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Real Madrid Drop Points in Sevilla Draw
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Real Madrid Drop Points in Sevilla Draw

Eden Hazard’s 94th-minute equaliser salvaged Real Madrid a dramatic 2-2 draw against Sevilla on Sunday as an extraordinary penalty decision swung La Liga’s title race back in Atletico Madrid’s favour. Zinedine Zidane’s side had levelled through Marco Asensio midway through the second half and thought they had a penalty when Karim Benzema was brought down after rounding Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bono. But VAR prompted referee Juan Martinez Munuera to check an Eder Militao handball a few seconds before, with a huge decision seeing Madrid’s penalty cancelled and a spot-kick awarded to Sevilla instead. Ivan Rakitic converted and while Madrid still managed to hit back in injury time, Toni Kroos’ shot deflecting in off Eden Hazard’s foot, the draw hands the advantage back to Atleti...
Sergio Ramos Reacts to Real Madrid’s Victory Against Liverpool
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Sergio Ramos Reacts to Real Madrid’s Victory Against Liverpool

  Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, has reacted to his side’s Champions League 3-1 victory against Liverpool on Tuesday night at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium. Vinicius Junior opened the scoring for Real Madrid before Marco Asensio doubled the lead for Zinedine Zidane’s men before half-time. Mohamed Salah then scored a goal for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the second half as Junior scored again to give the LaLiga champions a first-leg advantage. Reacting to the match’s outcome, Ramos, who missed the game due to a muscular injury in his left leg, said he was annoyed not to feature for Real Madrid against Liverpool. The Spain international also said he was delighted to see Real Madrid won against the Premier League champions. Ramos wrote on Twitter, “Anger at n...
‘It’s Like you have Personal Issue with Mane’ – Klopp Confronts Referee
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‘It’s Like you have Personal Issue with Mane’ – Klopp Confronts Referee

  Liverpool manager has revealed what he told the referee after Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals first leg in Spain on Tuesday. Klopp said he told the referee that he, referee Felix Brych treated Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane ‘unfairly’ and appeared to have a ‘personal’ problem with the Senegalese during the game. Klopp watched his side slip to a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday and Mane was booked for dissent in the first half after appearing to argue with the referee following Real Madrid’s second goal. Mane argued that he was fouled before Toni Kroos’s pass that led to Marco Asensio goal But Klopp felt Brych was ‘unfair’ towards Mane and told him after the game that he appeared to have a ‘personal’ issue with the Se...
What Liverpool Players Discussed during half-time of 3-1 Defeat to Real Madrid
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What Liverpool Players Discussed during half-time of 3-1 Defeat to Real Madrid

  Liverpool captain, Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed the Reds’ discussion during the first half break of their 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Champions League on Tuesday. The Premier League title holders were defeated 3-1 in Spain by Zinedine Zidane’s side with goals from Vinicius Junior(2) and Marco Asensio (1), giving the La Liga giants the edge going into the return leg in England. Mohamed Salah gave the visitors a lifeline with an away goal and Wijnaldum admitted it was difficult playing against Real Madrid. According to him, the team agreed during the break that they would play their football and not to make too many mistakes. “It was difficult. We played against a good side. The way we played in the first half wasn’t good,” the Dutchman told a post-match press ...
Asensio’s post-Ronaldo nightmare: How it all went wrong for Real Madrid’s boy wonder
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Asensio’s post-Ronaldo nightmare: How it all went wrong for Real Madrid’s boy wonder

The winger was set for a more prominent role again under Zinedine Zidane, but has been hit with a devastating ACL blow just two games into pre-season Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid provided a lifeline for many of those case aside by Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari. Isco and Marcelo were expected to be two big winners from the move , having both fallen out of favour when the 47-year-old coach initially left in the summer of 2018. Marco Asensio was another. The young winger had been deployed in a less favoured left wing role which he felt didn’t get the best out of him.
‘It looks bad’ – Emotional Asensio taken to hospital for checks after injury against Arsenal
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‘It looks bad’ – Emotional Asensio taken to hospital for checks after injury against Arsenal

The Spaniard was involved in an innocuous-looking incident in the second half as he appeared to suffer significant damage to his knee Real Madrid star Marco Asensio has been taken to hospital for checks after he was stretchered from the field with a "worrisome" knee injury during the penalty shootout win over Arsenal in Maryland. The attacking midfielder appeared to get his foot stuck in the turf during a tussle with Gunners star Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang around the hour mark, before falling to the pitch clutching his left knee. Asensio was seen banging the turf in frustration after suffering the issue before covering his face to hide his emotion as he was removed from the pitch by medical staff - with Real coach Zinedine Zidane admitting the injury could be serious.
Zidane’s Real Madrid Stumbles Again, Draws 1-1 With Leganes
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Zidane’s Real Madrid Stumbles Again, Draws 1-1 With Leganes

