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Hazard’s Struggling With age at Real Madrid – Ex-Chelsea Star, Poyet
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Hazard’s Struggling With age at Real Madrid – Ex-Chelsea Star, Poyet

  Former Chelsea midfielder, Gus Poyet, has revealed why Real Madrid forward, Eden Hazard, is struggling under manager, Zinedine Zidane, at the Santiago Bernabeu. Hazard, who is currently injured, established himself as one of the world’s best players during his time at Chelsea. The 30-year-old, who scored over 100 goals for Chelsea, joined Real Madrid in 2019 for more than £100million. Hazard’s performances for Zidane’s men were largely underwhelming. He scored just once during the 2019/20 season and has not featured regularly for the La Liga champions this season due to injury. Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s away Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Atalanta on Wednesday, Poyet said Hazard is struggling at Real Madrid because of his physicality. Ac...
Benzema, Hazard Missing in Zidane’s Champions League Squad
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Benzema, Hazard Missing in Zidane’s Champions League Squad

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

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

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has acknowledged that he is struggling to accept a growing amount of injuries to his first-team players. Los Blancos have improved in recent weeks, winning their last three matches to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid. However, Dani Carvajal became the latest player to join the club’s injury list on Sunday after pulling up with an issue during the first half of the game against Valencia. With Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Rodrygo, Federico Valverde and Eder Militao also among his absentees, Zidane has admitted that he has been left frustrated by the situation. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Zidane said: “I don’t understand. There are a lot of injuries, I’m worried. When I lose a player, as a coach it bothers me. It...
Take Final Decision on Future with Real Madrid – Rivaldo Advises Sergio Ramos
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Take Final Decision on Future with Real Madrid – Rivaldo Advises Sergio Ramos

  Barcelona legend, Rivaldo, has advised Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, to use the two months that he would be out of action to take a final decision on his future with Zinedine Zidane’s side. Rivaldo wants Ramos ‘to ponder all the factors’ concerning his future at Santiago Bernabeu amid interest from Manchester United. Ramos is out of contract with Real Madrid at the end of this season, and negotiations over a new deal have stalled. The Spain international is already free to talk to clubs outside Spain this month, and it is believed that his agent and brother, Rene Ramos, is eyeing a move to the English Premier League. But Rivaldo believes the 34-year-old may already be targeting his next club. “Sergio Ramos will be out of action for at least two months due ...
Real Madrid vs Getafe: We Can Still Win the League – Zidane Speaks After 2-0 Win
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Real Madrid vs Getafe: We Can Still Win the League – Zidane Speaks After 2-0 Win

Real Madrid’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, has insisted that they could still win the league, following their 2-0 win over Getafe on Tuesday night. Karim Benzema and Mendy scored for Los Blancos in the second half of the match to ensure they got maximum points. The result moved Zidane’s men to within five points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. But Real have played two more fixtures than their rivals. “Today we did this because we had to adapt to the situation with lots of absences. We interpreted the match very well and I’m happy for the players, because that’s not easy. We were really good, especially defensively. “I don’t think there are Madridistas who think we can’t win the league. It’s the opposite, they always think we can change things, that’s what we’ll try to do. ...
‘Zidane has enough credit for two seasons without a trophy’ – De la Red defends under-fire Real Madrid boss
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‘Zidane has enough credit for two seasons without a trophy’ – De la Red defends under-fire Real Madrid boss

A former Blancos player and youth coach thinks the Frenchman is being unfairly criticised for the team's erratic form this season Zinedine Zidane has enough "credit" in the bank for two trophyless seasons at Real Madrid, according to Ruben de la Red, who has jumped to the defence of the under-fire boss. The reigning Spanish champions' grip on the Liga trophy is slipping at the halfway stage of the 2020-21 campaign, with arch-rivals Atletico Madrid currently sitting eight points above them at the top of the table with a game in hand. Despite the fact the Blancos gained some much-needed ground by beating Huesca 2-1 at the weekend, pressure continues to build on Zidane with each passing game amid criticism of his managerial approach, but De la Red thinks he deserves more resp...
Zidane Includes Nigerian Winger, Akinlabi in Real Madrid’s Squad to Face Getafe
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Zidane Includes Nigerian Winger, Akinlabi in Real Madrid’s Squad to Face Getafe

