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Copa del Rey Last 16 Draw

The Copa del Rey last-16 draw has thrown Real Madrid against Leganes, who beat the Spanish giants in last season’s competition.

The Madrid clubs were drawn as opponents in the tournament’s round of 16 on Thursday.

Leganes eliminated Real Madrid in the quarter-finals last year: Real won the first leg 1-0 away, but Leganes stunned Los Blancos with a 2-1 second-leg victory at the Bernabeu to progress on away goals.

Real Madrid’s Director de Institucional Relations Emilio Butragueño gave his thoughts on the Copa del Rey Last 16 draw saying:

No Excuses From Solari

In a historic defeat for Real Madrid, Santiago Solari recognised that his side were very poor as they lost 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu to CSKA Moscow, while also stating that the whistles directed towards Isco were rather directed towards the overall team.

Madrid had already secured qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League before kick-off and CSKA had to better Viktoria Plzen’sresult to secure Europa League football, though the Czech’s beat Roma 2-1.

“We were not forceful in the rival area, nor ours,” Solari said when asked about the overall match.

“In the second half, all of us were bad.”

Real Madrid’s Season Goes From Bad To Worse

Real Madrid suffered their biggest ever home defeat in Europe as they were thrashed by CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. Real Madrid lost 3-0 to CSKA Moscow, losing to the Russians for the second time in the group stages.

With the defeat, it is the biggest defeat that Madrid has ever experienced at home in the Champions League.

Madrid’s last loss at home in the group stage of the Champions League was against AC Milan in the 09/10 season as the Italians won 3-2.

While most teams wan to win their Champions League group so that they can play the second leg at home, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says that he will embrace a return leg away from home.

Los Rojiblancos drew 1-1 against Club Brugge, a result which saw Atletico finish second in the group after Borussia Dortmund’s away win at Monaco.

Playing the second game of the knockout stages is considered to be one of the great disadvantages of failing to secure the first position in the group, yet the Argentine is in favour of this outcome.

La Liga Still Hoping To Play In US One Day

Barcelona have announced that they have withdrawn their support to play a La Liga match in Miami following a board meeting.

“The FC Barcelona Board of Directors have agreed to withdraw their willingness to play against Girona in Miami after seeing the lack of consensus surrounding the proposal,” a Barca club statement read.

“Barcelona were and are willing to go to Miami in order to play a La Liga game, and accepted that the profits would be shared amongst all clubs in the first and second divisions, in alignment with the TV rights deal, but considers that while all the parties involved cannot reach an agreement, this project cannot thrive.”

Ronaldo Tells Messi To Join Him In Serie A

Despite claiming he doesn’t miss their intense rivalry, Cristiano Ronaldo wants Lionel Messi to follow him to Italy and test his skills in Serie A.

Speaking in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Real Madrid star said,

“I do not fear Messi, I dominated the Premier League and the La Liga. I challenge Leo Messi to come to Serie A. I hope he accepts my challenge and we battle one day in the Italian League. But if he is happy, I respect him. He is a fantastic player.””

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has been ruled out for about six months after having knee surgery.

Rafinha tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during last month’s draw with Atletico Madrid.

“The operation was carried out by Dr. Ramon Cugat under the supervision of the medical services of the club, and he will be out of action for approximately six months,” said Barcelona in a statement.

It is his third serious knee injury, after tearing the ACL in his right knee in 2015 and missing seven months with a meniscus injury in 2017.

Luku Modric Wins Ballon d’Or

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d’Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade.

Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World Cup final.

Former Brazil and AC Milan forward Kaka, in 2007, was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win it.

Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, came second.

Athletic Bilbao Sack Eduardo Berizzo

Athletic Bilbao have sacked coach Eduardo Berizzo and replaced him with B team manager Gaizka Garitano after a dire run of form which has left the Basque club 18th in La Liga.

Bilbao fell to a 3-0 defeat at Levante on Monday, continuing a dreadful spell that has seen them fail to win a league game since the opening day of the season.

The only La Liga side other than Real Madrid and Barcelona never to be relegated from Spain’s top flight, Athletic are now three points from safety with 11 points from 14 games.

Woeful Real Madrid Thrashed by Eibar

Santiago Solari’s winning start as Real Madrid coach ended with a dismal defeat at Eibar as the Basque outfit claimed their first ever La Liga win over their opponents.

The Argentine was given the job on a permanent basis during the international break having won all four games since replacing the sacked Julen Lopetgui.

But Real looked a shadow of the side that earned Solari the best start of any manager in the club’s history, with Gonzalo Escalante claiming an early opener for the hosts.