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‘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...
Danny Murphy predicts results for Chelsea, Man City, Bayern, Liverpool, others
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Danny Murphy predicts results for Chelsea, Man City, Bayern, Liverpool, others

  Former Liverpool star, Danny Murphy, has delivered his predictions for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Real Madrid will host Liverpool on Tuesday night in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie in Spain, while Manchester City will face Borussia Dortmund. Reigning champions Bayern Munich will tackle Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, while Chelsea will face Porto. Providing his predictions, Murphy told The Mail on Sunday: “Real’s teamsheet used to strike fear into opponents but not anymore,” Murphy told The Mail on Sunday. “Injuries have prevented Eden Hazard from becoming another Galactico and their best players, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos, are all in their 30s. “In fact, Liverpool carry the greater firepower with Salah, Sadio ...
Benzema’s Sex Tape Trial: Real Madrid Striker Reacts as Court Fixes Date
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Benzema’s Sex Tape Trial: Real Madrid Striker Reacts as Court Fixes Date

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has reacted after it emerged he will appear in court for his alleged involvement in blackmailing former France teammate, Mathieu Valbuena, over a sex tape. Recall that the Versailles prosecutor’s office had said on Tuesday that Benzema would face trial in court from October 20-22 this year for his alleged role in the Valbuena sex tape blackmail plot six years ago. The 33-year-old is suspected of pressuring Valbuena in 2015 to pay blackmailers who threatened to reveal an intimate video in which Valbuena featured. Reacting to the development, Benzema responded on his Instagram story, writing alongside a screenshot of the news: ‘Yes, finally. Let the masquerade end forever.’ Meanwhile, Benzema has not played for France since October 2015 aft...
‘I’ll Fight till End’ – Zidane Declares after Real Madrid 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid
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‘I’ll Fight till End’ – Zidane Declares after Real Madrid 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane has vowed that his side will not give up but “fight until the end” in the title race. Los Blancos were able to snatch a point against city rivals and league leaders Atletico Madrid in their clash on Sunday to keep their title hope alive. Karim Benzema struck late in the second half to cancel out Luis Suarez’s early opener at Wanda Metropolitano with so many wasted chances from the home side. The result leaves Zidane’s men five points behind, with one more game under their belt. And their French boss, after the game, declared that the current champions will contest their crown all the way through to the end of the season. “The objective is this, to continue,” he said when asked if his side still have a title shot. “We know there is a...
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Benzema Makes LaLiga History after 1-1 Draw
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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Benzema Makes LaLiga History after 1-1 Draw

  Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, on Sunday evening, made history following his side’s LaLiga 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid. Goals from Luis Suarez and Benzema gave both Atletico and Real Madrid a point each at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. The result means Atletico Madrid is on top of the LaLiga table with 59 points from 25 games. Real Madrid, meanwhile, are in the third position with 54 points from 26 games. According to OptaJoe, Benzema has now become the foreign player with the most appearances for Real Madrid in LaLiga’s history after featuring against Atletico. The France forward has 371 appearances for Zinedine Zidane’s side, beating Roberto Carlos (370). Benzema will now hope to continue his impressive display for Real Madrid when they face Elche...
Benzema, Hazard Missing in Zidane’s Champions League Squad
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Benzema, Hazard Missing in Zidane’s Champions League Squad

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has excluded forwards, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard from his side’s 19-man squad to face Atalanta in the Champions League round of 16, first-leg tie at Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on Wednesday night. Zidane released the squad in a post via Real Madrid’s official website on Monday. Zidane’s men head to the game following a 1-0 victory over Valladolid in the La Liga in their last fixture over the weekend, while Atalanta defeated Napoli 4-2 in the Serie A. Real Madrid’s squad against Atalanta: Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin and Altube. Defenders: R. Varane, Nacho, F. Mendy, Chust and Miguel. Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Isco, Arribas and Blanco. Forwards: Asensio, Lucas V., Vini Jr., Mariano and Hugo Duro. The kic...
Benzema doubtful for Atalanta with Zidane not taking risks on Real Madrid star’s fitness
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Benzema doubtful for Atalanta with Zidane not taking risks on Real Madrid star’s fitness