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has included Nigerian winger, Marvin Akinlabi, in his side’s squad to face Getafe in the La Liga on Tuesday night. Marvin, who was born to a Nigerian father and a South Korean mother, was included in Real Madrid’s 19-man squad to tackle Getafe at Alfredo Di Stéfano. Real Madrid head to the game following a 2-1 win against Huesca in their last fixture. Real Madrid’s squad vs Getafe: Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin and Altube. Defenders: R. Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, F. Mendy, Chust and Miguel. Midfielders: Modrić, Casemiro, Isco, Marvin, Arribas and Blanco. Forwards: Benzema, Asensio, Vini Jr. and Mariano. The kick-off time for Real Madrid vs Getafe is 9 pm.
Huesca vs Real Madrid: Let us fight – Zidane Clashes with Reporters
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Huesca vs Real Madrid: Let us fight – Zidane Clashes with Reporters

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane,has clashed with reporters ahead of their LaLiga game at Huesca, demanding for respect. On Friday, Zidane said journalists should “tell me to my face that you want me to go”. The Frenchman had missed Real’s last two games while recovering from COVID-19. A 2-1 defeat to Levante last weekend saw Los Blancos fall 10 points behind leaders, Atletico Madrid in the title race. They were also eliminated from both the Spanish Supercopa and Copa del Rey last month. “Are you serious? Everyday I’m out, and you know it,” Zidane said when asked if he was being defensive of his position and his team. “Last year we won the league. We did. Real Madrid. “Next year they will have to do things, make changes maybe. But this year we have the right to...
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Zidane Blasts Laliga After Real Madrid Fails To Defeat Osasuna

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, had hit out on the league and mentioned their fixture against Osasuna ought to have been called off, due to the snowy circumstances. Los Blancos might solely draw 0-0 on Saturday with the guests who’re second from backside. The snowstorm that blitzed northern Spain and the capital, compelled the champions to journey to Pamplona a day sooner than initially deliberate. Zidane’s men had been made to attend on the icy runway at Barajas airport for over 4 hours. Madrid struggled on the icy pitch as snow continued to fall all through the sport and did not have a shot on track within the first half. “That was not a soccer match, it ought to have been known as off. “We dealt badly with the circumstances and the journey, and we did what we m...
Zinedine Zidane insists he won’t resign after Shakhtar Donetsk complete UCL double with 2-0 win over Real Madrid
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Zinedine Zidane insists he won’t resign after Shakhtar Donetsk complete UCL double with 2-0 win over Real Madrid

Real Madrid head coach, Zinedine Zidane, has insisted that he will not resign, despite another poor performance from his side in a 2-0 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night, December 1, 2020.   Real Madrid's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League last 16 are now in doubt after the match completed a shocking win for the Ukranians over Madrid, weeks after losing 3-2 at home to Shakhtar. Zidane could be asked by the Madrid hierarchy if results don't improve with Madrid now having lost three of their last five matches.   But he has bullishly said he will not be stepping down.   “I am not going to resign – not at all," he said following Tuesday's defeat.“We have always had delicate moments. It is true that it is a bad streak in terms of result...
Real Madrid In Talks With Ramos Over A New Deal
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Real Madrid In Talks With Ramos Over A New Deal

Ramos will be out of contract at the Bernabeu next summer and he is free to talk to the overseas club about a possible move in January. Real Madrid is reluctant to offer Ramos a two-year deal as it is against the policy of the club to offer more than a year deal to players over the age of 30. Ramos is 34 and he remains a focal point in Zinedine Zidane set up and he recently scored for Real Madrid in the el-clasico and in the clash against Inter Milan in the Champions League. The report in ESPN claims that Los Blancos have now ‘begun conversations’ with Ramos over extending his deal in the Spanish capital. Ramos’ representatives have now opened talks and there is a ‘mutual desire’ for the captain to extend. The report also claims Ramos wants to stay until June 2024, meanin...
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 Real Madrid: Casemiro rescues LaLiga champions
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Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 Real Madrid: Casemiro rescues LaLiga champions

Marcus Thuram scored twice for Borussia Monchengladbach but Real Madrid snatched a point from the jaws of defeat. Casemiro scored in second-half injury time to rescue Real Madrid a 2-2 draw from a Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach that threatened a serious setback for Zinedine Zidane's men. Madrid arrived at Borussia Park buoyed by a 3-1 Clasico victory over Barcelona but were soon haunted by the sort of calamitous defending that saw them lose their Champions League Group B opener against Shakhtar Donetsk. An error from Toni Kroos allowed the hosts an attack in which Marcus Thuram profited from some sloppy marking to score the opener, and the Frenchman netted a tap-in shortly before the hour mark to leave Madrid reeling.
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Luis Castro on Real Madrid struggles: How can you criticise Zidane?
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Shakhtar Donetsk coach Luis Castro on Real Madrid struggles: How can you criticise Zidane?

