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Can Chelsea show maturity and make Hazard and Courtois regret?
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Can Chelsea show maturity and make Hazard and Courtois regret?

The clash between Real Madrid and Chelsea will see a Los Blancos side with a squad that have vast experience in these stages of the UCL come up against a squad with relatively no experience in this stage of the competition in the Blues. The Blues may have the advantage after the 1 all draw away at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium but every well-versed follower of the UEFA Champions League knows that the tie is far from over. The new-look Chelsea side who saw some new additions in the summer were whitewashed 7:1 by Bayern Munich in last season's UCL round of 16 under former manager Frank Lampard but have improved since then. They are currently managed by Thomas Tuchel and have done well in the competition but must now beat an experienced Zinedine Zidane-led side and eliminate them fr...
Hoddle makes prediction ahead of Blues vs Los Blancos clash
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Hoddle makes prediction ahead of Blues vs Los Blancos clash

Glenn Hoddle has opined that Real Madrid will be boosted by the return of captain Sergio Ramos to action ahead of their UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. However, he believes that the Blues will get the job done against Los Blancos and has backed them to go through to the finals of the competition. The Blues started the first leg at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium as the lively side and took the lead through Christian Pulisic shortly after Timo Werner struck a close-range effort at Thibaut Courtois. However, Thomas Tuchel's men failed to capitalize on their early dominance of the game before Karim Benzema sent an unstoppable volley past Edouard Mendy in Chelsea's goal for the equalizer and set up an exciting seco...
Thibaut Courtois – Real Madrid won’t cry about injuries
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Thibaut Courtois – Real Madrid won’t cry about injuries

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has stated that his side will not use their growing injury concerns as an excuse after their La Liga title hopes were dented with a goalless draw away to Getafe on Sunday. Zidane was able to name only 13 outfield players for the game and Los Blancos can count themselves fortunate to have left the game with a point and are now three points behind league leaders and local rivals Atletico Madrid with seven games left to play. After the game, Courtois spoke with the club's official television channel: "You find strength in adversity and now is not the time to cry about all the players we have missing. We have to stand tall. Every player who is at Real Madrid is here for a reason" "We are a little disappointed with the point but it's not easy ...
Real Madrid should be able to hold on at a fanless Anfield
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Real Madrid should be able to hold on at a fanless Anfield

Real Madrid appear to be favorites to progress to the UCL semifinals ahead of Liverpool as they visit Anfield on Wednesday night for the second leg of the quarterfinal clash between the two sides, and rightfully so. Liverpool have not been at the top of their game in recent weeks although they're beginning to bounce back in the Premier League with 3 wins in their last 3 games. It can be recalled that Los Blancos thrashed the Reds 3:1 in the first leg at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium and will be coming to Anfield to consolidate on their victory. However, they should also have learned a thing or two from sides who visit Anfield with a healthy advantage only to end up battered and see their deficit overturned eventually in stunning fashion. CHECK OUT OUR FREE FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS...
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...
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...
Worst time for a Madrid blip in form as El Clasico approaches
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Worst time for a Madrid blip in form as El Clasico approaches

Zinedine Zidane and his Real Madrid team were at the end of the major surprise result of the first round of group stage matches in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League competition. The Los Blancos lost 3:2 to Shakhtar Donetsk at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night and this was a major shock considering that the Ukrainian outfit was missing 10 players due to injuries and COVID-19. Shakhtar Donetsk went 3 nil up at half-time and held on for a famous victory as Real Madrid fought back by getting two goals back in the second half of the game. They scored a third in added time but it was chalked off for offside after VAR checks. The result means that the Los Merengues have lost 2 consecutive home games and this is by no means a welcome development. It can be recalled that they were comin...
We have an eventful La Liga title race in our hands
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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...
Real Madrid set to offload Bale and James Rodriguez
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Real Madrid set to offload Bale and James Rodriguez

Real Madrid are set to let go of Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez as both stars have failed to live up to the billing this season. The duo are reportedly free to seek moves elsewhere and may have played their last game for Los Blancos due to the coronavirus lockdown. According to Marca, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane wants to offload the two players and will not hinder their moves away from the club. The report also noted that the duo may leave the club through the backdoor if the La Liga doesn't resume due to the ongoing worldwide health emergency. Both players have not been impressive as expected in recent times although they've not been allowed to leave the Bernabeu in the past. Gareth Bale last featured for Real Madrid in the 2 all draw with Celta Vigo. His performance in the ga...