The forward, who has 17 goals this season, missed Saturday's win over Valladolid on account of an ankle injury Zinedine Zidane has insisted Real Madrid will not take any risks with Karim Benzema’s fitness. The forward sat out Madrid’s 1-0 win at Valladolid on Saturday on account of an ankle injury and is a doubt for the clash with Atalanta in the Champions League next week. Benzema will have a scan on Sunday in a bid to shed light on the severity of the problem, and Zidane’s cautious assessment suggests he will not be fit to face the Serie A side.
LaLiga table: Real Madrid Climb Above Barcelona after Valencia Win
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LaLiga table: Real Madrid Climb Above Barcelona after Valencia Win

  Real Madrid have moved above Barcelona into second place in LaLiga, thanks to their 2-0 win over Valencia on sunday. Karim Benzema put the hosts ahead after 12 minutes, before Toni Kroos doubled the advantage with three minutes left before half time at Valdebebas. Ferland Mendy’s goal just after the hour mark was ruled out for offside following a VAR review. Victory for Los Blancos, was enough for them to leapfrog Barcelona, who hammered Alaves 5-1 on Saturday. Leaders, Atletico Madrid remain five points clear with two games in hand on Zinedine Zidane’s side. The only negative from the afternoon came when Dani Carvajal limped off with an apparent hamstring injury. Real were already without seven players due to fitness issues and midway through the first half...
Real Madrid vs Getafe: We Can Still Win the League – Zidane Speaks After 2-0 Win
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Real Madrid vs Getafe: We Can Still Win the League – Zidane Speaks After 2-0 Win

Real Madrid’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, has insisted that they could still win the league, following their 2-0 win over Getafe on Tuesday night. Karim Benzema and Mendy scored for Los Blancos in the second half of the match to ensure they got maximum points. The result moved Zidane’s men to within five points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. But Real have played two more fixtures than their rivals. “Today we did this because we had to adapt to the situation with lots of absences. We interpreted the match very well and I’m happy for the players, because that’s not easy. We were really good, especially defensively. “I don’t think there are Madridistas who think we can’t win the league. It’s the opposite, they always think we can change things, that’s what we’ll try to do. ...
‘Benzema has Lyon in his heart’ – Real Madrid star will return to France at some point, says former agent
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‘Benzema has Lyon in his heart’ – Real Madrid star will return to France at some point, says former agent

The Blancos frontman's old representative has backed him to retrace his steps in the near future Karim Benzema "has Lyon in his heart", according to his former agent Karim Djaziri, who says the Real Madrid star will return to France at some point. Benzema quickly emerged as one of the most potent young strikers in Europe after graduating to Lyon's senior squad back in 2004. The Frenchman hit 66 goals in 148 games for the club, helping them to win four consecutive Ligue 1 titles in the process.  
Benzema to face trial for alleged involvement in attempted blackmail case
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Benzema to face trial for alleged involvement in attempted blackmail case

  Real Madrid forward Benzema is accused of paying individuals to extort money from Mathieu Valbuena by threatening to make the video public in 2015. The 33-year-old French striker argues that a police officer used dishonest methods to draw him into the affair. He has not played for his country since it came to light. French prosecutors announced Benzema would face trial on Thursday, reported the AFP News Agency. AFP also quoted Benzema's lawyer, Sylvain Cormier, as saying he was not surprised the matter was going to trial, but that the decision was "as absurd as it was predictable". Benzema has scored 261 goals for Real since joining the Spanish side in 2009. He and Valbuena were international team-mates at the time of the affair and were in the France squad fo...
Villarreal’s Chukwueze must work on finishing, warns Adepoju
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Villarreal’s Chukwueze must work on finishing, warns Adepoju

