-event," insisted Deschamps. "That it in...
LaLiga: Zidane ‘Gutted’ after Losing Title to Atletico Madrid
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LaLiga: Zidane ‘Gutted’ after Losing Title to Atletico Madrid

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has said he is “gutted” after they fell short in the defence of their LaLiga title. Karim Benzema and Luka Modric scored as Los Blancos fought from a goal down to beat Villarreal 2-1. But Atletico Madrid’s own comeback win against Real Valladolid was more than enough to snatch the title from their city rivals. It means that Madrid end the campaign trophyless for the first time in over a decade. “My mood is gutted. We didn’t win La Liga. If you ask me that, that’s the answer. “We have to congratulate Atletico, who deserve [to be champions], because whoever is at the top deserves it. “But the most important thing is what the [Real Madrid] players have done.I have to thank our fans because they have always supported the tea...
LaLiga Final day: Highest Goal Scorers Revealed [See top 10]
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LaLiga Final day: Highest Goal Scorers Revealed [See top 10]

  Following the conclusion of the 2020/21 Spanish La Liga season on Saturday, where Atletico Madrid were crowned champions, below are the highest goal scorers in the Spanish top-flight league. Rushhoursport recalls that Atletico Madrid were confirmed title winners after beating Valladolid 2-1 on the final day of the LaLiga season on Saturday. Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is the highest goal scorer in La Liga this season with 30 goals. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno are in the second position with 23 goals each. 2020/21 LaLiga top scorers: 30 goals: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 23 goals: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal). 21 goals: Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid) 18 goals: Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla) 16 goa...
‘I am not Santa Claus’ – No surprises in France squad for Euros, says Deschamps
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‘I am not Santa Claus’ – No surprises in France squad for Euros, says Deschamps

  The France coach will announce his preliminary squad for Euro 2020 on May 18 Didier Deschamps has said there will not be any shock call-ups for France at Euro 2020. Les Bleus will head into this summer’s European Championship among the favourites for glory after winning the World Cup in 2018. Deschamps has used a largely settled squad through qualifying, and there will be no place for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema or those who have not featured in his plans thus far  
Champions League: Chelsea to Play Man City in final
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Champions League: Chelsea to Play Man City in final

Chelsea will take on Manchester City in this year’s Champions League final. The Blues beat Real Madrid 2-0 in a thrilling semi-final second leg on Wednesday night. The tie was delicately poised at 1-1 after the first leg, with Karim Benzema cancelling out Christian Pulisic’s effort. However at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea completely dominated the game and took the lead through Timo Werner. Werner reacted quickest to head home, after Kai Havertz’s lob came off the bar. Although Real Madrid fought to equalize, it was Mason Mount who sealed the win for Thomas Tuchel’s men. Manchester City on Tuesday beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0, qualifying with a 4-1 aggregate.
UCL: Chelsea Can beat Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge – Cascarino to Tuchel
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UCL: Chelsea Can beat Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge – Cascarino to Tuchel

  Tony Cascarino, a former Chelsea striker, has told the club’s manager, Thomas Tuchel, how the Blues can beat Real Madrid when both teams clash in tonight’s Champions League semi-final second-leg tie at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had played a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the first-leg last week in Spain. But Cascarino feels Timo Werner needs to take his chances for Chelsea against Real Madrid on Wednesday night, adding that Tuchel must find a way to stop Karim Benzema in order to qualify for the Champions League final ahead of the Los Blancos. “Thomas Tuchel has been brilliant at getting his team to take an iron grip on matches, keeping the opposition out of games after games, but he needs his attacking players to make the most of their chances,” Cascarino told The Time...
UCL: Thomas Tuchel Reveals Chelsea Player Giving him Headache Ahead of Real Madrid tie
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UCL: Thomas Tuchel Reveals Chelsea Player Giving him Headache Ahead of Real Madrid tie

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has said that his countryman, Kai Havertz is giving him a selection headache ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Real Madrid on Wednesday. Chelsea and Real Madrid settled for a 1-1 in Spain last Tuesday, with Christian Pulisic scoring for the Blues and veteran striker, Karim Benzema equalising for the home side. The second leg is slated for Wednesday and Havertz has fired warning to Zinedine Zidane’s men by scoring twice in the Blues’ 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday and will now be pushing for a start against the La Liga giants. He was a 66th-minute substitute in the 1-1 first leg draw in Spain and when asked if the Germany international had given him a selection headache, Chelsea boss Tuchel told talkSPORT:...
Real Madrid to Land Lewandowski in £52m Deal
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Real Madrid to Land Lewandowski in £52m Deal

