Final Score: Bayern 5-0 Frankfurt

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Game is over and the final score is Bayern 5-0 Frankfurt. Here is the match report.

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Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!
2′ Injured Davies replaced
10′ GOAL! Bayern 1-0 Frankfurt (Lewandowski)
17′ Yellow Card! Goretzka booked
26′ GOAL! Bayern 2-0 Frankfurt (Lewandowski)
41′ Hasebe handball in the box but ref says no penalty!
51′ Lucas’ shot stopped
60′ GOAL! Bayern 3-0 Frankfurt (Lewandowski)
72′ GOAL! Bayern 4-0 Frankfurt (Sane)
83′ Neuer makes goal-line clearance

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Line-ups
Bayern XI: Neuer, Boateng, Alaba, Muller, Lewandowski, Douglas Costa, Sarr, Goretzka, Kimmich, Coman, Alphonso Davies

Subs: Martinez, Choupo-Moting, Sule, Sane, Lucas, A. Nübel, Roca, Pavard, J. Musiala

Frankfurt XI: Hasebe, Ilsanker, Rode, Zuber, Trapp, Dost, Hinteregger, Andre Silva, A. Toure, Kamada, Tuta

Subs: Chandler, Da Costa, Younes, Kohr, A. Hrustic, Sow, M. Schubert, Barkok, N’Dicka


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Final Score: Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea

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Cavani fired just wide with his first touch while Marcus Rashford went close late on. And down the other end Chelsea felt they should have had a penalty when Harry Maguire held Cesar Azpilicueta down. But ultimately nobody could argue the goalless draw wasn’t a fair result.


Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

12′ Cavani is watching the game on bench

27′ James’ free kick stopped by De Gea

31′ Fernandes’ long shot too straight

34′ Pulisic’s shot wide out

35′ Rashford’s shot stopped by Mendy

41′ Mata’s shot stopped by Mendy

58′ Cavani subbed on to make his Manchester United debut

59′ Cavani’s shot wide out

80′ Ziyech subbed on to make his Chelsea debut

90′ Rashford’s shot stopped by Mendy

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Line-ups
Man Utd XI: Mata, De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Fred, Shaw, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay

Subs: Cavani, Matic, Pogba, Dean Henderson, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe, Greenwood

Chelsea XI: Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Jorginho, E. Mendy, Kante, Werner, Chilwell, Pulisic, Havertz, Reece James

Subs: Caballero, Giroud, Kovacic, Rudiger, Ziyech, Abraham, Mount.


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Record Breaking Final Score: Venlo 0-13 Ajax

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Goalscorers


Five goals from Lassina Traore and two from Jurgen Ekkelenkamp helped Ajax complete an Eredivisie-record 13-0 win over VVV Venlo on Saturday.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag said: “Compliments to the team. They were hungry — 13-0, a very good victory indeed, a new record. VVV has shown this season that they are capable of getting good results, we’ve seen that this season already, but it is our accomplishment. We have forced this ourselves.

Venlo were reduced to 10 men on 52 minutes when Christian Kum was sent off after the video assistant referee upgraded his yellow card for violent conduct to a red.


However, the damage had already been done at this stage, with Ajax 4-0 up thanks to two goals from Traore and additional scores from Ekkelenkamp and Dusan Tadic.

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Venlo further collapsed after the sending off with four Ajax goals in five minutes from Traore, Anthony, Ekkelenkamp and Daley Blind.

Traore added his fourth on 54 minutes, and two goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on 74 and 76 minutes took it to 11-0.

With 12 minutes left, Lisandro Martinez made it 12-0 before Traore added his fifth of the game on 87 minutes.

VVV Venlo boss Hans de Koning said: “I really don’t have much to say. A total off day. We had too much respect for Ajax. We have it made too easy. We have failed. But no one passed away today. It is a match. We have lost. And it is a historic loss, but we need to take it as a man. Head up, chest out.”

The previous record for biggest scoreline in the Eredivisie was also held by Ajax, who beat Vitesse 12-1 in 1972.

The win sends Ajax to the top of the Eredivisie after losing to Liverpool in the Champions League during the week.


