Real Madrid at home against Valencia, injuries continue to bite Barcelona

Preview: Real Madrid at home against Valencia, injuries continue to bite Barcelona (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaMADRID, January 6 (Xinhuanet) - In the 20th round of La Liga games this weekend, several clubs are missing players due to COVID-19, while most coaches are also making changes after the midweek Copa del Rey games their teams have to make. Levante's 5-0 away game against Villarreal on Monday seems to have put an end to the patience of their fans, who have been waiting since August for a side that seems increasingly doomed to be relegated to a win. Real Sociedad have made progress in the Cup but after six league games without a win, manager Imanol must see an improvement on recent performances and his options to rest players are limited after COVID severely impacted the dressing room. Celta Vigo travels to San Sebastian and has to react after falling victim to third division Atletico Baleares in the Cup. Barca battled their way into the Cup's round of 16 away at third division Linares on Wednesday, but at the price of adding Ronald Araujo and Frenkie de Jong to their already long injury list and despite Dani Alves' return, coach Xavi Hernandez will have to return to the B- Team fall back to fill the loopholes for their visit to Granada. Granada is coached by former Barca assistant manager Robert Moreno and has improved in the league in recent weeks, while Moreno also has the advantage of having had all week to prepare after his side made the preliminary round was thrown out of the cup. Rayo Vallecano defends his unbeaten home record in an entertaining match against third-placed Real Betis, who travel to Vallecas Stadium after losing the league in a row. Runner-up Seville welcomes a Getafe side recovering under the direction of Quique Sanchez Flores, while the home side is home to goalkeeper Bono and strikers Youssef En-Neysri and Munir from injury and the African Cup of Nations. Have to do without some key players called up for international service. The Basque derby in Vitoria between Alaves and Athletic Bilbao promises to be a close affair as new Alaves coach Jose Luis Mendilibar tries to impose his intense style on the home side while Osasuna ends a worrying 10-game round without a win if they take on Cadiz in a game without many goals. Villarreal and Atletico Madrid are another key match as the home side are fit and in top form with striker Gerard Moreno, looking to take five straight league wins and keep climbing the table. The round of games ends on Monday with Espanyol at home against Elche who, depending on the results over the weekend, could come into the game among the last three.


Antonio Rüdiger is "not an option" for Real Madrid amid the contract confrontation with Chelsea

Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger is no longer an option for Real Madrid, according to reports from Spain, despite being out of contract and available for a free transfer at the end of the season. (Author: Gardener)

Antonio RüdigerChelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger is no longer an option for Real Madrid, according to reports from Spain, despite being out of contract and available for a free transfer at the end of the season. Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger is no longer an option for Real Madrid, according to reports from Spain, despite being out of contract and available for a free transfer at the end of the season. The defender has been closely associated with the Spanish giants as recent reports say Los Blancos are preparing a final push for the Chelsea man. However, according to Mario Cortegana via MadridXtra, the defender is not an option for Real Madrid and will not be signed in June. The report also states that the talks with Rüdiger's representatives have not progressed and the signing has now been "rejected". Previous reports have suggested that Real Madrid have spoken to the player's representatives but it seems that this has gone nowhere and the Spanish club will withdraw their interest in the German language. Rüdiger had previously stated that he was happy in West London, but when he found out how much money his teammates were making, he felt he had made more. He is believed to estimate himself at £ 200,000 a week, £ 60,000 a week more than the club is willing to offer him. Talks between Chelsea and Rüdiger are likely to resume, with Thomas Tuchel providing an update in his most recent press conference. I don't know if his representatives speak to other clubs. If you know or assume that, it's fair enough, "he said." It is possible now because it is January and he has not yet signed. As I understand it, we are in touch with him. The association is in communication. The club is doing its best and communication is good.


Kylian Mbappe in intense discussion with PSG sporting director as he is now free to speak to Liverpool and Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappe, who can now sign a pre-contract with other clubs, was discovered during an in-depth conversation with PSG sporting director Leonardo. (Author: Gardener)

Kylian MbappeKylian Mbappe, who can now sign a pre-contract with other clubs, was discovered during an in-depth conversation with PSG sporting director Leonardo. With six months left on the contract, Mbappe can now speak to any club he wants and sign a pre-contract for the summer move. PSG will try to negotiate a new contract with the winger before speaking to other clubs. Kylian Mbappe himself has flirted with Liverpool move in the past, speaking of his admiration for Mohamed Salah and even speaking to the Liverpool owners before joining PSG from Monaco. A picture of Kylian Mbappe speaking to PSG Sporting Director Leonardo at PSG's training ground was leaked from Los Blancos Live via Get French Football News.


