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Benzema to face trial for alleged involvement in attempted blackmail case
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Benzema to face trial for alleged involvement in attempted blackmail case

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two associates of scandal-dogged Real Madrid star Karim Benzema were charged by French police on Thursday over suspected extortion, sources close to the case told AFP. Police charged a 29-year-old man with “attempted extortion” and 22-year-old woman with colluding in the bid, following the arrest on Tuesday of three people suspected of being involved in the affair. A second man was released without charge. The arrests and charges follow a complaint by a former friend of Benzema, named as Leo D., who alleges the accused tried to kidnap him in Paris over a financial dispute with Benzema. Investigators said the row centred on 50,000 euros ($56,663) in cash destined for Benzema via a sponsor. Leo D. was tasked with bringing the sum to France from Morocco but claims he was stopped by cus...
DONE DEAL: Real Madrid striker Raul de Tomas joins Rayo Vallecano
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DONE DEAL: Real Madrid striker Raul de Tomas joins Rayo Vallecano

Real Madrid striker Raul de Tomas has joined Rayo Vallecano. De Tomas will play on loan at Rayo next season which leaves Borja Mayoral as the only back-up for striker Karim Benzema in Julen Lopetegui's squad. The youth product returns to the club where he was last season and it is a breakthrough for Valladolid who have the player that helped them win promotion with 24 goals in 32 games. For Madrid though they appear short on the ground in terms of cover and it is still possible that a striker, with Valencia's Rodrigo linked, comes before the window closes.  
Real Madrid Want Lukaku As Ronaldo Replacement
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Real Madrid Want Lukaku As Ronaldo Replacement

Performing Belgium striker, Lukaku might be called upon to come to fill the void left by Portuguese legend, Cristiano Ronaldo. Real Madrid will try to sign Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United after Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus, Don Balon claims. The European champions lost Ronaldo to Juve in a deal worth at least €100 million (£88m/$117m), meaning they will have to reinvest in their attack. The club could turn to Lukaku to strengthen Julen Lopetegui's team, but the Belgian would likely knock Karim Benzema out of his position. In other news, Barcelona has announced the €40 million (£35m/$47m) signing of Arthur from Gremio. The 21-year-old will move to the Camp Nou immediately despite being expected to stay at Gremio until January 2019. Arthur will help fill the mid...
Kante Beats Mbappe, Benzema To 2017 Best French Player Award
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Kante Beats Mbappe, Benzema To 2017 Best French Player Award

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been awarded the 2017 Best French Player Award by France Football, which also awards the Ballon D’Or. He won the award with 92 points, five better than Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, and 40 better than Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, who is still barred from the national team. Kante won back-to-back English Premier League titles with Leicester City (2016) and Chelsea (2017), and won the PFA and FWA player of the year awards ahead of Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Dele Alli. He was also named Chelsea’s best player for 2017 and named in Premier League team of the year. He is considered one of the best defensive midfielders in world football.
Five Things We Learned From Spanish La Liga
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Five Things We Learned From Spanish La Liga

Atletico Madrid were the big winners of the La Liga weekend as Barcelona, Valencia and Real Madrid surprisingly all faltered against unfancied opposition. Valencia’s first defeat of the season at Getafe meant Barca even extended their lead at the top to five points, but they arguably suffered an even bigger blow than their 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo with the news centre-back Samuel Umtiti will be sidelined for two months. Real remain eight points back of the leaders in fourth after another off night for Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema as the European champions were held 0-0 by struggling Athletic Bilbao. Here, AFP sports looks at five things we learned from La Liga: King Koke Atletico’s resurgence continued as Antoine Griezmann netted a late winner against his old si...
Benzema Demanded Respect From Mourinho In Hour-Long Showdown Talks
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Benzema Demanded Respect From Mourinho In Hour-Long Showdown Talks

