Sergio Ramos has criticised Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, feeling that both should make more of an effort to represent the Spain national team.
Chelsea striker Costa was not called upon by boss Vicente del Bosque for Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Belarus or next week’s friendly with Germany, following a much-publicised spat between his Coach Jose Mourinho and the Spain tactician over an injury.
Clubmate Fabregas, meanwhile, joined up with the squad to be examined by doctors and was subsequently declared unfit to play, the midfielder being allowed to return to London.
Sami Khedira cannot see himself leaving Real Madrid this winter, saying he still feels he is wanted by the Spanish giants.
The Germany international was being linked with a move away from Madrid in the summer, but he says he never once considered moving, nor did he talk to any other club, and he does not plan on doing so in January either.
“Right now, I cannot see any reason why I would leave the club this winter,” he told Germany’s Kicker magazine. “Real Madrid is a great club to be at. This club has a place in my heart and there is absolutely no reason for me to say that I want to or have to leave. I get the feeling I am still wanted.”
David Moyes has made his return to football, after a disastrous 10-month spell in charge of Manchester United last season, joining La Liga strugglers Real Sociedad, the Basque club announced on Monday.
“Real Sociedad have reached an agreement with David Moyes to be the coach of the first team until June 30, 2016,” Sociedad said in a statement published on their website.
“Tomorrow (Tuesday) the details for his official presentation and the backroom staff led by the Scottish coach will be finalised.”
Moyes was sacked in April after less than a season in charge of United as they failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1995.
A late winner from Imanol Agirretxe boosted managerless Real Sociedad to a shock 2-1 victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid in a hot-tempered match which saw 10 yellow cards issued at Anoeta.
Mario Mandzukic handed the visitors the lead early on and Carlos Vela equalised within five minutes to make things level at the break, while Guilherme Siqueira was sent off early in the second half before Agirretxe headed home the winner after 82 minutes.
The three points see Sociedad, who have been strongly linked with David Moyes for their vacant head coach position, move out of the bottom three and into 15th, while the reigning champions remain fourth – level on points but with a better goal difference than Sevilla.
Gareth Bale scored on his return to the Real Madrid starting line-up for the first time in a month as the European champions beat Rayo Vallecano 5-1.
Barcelona remain just two points behind the league leaders thanks to two assists from Luis Suarez as they came from behind to snap a two-game losing streak in La Liga with a 2-1 win at Almeria. Bale took just nine minutes to make his mark as he slid in to turn home Toni Kroos’s low cross before Sergio Ramos’s fortunate looping effort doubled Madrid’s lead.
Carlos Bacca’s injury-time penalty crowned a late Sevilla comeback and 2-1 win against Villarreal that sent them level on points with Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division.
The hosts looked on course for a defeat when substitute Luciano Vietto’s neat finish put Villarreal ahead after 79 minutes.
But Denis Suarez pounced on a loose ball to slam home the equaliser two minutes from time and, after Giovani dos Santos tripped Benoit Tremoulinas just inside the corner of the area, Bacca stepped up to slot home the penalty.
Real Madrid arrived having at the Clasico having had one day less of rest, but it was Real who got stronger as the game progressed as they dominated the game in the second half.
Barça once again failed to live up to expectations. They have lost both their big games this season, the Champions League defeat in Paris and Saturday night at the Bernabéu.
Once again it was Barça’s defence that looked shaky under pressure and it was three defensive mistakes that gifted Real their goals. Barca has spent the last two summers spending big to add world class strikers, all but ignoring their defense, Once again, in a big game, Barca defensive problems were exposed and ruthlessly punished.
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Pepe dismissed criticism from Xavi Hernandez that alleged Real Madrid are only a counter-attacking team and that’s why they won El Clasico.
The centre-back scored Madrid’s second goal to confirm the reply to Neymar’s opener, Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty levelling the scores before Karim Benzema sealed the win.
Xavi argued it was Barca’s inability to deal with Madrid’s breaks that led to the victory but Pepe suggested Madrid were much more dominant than that.
“I don’t think that’s right. Our fans chanted ‘ole’ and that says it all,” he insisted, AS reports.
Real Madrid overcame Neymar’s early goal to see off arch rivals Barcelona 3-1 at the Bernabeu as Luis Suarez suffered defeat on his long-awaited debut for the Catalan giants. Neymar put the visitors ahead in El Clasico after just four minutes but Madrid were level by half-time thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 35th-minute penalty.
That was Ronaldo’s 19th goal of the season in all competitions and 15th consecutive league goal at the Bernabeu. It was also the first Spanish La Liga goal Barça had let in under new coach Luis Enrique, having gone 776 minutes without conceding. Barça’s defence would be breached twice more in the second half as in-form Madrid extended their winning streak to nine matches in league and Europe. Pepe headed them in front in the 51st minute before Karim Benzema slotted home a third ten minutes later.
Celta Vigo added to struggling Levante’s woes with a 3-0 victory at Balaidos that lifts them to within a point of fourth-placed Valencia ahead of this weekend’s fixtures. Joaquin Larrivey opened the scoring in the 27th minute and the Argentinian made it 2-0 with seven minutes to go, taking his league tally for the season to six.
Substitute Alex Lopez then wrapped up Celta’s biggest league win since April with a late third following a glaring mistake by visiting goalkeeper Diego Marino, leaving Levante – who this week sacked Jose Luis Mendilibar and replaced him with Lucas Alcaraz – stuck in the bottom two on five points.