Real Madrid stumbled to a 1-1 draw at Leganes on Monday, the latest disappointing result in a nightmare season for the European champions. Zinedine Zidane’s side, who are third in the table and 13 points behind leaders Barcelona, were uninspired against local rivals Leganes. Madrid put in the kind of lethargic performance which has plagued their season, with Marco Asensio and Raphael Varane missing good first-half chances. Jonathan Silva fired Leganes ahead in the 45th minute with their first chance of the game, driving home from the edge of the box. Karim Benzema equalised at the start of the second half and Marcelo saw a shot tipped away as Madrid enjoyed a short period in ascendancy. Leganes, 11th in the table, went close to winning the game but Youssef En-Nesyri had ...
Benzema soaring above the wreckage of Real Madrid’s wasted season
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Benzema soaring above the wreckage of Real Madrid’s wasted season

The forward is one of few players that can hold their heads high this campaign after putting in another strong effort on Sunday Amid the wreckage of Real Madrid’s season, there are one or two players who can stand up tall and say they did their best. One of the very few footballers whose reputation has been enhanced in a shocking campaign which is effectively over by March has been Karim Benzema. Real Madrid are out of the Copa del Rey, out of the Champions League and 12 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, with nothing to be proud of, but French striker Benzema is still ticking. The forward struck twice to help a stuttering Madrid to an eventually easy 4-1 win over Real Valladolid at the Jose Zorilla Stadium on Sunday, making a game that started off tricky, comfortabl...
Mourinho Breaks Silence on Real Madrid’s 4-1 Defeat to Ajax, Speaks on Replacing Santiago Solari
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Mourinho Breaks Silence on Real Madrid’s 4-1 Defeat to Ajax, Speaks on Replacing Santiago Solari

Former Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, has hailed Real Madrid following their 4-1 defeat to Ajax in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg encounter on Tuesday night. Mourinho also dismissed reports linking him with a move to replace current Real Madrid manager, Santiago Bernabeu, at the club after the Los Blancos’ embarrassing defeat to Ajax. Goals from Hakim Ziyech, David Neres, Dusan Tadic and Lasse Schone ensured that Ajax dumped Real Madrid out of the Champions League. However, Marco Asensio did score a goal for Real Madrid. DAILY POST had reported on Wednesday that former Real Madrid president, Ramon Calderon, claimed that Mourinho is the first choice to take over at Real Madrid and ...
Zidane Was Clever to Leave Santiago Bernabeu When Cristiano Ronaldo Did – Gullit
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Zidane Was Clever to Leave Santiago Bernabeu When Cristiano Ronaldo Did – Gullit

Former Chelsea manager, Ruud Gullit has said that former Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane was clever to leave the Santiago Bernabeu at the same time as forward, Cristiano Ronaldo. Gullit said this while reacting to Real Madrid’s 4-1 defeat to Ajax in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash with Ajax on Tuesday night. Goals from Hakim Ziyech, David Neres, Dusan Tadic and Lasse Schone ensured Ajax dumped Real Madrid out of the Champions League. However, Marco Asensio did score a goal for Real Madrid. Zidane and Ronaldo both left Real Madrid last season following a third consecutive Champions League title. “Zidane was clever enough to get out of there [Real Madrid] on time when they lost Ronaldo,” Gullit told beIN Sports. “That’s the whole point. And whoever ...
Ajax Dump Real Madrid Out, Tottenham Qualify for Quarter-finals
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Ajax Dump Real Madrid Out, Tottenham Qualify for Quarter-finals

Real Madrid will not be winning the Champions League for the fourth consecutive year, after they were eliminated by Ajax on Tuesday night. The LaLiga giants, who won the first leg 2-1 in Amsterdam, lost 4-1 on their home patch. Ajax raced into a three-goal lead, thanks to strikes from Hakim Ziyech, David Neres and Dusan Tadic. Marco Asensio pulled one back for Madrid, before Lasse Schoene whipped in a stunning free-kick. Borussia Dortmund are also out of the competition. The Bundesliga side lost 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at home, after suffering a 3-0 whitewash in the first leg.
Chelsea Demand 200m Pounds For Hazard
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Chelsea Demand 200m Pounds For Hazard

