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La Liga: Messi Scores as Barca, Levante Draw
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La Liga: Messi Scores as Barca, Levante Draw

Lionel Messi scored a brilliant volley but Barcelona’s title hopes could be over, with a 3-3 draw away at Levante on Tuesday giving Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid the chance to pull away at the top of La Liga. Another slip could prove decisive given Atletico will move four points clear of Barca with two games left if they can win away at Real Sociedad on Wednesday. Real Madrid will edge two points ahead of Ronald Koeman’s side if they win away on Thursday at Granada. There are certainly no guarantees in what has been a frenetic and thrilling title race in recent weeks, with all of Spain’s four contenders stumbling down the final stretch. But with only two games left now and potentially two teams to catch, Barcelona’s chances of taking the title off Real Madrid this season wou...
Pochettino addresses Ramos to PSG transfer rumours, saying: We want to improve in all positions
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Pochettino addresses Ramos to PSG transfer rumours, saying: We want to improve in all positions

The Argentine has not ruled out a swoop for the Real Madrid defender in the summer window Mauricio Pochettino has addressed the rumours linking Sergio Ramos with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, admitting "we want to improve in all positions". Ramos' future is the subject of much debate heading into the summer transfer window, with his current contract at Real Madrid set to expire at the end of June. The Blancos have yet to reach an agreement with their club captain over an extension, and PSG are one of several clubs reportedly keeping a close eye on the situation.
‘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  
Juventus warned they will be banned from Serie A without Super League withdrawal
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Juventus warned they will be banned from Serie A without Super League withdrawal

Gabriele Gravina, head of the Italian Football Association, has informed the Bianconeri that their participation in the 2021-22 campaign is at risk Juventus have been warned that failure to withdraw from the much-maligned Super League proposal will see them barred from competing in Serie A next season. A divisive project that had been speculated on for some time proved to be a disastrous failure when plans for its implementation were announced, with 12 European superpowers having to backtrack frantically. Six heavyweight Premier League sides led the turnaround, which occurred inside 48 hours, but Juve - along with La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid - are yet to officially stand down.
Camavinga reacts to Real Madrid & Bayern Munich talk
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Camavinga reacts to Real Madrid & Bayern Munich talk

The Rennes midfielder admits to being "flattered" by the interest shown in him, but says no decision has been made on his future Eduardo Camavinga is "flattered" to be attracting interest from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but the Rennes midfielder says no decision has been made on his future. At 18 years of age, a hot prospect that finished second on the 2021 Goal NXGN list has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in European football. A switch to Spain has been mooted for some time, with German giants Bayern now joining the hunt, but a youngster that already has three senior caps for France to his name will not be rushing into any transfer call.
No EPL Club in top 10 World’s Most Valuable Sports Team [Full list]
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No EPL Club in top 10 World’s Most Valuable Sports Team [Full list]

  No English Premier League, EPL, club was named in the top 10 most valuable sports teams in the world. According to the latest annual list published by Forbes, Barcelona is the world’s fourth most valuable sports team. Barcelona leapfrogged LaLiga rivals Real Madrid to become the world’s most valuable football club with a valuation of $4.76 billion. NFL’s Dallas Cowboys topped the list, followed by MLB’s New York Yankees. Below are Forbes’ top 10 most valuable sports teams in the world: 1. Dallas Cowboys (NFL) $5.7bn 2. New York Yankees (MLB) $5.25bn 3. New York Knicks (NBA) $5bn 4. Barcelona (Football) $4.76bn 5. Real Madrid (Football) $4.75bn 6. Golden State Warriors (NBA) $4.7bn 7. Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) $4.6bn 8. New England Patriots (...
Sevilla’s Rakitic matches Kanoute and Dirnei’s feat against Real Madrid
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Sevilla’s Rakitic matches Kanoute and Dirnei’s feat against Real Madrid

The Croatia international became the third Los Nervionenses player to score and assist against Los Blancos in a league game Ivan Rakitic has equalled Frederic Kanoute and Renato Dirnei’s Sevilla record against Real Madrid. The 33-year-old Croatian midfielder set up Fernando before finding the net in Sunday’s 2-2 La Liga draw with Zinedine Zidane’s men.
Zidane ‘Very angry’ with Controversial Sevilla Penalty as Real Madrid Lose Ground in La Liga
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Zidane ‘Very angry’ with Controversial Sevilla Penalty as Real Madrid Lose Ground in La Liga

