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Category: Zinedine Zidane

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Clásico conquerors complete Zidane’s latest comeback for Real Madrid | Sid Lowe

Having been well off the pace in January, Real beat Barcelona to briefly return to the top of La Liga on Saturday“I’ve been locked up for two weeks, as if I was in a cage, and I feel like a fight,” Zinedine Zidane said, so he went out and found one. Ha…

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Liverpool’s Klopp says referee treated Mané unfairly in defeat by Real Madrid

Liverpool manager accepts his team did not deserve to win‘That was something personal,’ he adds of referee Felix BrychJürgen Klopp accused German referee Felix Brych of having a personal issue with Sadio Mané but admitted Liverpool had only themselves …

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Zidane does it again as Real Madrid bring their manager back from brink | Sid Lowe

Atlético went into the derby as favourites but after a make-or-break week for Madrid, Zinedine Zidane survived once more A little after 11 on Saturday night, standing by the bench where he began his coaching career against Getafe B, back before the thr…

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Zidane does it again as Real Madrid bring their manager back from brink | Sid Lowe

Atlético went into the derby as favourites but after a make-or-break week for Madrid, Zinedine Zidane survived once more A little after 11 on Saturday night, standing by the bench where he began his coaching career against Getafe B, back before the thr…

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Zidane has shaky grip on Real Madrid job as he enters decisive week | Sid Lowe

Manager appears to be feeling strain and it will be hard for him to continue if his team go out of the Champions League “Yeah, yeah, for sure,” Zinedine Zidane said and then a familiar, knowing smile returned to his face after a few weeks in which it h…

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‘The greatest idol’: football world pays tribute to Diego Maradona – video

The footballing world has paid tribute to Diego Maradona after his death at the age of 60. ‘The amount of joy and pleasure and his commitment for world football. He made world football better,’ said Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Maradona’s for…

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Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa makes Fifa shortlist for men’s manager of the year

Emma Hayes in running for women’s manager awardSon Heung-min and Sophie Ingle shortlisted for best goalThe Leeds manager, Marcelo Bielsa, has surprisingly been named on the five-man shortlist for Fifa men’s coach of the year. World football’s governing…

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‘Things need to change’: Zidane reacts to Real Madrid’s shock defeat to Shakhtar – video

Zinedine Zidane admitted it was ‘a bad match and a bad night’ after his Real Madrid side lost at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League Group B opener on Wednesday. The Ukrainian team had been depleted by coronavirus cases and were playing …

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Manchester City v Real Madrid: Champions League last 16, second leg – live!

Live updates from the 8pm BST kick-offCity lead 2-1 from the first leg in FebruaryZidane’s back-to-basics approach gives Madrid hopeWhy not send your thoughts to Rob on email 7.27pm BST “Why are the two games this evening and tomorrow,being played at t…

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Zinedine Zidane’s back-to-basics approach gives Real Madrid hope against City | Jonathan Wilson

A traditional and unfashionable defence-first style has reaped rewards for the La Liga champions going into their belated Champions League reunion with Manchester CityA long, long time ago Manchester City beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of their …

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Bale’s long goodbye leaves Real with a big bill and only themselves to blame | Sid Lowe

A year since Zinedine Zidane said Gareth Bale should leave the Bernabéu the Welshman is still there, generating confusion“If Gareth Bale leaves tomorrow, so much the better for everyone.” It is a year almost to the day since Zinedine Zidane said that, …

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Zinedine Zidane finds his ultimate fulfilment after Real Madrid’s title | Sid Lowe

The longest season had ended with Madrid’s third league in 12 years, just as the coach had hoped it wouldJust before 11pm on Thursday night, two months after the title race was supposed to finish and a few seconds after it actually had, two men working…

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World Cup questions: what did Zidane’s head-butt in Berlin mean? | Barney Ronay

Using the Fifa archive we rewatch a series of memorable games in search of answers we didn’t find at the time“It was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness” – Albert Camus, the OutsiderThe World Cup final, France v Italy in Berlin’s …

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Invincible Zidane faces ‘hour of truth’ against his old friend Guardiola

Real Madrid’s manager has never lost a Champions League knockout tie but Manchester City’s rarely loses at the Bernabéu “I’m not going to tell you what he told me,” Zinedine Zidane said smiling broadly, a glint in his eye, “but it was very, very intere…

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‘There is a lot of noise over Gareth’: Zidane happy Bale’s back at Real Madrid

• Manager backs Wales forward after criticism over flag• ‘There are a lot of comments outside but I’m not interested’Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has insisted that Gareth Bale remains part of his plans, despite the fallout that followed him cele…

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Real Madrid and evasive Zidane fail to convince after Bernabéu horror show | Sid Lowe

Recovering to draw 2-2 with Club Brugge keeps them alive but the 13-time European champions have problems stacking up, with Thibaut Courtois the latest player under the microscopeZinedine Zidane said the two goals that Real Madrid conceded against Club…

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Zinedine Zidane ready to rely on ‘important’ Gareth Bale for Real Madrid

• Welsh forward set to stay after collapse of Jiangsu Suning deal• Eden Hazard out for several weeks with thigh injuryZinedine Zidane is ready to put his faith in Gareth Bale as the forward suddenly looks set to stay at Real Madrid.Bale was omitted fro…

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Zidane says ‘nothing has changed’ on Bale’s future despite Arsenal goal – video

Zinedine Zidane praised Gareth Bale for a ‘good performance’ after he played a pivotal role in Real Madrid’s penalty shootout win against Arsenal but said ‘nothing has changed’ regarding the Welshman’s future.Bale is thought to be close to be leaving R…

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Zinedine Zidane hits back over Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos set for Arsenal loan

Zidane claims it was Bale’s choice not to play against BayernUnai Emery hints at loan deal for Real midfielder CeballosZinedine Zidane has denied disrespecting Gareth Bale, and claimed the Welsh winger was left out against Bayern Munich because he did …

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‘It’s not personal’: Zinedine Zidane on Gareth Bale’s imminent Real Madrid exit – video

Gareth Bale’s time with Real Madrid could come to an end in a matter of days after manager Zinedine Zidane said the club were working the Welsh international’s transfer to another side.Bale, 30, has won four Champions League titles since joining M…