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Juventus hitting form at the perfect time in pursuit of overdue Champions League glory

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Winning the UEFA Champions League requires a clutch of different qualities. Teams who go all the way are supremely talented, yet underscoring all their ability is diligence, intensity and a steely mentality.

Champions League success can be circumstantial too. In 2016, Real Madrid were a mess under Rafael Benitez in the early stages of the campaign, before Zinedine Zidane added some organization and impetus to the team which ultimately proved vital on their way to an 11th European crown in Milan.

Juventus hitting form at the perfect time in pursuit of overdue Champions League glory

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Winning the UEFA Champions League requires a clutch of different qualities. Teams who go all the way are supremely talented, yet underscoring all their ability is diligence, intensity and a steely mentality.

Champions League success can be circumstantial too. In 2016, Real Madrid were a mess under Rafael Benitez in the early stages of the campaign, before Zinedine Zidane added some organization and impetus to the team which ultimately proved vital on their way to an 11th European crown in Milan.

Bale back with a bang as Real extend lead

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale made an instant impact on his return from injury as Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga to four points with a 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday.

Bale had been sidelined three months and on his return took just 13 minutes to score as he swept home into the far corner after coming on as second-half substitute in a much changed Real line up.

Real Madrid’s Rodriguez handed chance in Bale absence

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Madrid (AFP) – James Rodriguez was handed a rare chance to start on the big occasion after Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane resisted the Champions League temptation to rush back Gareth Bale after three months out with ankle ligament damage.

With Bale left out of the squad altogether, Rodriguez edged out Lucas Vazquez for a role on the right of the Madrid attack alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for the last 16 first leg tie against Napoli.

Real Madrid’s Rodriguez handed chance in Bale absence

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Madrid (AFP) – James Rodriguez was handed a rare chance to start on the big occasion after Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane resisted the Champions League temptation to rush back Gareth Bale after three months out with ankle ligament damage.

With Bale left out of the squad altogether, Rodriguez edged out Lucas Vazquez for a role on the right of the Madrid attack alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for the last 16 first leg tie against Napoli.

Bale left out as Real Madrid aim to halt Maradona-backed Napoli

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has resisted the temptation to rush back a fit-again Gareth Bale for their Champions League clash on Wednesday against an on-form Napoli backed by Diego Maradona.

Bale returned to training for the first time since suffering ankle ligament damage in November on Sunday and has been left out of Zidane’s 19-man squad.

Fit-again Bale left out for Napoli clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale will have to wait for his return to action after three months out as the Welshman wasn’t included in Zinedine Zidane’s squad for Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday.

Bale only returned to full training for the first time on Sunday since suffering ankle ligament damage in November.

Fit-again Bale left out for Napoli clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale will have to wait for his return to action after three months out as the Welshman wasn’t included in Zinedine Zidane’s squad for Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday.

Bale only returned to full training for the first time on Sunday since suffering ankle ligament damage in November.

Bale back in Real Madrid training

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid received a boost ahead of the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Napoli on Wednesday as Gareth Bale returned to training on Sunday for the first time in three months.

Bale has been sidelined since damaging ankle ligaments in a 2-1 win at Sporting Lisbon on November 22.

4-3-3 vs Sociedad: Zidane without 5 key Real Madrid stars this week, could lose 2 more; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad
Liga BBVA 2016/17
29th January, 19:45 pm BST
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Live Stream: Watch Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad live on Sky Sports 1

Real Madrid Team News & Preview

League leaders Real Madrid host Real Sociedad in La Liga this weekend.

Rattled Real Madrid aim to halt sudden slump

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid host high-flying Real Sociedad on Sunday aiming to reverse an alarming dip in form that has seen Zinedine Zidane's seemingly unbeatable squad just two weeks ago fail to win in three of their last four matches.

The European champions bowed out of the Copa del Rey to Celta Vigo in midweek with a 2-2 draw at Balaidos not enough to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit.

Rattled Real Madrid aim to halt sudden slump

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid host high-flying Real Sociedad on Sunday aiming to reverse an alarming dip in form that has seen Zinedine Zidane's seemingly unbeatable squad just two weeks ago fail to win in three of their last four matches.

The European champions bowed out of the Copa del Rey to Celta Vigo in midweek with a 2-2 draw at Balaidos not enough to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit.

Injury-hit Real wait on Cristiano Ronaldo for Cup comeback

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane hopes Cristiano Ronaldo will shrug off a foot problem in time to lead the European champions' bid to overcome a Copa del Rey deficit at Celta Vigo on Wednesday.

Zidane's squad, down 2-1 from the quarter-final first leg at home, has been hit by a series of injuries with Marcelo and Luka Modric joining Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Dani Carvajal and Pepe on the sidelines after limping off in Saturday's 2-1 win over Malaga.