A VAR review determined Eder Militao had handled the ball in the box, negating a penalty at the other end after a swift counter. Zinedine Zidane has said he is "very angry" after a controversial VAR decision went against Real Madrid in a disappointing 2-2 draw with Sevilla on Sunday, which stalled their pursuit of Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga. During a review of a 78th-minute penalty won by Karim Benzema, referees determined an earlier play at the other end involved a handball in the box by Real Madrid defender Eder Militao. Rather than giving Real Madrid a spot kick, Sevilla were awarded one. Ivan Rakitic converted to take a one-goal advantage before Eden Hazard equalised deep in stoppage time. While Zidane had the call explained to him, he said later: "What they hav...
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...
Zidane insists he won’t dig in heels at Real Madrid amid Allegri rumours
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Zidane insists he won’t dig in heels at Real Madrid amid Allegri rumours

Zinedine Zidane says he won't dig in his heels if it's decided he must leave Real Madrid. He has a contract at the Bernabeu until June 2022, but told the media today that it was irrelevant. “What I can say is that I will make things simple for the club, because they have given me everything," said Zidane in his press conference. “I don't want to cause problems for the club. I will concentrate on the final four games and we'll see about the rest later on." There's claims in Italy that Real have already settled on terms with former Juventus coach Max Allegri.
UCL: Zidane Finally reacts to Hazard Laughing after Chelsea Eliminated Real Madrid
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UCL: Zidane Finally reacts to Hazard Laughing after Chelsea Eliminated Real Madrid

  Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane, has reacted to forward Eden Hazard’s laughing following their Champions League semi-final second-leg 2-0 defeat against Chelsea last Wednesday. Hazard struggled to make an impact against his former club and then angered those connected with Real Madrid after television cameras caught him laughing with Kurt Zouma just minutes after the full-time whistle at Stamford Bridge. Reacting, Zidane said that Hazard apologized to Real Madrid players for laughing and joking after their Champions League defeat to Chelsea, adding that it was not his intention to hurt anyone. “Hazard knows what he has to do on the pitch, and he is going to do it, we spoke the other day after the game to say that he apologized for the reaction, with me, with the cl...
Lopetegui Names Right Manager to coach Real Madrid after Champions League exit
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Lopetegui Names Right Manager to coach Real Madrid after Champions League exit

  Sevilla manager, Julen Lopetegui, has said that Zinedine Zidane is the right manager to coach Real Madrid following their Champions League exit last Wednesday. Zidane suffered huge criticism from fans after Chelsea eliminated Real Madrid from the Champions League, following Timo Werner and Mason Mount’s goals. However, Lopetegui, who replaced Zidane as Real Madrid head coach in 2018, believes there is no room for critics to doubt the Frenchman’s ability. “I don’t have much to say [about the criticisms of Zidane],” said Lopetegui in his pre-match press conference ahead of Real Madrid’s LaLiga clash with Sevilla on Sunday. “Zidane’s work speaks for itself, there’s no room for doubting his ability. “He’s the ideal coach for where he is.”
Barca, Atletico Stalemate Hands Real La Liga Title Advantage
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Barca, Atletico Stalemate Hands Real La Liga Title Advantage

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid played out a tense goalless draw at the Camp Nou that suits neither side, handing the advantage to Real Madrid in an engrossing La Liga title race. With very little to separate the two sides, Atletico came closest to finding the net during the opening period as Luis Suarez - on his return to his former club - was denied from close range. Ousmane Dembele missed a glorious chance when he headed wide at the far post as Barcelona took control of the second period before Lionel Messi's free-kick veered inches wide. The result means Atletico remain in top spot on 77 points, with Barcelona leapfrogging Real Madrid into second place on 75 points. Real - on 74 points - can move top if they beat Sevilla on Sunday by virtue of...
Super League: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus react as UEFA Announces Punishment
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Super League: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus react as UEFA Announces Punishment

