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Neither Side Can Afford To Lose In Madrid Derby This Weekend

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It is being billed as the wake-up derby, because both Real Madrid and Atletico need to stir from their slumber before the season gets away from them for good.

Barcelona could be 11 points clear of the loser in the Madrid derby, a result that will all but end their title hopes, and we are not even into November.

Tottenham star setting foundations for move to Real Madrid

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Ream Madrid’s hopes of signing Dele Alli have improved after it was revealed that super-agent Jorge Mendes has held formal talks with a member of the Tottenham midfielder’s family.

Mendes, whose clients include Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho, has close links with the Spanish giants who have been closely monitoring Alli’s progress.

Real Madrid slap £85 million price tag on Gareth Bale

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Real Madrid have put Manchester United on high alert after putting an £85 million price tag on Gareth Bale, as per reports from the Daily Mirror.

It is believed that Real have grown increasingly frustrated over Bale’s dismal injury record. The former Tottenham Hotspur star suffered yet another setback this week after injuring his groin in training.

Atletico Madrid President Calls Diego Simeone “Untouchable”

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It has been a difficult start to the season for Atletico Madrid. They are fourth in La Liga, winless in the Champions League, and in danger of an embarrassing exit in the Copa del Rey.

Atleti sits fourth in La Liga, level with Real Madrid on points but behind on goal differential. They are eight points back of leaders Barcelona after just 11 matches.

On This Day in Football: Real stunned by minnows, England destroy Yugoslavia

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On this day in 2008, Spanish giants Real Madrid were stunned by third division outfit Real Union club de Irun in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey.

Real Union were one of the pioneering founders of La Liga along with Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona among others back in 1929.

Chelsea star open to joining Real Madrid or Manchester United

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has opened the door for a possible transfer to either Real Madrid or Manchester United.

Hazard has admitted it would be a “dream” to play under Zinedine Zidane at Madrid and says he would be delighted to work again with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Most Valuable Squads Now Belong To Premier League Clubs

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The most expensive squads in no longer belong in La Liga as a new report has concluded that Manchester City have supplanted Real Madrid and Barcelona as the most valuable squad in world football.

The Premier League leaders are only one of four club sides in the world with a squad valued at over €1billion in the study commissioned by the CIES Football Observatory.

Trajectory: Marcos Asensio Rattles Home Gorgeous Half-Volley In Real Madrid’s 3-0 Win Over Las Palmas (Video)

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Real Madrid signed off for the international break with a comfortable 3-0 win over Las Palmas in which Marco Asensio added yet another scorcher to his portfolio of seemingly effortless golazos.

After Casemiro had put Los Blancos ahead just before the break, Asensio drubbed home a second shortly after the restart, driving Raul Lizoain's loose punch back past him with an exquisite half-volley into the top corner with minimal back-lift.

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Madrid giants face similar issues ahead of derby

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Madrid (AFP) – Accustomed to a place at the top table in recent seasons, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid resume an old rivalry at a new home on Saturday with little room for error.

Early season struggles have left both sides eight points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona and four points below revitalised Valencia.

Madrid giants face similar issues ahead of derby

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Madrid (AFP) – Accustomed to a place at the top table in recent seasons, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid resume an old rivalry at a new home on Saturday with little room for error.

Early season struggles have left both sides eight points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona and four points below revitalised Valencia.

No Ramos-Ronaldo rift at Real, insists Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane shrugged off reports of a dressing room rift between captain Sergio Ramos and World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of vital derby clash at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Both sides from the capital already trail La Liga leaders Barcelona by eight points with Ronaldo complaining earlier this month that the departures of Alvaro Morata, Pepe and James Rodriguez had left Real’s squad lacking experience compared to the one that claimed a La Liga and Champions League double last season.

No Ramos-Ronaldo rift at Real, insists Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane shrugged off reports of a dressing room rift between captain Sergio Ramos and World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of vital derby clash at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Both sides from the capital already trail La Liga leaders Barcelona by eight points with Ronaldo complaining earlier this month that the departures of Alvaro Morata, Pepe and James Rodriguez had left Real’s squad lacking experience compared to the one that claimed a La Liga and Champions League double last season.

Wenger vows to fix power shift in Spurs showdown

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has warned Tottenham that Arsenal will use Saturday’s derby showdown to prove the balance of power in north London hasn’t shifted permanently.