Chelsea will not be parting with its best player cheaply as interested clubs might be coughing out a record fee. The Blues will require a world-record fee to part with the Belgian star. Chelsea will demand £200 million ($262m) to sell Eden Hazard, reports the Daily Mail. The Blues hope their price tag acts as a deterrent for Real Madrid, who are keen on landing Hazard to help replace Cristiano Ronaldo. The £200m fee would eclipse the current world record of £198m ($259m), paid by PSG to land Neymar last summer. Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has decided against trying to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea, AS reports. The Spanish outlet claims the new Blancos boss will instead place his faith in Isco and, to a lesser extent, Marco Asensio. It is said that Lopetegui ...
The Singer Who Performed During Champions League Final, Rumored To Be Dating Real Madrid Star Asensio
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The Singer Who Performed During Champions League Final, Rumored To Be Dating Real Madrid Star Asensio

Pop star Dua Lipa is rumored to be dating Real Madrid star Marco Asensio. CNN Turk, the Turkish affiliate of the cable news channel CNN, claimed Dua Lipa and Asensio got together after the singer-songwriter performed at the Champions League final. Spanish publication El Periodico also suggested a romance was on the cards for the pair after the singer impressed the crowd in Kiev as she performed her songs as part of the final’s opening ceremony. El Periodico claim Dua met up with Asensio at a hotel in Kiev. The 22-year-old singer was said to have been invited to Real’s post-Champions League final celebrations following their win over Liverpool on Saturday. As the rumors that the pair spent time together after the game gained momentum, Dua was forced to go on Twitter to rubbish ...
Zidane Refusing To Gamble With Carvajal And Isco With Bayern Return Looming
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Zidane Refusing To Gamble With Carvajal And Isco With Bayern Return Looming

Real Madrid will not take any risks with injured duo Dani Carvajal and Isco in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich, Zinedine Zidane has confirmed. Right-back Carvajal suffered a thigh problem during the Spanish side's 2-1 victory in the first leg at the Allianz Arena and was withdrawn after 67 minutes. The club also released a statement on Friday to confirm Isco is struggling with a sprained shoulder. He failed to appear for the second half in Munich, with replacement Marco Asensio going on to score the winner for Madrid. Zidane remains hopeful the pair will be available to feature in the return fixture on Spanish soil, though they face a race against time to prove their fitness. "It's always difficult lose two players like Isco and Carvaja...
Real Madrid Return For James? Bayern Loanee Refuses To Address Future Rumours
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Real Madrid Return For James? Bayern Loanee Refuses To Address Future Rumours

James Rodriguez has refused to be drawn on a possible return to Real Madrid once a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich comes to a close. Having been shunted down the pecking order at Santiago Bernabeu amid fierce competition for places, the Colombia international headed to Germany in the summer of 2017. Following a slow start to life at the Allianz Arena, which has been put down to his frustration in Spain, the 26-year-old has rediscovered his form to become a key part of Bayern’s plans. He has helped them to the Bundesliga title and Champions League semi-finals – where they suffered a 2-1 first leg defeat to Real on Wednesday – but James is reluctant to speculate on what his future may hold. Amid talk of those in Madrid welcoming him back in 2019, the South American told beIN...
Benzema And Bale Out In The Wilderness
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Benzema And Bale Out In The Wilderness

Neither of the duo are part of Zinedine Zidane's first team plans at this moment, and Bale was sensationally left on the bench for Wednesday's draw with Athletic Club, only receiving 22 minutes when he came on. This was made all the more surprising by the fact he didn't even travel to Malaga on Sunday. Wednesday appeared the perfect time to use him and rest one of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez with less than a week before the trip to Bavaria. The days of the trio of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo being an irreplaceable force are definitely gone, and the club are likely to move in a different direction in the summer. Zidane's starting line-up in Munich is likely already decided, and it seems almost impossible that Benzema and Bale are present in that team. Despite bein...
Real Madrid Players Pick Up Their New Audis
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Real Madrid Players Pick Up Their New Audis

Real Madrid players received their official Audis as part of the car brand's sponsorship deal with the club on Thursday. The cars were presented at the Ciudad Deportivo at Valdebebas and the players took part in a virtual race in a simulator, Formula E. On the podium after the race was Marco Asensio in third, Sergio Ramos in second and Dani Carvajal, who took the chequered flag. After the race, the players picked up the keys to their cars. Ronaldo and Zidane picked the most powerful with 605 hp as they selected the RS7 and RS6 respectively.
Real Madrid Don’t Need New Centre-Back – Nacho
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Real Madrid Don’t Need New Centre-Back – Nacho