  Three clubs, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus from the original 12 breakaway European Super Leagues teams, have penned a joint communique after UEFA confirmed its plan to prepare disciplinary action against them. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, in a joint communique issued via their websites simultaneously on Saturday morning, complained about external ‘pressure’ and ‘threats’. UEFA had said on Friday that the nine clubs who withdraw from the plan had signed a ‘Club Commitment Declaration’ as well as a series of “reintegration” steps. The six Premier League clubs – Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal – along with Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atlético Madrid, all signed the agreement. The issued by the three club reads...
LaLiga: Real Madrid Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead Sevilla Clash
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LaLiga: Real Madrid Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead Sevilla Clash

  Real Madrid has confirmed that captain, Sergio Ramos, has been diagnosed with tendinosis of the semimembranous muscle of his left leg ahead of the team’s home LaLiga clash with Sevilla on Sunday at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Real Madrid made this known in a statement on their official website on Saturday. Zinedine Zidane’s side head to the game following a 2-0 defeat against Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final second-leg tie last Wednesday. The Los Blancos are currently in the second position on the LaLiga table with 74 points from 34 games. The statement read, “After the tests carried out on our player Sergio Ramos by Real Madrid’s Medical Services, he was diagnosed with tendinosis of the semimembranous muscle of his left leg. Pending evolution.” The k...
Real Madrid Ready To Listen To Offers For Eden Hazard 
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Real Madrid Ready To Listen To Offers For Eden Hazard 

Laliga giants Real Madrid are ready to start listening to offers for Belgian star Eden Hazard after losing patience with him, reports Marca. While injuries have affected the £90million signing’s development since he arrived from Chelsea back in 2019, manager Zinedine Zidane is ready to offload the winger due to his performances and attitude. Hazard found himself in trouble with Madrid fans this week after he was pictured laughing and joking with his former Chelsea team-mates moments after his side were knocked out of the Champions League semi-final. However, the report suggests that his recent actions at Stamford Bridge have not influenced the decision and that Madrid have been planning to make him available for transfer for weeks. Madrid have ‘reached a limit’ with Hazard’...
EPL: Harry Kane Names ‘Special’ Player in Chelsea Squad
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EPL: Harry Kane Names ‘Special’ Player in Chelsea Squad

  England striker, Harry Kane, has identified Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount, as a ‘special’ player. Kane, a fellow international teammate with Mount, explained that the 22-year-old is a fantastic player that has a great worth ethic. According to him, Mount played very well for Chelsea against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final encounter earlier this week. “Mason [Mount] is a fantastic player, great on the ball, great worth ethic,” the Tottenham Hotspur forward told beIN SPORTS. “He wins balls back, makes tackles. It’s an underrated part of his game. “He’s a truly special player, and it’s great for him to playing in a Champions League final in a few weeks’ time. He was great again against Real Madrid.”
UCL: Timo Werner Responds to Thiago Silva’s Wife’s Attack on him
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UCL: Timo Werner Responds to Thiago Silva’s Wife’s Attack on him

  Chelsea forward, Timo Werner  has responded to the criticism he received from Isabelle, wife of his teammate, Thiago Silva. He said that Thiago Silva was quick to apologise for his wife’s outburst during Chelsea’s Champions League first leg against Real Madrid in Spain. Isabelle da Silva was furious when Werner missed a sitter during the clash against Real Madrid. Werner confirmed Thiago Silva apologised to him and played down the incident, saying that things like this can happen when emotions are running high. “Sometimes that can happen when the emotions are overflowing,” Werner told Sky Germany. “Thiago also apologised directly to me the next day. “That’s when the matter was ticked off. So I’m all the more happy today, not only for her but also with the ot...
Super League teams face financial penalties as all except Barca, Real Madrid and Juventus reaffirm commitment to UEFA
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Super League teams face financial penalties as all except Barca, Real Madrid and Juventus reaffirm commitment to UEFA

The majority of the teams have renounced the Super League idea which collapsed just days after its announcement Nine of the 12 Super League teams have confirmed their commitment to UEFA and renounced the plan to form a new competition, but face financial penalties from European football's governing body. The three remaining sides - Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus - have refused to be reintegrated to UEFA and face further punishment. The plot to form a new Super League fell apart just days after the announcement of its creation, with the majority of teams pulling out following threats from football associations and fan protests.
EPL: Thomas Tuchel Confirms Player to miss Man City vs Chelsea game
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EPL: Thomas Tuchel Confirms Player to miss Man City vs Chelsea game