Real Madrid want Erling Haaland but prioritize Kylian Mbappe, while Barcelona, ​​Liverpool, Manchester United, PSG and Bayern Munich circulate

Fabrizio Romano confirms Real Madrid's interest in Erling Haaland but prioritizes signing PSG's Kylian Mbappe instead. (Author: Gardener)

Kylian MbappeFabrizio Romano confirms Real Madrid's interest in Erling Haaland but prioritizes signing PSG's Kylian Mbappe instead. Fabrizio Romano confirms Real Madrid's interest in Erling Haaland but prioritizes signing PSG's Kylian Mbappe instead. Erling Haaland is one of the most wanted players in Europe and many top clubs are looking for the Norwegian star. Clubs from the Premier League, La Liga and other big clubs like PSG and Bayern Munich are all hoping to sign the hugely successful striker. The clubs mentioned that are interested in Haaland are all missing a number 9, with the Dortmund striker being the ideal candidate for any club. During the Twitch social media app, Fabrizio Romano confirmed the major European clubs that Erling Haaland are looking for. He also says that while Real Madrid are chasing him, they will put Kylian Mbappe's transfer first. “There was no agreement with any club about Haaland. Real Madrid want him, they will be in the race. Barcelona want him, English clubs want him, maybe Bayern, PSG.


With limited glory, Barcelona and Madrid advance into the Copa del Rey in the last 16 minutes

Alfredo Relaño looks back on Wednesday's Copa del Rey action, in which both Barcelona and Real Madrid made progress, but on a night when Celta were eliminated (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaBarça suffered from his visit to Linares of the third division as Xavi has again put together a team with many young players, with Riqui Puig setting up the center of the park with Busquets. The round of 16 marked the official return of Dani Alves in a Barcelona shirt with the Brazilian, who was a bit older but still full of youthful vigor. Linares took the lead in the 19th minute and Xavi had to react during the break, bringing Piqué, Frenkie de Jong (who later injured himself) and Dembélé back to life. The French international drew after a mistake by Linares stopper Razak and shortly afterwards the unpredictable striker knocked the ball off the bar. Shortly before the winning goal, Linares had ruled out an attempt for offside as those responsible claimed Neto's line of sight was obstructed when the Brazilian goalkeeper threw the ball into the net. It was a bit of a shock for the Catalan team, as we then became aware of the action in Alcoy when Real Madrid finally lost 1-3 winners. Once again the La Liga side suffered despite taking the lead from a corner. I like the way Camavinga plays with the French who is seriously looking for a place in Ancelotti's XI. Madrid are close to the next round but despite the reappearance of Dani Ceballos, who is back in the game after an injury at the Tokyo Olympics, that feat was not a beacon of hope. The big surprise in the Copa del Rey last night was that Celta Vigo was knocked out by 1a RFEF team Atlético Baleares, while the men from Palma join Barcelona and Real Madrid in the round of 16 on Friday.


Real Madrid and Barcelona fight for victory against third division rivals

Real Madrid and Barcelona started their 2021-22 Copa del Rey season with surprisingly hard-fought victories against lower division teams, while third division Atletico Baleares eliminated a second top team with a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo. (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaReal Madrid and Barcelona entered the round of 16 of the Copa Del Rey season on Wednesday evening with surprisingly hard-fought victories against third-placed Alcoyano and Linares Deportivo. It took Madrid two late goals to beat Alcoyano 3-1, who had eliminated the powerhouse in the same round of 32 a year earlier. Previously, Barcelona had to come back to beat third division Linares Deportivo 2-1. Copa Dey Rey: Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid to prepare kick-off campaign in round 32 Copa Dey Rey 2021-22 Real Madrid vs Alcoyano Live Streaming: When and Where Watch Online, TV Yet the scoring chances created hosts throughout and moved Level in in the 66th minute when Dani Vega covered back to dodge Casemiro and Militao before rolling home. Marco Asensio brought Madrid back the lead in the 76th game when his shot hit a defender and left Alcoyano goalkeeper Jose Figueras no chance of saving. A Figueras own goal secured victory two minutes later. Barcelona strikers Ousmane Dembele and Ferran Jutgla made the team's comeback against Linares. Dembele went on at halftime and equalized Hugo Díaz's goal for Linares in the 19th minute with a shot from outside to equalize in the 63rd minute. Jutgla hit the winner six minutes later to save Barcelona from an embarrassing cup exit in southern Spain. Dani Alves played his first game since returning to Barcelona. The 38-year-old Brazilian right-back played for Barcelona from 2008 to 2016, helping them win 23 titles, including three Champions League trophies. “This is a very special day for me to return to this team and relive those Copa moments. Substitute Brais Méndez brought Celta to level in the 67th minute, but Martínez headed the winner in the 76th minute.


