Real Madrid Boss Zinedine Zidane Reveals New Injury Concern for Gareth Bale as Wales Games Loom

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Gareth Bale is a doubt for Los Blancos’ game against Espanyol on Sunday.

The Wales international is suffering with a calf strain, which Zidane describes as ‘nothing important’. However, he won’t put the player at risk.

“[Bale] has a strain, nothing important,” Zidane said in a press conference, via ​ESPN. “But here we do not like to take risks if a player has something small. We will see if Gareth is with us tomorrow.”

The French boss also insisted that he has no problem letting Bale travel with the Wales side during the international break.

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Chris Coleman’s men are to play in Georgia and then host the Republic of Ireland next month, and the manager will be hoping to have the Madrid man fit enough to compete.

“[Gareth] will go with his country if he has to go with his country,” Zidane continued. “There is no problem between Madrid and [Wales]. It depends on his fitness, nothing else. We will go day by day.”


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The club haven’t officially confirmed Bale’s injury, but he hasn’t trained since they returned from Germany after beating Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League during the week. He also missed Saturday’s session, along with Marcelo, Mateo Kovacic, Theo Hernandez and Karim Benzema, who are all injured.

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Mauricio Pochettino Denies Comparing Harry Kane to Ronaldo and Messi as Spurs Man Leads UCL Scoring

​Tottenham Hotspur boss Maurico Pochettino has rubbished the notion of Harry Kane being on par with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, despite his prolific form in front of goal these last three years.

The England international is one of Europe’s best strikers, having won two consecutive Golden Boot awards in the Premier League, but his manager doesn’t believe he can be compared to the Primera Division attackers just yet, based on his age and style of play.

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Kane, who notched his first Champions League hat-trick against Apoel during midweek, has been tipped to improve even further. Yet at the moment, Pochettino will brush any likening to the superstars aside.

“He is one of the best strikers in the world and because he’s still so young, he can improve,” he ​told reporters on Thursday. “His potential, his professionalism; he has a gap to improve a lot.”

“I never said he is better than Cristiano and Lionel Messi, who are at a different level. They are the best and are showing that for the last five to 10 years.

“We cannot put so much pressure on Harry because he is so young… Harry is a striker, a killer; they are killers too but play in different positions and have different styles. It will not help Harry if we start comparing him to these players.”

The Argentinian coach will watch his team attempt to collect three points against Huddersfield when Premier League action resumes this weekend. And while he expects a tough challenge, especially based on the fact that the newcomers have had more time to prepare, Pochettino has backed his team to withstand the pressure.


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“A big challenge. I think they will be very motivated to play against us and have had the whole week to prepare for the game against Tottenham. But of course I know we will arrive in our best condition and ready to compete. That is most important.”

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​Real Madrid President Wades Into Refereeing Debate to Imply Barcelona Star Is a ‘Cheat’

​Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has continued to wage his club’s war on referees, this time appearing to take a jibe at Barcelona striker Luis Suarez following Cristiano Ronaldo’s five-match suspension for pushing a referee earlier this season.

The 70-year-old insists he remains baffled as to why their Clasico rivals seem to continue receiving the rub of the green when it comes to officiating, stating the men in the middle should be concentrating their attention more on those who simulate in the game than his Blancos stars.

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During a meeting with the club members, the Spanish businessman, without naming names, seemed to accuse Barca’s Uruguayan striker of trying to deceive the officials, and stated he believes it is people like the 30-year-old who should be sanctioned for their actions. 

“There are gentlemen who pretend and don’t get anything…” Perez said, as reported by Spanish news outlet ​Sport. 

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“In the end, the broken dishes are paid for by those who never simulate (Cristiano Ronaldo). Everyone makes mistakes, but it is always against a player. You have to punish the cheaters.”

The 2017/18 La Liga campaign is just six fixtures old, but already there are signs of the unrivalled animosity showing between the two European giants. This could be partly due to the fact Madrid already find themselves seven points adrift of league leaders Barca – with the Catalan giants showing no signs of slowing up any time soon.

In addition, with the first Clasico of the term not until five days before Christmas, there is still a long way to go before both sides are able to settle their differences on the pitch. 

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Zinedine Zidane Considers Shock Move for German Winger After Summer Fallout With PSG

​German international Julian Draxler could be offered an escape route out of PSG after an uneventful stint at the French club. 

Since his move to PSG in January for £30m, the young winger hasn’t been able to secure a spot in the starting lineup with the additions of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Don Balon (via The Sun) report that Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is extremely tempted with the prospect of signing Draxler. 

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Real Madrid have had a rough start to this La Liga season and could only scrape a 2-1 win against Alaves. Zidane wants to add depth to his attacking options. 

Despite already having a terrifying set of forwards in Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema, Asensio and Isco, Zidane hopes Draxler’s versatility could prove vital in defending the League and Champions League. 

