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Zidane Ready To Take On PSG Without Sergio Ramos

Real Madrid are taking on Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in the Champions League without talismanic captain Sergio Ramos as he added to the club’s injury crisis.

The Spanish centre back reportedly asked boss Zinedine Zidane to substitute him during the weekend win over Levante.

And according to Football Espana, the 33-year-old is now a ‘major doubt’ for forthcoming games, with tests in the coming days looking to assess the damage.

The issue is not believed to be one that will sideline him for more than the midweek trip to Paris, should he fail to prove his fitness in the coming days.

Valencia general manager Mateu Alemany is in discussions to leave the club following a dispute with owner Peter Lim.

A report in Cadena Ser has revealed that Alemany has ‘irreversible differences’ with Lim in the wake of manager Marcelino’s sacking.

Alemany has played a key role in the club’s return to the top following a difficult few years but Lim is now alleged to have taken a more hands-on approach to footballing matters leaving the GM dissatisfied with the dynamic and therefore seeking an exit.

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is ‘on Real Madrid’s wishlist’ as Zinedine Zidane looks to add quality to his midfield next summer.

The Blues have seen Real come calling in the last two summers, taking Thibaut Courtois in 2018 before luring Eden Hazard to Spain earlier this summer.

But according to The Athletic, the Spanish giants are ready to return to Chelsea in a bid to acquire the energetic French midfielder at the end of the season.

Madrid have long identified Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba as their preferred option in the middle but that deal appears to be complicated to pull off, despite the player’s willingness to depart Old Trafford.

Zidane Praises Real Madrid After Levante Win

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane described his side’s first-half display in their 3-2 win against Levante as “phenomenal” as he watched his side storm into a 3-0 lead at half-time after two more goals from Karim Benzema and Casemiro’s effort.

“We’ve taken all three points after a phenomenal first-half performance, full of goals, good football and desire,” Zidane told a post-match press conference.

“In the second half we had chances to score goals but we just didn’t quite have it physically.

“I’m not looking for excuses, but it’s true that we had many players out and others who haven’t had much rest.”

Ansu Fati Barcelona

Ansu Fati produced another five-star performance as Barcelona routed Valencia 5-2 at Camp Nou on Saturday to close the gap to La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

Fati, who is just 16, got a goal and an assist for Frenkie de Jong in the first seven minutes of his full debut for the club, having become their youngest league goalscorer as a substitute in the draw with Osasuna last month.

Kevin Gameiro pulled one back for Valencia, who caused a shock this week when they sacked head coach Marcelino and replaced him with the inexperienced Albert Celades, but Gerard Pique effectively killed off the contest 51 minutes in.

Barca Drop Points On Road Again

Ansu Fati Barcelona

Sixteen-year-old Ansu Fati became the youngest player ever to score for Barcelona in La Liga as he equalized from the bench in the team’s 2-2 draw with Osasuna.

Once again without the unfit Lionel Messi, Barcelona had fallen behind for the third week running but Fati’s goal put them back in it.

Another substitute Arthur Melo scored his first for Barcelona on 64 minutes to put them ahead, but Roberto Torres – who had scored the first – completed a brace to salvage a point from the spot.

La Liga Logo

A big matchday two in La Liga saw Sevilla and Atletico Madrid move clear of the chasing pack, while Real Madrid dropped points at home to Valladolid.

Barcelona bounced back from an opening-day defeat to smash five past Real Betis, while Leganes made it two losses from two to compound their poor start to the campaign.

This weekend, there are plenty of mouthwatering ties to look forward to… so it’s time for to take you through every fixture in matchday three.

Friday

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo – 7pm

Good Europa League Draw For Spanish Sides

Sevilla, Getafe and Espanyol have all discovered their group stage opponents of this season’s Europa League competition.

Sevilla – who have won the competition a record five times – have been drawn along with APOEL from Cyprus, Azerbaijani champions Qarabag and Luxembourg’s Dudelange.

Getafe, who have previously reached the quarter-finals of the competition, have been paired with Basel, Krasnodar and Trabzonspor of Turkey.

Espanyol – who are in the competition for the first time since losing the 2007 showpiece – are up against CSKA Moscow, Ludogorets and Ferencvaros.

The 2020 Europa League final will take place on May 27 in the Polish city of Gdansk.

Tough Champions League Draw For Spanish Teams

Champions League Trophy

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia have all discovered their opponents for the group stages of this season’s Champions League.

Madrid who have won four of the last six editions of the tournament, are in a group that contains Paris Saint-Germain, Club Brugges and Galatasaray.

Barcelona, who have won eight of the last 11 Spanish league titles but have not won the Champions League since 2015, are up against Borussia Dortmund, Inter and Slavia Prague.

Atletico Madrid, who reached the final of the tournament in 2014 and 2016, will face Juventus (who knocked them out at the last 16 stage last time out), Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Griezmann Barcelona

Antoine Griezmann sprinkled some stardust over the Nou Camp and sent a message to the Barcelona board – you don’t need to sign Neymar.

The €120 million signing scored twice on his home league debut and after the second goal, which put Barcelona ahead against Real Betis, ran to the corner, took a handful of glitter confetti from a stagehand/steward and theatrically threw it into the air as supporters behind the goal cheered almost as loudly as they had for the goal.