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Home sides start on a high on day 1 of 2020/21 UCL quarterfinals
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Home sides start on a high on day 1 of 2020/21 UCL quarterfinals

The quarter-final stage of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League kicked off on Tuesday night and the first night of action saw all the home sides come out victoriously. Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3:1 at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in a game they dominated based on chances created. They also limited Jurgen Klopp's men to just 1 shot on target amid fears that they would be very open in the absence of Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane. However, it didn't matter eventually, as Vinicius was on hand to deliver deadly blows to Liverpool. Regardless, Zinedine Zidane and his men know that there is still all to play for when they visit Anfield, although the venue has become a hunting ground for visiting teams, albeit domestically. Therefore, the Los Blancos will be wary of the threat the Reds po...
Madrid eye Raul and Low as possible replacements for Zidane
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Madrid eye Raul and Low as possible replacements for Zidane

Reports in Spain suggest that Real Madrid have lined up a plan B option if Zinedine Zidane decides to leave the club and have identified club legend Raul and Germany boss Joachim Low as their top targets to replace the Frenchman. Zidane has just one year left on his present contract with his side still have it all to play for this season. Los Blancos are just 6 points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid and are also in the quarter-finals of this season's UEFA Champions League. It can be recalled that the Frenchman quit the club two years into his first spell in 2018 and has been under pressure this season after his side's slow start to the season. He has been linked with an exit and the Madrid hierarchy ae lining up contingencies if he decides to leave. Therefore, club presid...
Fede Valverde injured, may not be fit to face Liverpool
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Fede Valverde injured, may not be fit to face Liverpool

Real Madrid and Liverpool will renew their rivalry when they face each other in the quarter-final stages of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League. Since the draw was made, all eyes have been on how the likes of Mohammed Salah and Sergio Ramos will relate when both sides meet, considering that the latter injured the former the last time both sides met in the UCL final. Regardless, Real Madrid continue to be plagued by injuries ahead of this tie as Fede Valverde has sustained an injury that will keep him out of action for two weeks. This means that the player's chance of participating in the first leg of the game is now questionable. READ: Odegaard opens up on his time at Arsenal thus far According to a report by MARCA, Fede Valverde didn't train with the rest of the squad on Tuesday...
La Liga sides must re-strategize ahead of next season’s UCL
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La Liga sides must re-strategize ahead of next season’s UCL

The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League has reached its quarterfinal stage and the going can only get tough for the sides that have made it thus far in the competition. However, one country, whose clubs have been mainstays in this stage of the competition saw the majority of their clubs fall short this season and it may just be a one-off, hopefully so. La Liga clubs have been dominant in the UCL in the past decade but the ongoing season has seen them flatter to deceive, with just one club making it past the round of 16 stage. Real Madrid will be the only club representing Spain any further in the competition and if the La Liga is to have any hopes of boasting of their clubs' triumph in the competition, then all hope lies on Los Blancos. READ: Silva – Partey is the type of player that...
Can these three La Liga teams bounce back in the UCL?
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Can these three La Liga teams bounce back in the UCL?

The second leg fixtures of the round of 16 games of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League begin today. This stage of the competition should be a cause for concern for La Liga enthusiasts as only one team amongst the 4 sides that qualified to this stage look good for a place in the next round of the competition. Regardless, nothing is cast in stone yet! Only 1 La Liga club won their game in the first round of matches of this stage and it was Real Madrid away from home to Serie A outfit Atalanta in a 1 nil victory. However, the other sides failed in their quest to be in good standing ahead of the second round of games, and Barcelona's performance was woeful, to say the least. The sad part is that they played at home except for Atletico Madrid. READ: Solskjaer’s United – Kings of the ...
The 2020/21 La Liga title race just got hotter and fiercer
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The 2020/21 La Liga title race just got hotter and fiercer

Football is a sport where fortunes can change in an instant, and this has been the case on several occasions in the round leather game. We've seen such cases on the pitch with regards to full-time results as well as in the pursuit of domestic league titles across the major football leagues, amongst others. We're seeing one instance in the 2020/21 La Liga season where most of us thought that Diego Simeone's impressive Atletico Madrid had run away with the league title as major and perennial contenders in the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid continued to falter. However, they won't be running away with it because we now have a tough and competitive race for the title. Therefore, this begs the question; Can Atletico Madrid overcome the pressure being mounted by the two teams dir...
Eden Hazard is in a vicious cycle
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Eden Hazard is in a vicious cycle

One just can't help but imagine how Real Madrid are coping with Eden Hazard's injury problems, and more importantly, how the player himself is coping. The Belgian didn't hide his aspirations of playing for Real Madrid but sadly, his time at the Bernabeu is being hampered by recurring injuries. His latest injury seems to have frustrated the club as he will miss the next six weeks of footballing action as well as the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 clash against Atalanta. Since his move to Real Madrid in 2019, Hazard has missed 43 games. This is not a good statistic, considering he was bought to function as a Galactico and help return Los Blancos to European glory after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. This has in turn affected his form as he has not been able to replic...
Kylian Mbappe remains undecided on his future
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Kylian Mbappe remains undecided on his future

Kylian Mbappe has established himself as one of the best young players in the round leather game on a worldwide scale and continues to do so.  Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Frenchman who plies his trade with Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 is one of the most sought-after players by Europe's elite clubs. Despite the numerous interests and speculations, Mbappe is yet to decide on his future while the Ligue 1 giants appear to have agreed on a new contract with teammate Neymar. The Brazilian's future being secured by the club will surely thrill their fans although Mbappe seems uncertain of his future based on a report by ESPN. Kylian Mbappe has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the Premier League by Le Parisien, and it remains to be seen if he will take advantage...
Zidane – Hazard is low on confidence
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Zidane – Hazard is low on confidence

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has admitted that Eden Hazard is low on confidence after he delivered another poor performance in the 2:1 Spanish Super cup defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night. Hazard is Real Madrid's record signing but has scored just 2 goals in all competitions this season whilst offering very little in attack. This was also the case in Los Blancos' 0:0 draw against Osasuna in La Liga last weekend. 'He needs to recover confidence, play a great game, or score a goal, just to do something different. We know what a great player he is and we need to be patient with him as he is working hard,' Zidane told reporters. 'We are behind him and we must give him time. The fans want to see the best version of Eden so we must be patient. We're sticking with him and h...
It seems Los Blancos want to play in the Europa League
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It seems Los Blancos want to play in the Europa League

The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League hasn't been fun for Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid. The La Liga giants haven't impressed as expected and are now in danger of being ousted from Europe's elite competition to the Europa League. What a sight this would be if it eventually materializes. When the group draws for this season's UEFA Champions League were done, only a few would have seen Los Blancos struggling to make it to the next stage of the competition. Considering opponents in the group, most would have tipped either Inter Milan or Borussia Monchengladbach to give them some trouble. Sadly, Shakhtar Donestk entered the fray. After matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League, all four teams in the group are in danger of not making it past the group stage and none of them has been elimin...