Nacho has said he does not believe Real Madrid need to sign a centre-back in the winter window, but conceded that they had been hindered by the departure of Pepe. Pepe won the Champions League three times and captured three La Liga crowns in 10 years at the Bernabeu before leaving this summer. And Nacho told Cadena Ser radio: “I learned a lot from him. He had a lot of experience and he left. That has been noticeable. “But I honestly don’t think we need to sign a centre-back.” Muscular problems have limited Raphael Varane to six league starts, while 20-year-old Jesus Vallejo, brought back in July after a successful loan spell at Eintracht Frankfurt, has suffered minor injuries and made just two appearances. “We’ve had Varane and Vallejo affected,” Nacho said. “Vallejo started...
How Barcelona Signed Young Striker Jose Arnaiz
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How Barcelona Signed Young Striker Jose Arnaiz

Arnaiz is one of the best sensations of Barcelona's campaign. His arrival didn't make too much noise but he has four goals and three assists for Gerard Lopez's B team. The coach is a big fan of his. Barcelona B's gaffer was key to his arrival at the Mini Estadi after getting first-hand reports from Pep Segura, Jose Mari Bakero and Guillermo Amor. It's no surprise that clubs like Real Madrid, Betis, Napoli and Juventus wanted to sign him last summer. However eventually Barcelona convinced Real Valladolid to sell him to them. They did not want to let Arnaiz escape like Marco Asensio did. Barcelona paid 3.4m euros for him, a fee which could rise to 4m euros depending on his performance and participation, and whether he becomes a Spanish international or not. The player arrived at Pucela at...
Zidane Won’t Operate In January Transfer Window
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Zidane Won’t Operate In January Transfer Window

The coach doesn't intend on his side being strengthened due to the confidence that he has in his current crop of players. That confidence is total and absolute and could only be changed by an injury to an important player in the months ahead. If that does not happen, Real Madrid will tiptoe their way through the window once more in a manner that the club hasn't been too accustomed to during Florentino Perez's time in charge. Zidane has made it clear to the club hierarchy that he doesn't need any assistance and is more than satisfied with the squad at his disposal. There is no doubting the ability of a group of players who have won almost everything asked of them and the conviction in them is total and absolute. At no point has Zidane wavered in his thinking or expressed any doubts about...
Toni Kroos Misses Training Ahead Of Madrid’s Trip To Real Sociedad
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Toni Kroos Misses Training Ahead Of Madrid’s Trip To Real Sociedad

Zidane was with just 19 players for the session, with a number of players set to miss the trip to San Sebastian. Kroos played against APOEL in midweek in the Champions League but is now a major doubt for the game at Anoeta. Madrid are also without Karim Benzema and Mateo Kovacic (both injured) and Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo (both suspended) for the match. Meanwhile, defender Jesus Vallejo also missed training, but Marco Asensio did train as normal after missing the APOEL game.
Phil Neville Admitted He Used To Shave His Legs During His spell As A Coach In Spain
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Phil Neville Admitted He Used To Shave His Legs During His spell As A Coach In Spain

Marco Asensio has found an unlikely ally in Phil Neville after the former Manchester United man admitted he used to shave his legs during his spell as a coach in Spain. Asensio missed Real Madrid's match on Wednesday evening after picking up an infected pimple which developed after he shaved his legs. The infection caused Asensio pain while wearing long socks and he was subsequently left out of Madrid's squad to face APOEL Nicosia. And Neville revealed he'd experienced exactly the same thing during his time in Spain as an assistant manager at Valencia. 'That's happened to me', Neville told BBC 5Live. 'When you live on the continent, do as the continentals do... You shave your legs, you get infections, you can't pull your socks up'. 'It happened two or three years ago', he added. 'It c...
UCL Group H Preview: The Los Blancos Need To Get Their Campaign A Winning Start
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UCL Group H Preview: The Los Blancos Need To Get Their Campaign A Winning Start

Real Madrid are overwhelming favourites for this match and the task for APOEL Nicosia will be damage limitation from the first whistle. Zinedine Zidane's side are looking for a hat-trick of Champions League trophies and couldn't have wished for a better fixture to start their campaign. APOEL Nicosia did restrict Barcelona to a 1-0 win at the Camp Nou in September 2014 but it would be a remarkable feat to pull of a similar result even if Madrid have struggled against lesser teams already this season. The return of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has already scored a brace against them in the past, has come at the wrong time for the Cypriot side. Karim Benzema is ruled out after suffering an injury at the weekend, but Cristiano Ronaldo should make his first appearance of the season for Madrid o...
Asensio To Miss The UCL Clash Because An Infected Pimple After Shaving His Legs
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Asensio To Miss The UCL Clash Because An Infected Pimple After Shaving His Legs