Real Madrid sign contract to sign PSG star Kylian Mbappe

Real Madrid reportedly have reached an agreement with PSG's Kylian Mbappe as the Frenchman can now speak freely to other clubs. (Author: Gardener)

Kylian MbappeReal Madrid reportedly have reached an agreement with PSG's Kylian Mbappe as the Frenchman can now speak freely to other clubs. Kylian Mbappe's contract expires in six months, so he can now speak to other clubs to sign a pre-contract before joining them this summer. PSG signed Mbappe from rivals Monaco in 2018 after a successful loan for a record 180 million euros. Kylian Mbappe's status has grown to astronomical levels in the past four years, with reputations that he will be a constant favorite for the Ballon d'Or for at least the next decade. Recent reports from Spanish journalist Josep Pederol, Real Madrid and Kylian Mbappe have reached an agreement that the Frenchman will move to La Liga in the near future wearing the famous white shirt.


Real Madrid take revenge on Minnow Alcoyano

It took Real Madrid a lot of effort and a little luck as they won 3-1 with two late goals at Alcoyano in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridReal Madrid took a lot of effort and luck as they won 3-1 in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey at Alcoyano on Wednesday. It looked like a déjà vu as Real Madrid returned to El Collao stadium twelve months after a 2-1 humiliation by the same team, which hail from a small town near Alicante. As in the previous year, Eder Militao headed Real into the lead in the 39th minute, but Dani Vega scored a great equalizer in the 66th minute, directing a left-footed shot into Andriy Lunin's top far corner. Real took the lead in the 76th minute when Alcoyano's Raul Gonzalez deflected a Marco Asensio shot into the net and misplaced goalkeeper Jose Juan. Two minutes later, substitute Isco took advantage of a mistake by two Alcoyano defenders and crashed into goal after a collision with Jose Juan. Real Madrid secure Champions League round of 16 with Sheriff's case Real's second goal went to Asensio, while the third went down as an own goal as the last player to touch the ball was Alcoyano's goalkeeper. "Games like these are the toughest and last year we learned the hard way how to get messy in situations like this," Madrid's Marcelo told reporters. There were 4,850 fans at their stadium that year and the atmosphere exploded after Vegas equalized. However, their dream of repeating last year's exploits lasted only 10 minutes when Asensio and Isco came off the bench to help Real Madrid forward. Romelu Lukaku did not celebrate his return to Chelsea with a goal, but received praise from coach Thomas Tuchel Cup semifinals after Wednesday's 2-0 win in the League Cup, showing how far his Curr is