The 21-year-old was impressive against Real Madrid, albeit, the former Los Blancos midfielder wants the youngster to be more clinical in front of goal Samuel Chukwueze may have helped Villarreal hold Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s La Liga encounter but Mutiu Adepoju feels the youngster must improve in front of goal. Without inspirational captain Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema due to injury, Los Blancos took the lead after just 107 second through Mariano Diaz. Nevertheless, the Yellow Submarine levelled matters from the penalty spot through Gerard Moreno after Thibaut Courtois had fouled the Nigerian in the box.
‘I’m here to play football’ – Hazard eager to help Real Madrid bounce back from poor Champions League start
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‘I’m here to play football’ – Hazard eager to help Real Madrid bounce back from poor Champions League start

The Belgian attacker has vowed to help the team get through their group after his first minutes for the season Eden Hazard believes Real Madrid can recover from their poor start to the Champions League as he made his long-awaited return from injury in the 2-2 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach. The La Liga champions needed a stunning comeback to recover from Marcus Thuram's brace with the Bundesliga side racing to a 2-0 lead with half-an-hour play. Hazard helped spark the fightback with his entrance as a substitute coming prior to Karim Benzema keeping the match alive with a goal in the 87th minute before Casemiro struck the equaliser deep into stoppage time.
Real Madrid Offer Juventus Two First-team Players in Exchange for Dybala
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Real Madrid Offer Juventus Two First-team Players in Exchange for Dybala

Real Madrid are so desperate to land Paulo Dybala and will offer Juventus two first-team players, according to SportMediaset. It is understood that the two players Real Madrid will offer to force the deal are: Isco and Toni Kroos. Zinedine Zidane’s side have contacted the Serie A champions and proposed a mammoth swap deal for Dybala that could exceed €100million (£90m). The La Liga champions are desperate to bolster their attack this summer after their exit from this year’s Champions League at the hands of Manchester City. The Los Blancos have been far too reliant on striker, Karim Benzema, for goals, with their next highest scorer being defender, Sergio Ramos on 11 – most of which have been penalties. Meanwhile, Juventus have little desire to let Dybala leave and inten...
Zidane Reacts as Real Madrid Need one win to Clinch Title
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Zidane Reacts as Real Madrid Need one win to Clinch Title

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has said he was a delighted man after his side’s 2-1 win over Granada on Monday night. Ferland Mendy opened the scoring for Los Blancos with a fine solo effort, before Karim Benzema doubled their advantage. However, after the break, Darwin Machis pulled one back for the hosts. Real had to hold on for an important win, which opens a four-point gap at the top ahead of rivals Barcelona. “I let out a shout because I was happy and because in football you have to suffer. “I shouted out loud because the three points were very important and I wanted to tell my players that they had played a superb game. To win this league you have to suffer a little bit and we dug in as a team. You have to be proud of this team,” Zidane told the media about ...
Real Madrid One win Away from Title after Defeating Granada
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Real Madrid One win Away from Title after Defeating Granada

Real Madrid are one win away from winning their 34th LaLiga title, after a battling 2-1 victory over Granada on Monday. Los Blancos took an early lead through Ferland Mendy, who finished off a solo run with a goal in the 10th minute. It was 2-0 minutes later, after Karim Benzema curled an exquisite strike past Rui Silva. Granada halved the deficit at the start of the second half through Darwin Machis. However, Real held on for three crucial points, with Sergio Ramos sweeping a goalbound effort off the line late on. The victory restored their four-point lead over Barcelona in the table with just two games left to play. A home win for Real against Villarreal on Thursday can put the title out of reach.
‘Fair to question if VAR is being used well’ – Barcelona boss Setien responds after Real Madrid’s victory over Sociedad
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‘Fair to question if VAR is being used well’ – Barcelona boss Setien responds after Real Madrid’s victory over Sociedad