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed the player expected to miss his side’s Premier League clash against Manchester City on Saturday evening. Tuchel said Mateo Kovacic remains sidelined through injury and will miss Chelsea’s away Premier League tie against Man City at Etihad. Tuchel said this on Friday during his pre-match press conference. Chelsea head to the game after eliminating Real Madrid from the Champions League on Wednesday, while Pep Guardiola’s men knocked PSG out from the competition. “In terms of the injury list, it does not change much,” Tuchel said. “We still have the training to go later today where things could change, but right now, everyone is ready apart from Kova. “Kova is unfortunately still out. We hope to bring him back for the ...
Real Madrid Set Low Transfer Fee for Hazard after Champions League exit
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Real Madrid Set Low Transfer Fee for Hazard after Champions League exit

  Real Madrid is willing to sell Eden Hazard this summer. Marca reports that the LaLiga side could allow Hazard leave in the upcoming transfer window if they receive a bid of €50 million (£43.4m). Madrid splashed out £130 million to sign the 30-year-old from Chelsea in 2019. But Hazard has failed to make an impact at the Santiago Bernabeu since his move, thanks to multiple injuries and lack of fitness. The Belgium international delivered an anonymous display in the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday evening, as Los Blancos crashed out of the Champions League. And he went on to annoy Madrid fans after he was caught on camera laughing and joking with his former Blues teammates after the final whistle. Hazard has since apologised for his conduct but Madrid’s hier...
Courtois’ Father Slams ‘Unprofessional’ Eden Hazard after Real Madrid’s UCL Exit
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Courtois’ Father Slams ‘Unprofessional’ Eden Hazard after Real Madrid’s UCL Exit

  Thierry Courtois, the father of Thibaut Courtois, has hit out at his son’s team-mate at Real Madrid, Eden Hazard, labelling him “unprofessional”. According to him, it was “not smart” for Hazard to be caught laughing with his former friends at Chelsea, following their Champions League semi-final defeat. The Belgian took the opportunity to catch up with some familiar faces at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, despite a 3-1 aggregate defeat. “Its really not smart for Eden to do that. “He probably didn’t think twice about it, but those images are painful for Real Madrid fans. “If you see a player laughing two minutes after being eliminated, I’d say it was unprofessional,” Thierry told HNL Sportcast.
Hazard issues apology for laughing with Chelsea players after Real Madrid’s Champions League exit
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Hazard issues apology for laughing with Chelsea players after Real Madrid’s Champions League exit

The Belgian winger says "it wasn't my intention" to offend Blancos supporters with his interaction with his ex-teammates at Stamford Bridge Eden Hazard has issued an apology for laughing with Chelsea players on the pitch following Real Madrid's Champions League exit. Madrid crashed out of Europe's elite competition after losing the second leg of their semi-final tie 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz grabbing the goals for the hosts. Hazard didn't seem particularly bothered by the final result, though, as he was seen joking with Chelsea duo Kurt Zouma and Edouard Mendy as the players left the pitch, with the Spanish press subsequently singling him out for criticism.
Real Madrid squad fear ‘tired’ Zidane is ready to resign
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Real Madrid squad fear ‘tired’ Zidane is ready to resign

There is a feeling within the Blancos' ranks that the Frenchman has grown fed up of events outside of his control and is considering quitting There is a feeling within the dressing room at Real Madrid that Zinedine Zidane will not be in charge of the club next season, with the Frenchman ready to walk away from the final year of his contract. Goal has spoken with a number of players across various levels of the playing staff in the Spanish capital, with the general consensus being that change in the dugout is fast approaching. There is a feeling that a tired and annoyed Zidane is ready to step down from his position, despite his contract running until 2022.
Edouard Mendy: Chelsea goalkeeper sets Champions League record against Real Madrid
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Edouard Mendy: Chelsea goalkeeper sets Champions League record against Real Madrid

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has set a Champions League record having kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 defeat of Real Madrid. The 29-year-old has not leaked a goal in eight encounters out of 11 in the current campaign. That is the most in a single season by any goalkeeper playing for an English team in the history of the competition. This also meant that the Londoners have kept 18 clean sheets out of 24 matches under manager Thomas Tuchel in all competitions (75%), compared with 26 in 84 games under his predecessor Frank Lampard (31%).  
Real Madrid Legend, Iker Casillas Suffers ‘Suspected Heart Attack’ two Years after first Incident
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Real Madrid Legend, Iker Casillas Suffers ‘Suspected Heart Attack’ two Years after first Incident

