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Sacchi: The Barcelona King is dead
Former Italia national team manager Arrigo Sacchi shared his opinion on the recent Champions League round of 16 clashes. The specialist is sure Barcelona defeat against PSG (4-0) is not a coincidence, and it just was signifying the beginning of Barcelona end. “The Barcelona King is dead,” Sacchi told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “There is another sovereign who continues to impose his rule, Real Madrid, but also space for a newcomer to slip on to the throne. “I see Juventus perfectly suited for that role. They are improving and, at the moment, are the favourites along with Real Madrid to take the trophy," the Italian added.
Bale to be back against Espanyol
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is back from injury and will feature against La Liga week 23 clash against Espanyol, Zinedine Zidane confirms. The coach was happy to admit that his attacker is fit for upcoming clashes. "Bale will be in the squad and the idea is for him to have some minutes," Zidane told his pre-match press conference. "Bale is an important player. We know his quality, his speed, the damage he can cause the opposition. "I'm happy to have him but he's even happier to be back with the team and ready to play," the manager added. Gareth Bale picked up an injury in a Champion League clash against Sporting Lisbon back in November 2016.
Suarez suspension will be appealed again
Barcelona will appeal to Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in order to dismiss Luiz Suarez suspension in Copa del Rey. The Uruguayan forward received a two-match ban on the last minutes of semifinal second-leg against Atletico Madrid. Barcelona already tried to appeal the decision to Appeals Committee, but were rejected, as the Committee claimed Suarez was sent off pitch justly. The Catalan club however, are sure that the foul was not committed "in a reckless manner" and was not worth a two-match ban. They will appeal to CAS in the following weeks before Copa del Rey final against Deportivo Alaves.
Perez might quit Real Madrid president position
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez might leave the position of Real Madrid president, Mundo Deportive informs. According to the source, Perez has personal issues which might become the main reason of his presidency leave. Real Madrid president is generally followed by paparazzi, should be always contacted to media and have high publicity. However, before Perez can quit his position he aims to find a successor, who will be capable of governing one of the biggest football clubs in the world and finalize Santiago Bernabeu stadium reconstruction. Let's recall that Florentino Perez has been at head of Real Madrid since 2000, resigning in 2006 and coming back in 2009.
Ousmane Dembele reveals offers from Man Utd and Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund striker Ousmane Dembele has revealed offers from Manchester United and Barcelona. The 19-year-old signed for Borussia last summer from Rennes. "If it was the love of the game that made me prefer Borussia rather than Barça, Bayern or Manchester United? Yes, that was it and then, of course, the talk of the leaders I liked," he told Goal. "They told me that if I was good, I would play no matter what. I am very happy to be here and I do not regret my choice at all." Dembele has made 30 appearances during this season, scoring 5 goals.
James Rodriguez wants long-term stay at Real Madrid
Real Madrid striker James Rodriguez has made an apparent U-turn over his future by claiming that he intends to stay at the club for "a lot longer". "I think everything is going well - Madrid are a big club and I always wanted to be here," he told the Daily Mail. "Good and bad things always happen but I want to stay here for a lot longer. I always train to play and I want to be here. You always want to play, now that I have more game time, everything is slowly changing."
Nadal: I’m ready to play tennis with Sergio Ramos
Rafael Nadal was present at Santiago Bernabeu stadium yesterday evening, as Real Madrid defeated Napoli with 3 goals to 1. Speaking to the media after the game, the Australian Open runner-up answered to Sergio Ramos's call of playing a tennis match. "Tell me where and when you want the game, and I am ready to play that game. It will be a nice initiative," the Spaniard said. What about Real Madrid - Napoli game, Nadal was happy with Los Blancos' performance, "I think Madrid have played a really good game. They could even have scored another goal, but even this result is a positive one. I think Madrid played well". Also, Nadal was satisfied with Karim Benzema's and James Rodriguez's football, "Both Karim and James played a complete match, they are players who always play well in big matches. They had good pace and intensity".
Zidane happy with victory but cautious ahead of next game
Real Madrid managed to complete a comeback and defeat Napoli 3-1 in the first leg match of UEFA Champions league round of 16. The Whites' head coach Zinedine Zidane was satisfied with the victory, though he is cautious ahead of the visit to Italy. "We put in a great performance, possibly our best. We made a great start, the disappointment was the goal that we conceded. We recovered soon after going behind and got a goal and I'm happy with the result, we deserved this outcome. The scoreline doesn't matter, we now have to go there and go again. It'll be tough and we'll be made to dig in. The tie isn't over yet. We need to go there and finish the job with this 3-1 advantage," the Frenchman said during the press conference. Talking about Sergio Ramos's injury, Zidane assured it's nothing serious, "Ramos picked up a knock but as the game went on he recovered. In the end, I took him off because of the knock and the fact he was on a yellow, I didn’t want to risk it. It was just a slight knock, nothing more". Real Madrid conceded an early goal from Lorenzo Insigne, whose sensational shot caught Keylor Navas in a wrong position and ended up with a goal. However, Karim Benzema leveled the score first, and then Toni Kroos gave a lead to Los Blancos early in the second half, right before Casemiro's superb volley.
Champions League: Real Madrid 3 : 1 Napoli – all goals and highlights
Real Madrid 3 : 1 Napoli - all goals and highlights Half Time finished with scoreline 1:1 Game ended after Full Time with scoreline 3:1
Ricardo Carvalho joins Shanghai SIPG
Ex-Porto, Chelsea and Real Madrid fullback Ricardo Carvalho has joined club Shanghai SIPG on a free transfer. The 38-year-old Portugal international has teamed up with compatriot Andre Villas-Boas, who manages the Chinese Super League club. "We welcome the arrival of Carvalho and we are convinced that he has both the ability and the experience to strengthen our defence next season,” a club statement read. The defender, a free-agent since leaving Monaco last year, will link up with former Chelsea midfielder Oscar, who also moved to Shanghai in this window.