The young Spaniard, who has been in superb form at the start of this season, missed training this week which led to boss Zinedine Zidane telling a news conference that he had a 'pimple which stopped him pulling up his socks.' An ABC Espana report later revealed the infection had been suffered after the youngster had shaved his legs, with Real later confirming Asensio will not be involved when they released their squad list. Boss Zidane has previously praised the youngster's left foot, rather than his legs, with Asensio insisting the Frenchman had compared him to Lionel Messi. 'Zidane told me that since Messi, he had never seen a left foot like mine,' he told COPE. 'I was a little impressed, because Messi is a piece of a footballer.' The 21-year-old has four goals in six club...
Seven Real Madrid Players Await Their Champions League Debuts
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Seven Real Madrid Players Await Their Champions League Debuts

Dani Ceballos, Theo Hernandez, Jesus Vallejo, Marcos Llorente, Achraf Hakimi, Luca Zidane and Borja Mayoral have never featured in the competition and are waiting to make their debuts - sooner, they hope, rather than later. For all of them, everything that they went through at Valdebebas on Tuesday was a new experience, from playing with the ball adorned with the famous stars to the new logo on the jersey to the increased media presence. It was a special morning as they prepare for their Champions League opener against APOEL, although they are aware that few of them will make their tournament debut on Wednesday. Theo and Mayoral have the biggest opportunity to potentially feature, as the former Atletico Madrid man has played more than any other summer signing so far, while injury to Kar...
Asensio: “Van Nistelrooy Tried To Convince Me To Play For “
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Asensio: “Van Nistelrooy Tried To Convince Me To Play For “

Marco Asensio spent an hour chatting on COPE's El Partidazo programe last night. The Real Madrid midfielder spoke about making his debut, settling into life in the capital and the difficult task of choosing to play for either Spain or Holland... Would you consider leaving Real Madrid? "The club's put a price on me and I don't think I'll be moving away from here. My price is written into my buy-out clause. I wouldn't go to PSG, I'm very happy here". Competing for a place in the side The squad: "All of us would love to play every game, but you have to understand that there are other players who want to play just as much as you do - we have a very big squad. The lads call me Chencho, which I suppose is a take on Asensio, some of them call me Torero (bullfighter) or Tobillo Loco (Crazy ankl...
Asensio: Zidane Said My Left Foot Was Best Since Messi
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Asensio: Zidane Said My Left Foot Was Best Since Messi

Real Madrid star Marco Asensio has revealed that coach Zinedine Zidane had told him his left foot is the best he has seen since Lionel Messi. Asensio has made an impressive start to the season, scoring four goals in six matches for Madrid. The 21-year-old Spain international has been lauded for his performances, and Zidane has clearly been impressed. Asensio says the Frenchman has compared him to Barcelona maestro Messi, who is arguably the best player in the world. "Zidane told me that since Messi, he had never seen a left foot like mine," he told COPE. "I was a little impressed, because Messi is a piece of a footballer." Messi has helped Barcelona make a fine start to the La Liga season, Ernesto Valverde's men claiming three wins from as many games despite Neymar's €222 million mov...
Asensio And Benzema Miss Training Ahead Of APOEL Clash
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Asensio And Benzema Miss Training Ahead Of APOEL Clash

The team is looking to get back on track in the Champions League after a disappointing start in LaLiga including a 1-1 draw with Levante at the weekend. They can welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo who has been suspended domestically following his red card in the Supercopa de Espana.
Real Madrid Anxiously waiting Cristiano Ronaldo’s Return
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Real Madrid Anxiously waiting Cristiano Ronaldo’s Return

“We all want Cristiano back with us and we need his goal scoring ability...". This was the claim from recent arrival at the club Theo, who already in his short time at the Bernabeu is well aware of the striking option that Cristiano lends to Real Madrid. The player from Madeira bagged 42 goals last season with 25 strikes coming in the domestic campaign and 12 in the Champions League. The No. 7's recent goal scoring exploits are the club are hugely impressive with 51 goals notched during the 15-16 season, 61 in 2014/15 and 51 the previous campaign. This season Real Madrid have an abundance of talented midfield player but observers have stated that selling both Alvaro Morata to Chelsea and Mariano to Lyon have left Zidane with limited attacking options. Real Madrid have scored 13 goals in ...
Real Madrid Coach Zidane Has Only Rotated When Forced To
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Real Madrid Coach Zidane Has Only Rotated When Forced To