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Luis Castro has dismissed claims Champions League opponents Real Madrid are struggling. Shakhtar meet Real on the back of defeat to Cadiz, but Castro can't believe his opposite number Zinedine Zidane is under pressure. He told Marca: "Criticising Zidane ... Football is very ungrateful, very ungrateful. How can you criticise Zidane?! "He is a coach with a lot of charisma, a very good coach, who has won everything. What are we talking about? He comes from winning LaLiga, he has won the Champions League, he was first until this week ...And look at the rest of the team. "Klopp's Liverpool, does not go first and they have conceded seven. The City, the same. All the greats go through difficulties at the beginning of this season. We are in a very difficult mom...
Zidane’s son Enzo set to join African giants Wydad Casablanca
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Zidane’s son Enzo set to join African giants Wydad Casablanca

The 25-year-old midfielder looks poised continue his development with the Stade Mohammed V outfit Enzo Zidane, the eldest son of Real Madrid legend and manager Zinedine Zidane, is hoping to join Botola Pro 1 side Wydad Casablanca, according to his agent Roberto Carlos. The midfielder played for Juventus, Liceo Frances, San Jose before joining the Blancos youth team in 2004 and spent 10 years in the academy. Zidane featured for Real Madrid teams C and B, before he made his first-team debut in 2016 in a Copa del Rey clash against Cultural Leonesa.
Real Madrid Rejected Chance To Sign Dele Alli
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Real Madrid Rejected Chance To Sign Dele Alli

Zinedine Zidane rejected the chance to bring Dele Alli in on loan as part of the deal to take Gareth Bale back to Tottenham because of comments the player made in 2017, according to reports in Spain. With Bale on the verge of completing his stunning return to White Hart Lane, it is reported that Alli was offered up to Real Madrid in a bid to supplement the Welshman’s mammoth £500,000-a-week wages. However, according to repoters, Zidane vetoed the move after he was left furious by Alli’s comments in 2017 that he ‘should’ve scored a hat-trick’ in Spurs’ 3-1 win over Real in the Champions League. The 24-year-old bagged a brace in the impressive group-stage win for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, which saw Tottenham conquer the reigning European champions at Wembley. After the match, A...
James: Real Madrid have blocked me from leaving
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James: Real Madrid have blocked me from leaving

James Rodriguez admits he's been blocked from leaving Real Madrid. The Colombian struggled for minutes in the past campaign and has now reflected on what happened. "Not playing is frustrating," he explained in an interview on Daniel Habif's podcast. "I know I have the conditions to always play, but because of other people I can't do it. "If I were a bad footballer then I would accept it, but I'm a person who will always want to win and compete." When pushed on his relationship with Zinedine Zidane, the Colombian gave an indicator into his feelings. "He has his own tastes for some players and you have to respect that, I don't get involved with things like that," he added. "When you see that you don't have the same opportunities as your teammates, it's difficult. ...
Man City vs Real Madrid: Zidane Explains Why he Dropped Bale From Champions League Clash
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Man City vs Real Madrid: Zidane Explains Why he Dropped Bale From Champions League Clash

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has explained why he dropped winger, Gareth Bale, from his side’s Champions League round of 16 second-leg squad to face Manchester City on Friday night at Etihad Stadium. DAILY POST had earlier reported that Zidane omitted Bale from Real Madrid’s 24-man squad to tackle Pep Guardiola’s men. But Zidane is now saying that he excluded Bale from the Los Blancos squad because the former Tottenham Hotspur star “didn’t want to play”. Asked why he omitted the Welsh international, Zidane said as quoted by Sky Sports: “It was a personal conversation I had with him. “He preferred not to play. The rest remains between him and me, but he said he didn’t want to.”Real Madrid head to the game following a 2-1 defeat to Man City in the first-le...
Man City vs Real Madrid: Zidane’s Squad for Champions League Clash Confirmed
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Man City vs Real Madrid: Zidane’s Squad for Champions League Clash Confirmed

Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, has released a 24-man squad to tackle Manchester City in Friday’s Champions League round of 16 second-leg fixture at the Etihad Stadium. Zidane excluded forward, Gareth Bale in the squad to face Pep Guardiola’s men. The Frenchman announced the list in a post through the club’s official website. Zidane’s men head to the game after losing 2-1 in the first-leg encounter a few months ago. Real Madrid squad against Man City: Goalkeeper: Courtois, Areola and Altube. Defenders: Carvajal, Militão, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Mendy and Javi Hernández. Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde and Isco. Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Lucas Vázquez, Jović, Asensio, Brahim, Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo. The match is scheduled for 8 pm. ...
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 prove we’re good in every game’ – Zidane defends La Liga leaders amid repetitive debate
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‘Real Madrid prove we’re good in every game’ – Zidane defends La Liga leaders amid repetitive debate

The Spanish giants are top of the league as the campaign nears its end but their quality is still regularly called into question Zinedine Zidane is on the cusp of leading Real Madrid to a 34th La Liga title, but the head coach continues to be plagued by the question of whether his team are anything special. Two wins from their remaining three games over the coming week would be enough to clinch another Spanish league success, with Granada first up on Monday evening. Madrid have been ruthless since the resumption, winning all eight games and conceding just two goals over that stretch.
‘Bale doesn’t seem to care at Real Madrid’ – Zidane has ‘ruled out’ Welshman, says Valdano
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‘Bale doesn’t seem to care at Real Madrid’ – Zidane has ‘ruled out’ Welshman, says Valdano

The former Blancos player, coach and director believes that a much-maligned forward is now firmly frozen out at Santiago Bernabeu Gareth Bale “does not seem to care” that he is out of favour at Real Madrid, claims Jorge Valdano, with Zinedine Zidane considered to have “ruled out” the Welshman for the foreseeable future. This is not the first time that Bale has slipped down the pecking order under an iconic French coach. He has previously come back into contention, with Real reluctant to leave a big-money asset stuck in the shadows.
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...
Zidane Releases Real Madrid Squad to Face Real Sociedad
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Zidane Releases Real Madrid Squad to Face Real Sociedad

Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane has released a 23-man squad to tackle Real Sociedad in tonight’s La Liga fixture at the Reale Arena Stadium. Zidane announced the list in a post via the club’s official website on Saturday night. Zidane’s men head to the game following a 3-0 victory against Valencia in their last La Liga encounter on Thursday. Real Madrid squad against Sociedad: Goalkeepers: Courtois, Areola, Altube. Defenders: Carvajal, Militão, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Mendy, Javi Hernández. Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, James. Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Bale, Asensio, Brahim, Mariano, Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo. The kick-off for the match is 9 pm, Nigerian time.
Zidane Lauds Eden Hazard Impact On Real Madrid Victory Over Eibar
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Zidane Lauds Eden Hazard Impact On Real Madrid Victory Over Eibar

Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane says he’s satisfied and delighted with contributions of winger Eden Hazard in Real Madrid resounding victory over Eibar on Sunday. Zidane said the Belgian winger suffer injury scare but he’s fine and will be ready for the next league meeting with Valencia at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Hazard was initially expected not to return to action this season after the former Chelsea winger went under the knife for his fractured ankle, however, the suspension of the campaign due to coronavirus pandemic allowed him to recover again. Hazard played for 60 minutes on his return to competitive football and assisted captain Sergio Ramos to make it 2-0 before being replaced with Vinicius Junior. “We knew Hazard would probably lack a little sharpness if...
James needs to be patient; Zidane respects him’ – Roberto Carlos hoping Colombian remains at Real Madrid
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James needs to be patient; Zidane respects him’ – Roberto Carlos hoping Colombian remains at Real Madrid

The legendary former Blancos defender remains a big fan of a fellow South American and believes he will get regular game time in Spain Roberto Carlos has urged James Rodriguez to be patient at Real Madrid, with the Colombian told that Zinedine Zidane “has a lot of respect” for him despite a lack of game time sparking further rounds of transfer talk. The South American playmaker returned to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2019 after completing a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich. Having impressed in Germany, the expectation was that James would be welcomed back into the fold by the Blancos.
Zidane’s message is enjoyment’ – Real Madrid ready to hit the ground running, insists Benzema
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Zidane’s message is enjoyment’ – Real Madrid ready to hit the ground running, insists Benzema