Real Madrid and Spain legend, Iker Casillas was reportedly rushed to hospital last week after suffering a second heart attack in two years. The 2010 World Cup winner previously suffered a heart attack during a training session with Porto in 2019 and left the hospital five days after the incident. He retired from playing just over a year after his first scare at Porto. Reports in Spain claim that Casillas has suffered another issue with his heart. Spanish outlet Hola stated that the Real Madrid icon was playing padle tennis last week with some friends before suffering 'severe chest pains'. He was rushed to hospital, although Casillas is said to have been able to walk through the front doors by himself. And after an examination by doctors, it was reportedly ruled out of be...
Chelsea were better than Real Madrid, we have to think about LaLiga now – Casemiro
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Chelsea were better than Real Madrid, we have to think about LaLiga now – Casemiro

  Real Madrid midfielder, Casemiro, has insisted that Chelsea were better than his side following their Champions League exit on Wednesday. Casemiro also urged Real Madrid to now think about the LaLiga following their 2-0 defeat against Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final second leg tie at Stamford Bridge, thanks to goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount. Chelsea eliminated Real Madrid from the Champions League on a 3-1 aggregate victory, having played a 1-1 draw against the LaLiga champions in the first-leg last week. “The first 25 minutes we played better, we had two chances with Karim,” Casemiro said post-match in comments carried by Diario AS. “Then there’s no explanation, they were better, they had more opportunities, and there’s no excuse. “We have t...
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.
Champions League: Hazard Under fire for Laughing with Chelsea Players after Real Madrid Exit
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Champions League: Hazard Under fire for Laughing with Chelsea Players after Real Madrid Exit

  Real Madrid fans are angry with Eden Hazard, as he was pictured laughing with his former Chelsea team-mates, after the LaLiga side were dumped out of the Champions League on Wednesday night, SportsMail reports. Hazard, who was back at Stamford Bridge for the first time since his massive £90million transfer to Spain in 2019, was seen joking and laughing with his former colleagues at full-time. Madrid lost 2-0 in London, after holding the Blues to a 1-1 draw in Spain. It marks something of a breaking point for Hazard, who has endured a miserable spell since he signed for the Spanish giants and now both Madrid supporters and the Spanish media appear to be turning on the star. Los Blancos boss, Zinedine Zidane, had been saving Hazard for the crucial second leg, after ...
UCL: Tuchel Names Chelsea Player that got bad Message from him in 2-0 win over Real Madrid
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UCL: Tuchel Names Chelsea Player that got bad Message from him in 2-0 win over Real Madrid

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Christian Pulisic got a bad message from him (Tuchel) after the American was dropped on the bench for the victory over Real Madrid. The German tactician was explaining why he picked Kai Havertz over Pulisic in the second leg semi-final clash at Stamford Bridge. He suggested that Havertz’s height was a factor in picking the German over Pulisic in his starting XI. Pulisic started and scored Chelsea’s only goal in the first leg in Spain last week but was named among the subs for Wednesday’s clash at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel explained his decision to drop the USA international, suggesting Havertz’s greater aerial presence at set-pieces was a key factor. “Christian got a bad message today, unfortunately, but I am pretty s...
UCL: ‘Well Done’ – Zidane tells Chelsea, Reveals Why Real Madrid lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge
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UCL: ‘Well Done’ – Zidane tells Chelsea, Reveals Why Real Madrid lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane admitted that his team were not good in the attack during their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final second leg tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. He said that the Premier League side ‘deserved’ to win the semi-final tie but insisted he was ‘proud’ of his team despite their exit. Timo Werner and Mason Mount gave Chelsea a deserved 2-0 win over the 13-times Champions League winners. The Frenchman said his team did not do well in the attack even though they enjoyed a huge possession during the game. “We can say that yes, they deserved the win,” Zidane told beIN Sport “We fought and tried but they deserved to win and go through. “The players who have played tonight were fit to play. I’m proud of my boys...
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...
Champions League: I’ll Bet on Chelsea to Beat Real Madrid – Roberto
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Champions League: I’ll Bet on Chelsea to Beat Real Madrid – Roberto