Karim Benzema has complained that his relationship with Jose Mourinho soured after the Portuguese mocked him. The Manchester United manager spent three years in charge at the Bernabeu from 2010-13, where Benzema has played since making a €35 million move from Lyon in the summer of 2009. Los Blancos 14/5 to win La Liga Despite his status as a starter at one of the biggest clubs in the world, that did not make him immune from jibes delivered by the former Porto coach. Speaking at a press conference in 2011, Mourinho took aim at the Frenchman. "If you don't have a dog to go hunting but only have a cat, you have to take your cat. You'll catch less, but you'll catch something all the same," he said. Those words stung Benzema. “We always had a good relationship, but after that, there were ...
Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata Better Zinedine Zidane – Alvaro Morata
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Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata Better Zinedine Zidane – Alvaro Morata

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has said that his current manager, Antonio Conte’s attention to tactical detail makes him a better manager than Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane. Morata scored 15 goals in 26 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid after Zidane brought him back to the Bernabeu from Juventus last season. But the 25-year-old Spain international, now thriving under Conte, has netted 7 times in the Premier League since his £70 million move to Stamford Bridge in July. Morata said the difference in personality between Conte and Zidane is reflected in their approach to management. He told AS, “They are two coaches with a winning mentality. “Conte is much more tactical and has more control on the way we play. He is a very passionate person who lives it a lot. Zizou is also...
Benzema Responds To Lineker: “I’m Embarrassed For Him”
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Benzema Responds To Lineker: “I’m Embarrassed For Him”

Real Madrid's number nine, Karim Benzema, gave an interview to French cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles. In it he responds to his critics and talks about the possibility of going to the World Cup in Russia. "I find it harder to accept the criticism of former players who have gone on to become journalists and who spread their hatred around. They had the same difficulties, but have no solidarity. I feel embarrassed for him, frankly." "Of course I want to get back into the French team. What footballer doesn't dream of playing in a World Cup? I always have hope and I hope to go to Russia, I try to do my best with Real Madrid and see how things turn out in the end." "Talking about it isn't useful any more and could be misinterpreted, I am not speaking anymore, I won't say anything. I try ...
Real Madrid Frustrated By Inspired Goalkeeping
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Real Madrid Frustrated By Inspired Goalkeeping

Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris was the latest to thwart Los Blancos at the Bernabeu when he made an incredible point-blank save to deny Karim Benzema. Neto performed similarly for Valencia, as did Raul Fernandez for Levante, with both sides frustrating the LaLiga and European champions. Real Betis also took points from Real, winning 1-0 at the Bernabeu in a game that saw Adan come up with some big moments for the Andalusians. Vicente Guaita put in a good performance for Getafe at the Coliseum, but it was ultimately unable to keep Cristiano Ronaldo and company at bay with the Portuguese, having already had a penalty stopped, bagging a late winner.
Atletico Madrid Forward Antoine Griezmann Sings For A Good Cause
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Atletico Madrid Forward Antoine Griezmann Sings For A Good Cause

One of the biggest issues in France is the distribution of food to those who desperately need it, as with many countries there are people who are consistently undernourished. The charity 'Restos du Cur' look to eliminate hunger amongst the French populace by embarking on the handing out of free food to those who are most in need. This noble cause has long been supported by French celebrities and sportsmen. Atletico Madrid's striker has joined forces with 'Les Enfoires' a group which consists of various singers and popular personalities to help the charity out. Griezmann has recorded part of a song according to L'Equipe which will be named Chanson des Restos, with the release expected on November 3. The 26-year-old is not the first French footballer to be involved, Karim Benzema, Franc...
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...
Zidane Regains Real Madrid’s Spine For Real Betis Match
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Zidane Regains Real Madrid’s Spine For Real Betis Match

With the German training on Tuesday morning for the second day in a row, he could join Ronaldo and Marcelo in the squad now that their respective suspensions have come to an end. Indeed, the left-back slot is set to open itself up for Wednesday night as Theo Hernandez hurt his shoulder at Estadio Anoeta, and he missed training the day before the Betis clash along with Karim Benzema, Mateo Kovacic and Jesus Vallejo. Vallejo has received a fresh knock having been absent for the season so far while Kovacic has a longer road to recovery ahead of him. That could open up a bench spot for Alvaro Tejero, who trained with the first team on Tuesday as rondos and speed exercises were the order of the day.
Real Madrid Boo Boy Bale Has Had A Miserable 2017
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Real Madrid Boo Boy Bale Has Had A Miserable 2017

