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Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says Diego Costa is not fit to play the entire match against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Costa returned to action last weekend after being sidelined for nearly two months because of a foot injury that required surgery. He came off the bench in Atletico’s 1-0 La Liga win at Rayo Vallecano, playing alongside Alvaro Morata for the first time.

Simeone said on Tuesday that Costa ‘is not ready to play the 90 minutes’ in the round of 16 match at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Spanish Super Cup is to undergo a radical transformation under which it will expand to four teams, with two semi finals and a final all to be played outside Spain, Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales confirmed.

‘The next Super Cup will be played outside of Spain with a ‘final four’ format,’ Rubiales said at a press conference on Tuesday, without giving details of where the games would take place.

Rubiales, who became RFEF president in May 2018, broke with tradition last year by turning the season curtain raiser between the La Liga champions and the Copa del Rey winners from a two-legged tie into a single game played in Tangier, Morocco, where Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1.

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos will definitely be free to face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey after picking up another convenient card in the 2-1 defeat by Girona.

Ramos went into the match on four La Liga bookings, knowing a fifth would activate a one-match domestic ban, and was cautioned in the 64th minute for using his hands to prevent a goal.

That automatically ruled him out of next weekend’s game against Levante but the Real captain’s day went from bad to worse when he received a second yellow and was sent off after appearing to make contact with a Girona player’s head during an attempted a bicycle kick at the death.

Gerard Pique fears Barcelona risk defeat in the Champions League at Lyon on Tuesday if they do not improve on the performance produced in their 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid.

By their standards, Barca laboured to a win secured by Lionel Messi’s 43rd-minute penalty, and while they sit seven points clear at the top of La Liga, their influential defender believes they need to significantly improve.

‘We didn’t play well, it wasn’t a good game,’ he told Movistar Partidazo. ‘The only good news is the victory, to get back to winning three points but we have to improve. For Tuesday, we have to be better.

Courtois Sticks Boot In On Gareth Bale

Thibaut Courtois has revealed that Wales forward Gareth Bale is a bit of an outcast at Real Madrid.

Courtois only joined the La Liga giants in the summer from Chelsea but he has already seen that Bale does not always interact with the squad.

Bale has often received criticism for not living up to his then world-record £85million price-tag in 2013 and Courtois has suggested he is not very popular in the dressing room.

Courtois when asked to describe Bale in one word in an interview with Belgian newspaper HLN, he answered: ‘The golfer.’

Lopetegui Wants To Manage In The Premier League

Former Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui is open to the prospect of managing a team in the Premier League if he gets an opportunity and said he is enticed by the atmosphere at stadiums in England.

Lopetegui had a roller-coaster of a year in 2018, where he was not only sacked by Spain days before the World Cup for announcing his move to Real Madrid but was also subsequently fired by the La Liga club three months into the season for poor results.

Diego Simeone Commits Future To Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone has put an end to speculation linking him with a move to Italy or Chelsea by renewing his contract as Atletico Madrid coach until 2022.

Simeone has also demanded the club do not allow the break up of his squad. Diego Godin is still on course to leave for Serie A in the summer but Jan Oblak is close to following his manager and committing to the club with an improved contract.

When Oblak signs, he will follow the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Koke and Saul Niguez who have all signed new deals in recent months.

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident that Lionel Messi, along with others, will continue to represent the Blaugrana for the next few seasons.

The 31-year-old has scored 581 goals in 665 games for the Catalan giants and is under contract at the Camp Nou until 2021, having signed a deal in November 2017.

A new deal for the Argentine has not been formally discussed but a contract renewal will definitely be drawn up according to Bartomeu.

“Leo Messi will continue with us,” Bartomeu told RKB. “He is a club player and the relationship will continue forever.

Gareth Bale could be banned for up to 12 games for a gesture he made after scoring a goal in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Atletico Madrid last weekend.

The Welshman fired home Real’s third goal of the game – and his 100th for the club – in the 74th minute of the match at the Wanda Metropolitano last Saturday.

Bale celebrated by making a gesture after the goal, raising a bent arm and hitting it with his other hand.

That gesture is deemed to be an offensive one in Spain, and La Liga have approached the Spanish Football Federation to call for a ban.

Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari said he was “particularly happy” with the performance of Marco Asensio after his winning goal in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round-of-16 clash against Ajax on Wednesday.

Asensio struck with three minutes remaining to give Los Blancos a 2-1 win in Amsterdam, putting them in pole position to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition once again.

The campaign has been a challenging one for Asensio due to form and fitness issues, with his last start for the club coming in the 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano in December in La Liga. He’s only registered five goals and five assists in all competitions this term.