Zinedine Zidane seeks quick solution to Real Madrid woes

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists he is responsible for the European champions' back-to-back defeats as they look to return to winning ways when Malaga visit the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Madrid hadn't lost in 40 matches in all competitions stretching back nine months until conceding twice to lose 2-1 at Sevilla last weekend, and followed that up with a shock defeat by the same scoreline at home to Celta Vigo in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Wednesday.

Zinedine Zidane seeks quick solution to Real Madrid woes

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists he is responsible for the European champions' back-to-back defeats as they look to return to winning ways when Malaga visit the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Madrid hadn't lost in 40 matches in all competitions stretching back nine months until conceding twice to lose 2-1 at Sevilla last weekend, and followed that up with a shock defeat by the same scoreline at home to Celta Vigo in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Wednesday.

Celta inflict shock Cup defeat on Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) After surrendering a record 40-game unbeaten run, Real Madrid suffered a second defeat in four days on Wednesday as Celta Vigo took a 2-1 first leg lead from their Copa del Rey quarter-final at the Santiago Bernabeu.

All three goals came in a six-minute spell midway through the second-half as strikes from former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas and Jonny either side of Marcelo's reply for Madrid handed Celta a famous win.

Celta inflict shock Cup defeat on Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) After surrendering a record 40-game unbeaten run, Real Madrid suffered a second defeat in four days on Wednesday as Celta Vigo took a 2-1 first leg lead from their Copa del Rey quarter-final at the Santiago Bernabeu.

All three goals came in a six-minute spell midway through the second-half as strikes from former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas and Jonny either side of Marcelo's reply for Madrid handed Celta a famous win.

4-3-3 vs Sevilla: Zidane without 4 top class Real Madrid stars for vital away game; Key Stats. Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Sevilla vs Real Madrid Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of Sunday’s La Liga fixture.

Sevilla vs Real Madrid
La Liga 2016/17
15th January, 19:45 pm BST
Sanchez Pizjuán Stadium, Seville
Live Stream: Watch Sevilla vs Real Madrid live on Sky Sports 1

SEVILLA TEAM NEWS & PREVIEW

Sevilla host Real Madrid in La Liga this weekend and the home side will be looking to avenge their Copa Del Rey exit at the hands of Zinedine Zidane’s side earlier this week.

Cristiano Ronaldo rested again as Zidane targets treble

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane once again left Cristiano Ronaldo out of his squad that travels to Sevilla on Thursday holding a 3-0 lead for the second leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie.

Madrid made light of Ronaldo's absence in the first leg as a double from James Rodriguez and Raphael Varane's header maintained Real's relentless form.

Cristiano Ronaldo rested again as Zidane targets treble

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane once again left Cristiano Ronaldo out of his squad that travels to Sevilla on Thursday holding a 3-0 lead for the second leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie.

Madrid made light of Ronaldo's absence in the first leg as a double from James Rodriguez and Raphael Varane's header maintained Real's relentless form.

How Real Madrid success proved Zidane right to defy Galactico policy this summer

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by Asif Norat Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez has enjoyed making the most out of the Galactico policy, using the unlimited transfer funds to bring in at least one expensive signing every...

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How Real Madrid success proved Zidane right to defy Galactico policy this summer

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Ramos rescues Real to maintain six-point lead

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Barcelona (AFP) Sergio Ramos's stoppage-time equaliser maintained Real Madrid's six-point lead at the top of La Liga as the European champions salvaged a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in Saturday's El Clasico.

Luis Suarez looked to have breathed new life into the title race when he headed home the opener from Neymar's free-kick eight minutes into the second half.

Ronaldo, Messi, Griezmann vie for FIFA best player award

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Paris (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann will battle it out for the world player of the year title, FIFA said Friday.

Real Madrid star Ronaldo is favourite for the crown after winning the Champions League and also Euro 2016 with Portugal, even though he exited the final win over France with an early injury.

Ronaldo, Messi, Griezmann vie for FIFA best player award

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Paris (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann will battle it out for the world player of the year title, FIFA said Friday.

Real Madrid star Ronaldo is favourite for the crown after winning the Champions League and also Euro 2016 with Portugal, even though he exited the final win over France with an early injury.

Barca desperate to break Madrid’s unbeaten streak

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona are the more desperate side as Real Madrid visit Catalonia on Saturday for the first El Clasico of the season boasting a six-point lead at the top of La Liga.

