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Zinedine Zidane plays down pressure on Real Madrid ahead of Atletico derby

With Real and Atleti level on points, the FC crew predict who’ll come out on top when the Madrid clubs renew their rivalry. Sid Lowe evaluates Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments about Real Madrid’s summer sales, as well as Ronaldo being snubbed by Isco. Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid’s La Liga title chances do not depend on victory over local rivals Atletico Madrid in the derby on Saturday. Both Real and Atletico have stumbled during the opening stages of the 2017-18 campaign, and are currently joint third in the table, eight points behind early pace-setters Barca, leading local pundits on both sides to argue that neither can afford to slip up any further in the title race. However at the pregame news conferenced of his side’s first ever visit to Atletico’s ...

Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid Derbi a season-defining showdown

The FC crew discuss the crucial showdown between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. The FC crew discuss the crucial showdown between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. These are strange and puzzling times for football in Madrid — with the first “Derbi” clash of the season coming at a crucial moment for both Atletico and Real. Just last spring they met in the Champions League semifinal, with the Spanish capital widely seen as the centre of the world game. A few months later and the mood is much gloomier around both the Bernabeu and Atletico’s new Wanda Metropolitano. Both teams have stumbled through their opening 11 La Liga fixtures, finding themselves eight points behind runaway early leaders Barcelona. Saturday evening’s clash at the Wanda takes on even more sign...

Trending: Ronaldo wants seven Ballon d’Or awards; Aubameyang out for Dortmund

The FC panel break down and predict the upcoming Madrid derby. Friday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending … REAL MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer “worried” about winning individual awards — but he still wants to win seven Ballon d’Or awards to go with seven children. – Plus, here’s the legitimate case for Zinedine Zidane benching both Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for the Madrid derby on Saturday. BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not travel with the squad for the weekend’s game against Stuttgart after being left out for ”disciplinary reasons.” WATCH: What Aubameyang’s omission means for Dortmund MAN UNITED: Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he’d be...

Zidane’s legitimate case for benching Ronaldo and Benzema vs. Atletico

The FC panel break down and predict the upcoming Madrid derby. Zinedine Zidane has several questions to ask himself ahead of the Madrid derby on Saturday but chief among them should be: form or favouritism? Real Madrid travel across town to the Metropolitano eight points adrift of leaders Barcelona and four behind Marcelino’s revitalised Valencia to play an Atletico side in similar straits to the reigning champions. Neither team is scoring freely, Atletico appear to have forgotten how to defend crosses while Real have scored just one header this season, from the unlikely source of Casemiro in the 3-0 victory over Las Palmas. Both sides also have misfiring star forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann. The possibility is that if either Atletico or Real miraculously rediscover...

Cristiano Ronaldo: I want seven children and seven Ballon d’Or awards

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes a father for the fourth time, the Pogba brothers grace the MTV European Music Awards and more in the Sweeper. As rumours of Ronaldo’s desire to leave Madrid swirl, the FC guys believe that a return to Man United would make most sense. Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer “worried” about winning individual awards — but he still wants to win seven Ballon d’Or awards to go with seven children, the Real Madrid star has told L’Equipe. Ronaldo became a father for the fourth time earlier this week when his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, gave birth to a daughter in Madrid. He’s also the favourite to win a fifth Ballon d’Or next month, and he says he has his sights set on more, even as family has taken on a greater importance in rece...

Manchester United is Ronaldo’s only option

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Tough stretch of fixtures could be just what Madrid need to jump-start season

With Real and Atleti level on points, the FC crew predict who’ll come out on top when the Madrid clubs renew their rivalry. With Gareth Bale back on the bench due to injury, the FC crew discuss his future with Real Madrid. Sid Lowe evaluates Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments about Real Madrid’s summer sales, as well as Ronaldo being snubbed by Isco. Footballers say that they prefer playing matches to training. Without exception. The preparation, the injection of adrenaline as they cross the white line, the debrief, the hairdryer or the praise. Repeat. The Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday rhythm leaves little time for wallowing or contemplation. As soon as one match finishes, the focus shifts to the next one. Real Madrid face a relentless run of matches from now until Christmas. The i...

Atletico need derbi win vs. Real to halt troubling slide during transfer ban

Following their back-to-back draws against Qarabag, the ESPN FC panel question if Atletico Madrid’s UCL dominance is done. How brutally painful it will be for Atletico if Theo Hernandez lines up against them in the Madrid derbi on Saturday night. Not simply because he committed the ultimate “betrayal” for a Rojiblanco player, debunking to the “Royal” side of the Spanish capital, but because he’s actually listed as one of the rule breaches for which FIFA punished Atleti by prohibiting them from signing and registering new players for two transfer markets (summer and winter 2017). It’s a punishment that has dumped sufficient sand in the high-octane fuel tank via which Atleti had been entertaining us for five years, slowly grinding them to a walking p...

Who has the edge in the Madrid derby?

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Vinicius Junior signing emblematic of Madrid’s emphasis on teenage talent

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes a father for the fourth time, the Pogba brothers grace the MTV European Music Awards and more in the Sweeper. With Gareth Bale back on the bench due to injury, the FC crew discuss his future with Real Madrid. “I always choose to play with Real Madrid in video games,” revealed Vinicius Junior, presumably with an excited smile creeping across his face. He will soon be able to play alongside the players he controls. On May 23, 2017, Real Madrid announced the signing of the 16-year-old Vinicius Junior from Flamengo. Just over a week before, he had signed a new deal at Flamengo which included a reported buy-out clause of €45 million. He sometimes plays like a pixelated trickster in a video game. Perhaps that ostentatious streak endeared him to Real Madrid. ...

The Sweeper: Congratulations Cristiano

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