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Spain’s Rodri: ‘Luckily it now seems like we’re moving forward’ | Sid Lowe

Midfielder on Spain’s Covid disruption, handling comparison with Busquets and working on his business degree under lockdownRodrigo Hernández is fine, thanks. Sometimes the most basic question is the most important, and this feels like another of those …

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Carlo Ancelotti praises Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard at Real Madrid unveiling

Reappointed manager plays down likelihood of major changeAncelotti says he had ‘zero doubt’ about returning to clubWhen the sixth question was asked at his presentation and another familiar journalist’s face appeared on the screen in front of him, Carl…

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Carlo Ancelotti praises Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard at Real Madrid unveiling

Reappointed manager plays down likelihood of major changeAncelotti says he had ‘zero doubt’ about returning to clubWhen the sixth question was asked at his presentation and another familiar journalist’s face appeared on the screen in front of him, Carl…

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Zidane reveals he quit Real Madrid because he felt undermined by club

‘I feel that the club no longer gives me the trust I need’Zidane takes aim at Pérez and says he is not finished as a coachZinedine Zidane walked out on Real Madrid because the club and its president, Florentino Pérez, systematically undermined him, acc…

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Zidane reveals he quit Real Madrid because he felt undermined by club

‘I feel that the club no longer gives me the trust I need’Zidane takes aim at Pérez and says he is not finished as a coachZinedine Zidane walked out on Real Madrid because the club and its president, Florentino Pérez, systematically undermined him, acc…

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Zidane reveals he quit Real Madrid because he felt undermined by club

‘I feel that the club no longer gives me the trust I need’Zidane takes aim at Pérez and says he is not finished as a coachZinedine Zidane walked out on Real Madrid because the club and its president, Florentino Pérez, systematically undermined him, acc…

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Zinedine Zidane’s departure from Real Madrid seems to suit both parties | Sid Lowe

It was the manager’s decision to leave the Santiago Bernabéu and the club have chosen to quickly turn the page“One day I’m in, one day I’m out, then I’m a bit in, then we draw or lose and I’m out again,” Zinedine Zidane said. That was early February an…

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Atlético and Real Madrid gear up for one final chapter in wild La Liga story

This season has taken countless twists and turns, and now the Madrid rivals are both potentially 90 minutes from gloryAll that and it comes to this. After 37 exhausting weeks, a title race full with so many turning points no one knows which way it’s fa…

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Real Madrid left firing blanks as logic is imposed by superior Chelsea | Sid Lowe

It almost felt inevitable that Zinedine Zidane’s battered side would turn it around until Mason Mount sank Europe’s great survivorsThere is a scene in Pulp Fiction where a man bursts from Brett’s bathroom and unloads on Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield…

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Real Madrid are the great survivors, as Chelsea could find to their cost

Club’s capacity to somehow find a way has been exemplified in a season packed with problems that could end with a double Don’t mix and sport and politics, they say, but sport and politics do mix. Just ask Real Madrid, who spent the last few days fearin…

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Real Madrid’s forgotten man Eden Hazard could return to haunt Chelsea | Sid Lowe

Forward has endured an injury nightmare after leaving Chelsea in 2019 but is fit to face his former club in the semi-finalWith 13 minutes left at Valdebebas on Saturday night a man appeared who Chelsea fans will remember fondly and Real Madrid fans may…

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Florentino Pérez: the emperor who wanted more but lost for once | Sid Lowe

The Real Madrid president had been working on the project for three years but it fell apart quickly and is now threatening his legacyThere was a moment during the first and last television appearance Florentino Pérez made as the figurehead of a project…

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Fede Valverde: ‘You go to take a corner and there’s an animal next to you’ | Sid Lowe

The Real Madrid midfielder on how growing up in Uruguay shaped him as a footballer and facing Liverpool in the return leg“And they play in black and blue,” Fede Valverde says, “Everton blue.” The Real Madrid midfielder is laughing now. Last week was no…

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In-form Barça and Real Madrid up for clásico that could decide La Liga

The first Madrid meeting since Joan Laporta returned as Barça president could be Lionel Messi’s final outing in the fixtureHello again. If there was a moment in which Joan Laporta’s return to the presidency of Barcelona started to feel real, it was pro…

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Nacho warns Liverpool history is on Real Madrid’s side despite power shift

Nacho unfazed by their rise since 2018 Champions League final‘Being favourites or not is really not important to us’ “They have won the Champions League and we have lost Cristiano Ronaldo,” Nacho Fernández conceded, but the Real Madrid defender has war…

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Kieran Trippier returns for Atlético in a derby with everything riding on it | Sid Lowe

The full-back returns after his 10-week ban and walks straight into a game at the top of La Liga that neither side dares to lose“Totally unfair” Diego Simeone called it, but it’s over now.When the Football Association handed Kieran Trippier a 10-week b…

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Diego Simeone places faith in Luis Suárez to use his ‘gift’ against Chelsea

Former Liverpool striker is top scorer in La Liga this seasonAtlético manager has no complaints over Bucharest switchA grin crossed Diego Simeone’s face as he thought up the perfect defence of Luis Suárez on the eve of his return to a stage that has re…

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The story behind Barcelona’s disastrous rejection of Luis Suárez

The Uruguayan, at 34, has been sensational for Atlético. Not bad for a free transfer who Barcelona were desperate to get rid of“Madness,” Lionel Messi called it, but even he hadn’t imagined it being this mad.One Friday in September Messi walked into th…

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Real Madrid Women make steps towards creating another rivalry with Barcelona

The start was troublesome – including a 9-1 defeat against Barça – but Real approach this weekend’s game a much improved sideWelcome to the Real world. The first competitive game Real Madrid’s women’s team played ended with a 9-1 defeat against Barcelo…

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‘A varied talent’: can Martin Ødegaard make up for lost time at Arsenal?

Midfielder arrives having had little chance at Real Madrid since they ended his hugely successful loan at Real Sociedad earlyThe last time anyone saw Martin Ødegaard in a Real Madrid shirt he was running up the pitch at the Rosaleda, alone. Madrid had …