  Former Brazilian international, Ze Roberto, has backed Chelsea to beat Real Madrid when both teams clash in the Champions League semi-final second-leg tie at Stamford Bridge. Roberto, a former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich star, believes Chelsea has the best defensive systems in Europe. Recall that Chelsea played a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the first leg last week in Spain. Thomas Tuchel’s side head to the game following a 2-0 win over Fulham in the Premier League last weekend. “I think Chelsea have one of the best defensive systems in Europe, if not the best one,” Roberto told Goal. “I like the way they’re playing, so I will bet on Chelsea for this one [to beat Real Madrid].” The kick-off time for Chelsea vs Real Madrid is 8 pm.
Champions League: Guardiola’s Father Predicts Team Man City will Face in final
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Champions League: Guardiola’s Father Predicts Team Man City will Face in final

Valenti, the father of Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has predicted that his son’s team will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final. City have qualified for the final in Istanbul, following a 4-1 aggregate win over Paris Saint-Germain. The Premier League leaders won 2-1 in Paris and 2-0 at the Etihad on Tuesday night. They will now face either Chelsea or Real Madrid, who played out a 1-1 draw in their own semi-final first leg. “Beating Real Madrid would be a complete dream,” Valentí Guardiola told Israeli sports channel ‘Sports 5’. “If {Manchester City} play against Real Madrid, I hope they win the trophy.”
Tuchel admits he can’t stop hugging Kante as Chelsea prepare for Real Madrid crunch clash
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Tuchel admits he can’t stop hugging Kante as Chelsea prepare for Real Madrid crunch clash

Thomas Tuchel has spoken about the importance of N'Golo Kante ahead of the second leg of the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Wednesday night. With Mateo Kovacic out injured, Kante has excelled in Chelsea's midfield alongside Jorginho. The 30-year-old has also helped his club in the race for a top four spot in the Premier League, as well as reaching the FA Cup final and latter stages in Europe. Jokingly, Tuchel says that his introverted France international has to accept that he is going to get a lot of hugs for his string of excellent displays.
From Chelsea superstar to Madrid misery: Will injury-hit Hazard ever be ‘f*cking amazing’ again?
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From Chelsea superstar to Madrid misery: Will injury-hit Hazard ever be ‘f*cking amazing’ again?

Forty yards from goal, kissing the touchline by the dug-outs, Eden Hazard conjured one of the passes of the season. The Real Madrid winger, almost on top of Osasuna coach Jagoba Arrasate, backheeled the ball powerfully towards goal, allowing Marco Asensio to race onto it and burst into the area. It was the clearest reminder yet that the Hazard story is not over.
Champions League: Chelsea Midfielder in race against time to face Real Madrid
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Champions League: Chelsea Midfielder in race against time to face Real Madrid

Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, is desperate to convince manager Thomas Tuchel that he can play a part in their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday night. Kovacic has been in a race against time to recover from a hamstring problem, having suffered a setback in training las week. The club’s medical staff are assessing his progress, before making a final decision on whether to include him in the matchday squad. Toni Rudiger is expected to play, despite suffering a facial injury in the first leg. The German centre back has been training in a protective mask ahead of the match at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid: UEFA confirms referee for Champions League semi-final second leg
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Chelsea vs Real Madrid: UEFA confirms referee for Champions League semi-final second leg

  UEFA has picked Italian referee, Daniele Orsato, to take charge of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg between Chelsea and Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge. Orsato who has been an international referee since 2010, oversaw Chelsea’s 2-0 home win over Atletico Madrid in the round of 16. The linesmen will be his compatriots, Alessandro Giallatini and Fabiano Preti, while Massimiliano Irrati will be in charge of VAR. It will be the fourth Real Madrid game that Orsato will take charge of. The first was their 8-0 win over Malmo in the group stages of the 2015/2016 campaign. Both sides played out a 1-1 draw in Madrid last week, after Karim Benzema cancelled out Christian Pulisic’s goal.
UCL: I Fear for Chelsea, Hazard will Hunt them – Sinclair
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UCL: I Fear for Chelsea, Hazard will Hunt them – Sinclair