After decades of lording it over their neighbours from the other end of the Seven Sisters Road, Wenger’s side have found themselves in the unpleasant position of playing second fiddle to Tottenham over the last year.

Wenger vows to fix power shift in Spurs showdown

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has warned Tottenham that Arsenal will use Saturday’s derby showdown to prove the balance of power in north London hasn’t shifted permanently.

After decades of lording it over their neighbours from the other end of the Seven Sisters Road, Wenger’s side have found themselves in the unpleasant position of playing second fiddle to Tottenham over the last year.

Injury setback for Tottenham’s Alderweireld

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur central defender Toby Alderweireld could be on the sidelines until next year due to a hamstring injury, manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed on Thursday.

Alderweireld, 28, sustained the injury in a Champions League game against Real Madrid on November 1 and had been expected to return to action sooner.

Injury setback for Tottenham’s Alderweireld

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur central defender Toby Alderweireld could be on the sidelines until next year due to a hamstring injury, manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed on Thursday.

Alderweireld, 28, sustained the injury in a Champions League game against Real Madrid on November 1 and had been expected to return to action sooner.

Griezmann unconcerned by goal drought

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Madrid (AFP) – Despite a seven match scoring drought, Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann insisted on Wednesday he is unconcerned ahead of Saturday’s big derby against Real Madrid.

The France international had averaged more than a goal every two games in his previous three seasons for Atletico but has managed just three in 13 matches in all competitions this season.

Griezmann unconcerned by goal drought

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Madrid (AFP) – Despite a seven match scoring drought, Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann insisted on Wednesday he is unconcerned ahead of Saturday’s big derby against Real Madrid.

The France international had averaged more than a goal every two games in his previous three seasons for Atletico but has managed just three in 13 matches in all competitions this season.

Toni Kroos, a vital cog in Germany’s engine

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany host France on Tuesday in a key friendly to prepare for next year’s World Cup with Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos poised to return to the world champions’ engine room.

The 27-year-old missed Friday’s goalless draw against England at Wembley with illness, but is back fit and ready to partner Juventus star Sami Khedira in the heart of Germany’s midfield.

Toni Kroos, a vital cog in Germany’s engine

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany host France on Tuesday in a key friendly to prepare for next year’s World Cup with Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos poised to return to the world champions’ engine room.

The 27-year-old missed Friday’s goalless draw against England at Wembley with illness, but is back fit and ready to partner Juventus star Sami Khedira in the heart of Germany’s midfield.

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes father for fourth time

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo announced on Sunday that he had become a father for the fourth time after girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to a baby girl, Alana Martina.

“Alana Martina has just been born! Both Geo and Alana are doing great. We are all very happy,” the beaming 32-year-old footballer wrote on Twitter, posting a photo of himself, Rodriguez, his seven-year-old son Cristiano Junior and the new arrival.

Deschamps in charge means no World Cup for me, says Benzema

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Paris (AFP) – Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema admitted Sunday that he had no hope of playing at the World Cup next year as long as Didier Deschamps remains as France coach.

“Of course I believe it (playing for France again), I still believe in it,” the 29-year-old Benzema told Canal+.

Deschamps in charge means no World Cup for me, says Benzema

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Paris (AFP) – Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema admitted Sunday that he had no hope of playing at the World Cup next year as long as Didier Deschamps remains as France coach.

“Of course I believe it (playing for France again), I still believe in it,” the 29-year-old Benzema told Canal+.

Injury-cursed Bale suffers new setback

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid’s injury-prone star Gareth Bale suffered a new leg injury on Friday, adding to the frustrations of the Welsh winger who has already been sidelined with a calf strain for five weeks.

“Gareth Bale, who felt some discomfort in his left leg at the end of training, today underwent various tests carried out by the Real Madrid medical team,” said a club statement.

Croatia see off Greece to close on World Cup

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Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia cruised to a 4-1 victory over Greece in their World Cup play-off first leg on Thursday to move to the brink of a spot at next year’s finals in Russia.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric opened the scoring in Zagreb from the penalty spot in the 13th minute, after Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis brought down striker Nikola Kalinic.

Croatia see off Greece to close on World Cup

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Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia cruised to a 4-1 victory over Greece in their World Cup play-off first leg on Thursday to move to the brink of a spot at next year’s finals in Russia.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric opened the scoring in Zagreb from the penalty spot in the 13th minute, after Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis brought down striker Nikola Kalinic.