The Spanish head coach expressed his frustration after seeing the Blancos leapfrog his side in the Liga standings Barcelona boss Quique Setien has expressed his belief that there is an idea that VAR "is not being used well" after Real Madrid's controversial victory over Real Sociedad. Madrid earned a 2-1 victory at the Anoeta on Sunday thanks to second-half goals from Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema, but benefitted from a number of contentious refereeing decisions to move above Barca at the Liga summit. Sociedad thought they had equalised when Adnan Januzaj fired past Thibaut Courtois from long distance, but the goal was ruled out for offside because Mikel Merino was deemed to be blocking the Madrid goalkeeper's view.
‘I had Drogba, Benzema and Zlatan, so Kane has no problem!’ – Mourinho defends striker record
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‘I had Drogba, Benzema and Zlatan, so Kane has no problem!’ – Mourinho defends striker record

The Portuguese boss has responded to Arsenal legend Paul Merson's suggestion that he doesn't get the best out of his centre-forwards Jose Mourinho has defended his record with strikers ahead of Tottenham's clash with West Ham on Tuesday, insisting "Harry Kane has no problem" given his previous experience with the likes of Didier Drogba, Karim Benzema and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Arsenal legend Paul Merson expressed his belief that Mourinho's preferred playing style could force Kane to consider his future at Spurs during his latest column for Sky Sports. After analysing the England international's subdued performance during Friday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United, the former Gunners midfielder said: "I think he'll have a serious think at the end of the season. I don't see him getting 2...
Zidane Reacts as Real Madrid Beat Sociedad to Knock Barcelona off top Spot
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Zidane Reacts as Real Madrid Beat Sociedad to Knock Barcelona off top Spot

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has warned his players that they have not won anything, following a 2-1 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday. Los Blancos took the lead through a Sergio Ramos penalty, before Karim Benzema made it 2-0. Mikel Merino pulled one back for Sociedad late in the game, but Real held on for an important victory. Zidane’s men are now level on 65 points with Barcelona, but sit in first place thanks to their head-to-head record. “We haven’t won anything yet. It’s three wins and nine points, but we know it will be difficult until the end. “We have to keep going, we’re in good form, the players are doing well physically and technically,” Zidane told the media after the game. There are eight fixtures left in the Spani...
Real Madrid went to the top of La Liga thanks to a hard-fought victory at Real Sociedad
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Real Madrid went to the top of La Liga thanks to a hard-fought victory at Real Sociedad

Zinedine Zidane's side are level on points with Barca, who drew 0-0 with Sevilla on Friday, but go top because of their superior head-to-head record. Sergio Ramos' penalty after the lively Vinicius Jr was fouled gave the visitors the lead. Karim Benzema doubled their advantage before Mikel Merino's strike set up a tense finale. There was controversy when substitute Adnan Januzaj thought he had made it 1-1 with a strike from outside the area but it was ruled out for a Merino offside. Merino did not get a touch but the officials deemed he was blocking goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' view, so interfering with play. Their sense of grievance grew when moments later Benzema controlled a Federico Valverde cross with his shoulder before firing home. The goal stood after a video assist...
Timo Werner Inside Top 5 in the World-Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski
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Timo Werner Inside Top 5 in the World-Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski says Timo Werner is among the world's best goalscorers. The RB Leipzig forward is a target for Liverpool and Barcelona. Lewandoski was asked by an international panel who he thought were the top five strikers in the world at the moment. “A difficult question," said Lewandowski, quoted by the Daily Star. “If we talk about the nine (classic centre forward), I would say: Karim Benzema, Timo Werner, Luis Suarez, Sergio Agüero and Kylian Mbappé."
Lizarazu insists Benzema wrong to attack Chelsea veteran Giroud
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Lizarazu insists Benzema wrong to attack Chelsea veteran Giroud