  Trevor Sinclair has said that he fears for Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea as they face Real Madrid in the return fixture of their Champions League semifinal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. According to him, the Blues former star, Eden Hazard will come back to haunt them. Eden Hazard looks set to start at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday after coming off the bench late on in the reverse fixture but failed to make much of an impact. The Belgium international left Stamford Bridge in 2019 on a £140million move to the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said his side ‘will need’ the winger for the second leg. Former Man City and England winger Sinclair thinks Hazard could prove to be a big problem for Chelsea. “I can’t help but think Eden Hazard is going to...
Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Glenn Hoddle Names club that’ll Qualify for Champions League final
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Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Glenn Hoddle Names club that’ll Qualify for Champions League final

Former Chelsea manager, Glenn Hoddle, has predicted the winner between Chelsea and Real Madrid when both teams clash in the Champions League semi-final second-leg tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. Chelsea had played a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the first-leg tie in Spain last week. The Blues head to the game after defeating Fulham 2-0 in the Premier League last weekend, while Zinedine Zidane’s side won 2-0 Osasuna in the LaLiga. Providing his prediction, Hoddle backed Thomas Tuchel’s men to get the job done against Real Madrid at home and qualify for the final because they are playing with a lot of confidence. Asked if Chelsea will progress to the Champions League final, Hoddle told the Evening Standard: “Yes, I said before the first leg that I thought over two l...
Man City Breeze Past PSG to Reach First CL final
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Man City Breeze Past PSG to Reach First CL final

Manchester City reached the Champions League final for the first time in their history after Riyad Mahrez's double secured a 2-0 victory (4-1 on aggregate) over 10-man Paris Saint-Germain on a historic night at the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola, who reaches the Champions League final for the first time since he won the competition with Barcelona in 2011, will now lead his side against either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final in Istanbul on Saturday, May 29. But before that, they have domestic matters to attend to and could add the Premier League title to the Carabao Cup they won last month with victory against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, live on Sky Sports (kick off 5.30pm), as they bid to complete a treble. Trailing 2-1 from the first leg at the Parc des Prin...
Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Rio Ferdinand predicts winner of Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Rio Ferdinand predicts winner of Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge

  Manchester United hero, Rio Ferdinand, has predicted the winner between Chelsea and Real Madrid when both teams clash in the Champions League semi-final second-leg tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. Chelsea had played a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first-leg encounter last week in Spain. Thomas Tuchel’s side head to the game following a 2-0 victory over Fulham in the Premier League last weekend, while Real Madrid defeated Osasuna 2-0 in the LaLiga. Providing his prediction, Ferdinand backed Chelsea to beat Zinedine Zidane’s side to qualify for the Champions League final because the Blues play at a high pace. “After watching Real Madrid play and navigate their way through against Liverpool, I thought the experience was going ...
Mourinho Confirmed as Roma’s new Manager
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Mourinho Confirmed as Roma’s new Manager

  Jose Mourinho has been appointed as the new Roma head coach. The 58-year-old has signed a three-year deal and will begin at the start of next season. Roma, on its official Twitter handle, said: “The club are delighted to announce an agreement has been reached with Jose Mourinho for him to become our new head coach ahead of the 2021-22 season.” Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur in April after just 17 months in charge of the Premier League side. He now returns to Serie A for a second spell. Mourinho spent two seasons with Inter Milan before leaving to join Real Madrid in 2010.
Champions League: Real Madrid tipped to beat Chelsea, qualify for final
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Champions League: Real Madrid tipped to beat Chelsea, qualify for final

  Turkish midfielder, Nuri Sahin, has backed his former club Real Madrid to see off Chelsea and qualify for the Champions League final. Both teams played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their semi-final in Madrid. Sahin, a finalist with Borussia Dortmund in 2013, spent a season with Real in 2011/212 and he believes Zinedine Zidane is the king of the competition. “I think it will be an open game, as it was in the first leg. I’m really looking forward to it. “Both sides are in a good moment, I would say. Chelsea are playing really well under Thomas Tuchel, and tactically they play really different. They play maybe the best football tactically right now. You can see that they have a plan, with three at the back. I know the coach and he’s very good tactically. “Bu...
Jose Mourinho Reveals only Defeat in his Managerial Career that made him Cry
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Jose Mourinho Reveals only Defeat in his Managerial Career that made him Cry

  Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho has revealed the only defeat in his managerial career that made him cry. Mourinho, who was sacked by Tottenham in April 2021, has managed top European clubs, including Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Inter Milan and FC Porto in the past. According to the Portuguese, Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final defeat against Bayern Munich in 2012 was the only time he cried as a manager because the Los Blancos were the best team in Europe at that time. “That night [Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final defeat against Bayern Munich in 2012] was the only time in my coaching career that I cried after a loss,” Mourinho told Marca. “I remember it well. My assistant Aitor Karanka and I stopped in front of my house...
Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Tuchel reveals plan to frustrate Sergio Ramos at Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Tuchel reveals plan to frustrate Sergio Ramos at Stamford Bridge

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed his plan to frustrate Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, when both teams clash in the Champions League semi-final second-leg fixture on Wednesday night. Tuchel said he would not give Ramos anyone to “fight” with during the second-leg tie at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had played a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the first-leg last Tuesday in Spain. “If we play with no striker at all and [Sergio] Ramos has nothing to fight then that can also be a solution. I have not made my mind up yet,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s official website. “It’s another challenge because he is the leader of their group and he is the guy to give a lot of solutions to any questions that we will hopefully ask them. “We will wait and see who is in good sha...
Champions League: Real Madrid confirm key player that will miss Chelsea second leg
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Champions League: Real Madrid confirm key player that will miss Chelsea second leg

Real Madrid have confirmed that Raphael Varane will not be available for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final clash with Chelsea, after picking up a groin injury. The France defender was taken off at half-time during their 2-0 victory over Osasuna on Saturday. Real had been optimistic the 28-year-old would shake off a knock in time for the trip to Stamford Bridge. But a statement on the club’s official website on Monday, read: “After the tests carried out today on our player Raphael Varane by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he was diagnosed with an injury to the right abductor muscles.” Early indications suggest Varane will be out for around 10 days. That means he will also miss a league clash with Sevilla on Sunday.
Champions League: Chelsea Defender to Wear Mask Against Real Madrid
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Champions League: Chelsea Defender to Wear Mask Against Real Madrid

Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, is ready to play through the pain against Real Madrid, but could wear a protective mask. The German suffered a facial injury during the 1-1 draw both sides played in the Champions League semi-final first leg in Madrid. Rudiger was not selected for their 2-0 win against Fulham on Saturday. However, he trained with a protective mask on his face with the rest of Thomas Tuchel’s squad. Tuchel knows that Chelsea’s chances of qualifying would be greater, if they are able to shut out the Spanish giants. If he requires Rudiger to form part of that backline, the player would have to wear a mask to protect himself.
Michael Owen reveals why he refused socialising with David Beckham while they both played in Real Madrid
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Michael Owen reveals why he refused socialising with David Beckham while they both played in Real Madrid

Footballer, Michael Owen has revealed the reason he didn't socialize with David Beckham when the pair were team-mates at Real Madrid. Beckham arrived at the Bernabeu in Spain in 2003 after a row with Sir Alex Ferguson. Owen then joined the La Liga giants from Liverpool for £8million in 2004. Owen and Beckham had been England team-mates for some time, so many expected them to form a close bond as two of the only Englishmen playing in Spain, but Owen says that was not the case. Owen in his new autobiography, Reboot, stated that he and Beckham rarely had much contact away from the football pitch though he and his wife, Louise and their daughter lived close to the Beckhams. Owen said: “As much as we ended up living close to David and Victoria Beckham and were two English...
Chelsea: Timo Werner equals Eden Hazard’s record
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Chelsea: Timo Werner equals Eden Hazard’s record

  Chelsea forward, Timo Werner has equalled the club’s former player, Eden Hazard’s record at Stamford Bridge. Werner, who has endured a lot of criticism this season, equalled a record held by Hazard, who currently plays for Real Madrid, in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday. The 25-year-old has come under fire on several occasions this season for missing easy chances, the most recent of which came in Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final first-leg 1-1 draw with Real Madrid last Tuesday. The Germany international failed to get on the scoresheet once again against Fulham, but he did provide the assist for Kai Havertz’s second goal against the visitors. And in doing so, Werner registered his 10th assist in all competitions for the Blues th...

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