Germany’s Boateng out of England clash, Kroos doubtful

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany will be without World Cup-winning defender Jerome Boateng for Friday’s friendly against England at Wembley.

The German camp confirmed on Wednesday that the Bayern Munich star is struggling with a muscular injury and will sit out the international in London.

Tarnished Modric key to Croatia World Cup hopes

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Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia will hope Real Madrid star Luka Modric can carry the nation to the World Cup finals as they go into the first leg of a tricky play-off with Greece on Thursday.

The 32-year-old captain has faced a tumultuous year, with his shining reputation tarnished by a scandal in June over allegedly false testimony he gave at a major corruption trial.

Real Madrid roll over Las Palmas to calm crisis talk

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid quietened crisis talk after back-to-back defeats as Marco Asensio added to his collection of wonder strikes in a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Victory cuts third-placed Real’s deficit on Barcelona at the top of La Liga back to eight points.

Real roll over Las Palmas to calm crisis talk

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid quietened crisis talk after back-to-back defeats as Marco Asensio added to his collection of wonder strikes in a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Victory cuts third-placed Real’s deficit on Barcelona at the top of La Liga back to eight points.

Real roll over Las Palmas to calm crisis talk

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid quietened crisis talk after back-to-back defeats as Marco Asensio added to his collection of wonder strikes in a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Victory cuts third-placed Real’s deficit on Barcelona at the top of La Liga back to eight points.

Chelsea

Alvaro Morata: Of course I would go back to Real Madrid

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Alvaro Morata will never close the door on a return to Real Madrid, but he wants to have a "great career" at Chelsea before departing.

The Spain international striker has made a strong start to life at Chelsea following a reported £70million move from Madrid, scoring eight goals and supplying three assists in 15 appearances in all competitions.

Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata talks up Real Madrid return

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata says "of course" he would return to former club Real Madrid. Speaking while on international duty with...

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I needed to play and in Chelsea I have got what I wanted - Alvaro Morata.

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Alvaro Morata has scored seven goals in ten Premier League appearances so far and heading back to Spain to play for the national team against Costa Rica, Morata has spoken of the decision to leave Real Madrid.

When Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata for a fee of around £58m in the summer there were plenty of raised eyebrows.

How the mighty fall

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REAL REEL, CHELSEA CHOKE AND EVRA THE MARTYR
What are we to make of Real Madrid's 3-1 capitulation to Tottenham?
The definitive dethronement of the world club champions or merely a hiccup in the midst of a bad run of form and confidence?
Cast your minds back to Cardiff last May and Real looked unbeatable if not particularly thrilling or attractive to watch.

Manchester United

Juan Mata linked with January move to Real Madrid

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Manchester United attacking midfielder Juan Mata is a January transfer target for Real Madrid, according to the Daily Express. The 29-year-old came...

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Jose Mourinho has competition from Juventus and Real Madrid in his pursuit for Swiss striker

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According to The Sun, Manchester United are considering a bid for FC Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin. The Swiss u21 international, who is on loan from RB Salzburg, has impressed in the Champions League this season and finds the likes of Real Madrid battling United for his signature as a result.

Oberlin has scored and created four goals from as many games in the prestigious European competition, netting seven in all competitions so far.

The Rest

Friday Kickoff: Zidane won't rule out Neymar signing, Aubemayang suspension and more

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The rumor mill is churning out some wild ones this time of year, but Real Madrid's manager wouldn't rule out one of the more outlandish reports.

Zinedine Zidane coyly refused to rule out a move for Neymar, saying "who knows" what moves Real Madrid could make in the future. (REPORT)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he does not understand why he has been suspended by Borussia Dortmund after earning a punishment for "disciplinary reasons".

Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi Football’s Greatest Rivalry?

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When two players emerge at the same point in history that both have an ability that sets them above their piers then a rivalry is bound to develop. Much like that of Bobby Charlton and Franz Beckenbauer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been thrown together as players of their generation and we take a look at the rivalry between them.

Tottenham: Son Shines At Wembley As Lilywhites Edge Crystal Palace 1-0 (Video)

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Song Heung-min was the match-winner for Tottenham in Sunday's early game, with the South Korean netting the only goal of the game against strugglers Crystal Palace.

After they midweek heroics against Real Madrid, Spurs looked heavy-legged and struggled to find their trademark fluency against the Eagles.