He became famous for resting his star players as Los Blancos won a league and cup double last year, but he's only failed to play his preferred starting XI has been when these players were injured or suspended.As such, just 15 players have started a game so far this season, compared to the 20 players who had started a game after the first five fixtures of the 2016/17 campaign.In defence, for example, Nacho only played when covering for Raphael Varane against Deportivo La Coruna, with the Frenchman having started the campaign with injury niggles, and when standing in for the suspended Sergio Ramos against Valencia.Then Dani Carvajal and Marcelo have played all 450 minutes so far, which is telling.Looking at the midfield, Mateo Kovacic was only given a chance when Luka Modric was suspended fo...
Real Madrid Have The Most Valuable Squad In The World
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Real Madrid Have The Most Valuable Squad In The World

The website Transfermarkt, which specialises in market values, lists the Real Madrid squad's total value at 774 million euros, beating Barcelona by 37m euros and Chelsea, in third, by 130m euros.Despite losing a sizeable chuck of their value with this summer's departures of Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez, the European champions are still the world's leading squad based on their monetary worth, which has been proven on the pitch in recent months and years.Cristiano Ronaldo remains the star of the team, valued at 100m euros, while Gareth Bale follows at 80m euros, dropping 10m euros in worth since the beginning of this season, with Toni Kroos third at 70m euros.The frontline is valued at 287.5m euros, despite being the least populated area of the squad, goalkeepers aside.Another positive ...
Real Madrid Won’t Sell Flagship Signing Gareth Bale
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Real Madrid Won’t Sell Flagship Signing Gareth Bale

The story is a tasty one and involves not one but three of the finest players in Europe and two of the richest clubs in the world. At the same time it coincides perfectly with the private agenda of the representatives of one of the actors in this play. Let’s take it in stages. Last weekend the Sunday Times published a hypothetical sequence of events that might have unfolded during the summer: if Kylian Mbappé had signed for Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronald would have returned to Manchester United.According to the Times, Mbappé’s father and agent believed that replacing Ronaldo at the Bernabéu would have placed too much pressure on the 18-year-old. It was also claimed that Madrid had offered Gareth Bale to the United board to fund the Mbappé deal but that move was frustrated by the Welshman’s ...
Lopetegui Earns The Trust Of His Players And All Of Spain
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Lopetegui Earns The Trust Of His Players And All Of Spain

As the all-conquering golden generation of Xavi and Iker Casillas was phased out, the former Porto boss had to find a new set of players to rely on without abruptly closing the door on the old guard.Saturday's display against Italy demonstrated how that area had been dealt with perfectly, as Andres Iniesta and Isco combined with aplomb, David De Gea kept things tight at the back, and David Villa earned a hero's welcome on his return.The dynamics around La Roja have changed and a harmonious atmosphere has been achieved, with Lopetegui echoing the rule mastered by Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho by acting on a more personal level with the squad.Such a strong communication channel is vital given that such little time is available to prepare for matches. Lopetegui does like to...
Lopetegui Explained His False 9 Approach And Predicting Italy’s 4-2-4 System
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Lopetegui Explained His False 9 Approach And Predicting Italy’s 4-2-4 System

Isco scored twice in the first half with Alvaro Morata getting the third to seal the Bernabeu showdown.“Perfection does not exist in football. We knew that there could be difficult moments, as Italy are a team that force you to defend very well,” said the Coach in his Press conference.“The team put in a great performance against an excellent rival. We are happy, but not satisfied, as we haven’t qualified for the World Cup yet.“Isco had a magnificent game, as did others, and obviously he broke the deadlock, then scored the second. He did very well defensively too. He wanted to be a protagonist tonight. Isco has a great deal of quality and is becoming a wonderful player, but he needs to be complete off the ball too and that area has really improved over the past year.“It was not easy to make...
Isco And Asensio Can Lead Reborn Spain To Another Golden Era
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Isco And Asensio Can Lead Reborn Spain To Another Golden Era

Spain broke an important psychological barrier when they beat Italy on penalties en route to the title at Euro 2008, so it was fitting that four years later from Poland and Ukraine they completed an unprecedented treble of Euros-World Cup-Euros by thrashing Italy 4-0 in the final.That was to be the final fling for Vicente del Bosque's side as disppointment followed at the World Cup in Brazil, and defeat against the Azzurri again at Euro 2016 really was the curtain call. It seemed like the end of an era, the decay of a golden generation. But Spain showed on Saturday that they have another brilliant batch ready to pick up the baton.David Villa was brought back into the squad at the age of 35, but he was left on the bench until late on and this team owed more to youth. Isco, at 25, has three ...
Marco Asensio: How Real Madrid Beat Barcelona And Athletic To His Signature
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Marco Asensio: How Real Madrid Beat Barcelona And Athletic To His Signature

