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Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane has sympathy for former Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde after he was fired earlier this week after two-and-a-half years in charge at the Camp Nou. Quique Setien was appointed as his successor.

Zidane has reacted to the decision from their La Liga rivals, while also acknowledging that he is fully aware that he will come under similar pressure if results were to drop for Real Madrid.

“I’m sorry for him,” he told reporters, as quoted by Diario AS.

Quique Setien Barcelona Manager

Quique Setien admits he could not have imagined managing the club ‘in his wildest dreams’ during his presentation conference.

The 61-year-old was appointed on Monday night by the club on a two-and-a-half year contract, following the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde.

Predominantly managing in the lower leagues until 2015, Setien led Las Palmas to 11th place in La Liga – their highest position in four decades – before being appointed at Real Betis in 2017.

He led the Seville-based side back into European competition in his first season at the helm before guiding them to the semi finals of the Copa del Rey last season.

Official: Barcelona sack boss Ernesto Valverde

The rumors were right as Barcelona have confirmed they have sacked Coach Ernesto Valverde after two-and-a-half years in charge of the club.

Valverde led the club to league titles in each of his two full seasons at the helm while also leading the club to the Copa del Rey crown in his first campaign at the helm and the Spanish Supercopa the following year.

In his first season at the club, Barcelona suffered only one league defeat – and after the title had already been won, with a 5-4 loss at Levante coming just days after the club had arranged a friendly match.

Barcelona Sack Ernesto Valverde

valverde Barcelona Manager

Barcelona have informed boss Ernesto Valverde that he has been sacked with now just an official announcement missing.

That is according to multiple reports including from ESPN and Catalunya Radio, who claim that the Coach was told at the club’s training facilities on Monday.

Reports say that Valverde has already cleared his belongings out of the club and will now be allowed to say his goodbyes to the staff and players.

It would be the first time that Barcelona have sacked a Coach in the middle of a season since Louis Van Gaal in 2003 – when they were 20 points behind Real Sociedad, and eventually finished sixth.

Revamped Copa del Rey For 2020

Copa del Rey Tickets

The Copa del Rey has a brand new look this year. The organizing body has done away with the two-legged affairs throughout the tournament, which normally minimized the possibility of surprises, giving a huge advantage to the bigger first and second division teams.

Starting this year, up until the semi-finals the games will be contested with only one single match, and always in the home ground of the lower-ranked side. This new format has given the smaller Segunda B (third tier) and Tercera Division (fourth tier) sides to make their mark in a new way, both in a sporting aspect and a social sense off the pitch.

Martin Odegaard Real Madrid

Real Madrid starlet Martin Odegaard is set to have his two-year loan deal at Real Sociedad cut short with his parent club ready to bed him into the first team squad.

The 21-year-old is loving life at the Basque outfit and finally showing his true potential after signing for Madrid as a 16-year-old in 2015.

It hasn’t been an easy ride for the Norwegian youngster, who has been shipped out on loan a number of times in attempt to get him up to speed, but he has struggled to produce with huge expectations on his shoulders.

Atletico Madrid Signs Edinson Cavani

Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani reportedly has an agreement in place to join Atletico Madrid next year.

A report from Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio claims a personal agreement has already been reached between Atleti and the striker.

However, the respective club’s now must work out a deal – Atleti must sell before buying and may even be forced to wait until the summer, when the Uruguayan becomes a free agent.

A recent report in El Mundo Deportivo cited French claims that the player would command a €14m transfer fee and is currently on €18m in wages, making a January switch to Madrid ‘almost impossible’.

Zidane Searches For Positives After Another Draw

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane refused to be downbeat following their 0-0 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao. The result means Los Blancos end 2019 on the back on three consecutive draws, against Valencia, Barcelona and now Gaizka Gariatano’s side.

However, despite admitting to his frustrations at full time, the Frenchman praised the efforts of his players, after a difficult run of games in the last two weeks.

“I am upset for my players at the end of the game,” he stated in his post match interview with Marca.

Valverde Hails Magnificent Messi

Lionel Messi Goal

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has hailed club captain Lionel Messi, after another record breaking year for the Argentinian.

Messi netted his 13th La Liga goal of the season in the 4-1 win over Alaves, bringing him up to 50 for the calendar year, for the ninth time in his career at the Camp Nou.

The landmark goals means he has hit 50 goalsfor the sixth successive season, and his manager is in no doubt about his enduring quality and value to the team.

“Having Leo in the team is always an advantage,” he told Marca in his post-match press conference.

Sergio Ramos

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos questioned why VAR was not used to check two “clear” fouls on Raphael Varane in the penalty area during Wednesday’s goalless Clasico .

In the first half at Camp Nou, Varane was caught by a high challenge from compatriot Clement Lenglet and then had his shirt pulled by Ivan Rakitic when competing for a corner.

Referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez did not award a penalty and neither incident was checked using the VAR pitchside monitor midweek.

Ramos was left bemused as to why VAR did not intervene, having watched back the footage at half-time.