Gareth Bale is under scrutiny once again. Questioned ever since his €100 million signing from Tottenham in 2013 - a record-breaking fee at the time - the 28-year-old is now at the lowest point of time at the Santiago Bernbeu, as he struggles for fitness and form at the start of the new season. A goal and an assist in the 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna on the opening day of La Liga looked like the start of a renaissance for the Welsh winger, but disappointing displays followed in the draws against Valencia and Levante, and even though he was better in the 3-0 win at home to APOEL in the Champions League on Wednesday night, he was targeted by the Bernabeu boo boys. "Whistling your own player is sometimes what happens here and Gareth doesn’t deserve that... nobody deserves that," midfielder...
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.
Benzema: When You’re Starting Games At A Club Like Real Madrid, You Don’t Leave
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Benzema: When You’re Starting Games At A Club Like Real Madrid, You Don’t Leave

Zinedine Zidane's trust in the striker is total and, despite rumours of an incoming such as Kylian Mbappe, Gareth Bale was considered the more likely to depart in such a scenario. "As an attacker, when you are starting games, you do not need to leave," Benzema said in an interview with BeIN Sports France. "And even more so at a club like Real Madrid." The striker stated that Los Blancos hold his sole focus at the moment, although he does not rule out appearing at the 2018 World Cup for France, and notes that the equality across the Madrid squad is the key to their current success. "There is a structure of six or seven players who have played together for a long time, and we also have good young players," noted the Frenchman. "We are in our best moment, and in terms of trophies, yes, t...
Real Sociedad Looking To Show They Can Contend At The Top
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Real Sociedad Looking To Show They Can Contend At The Top

Now it wants to keep its impressive run going and show it can repeat its successful campaign from more than three decades ago, when it won the second of its two Spanish titles. The game against defending champion Real Madrid on Sunday gives the Basque club the perfect chance to prove its worth. ”Our first goal is to enjoy every minute as much as possible,” Real Sociedad coach Eusebio Sacristan said. ”Then we can start being ambitious, and know that we can achieve anything that we want.” A home victory over Madrid would extend Real Sociedad’s perfect record and keep it at the top of the league standings after four matches. Real Sociedad and Barcelona are the only two teams with three straight wins to start the league. Barcelona plays at Getafe on Saturday. Real Sociedad has succeeded wit...
Pellegrini: My Time At Real Madrid Was The Most Painful Of My Career
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Pellegrini: My Time At Real Madrid Was The Most Painful Of My Career

Now in charge of Hebei China Fortune, the 63-year-old suffered embarrassing cup exits against Alcorcon and Lyon, while he also had the misfortune of registering the highest points tally for a losing Real side in LaLiga. "The period at Real Madrid was the most painful of my career," he told Tactical Football. "The team wasn't complete and I had some obvious problems to deal with. "I left with a bitter taste in my mouth at not winning the title despite have a record points total. "We did sign some big stars, but we had a lot of forwards and few midfielders and the players I wanted to keep were sold. "In addition, Cristiano Ronaldo spent a good portion of the season injured. "I'd have liked to have more time as many players arrived that year and sometimes it takes time for t...
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...
Cristiano Returns At The Bernabeu Against APOEL And So Do The Goals
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Cristiano Returns At The Bernabeu Against APOEL And So Do The Goals

The Portuguese ruled the competition last season and played a key role in helping the LaLiga champions to become the first side to successfully defend their Champions League title. In this season's league games without their No.7, Real have struggled and the striker will be itching to hit the ground running, looking to be crowned the tournament's leading goal scorer again this year. Champions League goals are what Ronaldo prides himself on and with 105 to his name, there is nobody in the game's history who has more. It is not just the quantity of his goals that is impressive, but also their quality and importance; with two in last season's final and other big goals at decisive moments, including 13 in semifinals and 20 in quarterfinals. Furthermore, many of them have come towards the e...
This Is Why Zidane Is So Confident In Mayoral
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This Is Why Zidane Is So Confident In Mayoral

