Category: Football Videos

Real Madrid coach expects Barcelona challenge despite Neymar Exit

comments Comments Off on Real Madrid coach expects Barcelona challenge despite Neymar Exit
By , September 28, 2017 6:23 am

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane feels that the departure of Neymar will not weaken Barcelona in the forthcoming season.


The Brazil international made a shock decision to leave the Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month after the French giants cough up a world-record £198m in order to pursue his signature.

Since then, the Catalan giants have been on pursuit for a suitable replacement and Zidane admits that their close rivals will only become stronger with whoever comes into the squad. Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel di Maria are some of the names propping up the Barcelona shortlist, and Zidane still insists that there is nobody like Neymar.

Prior to the first-leg of the Spanish Super Cup tie, he said: “Barcelona is not weak — just the opposite. They have had changes. But in the end, Barcelona is Barcelona. We know how they play, and this will not change. Neymar cannot be replaced — there is nobody like him. But whoever comes in will play very well too. If we think it will be easier [to face Barcelona without Neymar], we are mistaken. The Spanish Super Cup has a special value, and even more against Barcelona. It is a game against the best rival we have.” Continue reading 'Real Madrid coach expects Barcelona challenge despite Neymar Exit'»

ZIDANE, NOT LUCK, OPTIMISED MADRID TO HISTORY’S ZENITH

comments Comments Off on ZIDANE, NOT LUCK, OPTIMISED MADRID TO HISTORY’S ZENITH
By , July 17, 2017 9:21 am

No one expected him to toe the line of managing squads much less the hardest one could possibly be in charge of. Such consensus was gotten from his former team mates, Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo, Ronaldo Nazario and more.


For a start, the World Cup winner is considered to be too introverted to be handed the role of leading a team. If there is one thing Galaticos don’t get to have is the privacy of shutting themselves out of the world. For a clearer picture, the recently releasedESPN Top 100 most famous sports personalities list has 6 current Real Madrid players on it.

In an atmosphere such as the one encountered in the Bernabeu settings, choosing to go on the quiet drowns your potential as a marketable professional.

Still, it didn’t stop the least person expected to become a manger among the Galaticos generation at the beginning of this Millennialfrom winning two Champions League trophies within 17 months.

People are going to keep wondering just how he did it. From being eerily confident of his ability to spreading it across the players, unlike most coaches before him, the French man, a top player of his generation, has never been in the want of proving himself to his crew. Continue reading 'ZIDANE, NOT LUCK, OPTIMISED MADRID TO HISTORY’S ZENITH'»

REAL MADRID TO LOSE LA LIGA TITLE?

comments Comments Off on REAL MADRID TO LOSE LA LIGA TITLE?
By , May 9, 2017 5:46 am

Following the loss to Barcelona in the El Clasico, La Liga leaders Real Madrid face serious pressure to win the rest of their games if they want to lift the local league.


Coach Zinedine Zidane has admitted that he did not fully understand the team’s position and this could lead to far-reaching consequences for the team.

Captain Sergio Ramos was sent off in the game but Madrid left on just Nacho as the defender. They were a goal down and then they lost a man. Barcelona could not afford to sit back with their advantage so they pressed hard for a winner. They were all out to seal the game following the red card so they were reckless at the back, allowing substitute James Rodriguez tap in a Marcelo cross.

The game was settled at 2-2 but Madrid did not cover their backs well – the same mistake Barcelona made few minutes back. It was at their home and there were just few minutes left to play. They should have protected the scoreline but they pushed forward.

Barcelona went out with Sergio Roberto doing the bulk of the work through an incredible run. Lionel Messi ended up scoring his 500th career goal and a memorable one against their arch rivals. Continue reading 'REAL MADRID TO LOSE LA LIGA TITLE?'»

Raphael Varane is injured in a crucial time for Real Madrid

comments Comments Off on Raphael Varane is injured in a crucial time for Real Madrid
By , March 30, 2017 6:07 am

Being able to become a regular starter in a club like Real Madrid is a fairly difficult thing to accomplish as the Spanish outfit is filled with superstars and high-profile performers in almost every position.


Whenever another talented player starts making waves in Europe or any other continent, Real Madrid is one of the clubs that is always interested in signing that player and not afraid to offload a huge amount of money in order to secure the services of that specific performer.

This is one of the reasons of why it’s not so easy to become a consistent first-team performer in a club like Real Madrid or any other that is willing to dish out cash to strengthen their respective squads.

Even though Raphael Varane is only 23 years old, he has managed to become a hugely influential player for Real Madrid since he was 20 but now the French defender has picked up a thigh injury which will be leaving him out of the pitch between 4 to 7 weeks. Continue reading 'Raphael Varane is injured in a crucial time for Real Madrid'»

REAL MADRID EXTEND RECORD

comments Comments Off on REAL MADRID EXTEND RECORD
By , January 12, 2017 7:29 am

Real Madrid on Saturday retained their 6-point lead over archrivals Barcelona while setting a new club record of 35-matches unbeaten as against the previous one set by Leo Benhakkers’ Los Blancos during the 1988-89 season.


With many of their stars rested while some are still receiving treatments, Zinedine Zidane set up a starting eleven of unfamiliar combination to face relegation threatened Deportivo La Coruna. Not as if Real’s side didn’t have the quality to brush off La Branquiazuis, Still, they struggled to get on their strides throughout the opening 45 minutes, giving Gaizka Garitano’s side initiatives to open the scoring time and again. Deportivo came close to doing just that when a header tipped off the post and somehow managed to lob over an onrushing player’s head as he slid into the open net while the ball bounced away fromMadrid’s goal line.

Despite the sub-par first half, Los Merengues were one-nil up, five minutes into the second half thanks to home boy Alvaro Morata’s vicious low drive into the bottom right hand corner.

Whether it be in the spirit of academy graduates having at it at chances being presented to them, or another thing entirely, Real found themselves behind in the space of two minutes courtesy of two quick goals from on-loan striker Joselu – another Real graduate. The first resulted from a rare error by Casemiro when he easily got disposed of the ball at the teeth of Keylor Navas’ penalty box while the second came from Sergio Ramos’s inability to close down and tidy out an onrushing Deportivo player. Continue reading 'REAL MADRID EXTEND RECORD'»

Zinedine Zidane Defends Selection of Toni Kroos against Cultural Leonesa

comments Comments Off on Zinedine Zidane Defends Selection of Toni Kroos against Cultural Leonesa
By , November 18, 2016 4:14 pm

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane surprised many by opting for Toni Kroos in the recent Copa del Rey game against Cultural Leonesa.


The second division outfit would not be a major competitor for the 11 time European champions. Hence, first-team regulars like Toni Kroos were expected to be rested for the game. It was not the case and the German midfielder played in this match on Wednesday. The selection by the Real Madrid manager has been criticised since it does not help the player recover in time for the game against Alaves this weekend.

Madrid are expected to take the game quite seriously considering that the opposition have already secured some positive results this season. One of the most high-profile results in the history of the club came in the 2-1 win against Barcelona recently. Zidane, though, says that the unavailability of players like Luka Modric severely depleted the squad and he had no other option but to play the German international. Continue reading 'Zinedine Zidane Defends Selection of Toni Kroos against Cultural Leonesa'»