  Real Madrid are interested in signing Robert Lewandowski amid talk he could leave Bayern Munich this summer, according to AS. Lewandowski has netted 43 times in 37 appearances for the German champions, who are on the brink of winning the Bundesliga again. The 32-year-old has just over two years left on his current contract. He has been constantly linked with a move to Madrid since he first moved to Bayern from Borussia Dortmund in 2013. Bayern could be open to selling Lewandowski for £52million this summer, in a bid to raise money due to losses caused by COVID-19. It is also claimed Lewandowski’s agent Pini Zahavi, is currently listening to offers for the striker. Real currently have Karim Benzema as their main striker and he has delivered 28 goals in 40 mat...
Champions League: Fabregas Rates Kante’s erformance as Chelsea failed to beat Real Madrid
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Champions League: Fabregas Rates Kante’s erformance as Chelsea failed to beat Real Madrid

  Former Chelsea midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, has lauded N’Golo Kante’s performance in the Blues’ Champions League semi-final first-leg 1-1 draw with Real Madrid on Tuesday night. Fabregas hailed Kante as a ‘big game player,’ adding that the France World Cup winner always plays for two. The Spaniard, who left Chelsea in 2019 to join current club Monaco, said this in a tweet via his Twitter handle. Goals from Christian Pulisic and Karim Benzema ensured both Chelsea and Real Madrid played a draw at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Spain. “N’golo has always been a big game player. Never doubt him. He plays for 2,” Fabregas tweeted. “A close game in Madrid means we’re set up nicely for next week’s 2nd leg at the Bridge.” Fabregas and Kante played together a...
UCL: Hazard Warns Chelsea Ahead of Second-leg tie With Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge
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UCL: Hazard Warns Chelsea Ahead of Second-leg tie With Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge

  Real Madrid star, Eden Hazard, has warned Chelsea that Zinedine Zidane’s side would go ‘looking for the win’ when both teams clash in the Champions League semi-final second leg tie at Stamford Bridge next. Hazard, a former Chelsea player, gave the warning following Real Madrid’s 1-1 with Chelsea in the first-leg on Tuesday night in Spain. Christian Pulisic’s fine strike put Chelsea ahead before Karim Benzema levelled for the LaLiga champions at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. The result means Real Madrid must score in the return leg against Thomas Tuchel’s men to stand any chance of reaching the Champions League final this season. Speaking after the match, Hazard said at his pre-match press conference: “It could be better, and it could be worse! We will go there [...
Thiago Silva’s Wife, Isabelle Attacks Timo Werner Over Missed Chance in Chelsea Draw with Real Madrid [VIDEO]
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Thiago Silva’s Wife, Isabelle Attacks Timo Werner Over Missed Chance in Chelsea Draw with Real Madrid [VIDEO]

  Isabelle da Silva, wife of veteran Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, has attacked Timo Werner over his missed chance during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg in Spain on Tuesday evening. Christian Pulisic put Chelsea ahead but Karim Benzema scored Madrid’s equaliser to make it 1-1. Before that, however, Werner had a clear chance to put the Blues ahead but missed the excellent opportunity from close range. And Isabelle da Silva, who was watching the game at home with her children, was less than impressed with the Germany international’s latest miss. In a video uploaded to her Instagram account during the first half, Isabelle da Silva said, “This is karma, guys. Every team I go to there is a striker who keeps missing goal...
UCL: Chelsea will Regret, get Disappointed in Second leg Against Real Madrid – Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole
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UCL: Chelsea will Regret, get Disappointed in Second leg Against Real Madrid – Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole

  England legends Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole have said that Chelsea may regret not finishing off their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid in the first leg in Spain. Former Chelsea star, Cole star feels that manager Thomas Tuchel ‘missed a little trick’ by failing to bring on Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James when Real Madrid were ‘on the ropes’. Chelsea began the game brightly with Christian Pulisic putting them in front with a superb solo goal in the 14th minute after Timo Werner had struck an earlier effort straight at Thibaut Courtois. Zinedine Zidane’s side drew level on the half-hour mark as Karim Benzema arrowed home an unstoppable volleyed finish. Tuchel made a host of changes with 20 minutes to go, bringing in Reece James, Hakim Ziyech and Kai ...
Rio Ferdinand Names Chelsea Player Being Unfairly Treated by Tuchel
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Rio Ferdinand Names Chelsea Player Being Unfairly Treated by Tuchel

  Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has identified Tammy Abraham as one Chelsea players that is being harshly treated at the club following Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg in Spain on Tuesday evening. Thomas Tuchel’s side earned a 1-1 draw away in Spain as Christian Pulisic’s superb individual effort was cancelled out by Karim Benzema’s close-range strike. Germany international, Timo Werner led Chelsea’s attack in the game but squandered an excellent chance to put his side ahead in the first half. And Ferdinand, a former England international believes Abraham, who was left on the bench throughout the duration of the game, should have been given a chance to lead Chelsea’s front line ahead of Werner. “It’s crazy, ...
Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Tuchel explains why he substituted Azpilicueta, Pulic, Werner
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Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Tuchel explains why he substituted Azpilicueta, Pulic, Werner

