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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...
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We have an eventful La Liga title race in our hands

The Spanish La Liga has been eventful thus far in the ongoing 2019/20 season and has produced a competitive title race where the contenders are at the necks of each other for the trophy. This hasn't been the case for a while now and is a welcome development. Although the title race is unsurprisingly between the two top dogs in Spanish club football, namely Real Madrid and Barcelona, the race is getting fiercer, even after the game's return from lockdown. The two sides are showing stuff of champions and are grinding out the needed results even when their performances have not been top-notch. Quique Setien's Barcelona currently lead La Liga with 3 points after grinding out a 1 nil result against Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp on Tuesday. However, Real Madrid have a game in hand aga...
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This is Real Madrid’s worst UCL start in 17 years

Real Madrid avoided a shock defeat at the Bernabeu in the UEFA Champions League game against Belgian side Club Brugge on Tuesday which ended in a 2 all draw. Madrid had to fight back after going down to 2 goals by Bonaventure Dennis in the first half. The Nigerian striker saw luck shine on him for both of the goals which he didn't hesitate to put away and heap more misery on Thibaut Courtois. Zinedine Zidane's men were awful at best in the first half of the game but leveled up in the second half through Sergio Ramos for the first, thanks to a controversial call from VAR, and Casemiro for the second, the latter's goal coming after Club Brugge's captain Ruud Vormer was sent off. READ: Conte says Alexis Sanchez is not ready to start for Inter Milan The result flattered Real Madrid...
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Lopetegui was just the scapegoat after failed gambles

Real Madrid have been in the news for the wrong reasons in recent weeks, and rightfully so. It ultimately boils down to the decisions of the Los Blancos hierarchy which could easily pass for gambling. Julen Lopetegui on his own part emerged as the scapegoat of the whole show. His dream of taking Spain to the 2018 World Cup in Russia after seeing them through the qualification phases was scuppered due to his decision to take the Madrid job whilst still contracted to Spain. That was a historic opportunity that the Spaniard passed out on, and it looks like a fatal blow to his career after being booted out of the Santiago Bernabeu just a few months into his reign as Madrid boss after a very poor run of form with the side. DAILY RELIABLE FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS One might be tempted to ...
Talking points from Day 2 of UCL Matchday 1
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Talking points from Day 2 of UCL Matchday 1

  The day 2 of the Matchday 1 of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League provided even more excitement than the previous day's encounters albeit with more controversies. The Wednesday night fixtures served up upsets, controversies, and also showed us that the defending champions of the competition are still formidable and won't give up their title without a fight. Regardless, here are some major talking points from yesterday's fixtures: CHECK OUT OUR LATEST FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS FOR TODAY 1. Lyon proved to be no pushovers against Guardiola's Man City The Etihad was the center of arguably the biggest upset of the 2018/19 UCL Matchday 1 fixtures after visitors Lyon stunned the Citizens and left with all three points in the bag. This was courtesy of goals from Maxwel Cornet in ...
Headlines from Europe’s elite leagues weekend fixtures
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Headlines from Europe’s elite leagues weekend fixtures

  The weekend across Europe's major leagues was eventful as there were series of talking points that from some of the games played in the Serie A, La Liga, and the Premier League. Here are some talking points from the weekend that precedes Europe's elite club competition in midweek: 1 Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid stumble as Barcelona show character: Our guess is that some of the big clubs had their eyes on UCL exertions in midweek. Regardless, Barcelona established a 2 point lead as they sit top of the La Liga. This is because their two fiercest rivals in Madrid settled for a point each in their games. It must be noted that all three teams went behind in their games but Barcelona clawed back from a goal down to beat Real Sociedad 2:1 at the bogey Anoeta stadium. It ha...
Top 4 surprises in Europe’s elite leagues this summer
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Top 4 surprises in Europe’s elite leagues this summer

  The 2018/19 football season has begun and the first set of matches across Europe's major leagues were concluded before the international break. However, we witnessed some major surprises in the course of the transfer window this summer as well as in the course of the season thus far. We've mentioned then below: 1. Real Madrid witnessed the shock departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus this summer. Therefore, it was expected that Los Blancos would break the bank for a big money signing that would replace the Portuguese. However, this was not the case as the club who were heavily linked with moves for Eden Hazard, Neymar, Mauro Icardi, and Kylian Mbappe, opted for none. Rather, only the likes of Alvaro Odriozola, Thibaut Courtois and Mariano Diaz arrived at the Bernabeu...
Four players that can replace Ronaldo at Madrid
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Four players that can replace Ronaldo at Madrid

Tuesday was one of those days where football fans were left in awe as a footballing legend Cristiano Ronaldo called it quits at Real Madrid and officially made a move to Juventus in the Serie A. This was a move that no one saw coming, although reports of its likelihood emerged recently. Ronaldo played his part effectively for the Los Blancos and has now left a huge void for the Real Madrid hierarchy under the leadership of Florentino Perez to fill. The Portuguese was a hit at the Santiago Bernabeu and replacing him with similar quality, or at least close to, won't be a mean feat, as this would definitely cost the Los Blancos a fortune in the present inflated transfer market. Regardless, we've taken a look at the current players plying their trade in Europe's top clubs, and we've i...