World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu says Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was wrong to criticise Chelsea veteran Olivier Giroud. Benzema made a controversial comment about former French teammate Giroud. Benzema had a dig at the Chelsea forward, who has been selected ahead of him in the French squad since 2015. "You don't confuse F1 with go karting. And I'm being kind. Next... and I know I'm F1," he infamously stated. Lizarazu says Giroud didn't deserve the swipe. "What he does in Madrid is extraordinary, and he can't do it with the Blues. But Giroud is paying the price (for Benzema's frustration), and he has nothing to do with it," he said.
Real Madrid 5-3 Fenerbahce: Benzema Scores Hat-trick In Audi Cup Clash
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Real Madrid 5-3 Fenerbahce: Benzema Scores Hat-trick In Audi Cup Clash

Striker Karim Benzema scored a stunning Hat-trick as Real Madrid defeated fenerbahce 5-3 in a thrilling Audi Cup match today. The Spanish giants have managed to take third place in the Audi Cup after the goal-heavy clash at the Allianz Arena. Real's bad pre-season initially seemed to take another downward turn after Gary Rodrigues put Fenerbahce ahead in the first 10 minutes, but Benzema soon levelled the game, turning the ball home from close range. And then the French striker leaped highest from a free-kick from the right in the 27th minute to head past Altay Bayindir and find the bottom corner. Vinicius Junior missed a chance to send Real further ahead from an Eden Hazard pull-back, striking the ball over the bar, and the youngster would regret it minutes later. Howev...
Benzema posts photo with Neymar as PSG exit rumours swirl
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Benzema posts photo with Neymar as PSG exit rumours swirl

The Real Madrid forward showed himself alongside the Brazil star as talk builds an exit from the Ligue 1 champions is coming Karim Benzema has poured more fuel to the fire of the Neymar exit rumours as the Real Madrid foward as posted a photo of Instagram of himself with the Paris Saint-Germain star. Reports have swirled suggesting the Brazil star is unhappy with his situation with the Ligue 1 champions following a second successive productive but injury-plagued season. Those rumours were only heightened when PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi declared nobody had forced Neymar to sign with the club, while also saying he would not accept celebrity behaviour from any of the squad's players.
Jovic: I can play up front alongside Benzema at Real Madrid
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Jovic: I can play up front alongside Benzema at Real Madrid

The big-money summer signing says he can play alongside the Frenchman at the Bernabeu, though the final decision will be up to Zinedine Zidane Luka Jovic feels he can play alongside Karim Benzema in the same team but indicated he is happy to let Zinedine Zidane decide how to use him at Real Madrid. Serbia striker Jovic signed a six-year deal to join Los Blancos after hitting 27 goals in all competitions for Eintracht Frankfurt last term. Jovic's €70 million (£62m/$79m) arrival is part of a major rebuild for Madrid after a disappointing campaign, with Eden Hazard, Eder Militao, Rodrygo Goes and Ferland Mendy also arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Make Me The Best Highest Paid player – Real Madrid Star begs Zidane
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Make Me The Best Highest Paid player – Real Madrid Star begs Zidane

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has urged the club’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, to make him the best highest paid player at Santiago Bernabeu. According to Fox Sports, Benzema wants to earn 17 million euros per season thus becoming the highest paid player among Zidane’s men. The report claimed that the 31-year-old is behind Gareth Bale, who is currently the best highest paid Real player, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. The report also claimed that Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, is unwilling to pay 17 million euros to Benzema, but Zidane believes that the striker deserves it. Benzema scored 30 goals, assisted 11 in over 53 appearances for Real Madrid this season. The France international’s current contract at Real Madrid will exp...
Messi Wins 2018/2019 Pichichi, Equals record
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Messi Wins 2018/2019 Pichichi, Equals record

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has won the Pichichi Trophy for the sixth time, after finishing the season as LaLiga’s top scorer with 36 goals. It is the third time in a row Messi has received the award. This sees him equal the record for most wins, that was set by former Athletic Club star, Telmo Zarra, 66 years ago. Messi finished clear at the top of the chart, after scoring twice in their 2-2 draw with Eibar on Sunday. The brace put Messi 15 goals ahead of team-mate Luis Suarez and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. No player has ever won the Pichichi by such a clear margin. The previous record of 14 was set in 1986-87 by Hugo Sanchez. The Argentina star is also on course to win the European Golden Shoe, for the third consecutive year and sixth in his career.
Zidane Reveals Players he will buy This Season for Real Madrid
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Zidane Reveals Players he will buy This Season for Real Madrid