The Liga season will resume on June 14 and the French manager has masterminded a joyful mood in training, according to his top striker Karim Benzema is convinced Real Madrid will hit the ground running when they resume their La Liga campaign, highlighting Zinedine Zidane's emphasis on "enjoyment" following the coronavirus-enforced hiatus. After a three-month suspension to the season due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Madrid will return to the pitch on June 14 when they host Eibar. La Liga has been allowed to recommence behind closed doors thanks to the threat of the virus decreasing, and Madrid look set to push Barcelona all the way in the title race.
Winning trophies is in Real Madrid’s DNA’ – Zidane warns Barcelona of strong La Liga title challenge
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Winning trophies is in Real Madrid’s DNA’ – Zidane warns Barcelona of strong La Liga title challenge

After leading the team's return to training, Zinedine Zidane hopes to make a fight of this season's La Liga title race Zinedine Zidane is determined to finish the season with silverware after Real Madrid returned to group training this week. The Madrid head coach has led sessions at Valdebebas this week, with players able to resume group workouts in small numbers. It is hoped the 2019-20 La Liga season, which was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be able to get back underway next month, with president Javier Tebas aiming for a June 12 return.
Hazard, Ramos, Bale, Modric And Others Resume Training For Real Madrid
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Hazard, Ramos, Bale, Modric And Others Resume Training For Real Madrid

Real Madrid Stars returned to training early this week. The Real Madrid players took part in individual training sessions at the club's Valdebebas training complex on Monday It's been reported that the Players have been allowed back into Real Madrid's Valdebebas training complex to do individual exercises after two months break due to coronavirus outbreak. The players were divided into two groups on different shifts. Eden Hazard who was initially ruled out of the season after having an operation on his ankle on March 5 but due to the temporary suspension of football in Europe, the Belgian is back in training. Hazard is on course to feature for Los Blancos should La Liga return in June 12th just like the president Javier Tebas Real Madrid fitness coach, Gregory Dupont led th...
Premier League would be great destination for James’ – Cordoba wants move for Real Madrid star
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Premier League would be great destination for James’ – Cordoba wants move for Real Madrid star

The former Inter defender believes the fellow Colombian deserves more opportunities than he is getting at present, with England a good fit for him James Rodriguez has been told that the Premier League would be “a great destination” for him, with Ivan Cordoba aware of the need for his fellow Colombian to find a way out of Real Madrid. The 28-year-old playmaker was welcomed back into the fold at Santiago Bernabeu during the summer of 2019 after taking in a two-year loan at German giants Bayern Munich. His creative qualities have never been in doubt, but Zinedine Zidane has offered the South American just 13 appearances in the current campaign.
Bologna’s Barrow looking to emulate Real Madrid legend Zidane
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Bologna’s Barrow looking to emulate Real Madrid legend Zidane

The Gambian forward has cited the legendary French man as his idol Bologna forward Musa Barrow has stated that he wants to get to reach the upper echelons of the game in the same way as current Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane did in his playing career, referring to the French legend as his idol. Considered one of the greatest players to grace the game, the 47-year-old was fondly remembered for his time at Real Madrid, where his sublime volleyed winner in the 2-1 victory in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen won Los Blancos a ninth European elite title. Zidane was also famous for his exploits with the French national team, winning the 1998 World Cup on home soil after scoring a brace in the 3-0 victory over Brazil, and triumphing at Euro 2000. He then later ...
Suker expects Modric to play at Euro 2021 & praises UEFA for moving competition
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Suker expects Modric to play at Euro 2021 & praises UEFA for moving competition

The Real Madrid midfielder will be 35 by the time the tournament comes around but the nation's all-time top scorer is sure he'll be ready to feature Davor Suker has expressed his confidence that Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric will still lead Croatia out at the European Championship next summer, despite the fact he'll be close to his 36th birthday. The former Tottenham star skippered his country to the World Cup final back in 2018, with his performances seeing him claim the Ballon d'Or that year - the first player other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to win the award since 2007. The 34-year-old has seen his game time limited at Madrid in the 2019-20 season, making 14 starts in La Liga as Zinedine Zidane seeks to rotate him with the likes of Toni Kroos and Federico Valver...
Cicinho reveals Perez’s last-ditch attempt to keep Zidane at Real Madrid
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Cicinho reveals Perez’s last-ditch attempt to keep Zidane at Real Madrid

