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Atletico Madrid have not scored in their past two La Liga matches and Diego Simeone said they need more anger in order to score.

Diego Simeone backed his Atletico Madrid forwards to come good in LaLiga but said they need “more forcefulness and anger” to find the net.

Atletico were held to a second consecutive goalless LaLiga draw when they failed to break down a resolute Real Valladolid side at Estadio Jose Zorrilla on Sunday and Simeone admitted his side were slow to get going.

valverde Barcelona Manager

Barcelona are reportedly keen on hiring River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo to replace Ernesto Valverde, should they decide to sack the struggling Spaniard.

The Nou Camp giants have won back-to-back league titles but have started the season badly, and fans have not been happy with the team’s performances.

There is no suggestion that Valverde will be sacked yet, but it has been reported that Barcelona are lining up a replacement should they decide to wield the axe.

NT Sports report that River Plate boss Gallardo is top of their list, following a trophy-laden five-year spell in South America.

Hazard Finally Scores First Real Madrid Goal

Eden Hazard Real Madrid

Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga with a 4-2 win at home to second place Granada as Eden Hazard scored his first goal for the club.

Diego Martinez’s side have impressed so far this season, but the Andalucians were behind inside the first two minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The returning Gareth Bale did well to create space on the right and deliver in a cross, with Karim Benzema arriving on cue at the back post to net his sixth goal of the 2019-20 season.

Griezmann Barcelona

Barcelona could reportedly use Antoine Griezmann as a makeweight in a potential move for former star Neymar amid concerns that the Frenchman’s relationship with Lionel Messi is strained.

The £108million summer signing previously admitted that he has rarely spoken with the mercurial Argentine since his arrival, and has also endured a mixed start to life at his new club.

French outlet Le10sport claims that because the pair haven’t yet bonded, Barcelona could once again turn their attentions to sealing an ambitious reunion with Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.

Three Uncapped Players In Spain Squad

Uncapped Sergio Reguilon, Pau Torres and Gerard Moreno were handed their first Spain call-ups on Friday after being named in coach Robert Moreno’s squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Norway and Sweden.

Moreno was unable to call up Barcelona’s 16-year-old Ansu Fati, after local media reports suggested he was in line to be fast-tracked to the senior setup after receiving Spanish citizenship last month.

Under-21 boss Luis de la Fuente said later on Friday that they had not received the international clearance paperwork for the player.

Villarreal forward Moreno is La Liga’s top scorer with six goals in seven appearances.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is ready to sit down for clear-the-air talks with Gerard Pique after the defender claimed the club’s board are to blame for negative articles in Catalan media.

After the weekend win away at Getafe, Pique appeared too intimate that members of the club board were sabotaging players by providing negative insight to local media.

According to the Evening Standard, Pique will now meet Bartomeu in a bid to alleviate tension between the board and the dressing room.

Real Madrid Go Top Of La Liga

Zidane Real Madrid Manager

From ‘sacked in the morning’ to ‘top of the league’ Zinedine Zidane watched his Real Madrid side deliver a solid away performance just four days after their debacle in Paris and the 1-0 win makes them La Liga leaders.

It was Karim Benzema who got the only goal of the game. The French forward who rarely lets his compatriot manager down rose to nod in the winner on 65 minutes.

Gareth Bale played the ball to Dani Carvajal and he crossed from the byline planting the ball on Benzema’s head.

The front pages of Spanish daily sport newspapers SPORT and Mundo Deportivo were damning in their assessment of ‘s performance on Saturday.

Barca suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at Granada with a second-minute header by Ramon Azeez and a second-half penalty by Alvaro Vadillo doing the damage.

The defeat means Barcelona find themselves in eighth position, four points off surprise early leaders Athletic Bilbao, and even now behind Granada themselves after five games.

Spanish sports outlet SPORT ran with a headline of ‘urgent reaction’, calling for changes with Barcelona due to host Villarreal on Tuesday.

Under-fire coach Zinedine Zidane insists he has no regrets about returning to Real Madrid and says he is not affected by speculation that Jose Mourinho could replace him.

The Frenchman has struggled to rekindle the magic that saw him win three consecutive Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018 since replacing Santiago Solari in March.

Los Blancos have won just two of their four LaLiga games so far this season and slipped to a humbling 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Julen Lopetegui

Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui insists he has no extra motivation to beat Real Madrid, despite his short-lived spell at the Santiago Bernabeu last year.

Lopetegui lasted four and a half months before being axed by Madrid last October following a heavy 5-1 loss to bitter rivals Barcelona.

The 53-year-old took just 14 points from a possible 30 during his time in the Spanish capital but has had far more joy at Sevilla since his appointment in June.

Sevilla are two points better off than Madrid ahead of Sunday’s clash at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, but Lopetegui claims he is not out for revenge against his former side.