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Draxler was impressive in Euro 2016 for Germany and while he hasn’t been a guaranteed starter for PSG sincer his move in January, he has been a key contributor and has even been involved as recently as UCL Gameweek 1, where he set up an own goal in PSG’s win over Celtic. 


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If any injuries were to occur throughout the season, or any of the current Madrid forwards happened to go through a bad spell of form, Draxler could be the perfect player to have in reserve. 

The German has played on the wing a lot for Germany and PSG, however played extremely well behind the striker as an attacking midfielder a few years ago at Wolfsburg and Schalke. 

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Real Madrid Confirm Marco Asensio Will Sign New Deal With European Champions Until 2023

​Real Madrid today announced that midfield starlet Marco Asensio will sign a new deal – keeping him at the club until 2023.

The Spaniard will put pen to paper officially at 2pm Spanish time on Friday, and the club have invited the media to attend the club’s press room at the Bernabeu.

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Asensio has taken the world by storm over the past year or so, particular because of his knack for scoring spectacular goals and on specific debuts.

He has emerged as one of world football’s top youngsters, and is knocking on Zinedine Zidane’s door for a start.

A testament to his ability is that he is getting to play a decent amount of football for Madrid, despite the world class players in their ranks such as Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo.

It would appear los Blancos rate Asensio as highly as everyone else, and have acted relatively swiftly in tieing him down to a longer contract.


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He was signed for a paltry €3.9m from Mallorca, who will undoubtedly be kicking themselves at this point as they watch his rapid rate of development.

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Real Madrid Ready to Put El Clasico Rivals to the Sword if They Size Up Move for Premier League Star

​Real Madrid can steal a January move for Mesut Ozil from under Barcelona’s noses should the Catalan club bid for the German midfielder, according to Daily Star.

Ozil spent a very successful three years at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013 before moving to Arsenal for £42m on transfer deadline day. He has won three FA Cups during his time in North London and with his contract expiring next summer, it’s increasingly likely he will be departing when that happens.

Barcelona were interested in Ozil in the summer, and are looking to try again in January, but the German World Cup winner reportedly has a clause in his contract which gives his former club first choice on re-signing him, meaning Barcelona could have the move hijacked by their El Clasico rivals.

The Catalans were looking to sign the former Real Madrid midfielder following Neymar’s departure to PSG, and after their failure to sign the German, Barca dipped into the market for the questionable signing of Paulinho, who endured a shocking couple of years at Tottenham between 2013 and 2015.

Ozil was a firm fan favourite during his spell in the Spanish capital, winning a Copa Del Rey and a La Liga title as he played a star role in those successes, registering 26 assists in his final season before his move to the Emirates.


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His time at Arsenal has been very different, he has struggled for consistency and has been criticised for severely underperforming in the big games where the Gunners have needed their star players the most. 

Real have certainly done well without him, winning three Champions Leagues, one Copa Del Rey and a single La Liga title.

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8 Things We Learned From Champions League Matchday 2 as Groups Start to Take Shape

After matchday two, the 2017/18 Champions League group stage is already a third of the way to completion. Group standings are starting to take shape as some clubs open up early leads and others struggle to find their rhythm, but there is still plenty left to play for.

Here’s a summary of eight things we learned in the Champions League this week…

8. Besiktas, Dark Horse?

No one is suggesting that Besiktas can go and win the Champions League, but it is worth keeping an eye on the Turkish champions after they have made an excellent start to Group G.

An impressive 3-1 away win in Porto on matchday one was followed up by a 2-0 victory RB Leipzig at home on Tuesday night and it will now be interesting to see how they might fare in back-to-back games against Monaco on matchdays three and four.

7. Man City Getting the Job Done

The big reason for Manchester City to hire Pep Guardiola was to make that breakthrough in Europe and seriously challenge for the Champions League title. So far it has been a good start from the sky blues, whose previous best performance was a semi-final appearance in 2016.

This week’s 2-0 win over a dangerous Shakhtar Donetsk side that did threaten to do damage was an important performance and result.

6. Juventus Fighting for Second Place

Finalists in 2015 and 2017, Juventus haven’t made the most convincing start to this season’s group stage. They were hammered by Barcelona on matchday one, but the 2-0 victory over Olympiacos this week saw fans wait until the second half for the critical goals.

It looks as though Barcelona could run away with Group D, leaving Juve battling for second.

5. Maribor Games Crucial for Liverpool

After drawing their opening two games, perhaps more a reflection on poor defending than lacklustre attacking, the importance of the next two fixtures has suddenly increased for Liverpool.

Sevilla’s win over Maribor is the only game in Group E that hasn’t ended in a draw yet, suggesting the Reds will need to make sure they beat the Slovenian champions to have a chance of progressing.