Madrid have won 15 more points in all in La Liga under the guidance of Zinedine Zidane since the sides last met in April and are riding a 31-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

4-3-3 vs Gijon: Major blow for Zidane, Real Madrid without 5 top class players for home game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Real Madrid vs Sporting Gijon Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Real Madrid vs Sporting Gijon
Liga BBVA 2016/17
26th November 2016, 15:15 pm BST
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Live Stream: Watch Real Madrid vs Sporting Gijon live on beIN Sports / beIN Sports Connect

Real Madrid Team News & Preview

Real Madrid host Sporting Gijon in La Liga this weekend and Los Blancos will be looking to extend their fantastic run of form with another win at home.

Isco must preserve Madrid derby standards to become a Real Madrid mainstay

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Had Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane had a full cast of players to choose from in Saturday's showdown with Atletico Madrid, Isco wouldn't have featured from the start.

The Frenchman's blueprint in marquee matches in the past has included Casemiro prowling at the base of the midfield, adding an additional defensive foundation to an otherwise attacking side.

Ronaldo Hat-Trick Sends Real Four Points Clear At Top

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Cristiano Ronaldo heard there was a fiesta going on at the Vicente Calderon so he gatecrashed it.

And for his party trick he pulled out the 39th hat-trick of his career to blow out the speakers and leave the hosts wishing they never bothered.

Atletico were determined to celebrate the last Madrid league derby at their stadium with a victory before they head to their new ground next season, but instead left licking their wounds and wondering what hit them.

3 To See: Manchester United vs. Arsenal team news, Der Klassiker and the Madrid derby

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Injury-ravaged Real recover Benzema, Ramos for derby

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Madrid (AFP) Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos were named among Real Madrid's injury-ravaged 20-man squad for the last ever derby at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon on Saturday.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane will be without defender Pepe, the influential midfield duo of Casemiro and Toni Kroos, as well as striker Alvaro Morata.

Injury-ravaged Real recover Benzema, Ramos for derby

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Madrid (AFP) Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos were named among Real Madrid's injury-ravaged 20-man squad for the last ever derby at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon on Saturday.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane will be without defender Pepe, the influential midfield duo of Casemiro and Toni Kroos, as well as striker Alvaro Morata.

Centurion Zidane seeks more from unbeaten Madrid

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Warsaw (AFP) Zinedine Zidane takes charge of his 100th match as a coach when Real Madrid face Legia Warsaw behind closed doors in Poland on Wednesday seeking to seal their place in the Champions League last 16.

The holders haven't tasted defeat in any competition in 26 games since April as Zidane's first season as a senior coach ended in glorious fashion by winning Real's 11th European Cup.

Centurion Zidane seeks more from unbeaten Madrid

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Warsaw (AFP) Zinedine Zidane takes charge of his 100th match as a coach when Real Madrid face Legia Warsaw behind closed doors in Poland on Wednesday seeking to seal their place in the Champions League last 16.

The holders haven't tasted defeat in any competition in 26 games since April as Zidane's first season as a senior coach ended in glorious fashion by winning Real's 11th European Cup.

Is It Time For Zidane To Break Up The BBC?

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As Alvaro Morata wheeled away in celebration after scoring Real Madrid's winning goal against Athletic Club on Sunday, the case for Zinedine Zidane to rotate and re-shuffle his forward line became ever-stronger. The weekend game marked 38 days since Cristiano Ronaldo last scored at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the Portugal international frustrating fans with a performance that saw him snatch at finishes that would normally come so naturally.

Zinedine Zidane ‘not worried’ by Ronaldo strike rate

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has dismissed concerns surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo's supposed troubles in front of goal that have led to boos from the club's notoriously demanding fans.

The Portugal superstar has scored four times in nine appearances for the Spanish league leaders since returning from the knee injury that forced him off in his country's Euro 2016 final win over France.

Zinedine Zidane ‘not worried’ by Ronaldo strike rate

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has dismissed concerns surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo's supposed troubles in front of goal that have led to boos from the club's notoriously demanding fans.

The Portugal superstar has scored four times in nine appearances for the Spanish league leaders since returning from the knee injury that forced him off in his country's Euro 2016 final win over France.

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Indian Super League: Kerala Blasters Supporters Given 35,000 Zinedine Zidane Masks To Goad Rival Coach Marco Materazzi

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Over in the Indian Super League, Kerala Blasters fans are reportedly gearing up to don thousands of Zinedine Zidane masks to goadthe managerof their rival club,who just so happens to beMarco Materazzi.

Zidane and Materazzi famously clashed in the final of the 2006 World Cup, culminating in the former introducing his cranium to the latter's breastbone with significant vim and vigour.

Friday Kickoff: Ronaldo, Neymar, Mkhitaryan and more

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Cristiano Ronaldo's manager has given him some major backing, while a Manchester United star is determined to keep fighting.

Zinedine Zidane says Cristiano Ronaldo "clearly" deserves the Ballon d'or. (REPORT)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan says he will fight for his place with Manchester United despite limited playing time.