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said he took off Cesar Azpilicueta, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner during their 1-1 draw with Real Madrid, because they were struggling with tiredness. Pulisic opened the scoring in the 14th minute of Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg. Werner had earlier missed a golden chance to break the deadlock, firing a close-range strike straight at Thibaut Courtois. The Blues were soon made to pay for their profligacy, after Karim Benzema equalised on the half-hour mark. Reece James, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz were brought on in place of Azpilicueta, Pulisic and Werner with 20 minutes left. When asked whether it was always his plan to make changes just past the hour-mark, Tuchel replied: “No, you cannot plan. But in ...
Champions League: Eden Hazard reacts to Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea
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Champions League: Eden Hazard reacts to Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea

  Real Madrid midfielder, Eden Hazard, has said it is always a good thing to play against “friends”, after their 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday night. His replacement at Stamford Bridge, Christian Pulisic gave the Blues the lead in Spain, before Karim Benzema levelled with a sublime effort. “It’s always good to play against friends. “I have a couple of friends over there. Now I’m a Real Madrid player. I just want to win. It doesn’t matter if it is against Chelsea or another team,” Hazard told BT Sport. Hazard came off the bench to play the last 25 minutes at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium. But ahead of the second leg on May 5 in London, the Belgian feels he is “in better condition” and ready to make an impact. “In...
Champions League: Zidane Predicts What will Happen in Second Leg Against Chelsea
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Champions League: Zidane Predicts What will Happen in Second Leg Against Chelsea

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has said he expects a “competitive” contest when they face Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final second leg. The two sides played out a 1-1 draw on Tuesday, with both goals coming in the first half. Christian Pulisic gave the visitors the lead, before Karim Benzema equalized before the break. With the tie on a knife-edge going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge next week, Zidane is not expecting the Blues to sit back at Stamford Bridge. “They’re very quick, have good players and started very well. In the second half we had more control. We are still in the tie and we’re happy with the overall performance. We’re also good at playing away from home, we press high. “They’re [Chelsea] in the semi-final for a reason, th...
Chelsea Grab Away Goal in Draw with Real Madrid
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Chelsea Grab Away Goal in Draw with Real Madrid

Chelsea grabbed a potentially vital away goal in a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final first-leg tie. The backdrop of Real's training ground may not have screamed 'Champions League semi-final' but the quality on the pitch was up to the usual standard in the first half with Chelsea taking the lead after 13 minutes when Christian Pulisic rounded Thibaut Courtois to give Thomas Tuchel's side the perfect start. Madrid looked an ageing side up against the bright and bubbly Chelsea attack but managed to fire their way back into the game when Karim Benzema latched onto a couple of knockdowns in the Chelsea area to level the scores in thumping fashion (29). The game slipped into a more docile tempo after the break with both teams seemingly happy with their l...
What Gerard Pique told referee after Barcelona 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid
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What Gerard Pique told referee after Barcelona 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid

  Details of the interaction between Gerard Pique and referee Gil Manzano has emerged. Real Madrid defeated their fiercest rivals 2-1 in the El Clasico on Saturday and climbed top of the league table above Atletico Madrid on goal difference. Going into the game, both sides knew a win would see them go to the top of La Liga and the home side started the game composed. Zinedine Zidane’s side led 2-0 at half-time, courtesy of first-half strikes from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos. Oscar Mingueza pulled one back for the visitors 15 minutes into the second half Gerard Pique was named on the bench and did not play a single minute in the game. But that did not stop him walking onto the pitch and having a go at referee Gil Manzano, fuming at the match official after the...
Barcelona Can Still Win Title – Koeman insists after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid
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Barcelona Can Still Win Title – Koeman insists after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has insisted they can still win the LaLiga title this season, despite a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday. Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos gave Los Blancos the lead, before Mingueza pulled one back for Koeman’s men. Barca were denied a late penalty, as Real clinched the maximum points in the title race. The result saw Zinedine Zidane’s men go top with 66 points, ahead of rivals Atletico Madrid. Barcelona remain third with 65 points with eight matches left. “I am [still] really optimistic,” Koeman said of Barca’s title hopes. “We’ve shown that we are fighting. We have lost to a rival also fighting for the league, but there are [eight] games to go and every match for the top three will be tough.”
Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Zinedine Zidane’s men go top of the table
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Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Zinedine Zidane’s men go top of the table

Real Madrid are now top of the La Liga table after doing the double over Barcelona for the first time since 2007-08 by winning 2-1 on Saturday night, April 10. It was a very entertaining game as Madrid’s counter-attacking tactics worked well, particularly in the first half as Karim Benzema put Madrid 1-0 ahead. 33-year-old Benzema was first to meet Lucas Vazquez's low cross towards the near post, squeezing a backheeled flick past Marc-Andre ter Stegen for his 25th goal in 35 appearances this season. Barcelona fell further behind when Kroos' free-kick took a deflection off Sergino Dest on its way past Ter Stegen. Federico Valverde could have made it 3-0 before half-time, but his shot across goal came back off the inside of the far post. In the second half Coach Ro...

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