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has revealed that he will be in the market for attacking players this summer. Karim Benzema, the only Madrid player to score in the past five matches, will miss Sunday’s LaLiga game at Rayo Vallecano with a hamstring injury. And Zidane was asked at a news conference on Saturday, if he hoped to have more options up front. “Yes, the idea is to have more strength in attack next year. We will see what happens. “I have a very clear idea what I want to do, the players, profiles I want. [But] I do not have full power [over transfers]. “I am coach here, there is also the institution, the president, other important people. Things are done together here, and that is what will happen for next season,” Zidane responded. Madrid have been linke...
Zidane Reveals Best Striker in the World
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Zidane Reveals Best Striker in the World

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has claimed that Karim Benzema is “the best No.9 in the world”. Zidane was speaking after Benzema scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Benzema headed Madrid in front from Marco Asensio’s cross just after half-time and nodded in a second when Athletic goalkeeper, Lago Herrerin missed Luka Modric’s corner. He then chipped into an empty net, after another Herrerin error in added time. The former Lyon striker has now scored each of Madrid’s last eight goals, taking him to 30 in all competitions for 2018/2019. “For me Karim is best No. 9 in the world, although there are many good players, and others might choose someone else. “What he has been doing here over 10 years, means everything. “His goals are im...
Isco, Bale get Zidane’s second coming off to winning start for Real Madrid
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Isco, Bale get Zidane’s second coming off to winning start for Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane’s second spell as Real Madrid coach got off to a promising start with a 2-0 win at home to Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday. The two goals came thanks to goals from Isco and Gareth Bale, who had fallen out of favour with previous coach Santiago Solari. Spain midfielder Isco was handed his first start in the league since October by returning hero Zidane and broke the deadlock in the 62nd. He only had to tap in a low cross from Karim Benzema at close range. Luka Modric had a goal ruled out for offside earlier in the second half and Bale, who had struck the crossbar in the first period, sealed victory with a shot in off the post in the 77th minute. The goal further lifted the mood at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real are third in the league standings with 54 point...
Butragueno Dodges Question Over Solari’s Future
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Butragueno Dodges Question Over Solari’s Future

The Blancos were made to sweat before pulling away to victory on Sunday, and their coach may yet be in danger of the sack Real Madrid's director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno declined to confirm Santiago Solari's continuity at the club after they rode their luck on the way to victory over Valladolid. In a torrid first half on Sunday Madrid went 1-0 down to Anuar's close-range strike, and could have been even further down were it not for two Sergi Guardiola strikes being ruled out for offside. Alvaro Odriozola additionally gave away a penalty, only to see Valladolid's Ruben Alcaraz send the spot-kick flying over the crossbar. Madrid eventually equalised when Raphael Varane pounced on a horrendous mistake from goalkeeper Jordi Masip to poke home before ...
Minnows Eibar Humiliate Solari’s Woeful Real Madrid
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Minnows Eibar Humiliate Solari’s Woeful Real Madrid

Rampant Eibar humiliated European champions Real Madrid with an emphatic 3-0 win in La Liga on Saturday, thanks to strikes from Gonzalo Escalante, Sergi Enrich and Kike Garcia. Santiago Solari’s first game as permanent coach of Real Madrid ended in his first defeat, after four consecutive victories during his time as interim manager. On-loan FC Barcelona defender Marc Cucurella played a part in each of Eibar’s goals as they tore apart Madrid’s fragile defence. The Basques would have added to their tally, but for some fine saves by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Eibar’s first-ever win over Madrid takes them provisionally seventh on 18 points, two behind struggling Real in sixth. “Eibar played their game, direct, taking advantage of the loose balls. We lost our battles,” said Madrid defe...

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