4. Man Utd Might Actually Be Back

Critics might suggest Manchester United were given a favourable draw when Basel, Benfica and CSKA Moscow came out of the pot into Group A, but the Red Devils have struggled against all four in the past and haven’t done well in the Champions League in recent years.

They can only beat the teams put out in front of them and that is exactly what they have done so far, with CSKA going the same way on Wednesday as Basel did a fortnight ago.  

3. Spurs Have More to Offer This Time

From struggling to make an impact in 2016/17 in what was their first Champions League foray in six years, Tottenham look to have a better handle on things this time around.

Harry Kane’s hat-trick ensured they cruised to victory over APOEL away from home this week, a game they perhaps might have struggled with 12 months ago. Add that to an excellent 3-1 win against Dortmund earlier this month and Spurs are keeping pace with Real Madrid.

2. Another Side of Chelsea

Chelsea couldn’t have asked for two more different games between matchday one and two – from hammering newcomers Qarabag at home, to coming from behind against a notoriously resilient Atletico Madrid away in Spain.

Back in his home city, Alvaro Morata was once more on the score-sheet, while Michy Batshuayi also showed that he can still make invaluable contributions.

1. Are PSG the Real Deal?

The whole point of spending €222m on Neymar and pledging another €180m to buy Kylian Mbappe was to make Paris Saint-Germain into genuine Champions League contenders.

Last season aside, the Parisians have dominated France for years yet have never been able to translate that domestic success into anything meaningful at a continental level. This week’s 3-0 hammering of Bayern Munich might just be the start of something special…  

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Fans On Twitter Couldn’t Believe What Cristiano Ronaldo Did During Champions League Match

​Real Madrid produced a stunning display during their 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Gareth Bale scored a stunning opening goal, however Ronaldo stole the headlines on the night, scoring his 410th and 411th goals for Real Madrid. He now has four goals in the Champions League this season already after scoring two goals in Real’s opening game against APOEL.

Although two goals in a game for Ronaldo doesn’t seem too special anymore, he still managed to produce a moment of surprise during the game. Ronaldo was through on goal and was one-on-one with the Dortmund goalkeeper, the perfect scenario for the forward to slot the ball into the back of the net like we’ve seen him do all too often.

However to everyone’s surprise, Ronaldo chose a rather unselfish option and decided to square the ball across the face of goal for his teammate Bale! The Welshman wasn’t able to convert the finish, however the fact Ronaldo chose to pass when he was one-on-one with the keeper was enough to send Twitter into meltdown.

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Madrid will face Tottenham at the Bernabeu in their next group match, and they will be hoping Ronaldo can add to his Champions League goal tally to help Real take a step closer to the knockout rounds. 

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Harry Redknapp Gives Surprising Response When Asked Whether Tottenham Can Beat Real Madrid

​Harry Redknapp has shown a surprising lack of faith in his old side when asked if Tottenham could beat Real Madrid.

Redknapp was talking to BT Sport and when asked about Tottenham potentially beating the reigning Champions League holders, he claimed their upcoming meeting at the Bernabeu is a ‘bonus game’ for Spurs, and that any result other than a defeat would be a great achievement.

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He told BT Sport (via ​HITC): “It’s a bonus game for them. If they can go and get a draw, it’s a great result.”

Tottenham will face a tough task when they meet Real Madrid in the Champions League next month, however with Spurs currently first in their group after impressive wins over Borussia Dortmund and APOEL, on top of the fact they currently sit fourth in the Premier League, will give them a renewed sense of hope that they can go and cause what would be a big upset.

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One key reason as to why Tottenham have started their campaign so well is their talisman Harry Kane. He has scored five goals in his first two Champions League games this season – including a perfect hat-trick against APOEL – and has also scored four goals in his last three Premier League games.

Should Tottenham lose to Real, they will still find themselves at least three points clear of third place as they look to qualify from whats been labelled as the toughest group in the competition.


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Real Madrid Unwilling to Bend to Cristiano Ronaldo’s €25M Wage Demands

​Real Madrid star Christiano Ronaldo has let the club know that he wants higher wages.

That is according to ​Marca, who claim that the Portugal international would like his earnings to be on par with that of the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar.

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Despite his wishes, though, Ronaldo is said to be very calm and has no intention of confronting the Madrid hierarchy or putting anyone at the club under pressure.

Given his current status in the world of football, Ronaldo is reported as being keen on being paid as much as or better than the Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain attackers – and €25m-a-year is thought to be the figure he’s looking at.

Marca claim that the player does not expect a new contract, having already signed a deal taking him up to 2021. He will be 36 by then, and feels that it will be the perfect time to call curtains on his time at Madrid.

After helping fire the La Liga champions to a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, Ronaldo was said to have brought his wishes to the club’s attention, but also indicated that he was very happy with the way things are at the moment.

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Madrid’s board, however, are against sanctioning improved wages for the player as they have made securing contract renewals for other players such as Sergio Ramos a priority.

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