Marco Asensio is delighting the crowd at the Santiago Bernabéu. His two left-footed strikes salvaged a draw at home to a resurgent Valencia on Sunday evening, providing further evidence that the young man from Mallorca is a special talent. Yet instead of the Bernabéu, it could have been San Mamés or Camp Nou. Both Athletic Club and Barcelona tracked the progress of Asensio before his move to the Spanish Capital.Marco Asensio signed on the dotted line at Real Madrid in January 2015, before returning to Real Mallorca until the end of that season. Following another loan stint at Espanyol, Asensio took his place in the Madrid squad for the 2016/17 campaign. His performances have been spectacular.Barcelona could have moved for Asensio six months before Madrid. The Azulgrana negotiated with the ...
Kondogbia Quip On Messi-Ronaldo Refuted By Valencia
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Kondogbia Quip On Messi-Ronaldo Refuted By Valencia

Comments attributed to Geoffrey Kondogbia regarding Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been “categorically” denied by Valencia.The French midfielder helped Los Che to a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid on Sunday, with the hosts forced to come from behind to take a point at Santiago Bernabeu.After that encounter, Spanish publication Sport carried a quote from Kondogbia which he was alleged to have been made on his way through the media mixed zone.With a journalist said to have asked the 24-year-old about “the best player” being missing, in reference to Real star Ronaldo serving a five-match ban for pushing a match official, Kondogbia was reported as saying: “I didn’t know Messi played for Madrid.”Valencia have now moved to clarify that such words were never uttered.With the “non-existent stat...
Real Madrid Beat Barca 5-1 On Aggregate To Win Spanish Super Cup
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Real Madrid Beat Barca 5-1 On Aggregate To Win Spanish Super Cup

Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 at the Bernabeu to win the Spanish Super Cup 5-1 on aggregate. The Spanish and European champions were dominant, even without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo. Marco Asensio, who also scored in the 3-1 first-leg win, gave them an early lead with an excellent 25-yard strike. And Karim Benzema flicked up Marcelo’s cross and turned defender Samuel Umtiti to fire home a second with Barcelona rarely looking like coming back. Real eased off in the second half, with the cup practically wrapped up, and Barca improved slightly as a result, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hitting the woodwork. In less than two years in charge, Zinedine Zidane has led Real to two Champions Leagues, and the 2016-17 La Liga title. And on this performance, they are going to...
It’s The First Time I Feel Inferior To Madrid – Pique
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It’s The First Time I Feel Inferior To Madrid – Pique

Gerard Pique says for the first time since he joined Barcelona he feels inferior to Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane’s side claimed the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday. First-half goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema, coupled with Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Camp Nou, saw Madrid canter to a 5-1 aggregate win, securing the club’s seventh trophy since Zidane took charge. Pique, who was taken off in the second half with an injury and will undergo tests on Thursday, subsequently conceded that Barca are struggling on and off the pitch. “In the nine years I’ve been [at Barca], it’s the first time I feel inferior to Madrid,” Pique told reporters after the defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu. “We’re not having our best time as a team or a club. We should all be as close to each other as ...
Barcelona Lost Opportunity To Sign Marco Asensio – Agent
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Barcelona Lost Opportunity To Sign Marco Asensio – Agent

Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio’s agent has told Bleacher Report that Barcelona “lost the opportunity” to sign the player as a teenager due to a disagreement over payment terms with his former club Real Mallorca. Asensio has burst to prominence over the last 12 months, becoming the first player ever to score on his debut in five different competitions for Madrid, and gave another example of his talent with a fine goal in Sunday’s 3-1 Super Cup first-leg win at Barcelona. The youngster’s potential was no secret as he came through at hometown club Mallorca, and it was widely reported that he almost joined Barca in summer 2014 only for the deal to fall through, with Madrid then tying up a deal worth €3.9 million. Asensio’s long-time agent, Horacio Gaggioli, confirmed Barca had been ...
Beaten Barcelona Have To Buy – Busquets
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Beaten Barcelona Have To Buy – Busquets

