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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has not suffered new muscle injury – reports

Real Madrid's Julen Lopetegui insists La Liga is not a two horse title race this season after his side played out a goalless draw against fierce rivals Atletico Madrid. Gareth Bale did not suffer a new muscle injury in Real Madrid's 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid on Saturday, according to reports in Spain, and could return for next weekend's trip to Alaves. Wales international Bale, who has scored four goals this season, played the first 45 minutes against Atletico but was replaced at the break by Dani Ceballos. Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said the 29-year-old had felt a problem in an abductor muscle, with his substitution being "precautionary," and he was not…

ICYMI: Ronaldo instrumental, Mourinho setback and more

Check out all the action from around Europe this weekend, from Manchester United's loss at West Ham to Cristiano Ronaldo's big day for Juventus.

Julen Lopetegui: Real Madrid ‘far superior to Atletico Madrid’ in derbi

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said his side deserved to take all three points after being held to a 0-0 draw by Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu. Visitors Atletico had the better chances before the break, with Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois denying his former side's strikers Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa. The hosts then edged the second half, with young attacker Marco Asensio nearly scoring with a close-range effort that was well saved by Atletico keeper Jan Oblak. Following Wednesday's…

Real Madrid fans chant Cristiano Ronaldo’s name in goalless derby

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui heard chants for the departed Cristiano Ronaldo as his team missed chances in a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu. Visitors Atletico had the better chances before the break, with Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois denying his former side's strikers Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa. The hosts then edged the second half, with young attacker Marco Asensio nearly scoring with a close-range effort that was well saved by Atletico keeper Jan Oblak. Following…

Atletico content with derbi draw as Thibaut Courtois rescues Real Madrid vs. former side

MADRID — Three thoughts from the Bernabeu after Real Madrid's 0-0 La Liga draw with Atletico Madrid. 1. A point apiece but Atletico leave happier Goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois and Jan Oblak were unexpectedly to the fore as Saturday's Madrid derbi finished scoreless, with Atletico Madrid leaving the Bernabeu having deserved at least a point after carving out the better chances, and Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui's worries mounting. Atletico edged the opening stages and could have gone ahead…

Real Madrid thriving in post-Cristiano Ronaldo era – Atletico boss Diego Simeone

Craig Burley feels Antoine Griezmann's comments are a bit arrogant when he said he's at the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ateltico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has said Real Madrid are handling life after Cristiano Ronaldo extremely well, adding that he would not read too much into their 3-0 midweek defeat at Sevilla. Portugal captain Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus in the summer, but new coach Julen Lopetegui has his side second in La Liga, level on points with leaders Barcelona, despite the Sevilla loss. "Real Madrid are managing the absence of Ronaldo very well and they are competing enormously in every game," Simeone…

David Beckham won’t be convicted for speeding thanks to loophole

A London speeding case against former football star David Beckham was dropped on Thursday after his lawyer successfully argued that notice of the intended prosecution had not been served within the legal deadline. Beckham was accused of driving a borrowed Bentley at 59 mph (95 kph) in a 40 mph (64 kph) zone in the Paddington area of London on Jan. 23. He had pleaded not guilty, with his lawyer saying the charge was "defective." Beckham's lawyer Nick Freeman — nicknamed "Mr. Loophole'' — argued…

Real Madrid’s Julen Lopetegui: Sevilla ‘superior’ and ‘deserved’ to win

The ESPN FC crew break down why Real Madrid couldn't take advantage of Barcelona's upset loss against Leganes, instead losing themselves to Sevilla. Real Madrid posted a 3D conceptual rendering of the plans for their redesigned and renovated Barnabeu stadium. Julen Lopetegui accepts that his Real Madrid side were beaten by a better team on Wednesday night after Sevilla picked them apart 3-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. "Sevilla were far superior and they deserved to win," he said. "We weren't as we would have liked and we paid in the first half by letting in quick goals. Later, in the second half we matched them and after that we hoped that if we scored, we could get back into the game and we did score, but the goal didn't count on the scoreboard. Then,&...

Marcelo, Karim Benzema anonymous as Real Madrid get smashed by Sevilla

The ESPN FC crew break down why Real Madrid couldn't take advantage of Barcelona's upset loss against Leganes, instead losing themselves to Sevilla. Real Madrid's Sanchez Pizjuan curse deepened as the European champions were thoroughly outplayed and lucky to escape without further humiliation as Sevilla deservedly beat Julen Lopetegui's side 3-0 on Wednesday. Andre Silva (two) and Wissam Ben Yedder provided the goals in a first-half attacking masterclass from Pablo Machin. Positives "Black Wednesday" has already been coined by a different kind of crash and Barcelona were beaten at Leganes, which is about all the comfort Lopetegui will take from…

Madrid showcase new Bernabeu stadium design

Real Madrid posted a 3D conceptual rendering of the plans for their redesigned and renovated Barnabeu stadium.

Extra Time: Even more Jose Mourinho debate!

The FC crew answer your tweets on Jose Mourinho's future coaching prospects, if Zinedine Zidane would even consider managing Man United and more.

Isco’s surgery leaves Julen Lopetegui, Real Madrid scrambling for answers at a difficult time

Shaka Hislop breaks down the latest transfer buzz, including Nabil Fekir, Leroy Sane, Yannick Carrasco and more. Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric broke a decade long dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by winning FIFA's best player award for the 2017-18 season. It was almost inevitable, given Isco's Real Madrid career. So often the right player for the wrong manager, the Spain midfielder's enforced absence after undergoing an appendectomy has come at precisely the wrong moment for the right manager. Isco is likely to be out for a month, with a return date tentatively slated for the Camp Nou Clasico on Oct. 28. The unpredictability of it all will smart more than the scar over the next few days as Isco ruminates on yet another setback. It has always&#...