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Atlético Madrid and Espanyol join Barcelona in cutting wages

More La Liga clubs expected to follow suit in coming daysSpanish top division staging online charity concertCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageEspanyol and Atlético Madrid have followed Barcelona in announcing that they will…

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Lorenzo Sanz: the man who recovered the European Cup for Real Madrid

The former president, who died of coronavirus at the weekend, said he would always have that night in Amsterdam in 1998 but two years later he was outNot long after the 1998 European Cup final, Real Madrid’s president Lorenzo Sanz took a copy of the sp…

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La Liga switches to consoles to keep players busy amid Covid-19 shutdown

Players from each La Liga club – including Marco Asensio and Sergi Roberto – are to compete on PlayStation in a fundraiserCoronavirus – latest updatesThe president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, is convinced the competition can be completed by 30 June. If n…

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Spanish FA head attacks ‘irresponsible’ La Liga plan to test all players

Luis Rubiales: ‘There are patients with much more at stake’RFEF chief also rejects 30 June cut-off point for seasonCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageThe president of the Spanish football federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, ha…

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‘You don’t explain this, you live it’: Spanish press on Atlético’s victory

Journalists unravel an Anfield night where Liverpool’s play meant ‘they were pulling the white sheet over Atlético’s face’“Suffering: that’s the slogan of Atlético Madrid,” João Félix said when at last it was all over, everyone still trying to work out…

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Rubi’s Real Betis melodrama keeps rolling after victory over Real Madrid | Sid Lowe

The Betis manager endured an emotional rollercoaster on the way to a sensational win that eases pressure on himThere’s something brilliantly bonkers about Betis, the football club that melodrama makes its own, and Sunday night that was them distilled i…

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Vinícius silences the ridicule to spark Madrid storm and blow Barça away | Sid Lowe

The dazzling but flawed Brazilian teenager ended his latest goal drought to resurrect Real Madrid and blow Barça awayFirst Casemiro told Vinícius Júnior where to go, then Toni Kroos showed him. And so, as it turned out, did Gerard Piqué although that w…

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Vinícius silences the ridicule to spark Madrid storm and blow Barça away | Sid Lowe

The dazzling but flawed Brazilian teenager ended his latest goal drought to resurrect Real Madrid and blow Barça awayFirst Casemiro told Vinícius Júnior where to go, then Toni Kroos showed him. And so, as it turned out, did Gerard Piqué although that w…

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Real Madrid face ‘hour of truth’ in clásico after Manchester City defeat | Sid Lowe

Zinedine Zidane knows his side must improve after a poor league run and European loss but nor are Barcelona in great fettlerThe Manchester City fans high in the north-east stand of the Bernabéu who belted out Blue Moon weren’t the only ones who had enj…

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Real Madrid’s reputation for dramatic comebacks is more myth than reality

The remontada has long been part of Real’s identity but recent second-leg Champions League trips suggest it is mere folklore“If there is a team anywhere that can turn this around, it’s them,” Pep Guardiola said. And so, it seemed, did almost everyone e…

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How Real Sociedad thrashed a third-division team 8-0 but won their hearts | Sid Lowe

A December Copa del Rey thrashing for Club Deportivo Becerril ended with an open invite for their fans to visit the Reale Arena. At the weekend, two-thirds of a small town took them up on it At the end of training on Friday night, the players from Club…

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Barcelona’s Braithwaite move shows up inequality of a broken system

Smaller teams can be broken up by another club’s bad luck and bad management, and without the chance to seek a fixBarcelona’s Great Big Striker Chase was so entertaining that they were given a second series. On Monday the club were handed the chance to…

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‘Intense’ Liverpool will have their place in history, says Diego Simeone

Atlético manager gave unprompted praise for RedsSimeone says his side have 50% chance of progressingLiverpool will go down as one of the best teams in history, according to Diego Simeone. One day, the Atlético Madrid manager suggested, Jurgen Klopp’s s…

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Atlético’s Saúl Níguez: ‘We know how we can hurt Liverpool’ | Sid Lowe

Atlético Madrid have not passed a European knockout round since 2017 but, against Liverpool this week, Saúl sees a chance to build a Metropolitano magicAs it circles Madrid to the south, the M30 motorway emerges from the tunnel beneath the city and hea…

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Antoine Griezmann takes Barcelona joint top of La Liga after Getafe struggle

“Sometimes it is good for you to suffer,” Antoine Griezmann said when at last this game came to an end. Barcelona had suffered, that’s for sure; whether that is good for them is another question. At the final whistle Quique Setien’s side had beaten Get…

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Getafe tear Valencia apart and rip up the cliches as they climb ever higher | Sid Lowe

José Bordalás’s side are third after beating a far wealthier rival for a European place to a pulp. What they are doing is absurd“Mission accomplished,” José Bordalás said. It was six o’clock on Saturday 8 February and Getafe’s manager reckoned they had…

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Getafe tear Valencia apart and rip up the cliches as they climb ever higher | Sid Lowe

José Bordalás’s side are third after beating a far wealthier rival for a European place to a pulp. What they are doing is absurd“Mission accomplished,” José Bordalás said. It was six o’clock on Saturday 8 February and Getafe’s manager reckoned they had…

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Barcelona crisis grows as Athletic Bilbao knock them out of Copa del Rey

• Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barcelona• Iñaki Williams’ late goal knocks out Barça after calamitous weekAthletic Bilbao poured fuel on Barcelona’s fire. A late, late goal exposed them once more, eliminated from the Copa del Rey in the week in which their capt…

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Barcelona in meltdown after Lionel Messi hits back at Eric Abidal

• Sporting director had blamed players for Valverde sacking• Messi can leave club in summer thanks to contract clauseBarcelona were plunged into crisis on Tuesday night when the captain Lionel Messi publicly called out the sporting director Eric Abidal…

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Kieran Trippier out of Atlético’s Champions League first leg against Liverpool

England full-back out of last-16 home tie after groin surgeryMadrid club expect defender back for Anfield tieKieran Trippier is expected to miss Atlético Madrid’s Champions League last-16 first-leg meeting at home against Liverpool on 18 February becau…