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Barcelona vs Sevilla - Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde ready for Sevilla test

Posted Sunday, October 06, 2019 by PA

Ernesto Valverde has talked up the importance of Barcelona’s game at home to Sevilla in LaLiga on Sunday.Ahead of the upcoming international break, the Catalonia club have 13 points from seven games and trail Real Madrid by five with the leaders having played a game more.Sevilla have the same total as Barca and will provide them with stiff opposition at the Nou Camp given their positive st...Full Story »

Zidane says under-fire Real Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois is not undroppable

Posted Friday, October 04, 2019 by PA

Real Madrid have dismissed claims that Thibaut Courtois suffered an anxiety attack in the midweek draw against Club Brugge, but manager Zinedine Zidane admits the former Chelsea goalkeeper is not “undroppable” after a poor run of form.Courtois was substituted at half-time of Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw at the Bernabeu after conceding twice.It has since been reported tha...Full Story »

Getafe vs Barcelona - Valverde unsure when Messi will return for Barcelona

Posted Saturday, September 28, 2019 by PA

Ernesto Valverde admits he does not know how long Barcelona will be without Lionel Messi as the champions look to end their poor away form at Getafe this weekend.Messi, Barca’s all-time record goalscorer, was withdrawn at half-time of Tuesday’s 2-1  win over Villarreal at the Nou Camp due to an adductor injury.The Argentina forward had just returned to full fitness from a calf p...Full Story »

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid - Real Madrid boss Zidane confident Hazard will prove his worth

Posted Saturday, September 28, 2019 by PA

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has backed Eden Hazard to rise to the challenge if called upon in the derby against Atletico.Los Blancos head to the Wanda Metropolitano top of LaLiga, having produced a response to their 3-0 Champions League defeat at Paris St Germain with successive wins.Belgium playmaker Hazard has yet to make a major statement during his cameo roles so far after regaining fi...Full Story »

Zinedine Zidane wants to see commitment from Real Madrid players

Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by PA

Zinedine Zidane has called on his Real Madrid players to reproduce the desire and commitment that saw them beat Sevilla last time out when they face Osasuna at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.After a 3-0 defeat to Paris St Germain last week, Real bounced back at the weekend with a 1-0 win over in-form Sevilla to move to second in the league after five matches.The 47-year-old said he wanted his side to...Full Story »

Valverde: Crisis talk comes quickly – the only way to stop it is to win

Posted Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by PA

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is targeting a maximum points haul from this week’s two LaLiga matches to ignite their stuttering title defence and nip any murmurings of crisis in the bud.Barca head into fixtures against Villarreal and Getafe having picked up just seven points from a possible 15 so far – their worst start to a season in 25 years.The Catalan giants’ proble...Full Story »

Sevilla vs Real Madrid - Zidane dismisses reports his future at Real Madrid is uncertain

Posted Saturday, September 21, 2019 by PA

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has dismissed questions over his future as the pressure on him ramps up ahead of Sunday’s LaLiga clash with table-topping Sevilla. The midweek 3-0 defeat by Paris St Germain in the Champions League has led to reports Zidane could be on his way out only six months after returning to the club he guided to three European crowns in his previous spell. Specu...Full Story »

Granada vs Barcelona - Valverde demands Barca solve their travelling woes

Posted Saturday, September 21, 2019 by PA

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde knows his side can ill afford to let their away struggles continue for much longer, but accepts Granada will give them no helping hand this weekend.The defending champions have won both home matches this season 5-2, brushing aside the challenges of Real Betis and Valencia with ease, but have found life on the road less comfortable.They have won just two of th...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Valencia - Barca won't rush Messi back from calf injury

Posted Saturday, September 14, 2019 by PA

Ernesto Valverde insists he will not rush Lionel Messi back before he is ready as Barcelona face up to the prospect of being without their talisman for another week.Messi has yet to play this campaign after suffering a calf strain during pre-season and is definitely sidelined for Saturday’s visit of Valencia and may also miss Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Borussia Dortmun...Full Story »

Real Madrid vs Levante - Zidane says Real Madrid cannot dwell on Modric injury

Posted Friday, September 13, 2019 by PA

Zinedine Zidane admits there is not much Real Madrid can do but press on without Luka Modric after the midfielder suffered an injury over the international break. The Croatian has been diagnosed with a thigh adductor muscle problem suffered while away, having played in both Euro 2020 qualifiers and scoring during the 1-1 draw in Azerbaijan. No time-frame has yet been given for Modric’s...Full Story »

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