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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.

Zidane Unhappy With Clasico Draw

Zidane

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes his side did enough to win their El Clasico clash with Barcelona.

Madrid took 12 shots in the first half, the most they have managed in the opening 45 minutes of an away game against Barca since at least 2003-04, but they could not find a breakthrough to avoid a first league goalless draw with their fierce rivals since 2002.

Zidane was frustrated with the result given the chances his side created early on, but the head coach was not displeased with his players’ efforts in earning an away draw against their biggest rival.

El Clasico Finishes Goalless In Drab Affair

Camp Nou

Gareth Bale saw a goal disallowed as Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

LaLiga’s top two went into the contest level on points this season and with 72 wins each from previous league meetings, and there was nothing to separate them in a tense clash in Catalonia.

The match was rearranged from October after the initial date became a security risk due to the prospect of Catalan independence protests, and there were fans inside and outside the stadium making their voices heard over one of Spain’s most divisive issues.

The Champions League Round of 16 draw has an English flavor too it as two of the Spanish representatives in the Round of 16 have drawn a side from the Premier League.

Real Madrid are involved in the tie of the round as they have been paired with England champions Manchester City, who they last played in the semi-finals of the 2016 competition, giving Pep Guardiola the chance to return to the Spanish capital.

The first leg will take place at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and this tie will actually be the third time Guardiola has met with Los Merengues in the Champions League.

Europa League Draw Details

Europa League Final 2020

Three Spanish clubs have discovered their fate in the Round of 32 in the Europa League following Monday’s draw.

Sevilla – who have won the competition a record five times – have been drawn against Romanian side Cluj, who came through a group which included Lazio and Rennes.

Getafe, who have previously reached the quarter-finals of the competition, have been paired with Dutch champions Ajax – who reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, and have previously faced Valencia in that competition this campaign.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted the rescheduled Clasico clash with bitter rivals Real Madrid will not be postponed any further, despite concerns arriving from the capital.

Madrid however have made clear they will ‘not be getting off the plane’ if the complete safety of their players cannot be assured.

The Clasico had been originally scheduled for October 26 but had to be postponed following a wave of pro-independence demonstrations in Barcelona in the wake of the jailing of nine Catalonian political leaders.

Talk had gathered pace of a potential second cancellation of the showpiece fixture due to rising political unrest in Catalonia.

Luka Modric

Real Madrid are reportedly willing to offer Luka Modric to Napoli as part of the deal to bring Kalidou Koulibaly to the Bernabeu.

The Senegalese centre half is one of the most in-demand defenders in world football and is said to have been on the wanted list for both Madrid and Barcelona for some time as he continues to impress both at Napoli and for his national side Senegal.

The 28-year-old is now widely regarded as one of the finest defenders in world football with his form widely heralded as being among the best at Europe’s top level.

Could El Clasico Be Moved Again?

Barcelona’s clash with Real Madrid on December 18 could be thrown into chaos by pro-Catalan independence protestors.

A group called ‘Tsunami Democratic’ have more than 18,000 supporters and have called for them to meet in four different locations close to the Nou Camp before El Clasico.

They plan on gathering four hours before kick-off, and have issued a rallying cry on social media.

Many of the supporters also have tickets for the game, meaning there could be increased tension in the stadium.

Messi Priceless

Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted he fears the day the game’s greatest ever player hangs up his boots.

Lionel Messi has played for Barcelona for his entire career, but is entering the twilight years after celebrating his 32nd birthday last summer.

The Argentinian great celebrated his sixth Ballon d’Or last week, and admitted that he would be approaching the end of his playing career soon.

‘I am worried about the day Messi retires’: Barcelona president admits club fear exit
04:23 EST, 9 December 2019
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| Updated: 05:11 EST, 9 December 2019

Eden Hazard Real Madrid

Big-spending Real Madrid must rake in a huge €200 million from player sales if they are to balance their books for the financial year, according to reports in Spain.

The Bernabeu outfit were one of the most active clubs in the summer transfer window, spending big to appease returning manager Zinedine Zidane.

Los Blancos spent €350 million on the signings of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo Goes in the summer transfer window.

They made €150 million of that back with the sales of Marcos Llorente, Keylor Navas, Raul de Tomas, Mateo Kovacic and Theo Hernandez.