Barcelona have to strengthen a squad depleted by the departure of Neymar, influential midfielder Sergio Busquets admitted after the Catalans suffered a 3-1 home defeat to rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday. Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month for a world record 222 million euro fee, but Barca’s attempts to replace the Brazilian have so far fallen short. “It is a question of renewal and always trying to get better. We have to (sign) whatever happens.” Busquets told Spanish TV station Telecinco. Cristiano Ronaldo was at the heart of the action at the Camp Nou despite only appearing as a second-half substitute, scoring a sensational goal and being controversially sent off. Lionel Messi’s penalty had cancelled out Gerard Pique’s ...
Madrid To Appeal Ronaldo Red Card – Zidane
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Madrid To Appeal Ronaldo Red Card – Zidane

Coach Zinedine Zidane said Real Madrid will appeal Cristiano Ronaldo’s second yellow card for diving in the Spanish Super Cup first leg at Barcelona. The Portuguese star player had showed the best and worst side of his game in Real’s 3-1 win at Nou Camp. Ronaldo spent 24 minutes on the pitch after not starting the game and still had the biggest impact. The 32-year-old, who was given a hostile reception by Barca fans as he warmed up before replacing Karim Benzema, hit back moments after Lionel Messi’s equaliser with a brilliant strike into the top corner to put Real 2-1 up in the 80th minute. The Portuguese threw off his shirt after scoring and provocatively held it up to the crowd and was booked. Two minutes later he was sent off for trying to win a penalty in a challenge fr...
Ronaldo Sent Off As Real Madrid Beat Barca At Camp Nou
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Ronaldo Sent Off As Real Madrid Beat Barca At Camp Nou

Real Madrid will head into the second leg of this year’s Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona with a two-goal advantage, after they won 3-1 in the first leg played on Sunday night. Gerard Pique’s own goal gave the visitors the lead. Marcelo made a good overlapping run to receive Isco’s pass and drove in a dangerous low cross, which went in via the Barca defender. Lionel Messi levelled in the 77th minute from the penalty spot, after the referee adjudged that Luis Suarez was fouled inside the box by Keylor Navas. However, Zinedine Zidane’s men made it 2-1, after substitute Cristiano Ronaldo finished off a neat counter-attack. He was shown a yellow card for ripping out his shirt to celebrate the goal and then sent off for diving few moments later. It was Real that scored the next g...
Barcelona To Activate Asensio’s Release Clause
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Barcelona To Activate Asensio’s Release Clause

Barcelona are ready to pull off a big coup, by triggering Marco Asensio’s release clause. According to Diario Gol, Barca are considering a swoop for Asensio, who plays for their arch-rivals, Real Madrid and are prepared to meet his £72million buy-out clause. The Catalans continue to explore several options, as they prepare to put the money generated by Neymar’s record-breaking sale to Paris Saint-Germain to good use. Their chase of Liverpool playmaker, Philippe Coutinho, is dragging on with the Reds refusing to do business at any price. Barcelona have already seen two bids rejected and there are speculations that they may include midfielder Ivan Rakitic is a third offer for Coutinho.
The Most Expensive Release Clauses At Barcelona And Real Madrid
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The Most Expensive Release Clauses At Barcelona And Real Madrid

Neymar's €222 million (£198m) release clause was supposed to be prohibitive, but PSG have paid it. And that begs the question: who else might be ripe for a mega transfer? Spanish clubs are really the only ones who deal in release clauses at such a high level, so what are the top players of Real Madrid and Barcelona reportedly available for? Note: None of these amounts are officially revealed by the clubs and are based on reports. BARCELONA Source: Sport The superstars Lionel Messi - €300m Luis Suarez - €200m Gerard Pique - €200m Sergio Busquets - €200m Andres Iniesta - €200m Worth a bid Marc-Andre Ter Stegen - €200m Rafinha Alcantara - €75m Samuel Umtiti - €60m Lucas Digne - €60m Sergi Roberto - €40m Gerard Deulofeu - €35m Too much money Jordi Alba - ...
La Liga Award Winners Revealed, CR7 Snubbed
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La Liga Award Winners Revealed, CR7 Snubbed

La Liga held its annual awards on Monday night, but Cristiano Ronaldo didn't win any of the accolades. Find out who was named 2015/16 Player of the Season and whether any of the three nominated Africans won the World Player of the Year award. Luis Suarez beat the other eight nominees, including African Carlos Kameni, Cedric Bakambu and Faycal Fajr, for the World Player of the Year award. Lionel Messi, meanwhile, won the award for the Forward of the Year, despite scoring less than Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Best Newcomer award went to Real Madrid's Marco Asensio, while Antoine Griezmann won the so-called Fans' Five-Star Player award. The Best goalkeeper award went to Jan Oblak, his teammate Diego Godin was named Best defender and the Best midfielder price went to Luka Mod...

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