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Barcelona begin life under new coach Setien against Granada

Posted Saturday, January 18, 2020 by PA

Quique Setien will take charge of Barcelona for the first time when they host Granada on Sunday night.The 61-year-old is in the unusual position of taking over a side top of the table at the mid-point of the season, having been named as the replacement for Ernesto Valverde who was shown the door after a disappointing December which allowed Real Madrid to move level on goal difference.“I se...Full Story »

Zinedine Zidane expects Barcelona to be the Real deal under Quique Setien

Posted Friday, January 17, 2020 by PA

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane expects Barcelona to be just as competitive under new boss Quique Setien – and accepts working in the spotlight is all part of the job.Despite Barcelona being top of LaLiga, the Catalan club announced on Monday evening that Ernesto Valverde had been sacked and replaced by Setien.Former Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol boss Valverde had guided Barca to LaL...Full Story »

Espanyol vs Barca - Valverde set to give Stegen extended break to recover from tendon problems

Posted Saturday, January 04, 2020 by PA

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde is set to take Marc-Andre Ter Stegen out of the firing line after revealing his goalkeeper has been playing despite a knee injury.Ter Stegen is expected to miss the derby clash at Espanyol on Saturday and next week’s Supercopa de Espana against Atletico Madrid in Saudi Arabia due to a tendon problem.Valverde said at his pre-match press conference on Fr...Full Story »

Getafe vs Real Madrid - Hazard to miss Spanish Super Cup – Zidane

Posted Friday, January 03, 2020 by PA

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed injured forward Eden Hazard will miss the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.Hazard has not featured for Real since suffering an ankle problem on November 26 in a Champions League match against Paris St Germain.The 28-year-old Belgium international will not travel to next week’s four-team tournament in the Middle East in order to continue hi...Full Story »

Zinedine Zidane talks up Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

Posted Saturday, December 21, 2019 by PA

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has hailed Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola as “the best coach in the world”.Zidane’s words of praise follow the Champions League draw earlier this week that pitted Real against City, with the first leg of the last-16 tie to be played at the Bernabeu in late February.It is a repeat of the 2016 semi-final that Zidane’s Real won ...Full Story »

Valverde looks to new year as Barcelona prepare to end 2019 at home to Alaves

Posted Saturday, December 21, 2019 by PA

Ernesto Valverde has challenged Barcelona to again take their game to another level next year.The Blaugrana will play their final LaLiga match of 2019 at home to Alaves on Saturday, looking to stay ahead of rivals Real Madrid.The much-anticipated El Clasico ended goalless on Wednesday night – a first 0-0 in the fixture since 2002 – as both sides missed the opportunity to pull clear a...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Real Madrid - Zinedine Zidane plays down El Clasico security concerns

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by PA

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will not let an unusual build-up to El Clasico at Barcelona affect his side.Madrid and their fierce rivals Barca will travel to the Nou Camp from the same hotel two hours before kick-off amid security concerns.Wednesday’s LaLiga game was originally supposed to be played in October but it was postponed due to safety fears surrounding the violent protest...Full Story »

Valencia vs Real Madrid - Zidane keen for Real Madrid to focus on Valencia

Posted Saturday, December 14, 2019 by PA

Zinedine Zidane pushed aside all talk of next week’s match against Barcelona and insisted Real Madrid were ready to put in a strong performance at Valencia to keep pace at the top of LaLiga. Real face rivals Barca in El Clasico on Wednesday night but Zidane was adamant they are fully focused on Sunday’s Mestalla clash first as they look to extend their winning streak in the league...Full Story »

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona - Valverde knows importance of Sociedad clash

Posted Saturday, December 14, 2019 by PA

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde maintains winning at in-form Real Sociedad will be just as important as getting the better of Real Madrid in El Clasico.The LaLiga leaders travel to San Sebastian aiming to keep themselves in front of Los Blancos ahead of their showdown at the Nou Camp on December 18.Valverde, though, insists focus must be on first getting the required result at the Reale Arena a...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Mallorca - Barcelona boss Valverde plays down Messi retirement talk

Posted Saturday, December 07, 2019 by PA

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has dismissed talk of Lionel Messi retiring any time soon.Messi hinted he might be contemplating hanging up his boots in the near future by saying ‘the moment of withdrawal is approaching’ after collecting a sixth Ballon d’Or earlier this week.However, Valverde does not see the record-breaking 32-year-old, who has scored 614 goals in 701 appeara...Full Story »

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