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 »

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid - Lopetegui demands reaction from his side in Madrid derby

Posted Friday, September 28, 2018 by PA

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has demanded an instant response from their midweek defeat at Sevilla when his side tackle derby rivals Atletico.Los Blancos missed the chance to make the most of leaders Barcelona’s unxpected loss at Leganes when they went down 3-0 at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday night.There is little chance for the squad – which must do without de...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Girona - Barcelona boss Valverde: It’s too early to talk new terms

Posted Sunday, September 23, 2018 by PA

Ernesto Valverde insists it is too early to discuss a potential renewal of his Barcelona contract. The Barca boss signed a two-year deal when succeeding Luis Enrique in May 2017 and in his first season at the helm he won a LaLiga and Copa del Rey double. The new league campaign is only four games old, with Sunday’s Catalan derby against Girona providing the fifth, and yet rumours persi...Full Story »

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