Fans, team-mates and club officials did not want to see the icon retire, so much so that the Blancos supremo was ready to bust out the cheque book Former Real Madrid right-back Cicinho has revealed that club president Florentino Perez essentially offered Zinedine Zidane a blank cheque to prevent him from retiring back in 2006, with the incident having happened in the dressing room after Zizou's final club match. Los Blancos played out a 3-3 draw with Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu in Zidane's last game, the iconic midfielder having struggled to hold back the tears as he waved goodbye to fans in the Spanish capital. Zidane, who was 34 at the time, actually had one year left to run on his contract but had made the decision to call time on his club career ahead of the 2006 World C...
There is no reason to wait’ – Zidane should try to lure Pogba to Madrid this summer, says Dugarry
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There is no reason to wait’ – Zidane should try to lure Pogba to Madrid this summer, says Dugarry

The Blancos head coach has been advised to make a move for the Manchester United midfielder when the transfer market reopens Former France international Christophe Dugarry has expressed his belief that Zinedine Zidane should attempt to lure Paul Pogba to Real Madrid this summer, insisting there is "no reason to wait another year". Pogba has endured a hugely frustrating 2019-20 campaign at Manchester United, with a persistent ankle injury significantly limiting his contribution on the pitch. The 27-year-old has only featured in eight matches in all competitions, and it has been suggested that the Red Devils could cash in on a prized asset before he becomes a free agent next year. Since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016, Pogba has seen his commitment to United's cause...
Beckham in talks with Real Madrid to bring James Rodriguez to Inter Miami
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Beckham in talks with Real Madrid to bring James Rodriguez to Inter Miami

It is understood that the hierarchy at the Santiago Bernabeu is open to selling the player this summer rather than losing him on a free next year Inter Miami owner David Beckham has been in contact with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to explore the possibility of signing James Rodriguez for his new Major League Soccer franchise, Goal has learned . Beckham shares a strong relationship with Perez, with the Blancos supremo having brought the former England captain to the Santiago Bernabeu as one of his 'Galactico' signings when securing his signature from Manchester United in 2003. Indeed, it is understood that Perez is willing to negotiate for Colombia international James, keeping the door open for the sale of a player who has barely featured under the stewardship of Zinedine ...
The Games That Defined Modern Football: Man Utd 4-3 Real Madrid (2003)
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The Games That Defined Modern Football: Man Utd 4-3 Real Madrid (2003)

The Russian didn't grow up a football fan but he was so enamoured by what he saw at Old Trafford that he decided to invest in a London club Shortly after John Terry, in full Chelsea kit, lifted the European Cup at the Allianz Arena in 2012, Didier Drogba snatched the trophy out of the crowd and handed it over to the man stood sheepishly on the edge of the throng. Roman Abramovich, his obsession finally realised, received a cheer almost as loud as the one that greeted Drogba's winning spot-kick. To think, none of it would have happened had it not been for one barmy night at Old Trafford nine years earlier. Seven goals, a Ronaldo hat-trick, a failed comeback, and dazzling end-to-end football played out by Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, David Beckham, and Ruud van Nistlerooy: Mancheste...
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Real Madrid coach Zidane delighted as Alaba pulls out of Bayern Munich talks

David Alaba has pulled out of new contract talks with Bayern Munich. The Austria international, reports BILD, has ended negotiations over a new deal as he considers his options. Real Madrid and Barcelona are both keen - and Alaba is open to a move to LaLiga. Real coach Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of Alaba and has been encouraged by the Austrian's decision to stall new contract talks. However, the stumbling block could be Alaba's personal demands, with it suggested his terms and also Bayern's asking price could prove too rich for Real which are planning a big spending summer.
‘James Rodriguez could easily fit in at Man Utd’ – Asprilla urges Real Madrid star to head for England
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‘James Rodriguez could easily fit in at Man Utd’ – Asprilla urges Real Madrid star to head for England