Given the loss of Karim Benzema through injury, the Real youth product has the opportunity to step up and may play some part, likely from the bench. Zidane has already demonstrated in public the faith that he has in the 20-year-old, pointing to his outstanding record in UEFA's Youth League. "I have a lot of belief in Mayoral, he's a very hungry player," Zidane said at his press conference prior to Wednesday's game. Mayoral has played in two editions of the UEFA Youth League and has scored 15 goals in 14 games, seven in his first season and eight in the second. Those statistics mean that the Frenchman's confidence is based in fact, as he knows Mayoral can be counted upon when given a chance. This year he has two goals so far, with both coming in friendly fixtures as he patiently awaits...
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...
Zidane: Maybe Real Madrid Are Lacking Another No.9, But We Couldn’t Sign One
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Zidane: Maybe Real Madrid Are Lacking Another No.9, But We Couldn’t Sign One

All of this has led some to wonder if it was wise to let Alvaro Morata and Mariano leave in the summer and Zinedine Zidane addressed the issue on Tuesday, explaining that he too would have liked to have another striker in his squad, but that it wasn't possible. "It's true that when you look at the players you had, like [Alvaro] Morata and Mariano, and when you see that now you only have [Borja] Mayoral that you might think we lack a No.9," he said in the pre-match press conference for Wednesday's clash with Apoel Nicosia. "That might be the case, but it wasn't possible [to bring in another]. "I would have liked Morata to stay, but he wanted to play more and to leave. "It wasn't possible to sign another player, but I really believe in Mayoral, as he is hungry. "We also have Karim [Benz...
Real Madrid Tracking Timo Werner For 2018-19
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Real Madrid Tracking Timo Werner For 2018-19

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner is the man of the moment in Germany. The 21-year-old has hit four goals for his club already this season and scored twice for Germany against Norway in the last round of international fixtures, taking his tally for his country to six in just eight games. According to Spanish television channel La Sexta, Real Madrid sent scouts to watch Werner in that match, with Germany coach Joachim Löw saying after Werner’s double in a man of the match performance: “He is a missile.” Werner banged in 21 goals for Leipzig last season as his side launched an unlikely, if ultimately unsuccessful, Bundesliga challenge ending in qualification for the Champions League. The fact that Werner will represent Leipzig in Europe has put Madrid off making a play for the striker in Janu...
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.
Marca: Real Madrid’s Strongest XI Will React
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Marca: Real Madrid’s Strongest XI Will React

The team will be more or less that same as in last season's final against Juventus with Gareth Bale coming in for the injured Karim Benzema. Raphael Varane remains a doubt in the centre of defence and though the Frenchman is already recovered, Zizou wants to see how he trains on Monday and Tuesday before deciding if he makes the starting line up. If he doesn't, Nacho will play alongside Sergio Ramos but other than that, the rest of the team will be the same as in Cardiff. They need to regain confidence through results and this will be a priority against the weakest rival in their Champions League group. That's why Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo will all play, though Marco Asensio will be held in reserve. Despite Zidane...
Real Madrid Head To The Anoeta
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Real Madrid Head To The Anoeta

Suspensions and injuries have meant the French coach is forced to head into a tricky away trip without Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and Karim Benzema. A Barcelona victory against Espanyol will leave Los Cules four points clear of their fierce rivals and whilst such an amount won't define the season at this point, Los Blancos will not want to allow fellow title challengers to move any further ahead. As such, the meeting with Real Sociedad takes on extra significance with victory an absolute necessity for the Madrid club. Bouncing back from adversity is the true mark of a champion and this is what Zidane's charges have to do in the coming days. Working without Ronaldo has been an unnecessary problem and Benzema's injury further compounds the coach's concerns. Borja Mayoral remains an alte...