3 Real Madrid; Copa del Rey 2022

Real Madrid secured a place in the round of 16 with a blatant performance against Segunda B, Alcoyano. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridCarlo Ancelotti and his Real Madrid team traveled to Alicante to avoid a fall from Deja Vu. Last season, Alcoyano played Real Madrid in the same round of the Copa Del Rey and shocked the world by beating the 14-time European champions. In his pre-game press conference, Ancelotti concluded that there would be little to no rotations, that the only certainty would be Andriy Lunin in goal. The new faces who have joined the starting XI include: Mariano, Camavinga, Fede Valverde, Marcelo and Hazard. Showed some quick reflexes in the first half with good saves against Mahoud and Andy Escudero. Ancelotti mentioned the need to improve with his feet after the game but otherwise gave up when asked to. Nacho - 5: Stuck in the right back, but had a small disproportion against the agile and fast Andy Escudero. Eder Militao - 8: Beat the deadlock in the 38th minute, rose to take a corner kick from Rodrygo after finding himself free in the penalty area. David Alaba - 7.5: Embodied the attitude required for this game, took it as seriously as a La Liga or UCL game. Had some tough fights with Mourad El Ghezouani but prevailed. Didn't really affect the game. Casemiro-4: As is so often the case for the Brazilian, he won most of his 50/50 duels in the middle of the park, but his pass left a lot to be desired. Without Kroos or Modric to support the game progress and dictate the rhythm of the game, there was too much responsibility on Casemiros shoulders. It was turned inside and out after the goal scored by Cintas. Fede Valverde - 5: Another Uruguayan performance that makes you wonder if he plays within himself? He held on too close to the right wing instead of staying in the middle and never tried to make one of his long ball carries or daring passes. Eduardo Camavinga - 7: Had a decisive header off the goal line early in the game. Had some good dribbling sequences that broke lines and made room for Real Madrid's attack in transition. Rodrygo - 7: Fouled three times within the first six minutes of the game. Made an assist after a rolled corner kick. Eden Hazard - 4: There was not enough in Hazard's performance to be satisfied. At the beginning of the second half it wound up with a thigh injury. Marco Asensio - 7: With a happy distraction he scored his 7th goal of the season. Was involved in combining the game from the right wing. Isco - 7: Scored just seconds after coming on as a substitute, in one of the most bizarre goals you will see this season. Toni Kroos - 6: Came right after Madrid's starting gun and helped get the ball around. Dani Ceballos - N / A: He came on for Rodrygo in the 86th minute but played as a central midfielder with Isco advancing to the right wing position. Jesus Vallejo - N / A: He came on for Alaba in the 86th minute but moved to the right full-back while Nacho moved to the left center-back.


Real Madrid "still on vacation" after losing to Getafe, Atletico ...

MADRID - Carlo Ancelotti admitted Real Madrid were "still on vacation" when they suffered a 1-0 defeat in Getafe in La Liga (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridGetafe's Turkish striker Enes Unal (right) shoots and scores during the Spanish league soccer match between Getafe CF and Real Madrid CF on Sunday at the Col. Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe (AFP photo) Getafe's Turkish striker Enes Unal (right) shoots and scores a goal during the Spanish league soccer match between Getafe CF and Real Madrid CF on Sunday at the Col. Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe (AFP photo) MADRID - Carlo Ancelotti admitted Real Madrid was “still on vacation” since they suffered a shocking 1-0 defeat in Getafe's relegation battle in La Liga on Sunday. Madrid's surprise defeat is the first in three months and gives hope to ailing pursuers in Spain after Eder Militao scored the winning goal at Coliseum Alfonso Perez through an early mistake by Enes Unal. "We were on vacation one more day," said Ancelotti afterwards. Atletico Madrid took advantage of the soaring Rayo Vallecano 2-0 beating Rayo to fourth, with Angel Correa scoring both Atletico's goals. Diego Simeone's side are still 14 points behind Real Madrid, but Sevilla, in second place with one game in hand, will be just five points behind the leaders if they win in Cadiz on Sunday. Getafe remains 16th after only his fourth league win of the season. Madrid have taken over the Spanish title race after superb form that included 10 straight wins and 15 games without loss. The last defeat came on October 3rd at Espanyol and apart from a brief break in the first half, they really struggled to put the Getafe goal at risk. Eden Hazard came on at halftime but failed to bring his team to life again, while Karim Benzema remained unusually calm on offense. Ancelotti's mood was summed up in the second half when the deflated Italian slumped on the bench and dropped his head after a Toni Kroos free kick was harmlessly out of the game. "To say we were still on vacation isn't a criticism, it's the same as what I told the players," said Ancelotti. Getafe lost eight games in a row earlier in the season but came back on an upswing under Quique Sanchez Flores after being unbeaten in five games, including two wins against Cadiz and Osasuna. Unal put them in the lead in the ninth minute after the otherwise reliable Militao was caught napping. Madrid dominated for 20 minutes, with Luka Modric gaining influence, but a tenacious Getafe kept their lead for the remainder of the first half and was relatively comfortable in the second. Hazard and Marcelo were both substituted at half time, but neither made much of an impact as Hazard couldn't get a single shot on goal. Benzema saw a shot blocked, Casemiro saw a half volley and Mariano Diaz headed over, but Getafe deserved the win.