The legendary Colombian, who spent time in the Premier League with Newcastle during his playing days, is offering a fellow countryman transfer advice James Rodriguez “could easily fit” into the Manchester United side and should be considering a move to Old Trafford from Real Madrid, says Faustino Asprilla. The Colombia international has endured a frustrating 2019-20 campaign at Santiago Bernabeu which has delivered just 13 competitive appearances. Returning to the Spanish capital after a two-year loan at German giants Bayern Munich, the 28-year-old was expected to find it tough breaking back into Zinedine Zidane’s plans. That has proved to be the case and another change of scenery is now being mooted for the South American.
Real Madrid players shocked by fuming Zizou
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Real Madrid players shocked by fuming Zizou

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is angry with his players this week. El Chiringuito says Zidane is upset with leaks about a video conference reaching the press. The Frenchman had organised a group chat to bring the squad together as the players continue in self-isolation at their respective homes. But with news of the conference reaching the local Madrid press, Zidane has blown a fuse. Zidane is extremely strict with leaks to the press - and the anger he showed the players was absolutely red hot. It was not a simple rebuke, but rather a show of anger that took several of his squad aback
Arsenal sale on as Aubameyang ‘wants to quit this summer’
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Arsenal sale on as Aubameyang ‘wants to quit this summer’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ready to leave Arsenal this summer. Sport says Aubameyang "wants to quit this summer" with Real Madrid and Barcelona considering moves for the striker. The 30-year-old Gabon international is yet to sign a new deal at the Emirates and with only a year left on the striker's contract, his long-term future with the Gunners is in serious doubt. Aubameyang is yet to get a taste of the Champions League since his move to the Emirates and the Gunners striker has asked to leave this summer, having refused to renew his current deal. Real Madrid have been heavily linked with the star and boss Zinedine Zidane is looking to fill the void left behind by Cristiano Ronaldo since his switch to Juventus two years ago
Real Madrid ready to rival Barcelona for Tottenham midfielder Ndombele
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Real Madrid ready to rival Barcelona for Tottenham midfielder Ndombele

Real Madrid are joining the race for unsettled Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. In recent weeks, Ndombele has emerged as a target for Barcelona. The Catalans have been informed they can buy Ndombele for the €65m Spurs paid Lyon for the midfielder last summer. However, they'll face competition from Real Madrid, reports Okdiario, where coach Zinedine Zidane is a fan. Zidane is seeking competition for Casemiro at the heart of his midfield and believes Ndombele fits the bill
Ex-Juventus chief Moggi recalls selling Zidane to Real Madrid
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Ex-Juventus chief Moggi recalls selling Zidane to Real Madrid

Former Juventus chief Luciano Moggi has spoken of selling Zinedine Zidane to Real Madrid. Recalling the move in 2001, Moggi explained how he tried to put a halt to the transfer. "I took Zidane out of the dressing room after a game against Atalanta, when he was pressuring us to go to Spain, and I told him to tell Florentino Perez that I wouldn't let him leave," he told Juventibus. "Florentino understood that to have him he would have to pay an amount of money that he wasn't thinking about." Zidane's pressure worked in the end, though, and on July 9, 2001, he was presented as a Real Madrid player. He cost 11,500 million pesetas (75 million euros) to become the world's record signing, but would prove to be a good investment.
Pogba’s Agent Hints at Real Madrid Move
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Pogba’s Agent Hints at Real Madrid Move

Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has admitted he is eager to take “a big player” to Real Madrid. In an interview with Marca, Raiola once again cast doubt over Pogba’s future at Manchester United. “One day I hope to bring a great champion to Real. At the moment, I have [PSG keeper Alphonse] Areola, but it’s on loan. “This summer I would like to bring a big player to Madrid on a permanent deal. It would be a pride for me and for all my players, because Real are a great side,” he said. It is believed that Real manager, Zinedine Zidane, remains a big fan of his compatriot. There have been suggestions that Pogba could yet remain at Old Trafford, following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. But Raiola’s latest comments has thrown up the W...
Zidane Reveals Why Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Man City, Makes a Vow Ahead of Second leg
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Zidane Reveals Why Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Man City, Makes a Vow Ahead of Second leg

Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane has said that he and his team are upset because they don’t deserve the 2-1 home loss to Manchester City in their Champions League round of 16 first leg tie on Wednesday. Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press at the Santiago Bernabéu after Gabriel Jesus and Kelvin De Bruyne scored to give Pep Guardiola’s side the advantage going into the second leg at Etihad. Zidane also blamed some errors leading to the goals for the defeat, as Real Madrid gave away their lead having been in front through Isco’s earlier strike. “With the game we played, and the good football, it is tough to lose like this again. We are all upset because we played well until the final ten minutes then it all changed,” the Frenchman was quoted by Real Madrid official website. He...
Hazard Excluded as Zidane Names Champions League Squad Againts Manchester United
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Hazard Excluded as Zidane Names Champions League Squad Againts Manchester United

Real Madrid have released their squad to tackle Manchester City in tonight’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg fixture. Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has named a 19-man squad to tackle Pep Guardiola’s side at the Santiago Bernabéu in a post on their official website on Tuesday night and excluded forward, Eden Hazard from the list. DAILY POST had reported that Hazard limped off in the second half of Real Madrid’s La Liga 1-0 defeat to Levante on Saturday. Zidane’s men head to the game following a 1-0 defeat against Levante in the La Liga in their last encounter, while Man City defeated Leicester City 1-0 in the Premier League. Real Madrid and Man City have met four times in the Champions League, between 2012 and 2016. The Los Blancos won two and drew two...
Zidane Reacts as Real Madrid Lose at Levante, Drop to Second Place
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Zidane Reacts as Real Madrid Lose at Levante, Drop to Second Place

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has lamented his side’s form after a 1-0 defeat at Levante on Saturday. The loss means Los Blancos have dropped five points within a week and are now two points behind leaders Barcelona. Jose Morales’ second half goal proved to be the difference between the two sides at Ciutat de Valencia. “We failed at the most important thing in football and that’s to score. It’s screwed up because in a week we’ve dropped five points, but this is football. “We didn’t deserve that today. We went from more to less. They made their shots count. We can’t look back now. “My players gave everything and I’m annoyed. Losing five points in two games is a bad moment for us. We’re playing for everything this week. We’ve got to keep our heads up. We’ve had goo...
Real Madrid Announce Squad for Levante Clash
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Real Madrid Announce Squad for Levante Clash

Real Madrid has announced their squad to tackle Levante in tonight’s La Liga fixture at the Ciudad de Valencia. Real Madrid head coach, Zinedine Zidane, has named a 19-man squad to face the host in a post through the club’s official website on Friday night. Zidane’s side head to the match following a 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo in their last La Liga tie. Real Madrid squad against Levante: Hazard, Benzema, Lucas Vázquez, Vinicius, Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, James, Isco, Carvajal, Militão, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Mendy, Courtois, Areola, Altube. The game is schedule for 9 pm, Nigerian time.
Zidane Remains Coy on Real Madrid’s Move for Raheem Sterling
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Zidane Remains Coy on Real Madrid’s Move for Raheem Sterling

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has hailed Raheem Sterling as a good player, but refused to speak about a possible move for the Manchester City forward. Sterling had described Los Blancos as “a fantastic club” and hinted he would be willing to join the Spanish giants. With City facing a two-year ban from European competitions, the England international’s future has become uncertain. Zidane admits he is an admirer of Sterling, but is unwilling to fuel speculations. “I can’t talk about a player who isn’t mine,” he told reporters on Friday. “He’s a very good player, no doubt about that.” Madrid face Levante in LaLiga on Saturday, before playing City in the Champions League next week.
Zidane Reacts to Real Madrid’s 2-2 Draw with Celta Vigo, Speaks on Hazard’s Performance
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Zidane Reacts to Real Madrid’s 2-2 Draw with Celta Vigo, Speaks on Hazard’s Performance

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has expressed his disappointment following their 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Sunday. Zidane also expressed his delight at Eden Hazard’s return from injury. Fedor Smolov gave the visitors an early lead, before Toni Kroos made it 1-1 after the break. Hazard won the penalty that Sergio Ramos converted, but Celta netted a late equalizer, to ensure the points are shared. “We made a great effort [after conceding early] but we’ve lost 2 points tonight at home. “Changes can be discussed after the game. [Gareth] Bale was good today while we had planned to let Hazard play for quite a few minutes. “I’m very happy with the return of Hazard, that he’s back with us, he’s played 70 minutes very well. Celta is a great team that doesn’t deserve to...