Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid - Solari wants Real to stay hungry in pursuit of points

Posted Saturday, November 10, 2018 by PA

Interim boss Santiago Solari has called for Real Madrid to stay hungry as they go in search of a fourth straight victory under his stewardship against Celta Vigo. Former Real midfielder Solari holds a 100 per cent record since taking the helm following Julen Lopetegui’s exit last month, with the 5-0 Champions League win against Viktoria Plzen in midweek representing the capital clubR...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Real Betis - Messi returns but Dembele misses out

Posted Saturday, November 10, 2018 by PA

Lionel Messi is back in the Barcelona squad for Sunday’s match against Real Betis, but there is no Ousmane Dembele after reports of disciplinary trouble involving the Frenchman. Messi has missed almost three weeks of action with a fractured arm but was back in training this week and was named in Ernesto Valverde’s 19-man squad for the match against Betis. But Dembele was notable ...Full Story »

Real Madrid vs Valladolid - Indescribable atmosphere at Bernabeu is Real deal for Solari

Posted Saturday, November 03, 2018 by PA

Santiago Solari says he will feel like a fan when he takes charge of Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Saturday.Solari, who played for Madrid for five years between 2000-05, is in temporary charge after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui on Monday and sees his side face Real Valladolid.“You feel a special something when you come to the Bernabéu as a fan,” he said. “I get excite...Full Story »

Rayo Vallecano vs Barca - Valverde: Points from Rayo just as valuable as El Clasico honours

Posted Friday, November 02, 2018 by PA

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde insists a win against Rayo Vallecano would be as significant as the victory in El Clasico. Barca, who beat Real Madrid 5-1 on Sunday, are seeking a fifth straight win in all competitions but will be wary of their next opponents after suffering a loss to similarly placed Leganes in September. Quoted in Marca, the manager said: “The three points that ar...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Real Madrid - Valverde full of respect for Real ahead of El Clasico

Posted Sunday, October 28, 2018 by PA

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde is suitably wary of the danger posed by “wounded” Real Madrid in Sunday’s El Clasico. Real went into the weekend’s fixtures four points adrift of LaLiga leaders Barcelona in seventh place, having picked up only one point from a possible 12 – and their boss Julen Lopetegui is under immense pressure to turn things around. But ...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Sevilla - Valverde plays down Neymar return ‘speculation’

Posted Saturday, October 20, 2018 by PA

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has dismissed reports linking Neymar with a return to the Nou Camp as “speculation” ahead of his side’s LaLiga clash with in-form Sevilla.Valverde’s current problems will tempt many to relish the potential return of the Brazilian who left the club 14 months ago for Paris St Germain in a world-record deal.While Barca go into the game withou...Full Story »

Real Madrid vs Levante - Attacking trio in line to return for misfiring Real

Posted Saturday, October 20, 2018 by PA

Isco, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema could make a welcome return for Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui against Levante on Saturday.Bale missed both of Wales’ matches against Spain and Republic of Ireland during the international break with a groin injury, but could start for Los Blancos in LaLiga.Lopetegui described playmaker Isco as a ‘weapon’ for Los Blancos earlier in week aft...Full Story »

Valencia vs Barcelona - Barca boss Valverde denies falling out with Vidal

Posted Sunday, October 07, 2018 by PA

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has played down suggestions of a rift with midfielder Arturo Vidal ahead of Sunday’s trip to Valencia. Barca enjoyed a 4-2 Champions League win over Tottenham in midweek, a much-needed result after three games without a win. But rather than celebrate, Vidal posted an angry emoji, since deleted, on his Instagram account – with suggestions that an a...Full Story »

Alaves vs Real Madrid - Lopetegui remaining calm as Real look to get back on track

Posted Friday, October 05, 2018 by PA

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui insists he does not fear for his future ahead of his side’s trip to Alaves on Saturday.Lopetegui has come in for some fierce criticism in the wake of the midweek Champions League defeat at CSKA Moscow, which stretched Real’s winless run to three games.But the former Spain boss, who took over in controversial circumstances on the eve of the World Cup,...Full Story »

Ernesto Valverde says Barcelona do not have an attitude problem

Posted Saturday, September 29, 2018 by PA

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has dismissed any questions about his team’s attitude following a shock LaLiga defeat against Leganes.Leganes struck twice in a minute to claim a 2-1 win on Wednesday, although Barcelona remain top of the table ahead of Saturday’s game with Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou.“When you lose then you are open to any kind of criticism,” Valverde...Full Story »

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