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5 Reasons why haaland Is more better than Jovic

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Luka Jovic cost Real Madrid 60 million euros, and Zinedine Zidane has acknowledged that it was a signing made on his request, yet the Serbian hasn’t yet lived up to expectations at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, all whilst Erling Haaland is going from strength to strength.


There is clear uncertainty with regards to Jovic’s future in the Spanish capital, whilst fans are clamouring for the signing of Haaland to take his place, with some even going as far as to wonder just why he isn’t at the club already.

There are five clear reasons as to why Haaland would be a much better fit with Los Merengues than Jovic:

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  1. Passion against coldness
    Jovic showed his ability as a goalscorer during his excellent spell with Eintracht Frankfurt, but he is a very cold player. He’s too cold for what the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and Real Madrid stand for. Haaland is the polar opposite, he exudes passion in every single player he is involved in and easily connects with supporters, whether they are in the stands or not. In this regard, Haaland would very quickly create a bond with the club’s fans, something even Karim Benzema didn’t always do.
  2. The speed of the Norwegian
    Haaland is possibly the fastest player in world football right now. His moving starts are barely believable and Los Blancos miss that kind of player in their attacking line. Jovic doesn’t have that speed.
  3. Haaland is a leader
    Despite only joining the club in January 2020 and being just 20 years old, Haaland is already a leader at Borussia Dortmund. On the pitch he makes his teammates better and he drags them forward when things aren’t going well. Jovic is different, on the pitch he is a secondary figure and hasn’t showed the propensity for leadership in any of his appearances for the Spanish club. He doesn’t have the soul of a natural leader.
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  1. Haaland’s reliability is beyond question
    The Norwegian international gets better with every season that passes. He didn’t notice the change from Salzburg to Dortmund, the goals just kept coming, despite the fact the German side are one of the biggest in the world. His goalscoring averages are consistently excellent and you have to consider that the current iteration of Real Madrid is possibly one of the worst going forward that there has been since 2000. Jovic has only had one standout season and that came in Germany, and this generates doubt where there is none with Haaland.
  2. Jovic has too many off-pitch problems
    The Serbian has had a difficult year on the pitch, but also away from it. He has too many problems away from football as we saw with him bypassing lockdown and travelling to Serbia, he then was at a barbecue in the middle of the pandemic, which was clearly prohibited. Finally, he suffered a strange injury whilst he was on holiday. This is simply too many problems for a club like Real Madrid. Where Haaland is concerned, you only ever hear about him scoring goal after goal, nothing away from the pitch.

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Covid-19: Newly Cases Confirmed


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COVID-19 NIGERIA
Saturday 11:52 pm 24 Oct 2020

Samples Tested
603,611
Confirmed Cases
61,930
Active Cases
3,516
Discharged Cases
57,285
Death
1,129


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Final Score: PSG 4-0 Dijon

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Noise Kean scored his first two goals for Paris St-Germain as they beat Ligue 1’s bottom side Dijon. Mbappe has added 2 more goals, finally, PSG move top with a sixth Ligue 1 win in a row


Line-ups
PSG XI: Neymar, Sarabia, Danilo Pereira, Rico, Draxler, Rafinha, Marquinhos, Diallo, Dagba, Kean, Bakker

Subs: Navas, Herrera, Florenzi, Kimpembe, Mbappe, B. Fadiga, T. Pembele, M. Kapo, K. Ruiz-Atil

Dijon XI: Manga, Lautoa, S. Allagbé, Konate, Ndong, Balde, Chouiar, J. Panzo, Ngonda, S. Boey, E. Ebimbe

Subs: Sammaritano, Marie, Chafik, B. Celina, Pape Diop, Racioppi, A. Scheidler, A. Zagre, S. Coulibaly


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Final Score: Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United

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Defending champions Liverpool returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a hard-fought comeback victory over struggling Sheffield United at Anfield.


Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

13′ Penalty Goal! Liverpool 0-1 Sheff Utd (Berge)

21′ CHANCE! McBurnie’s shot inches wide

22′ Robertson handball overlooked by ref

25′ CLOSE! Osborn’s shot denied by Alisson

41′ GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Sheff Utd (Firmino)

48′ CLOSE! Baldock’s shot inches wide

53′ CLOSE! Salah’s shot over the bar

62′ OFFSIDE! Salah’s goal disallowed

64′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Sheff Utd (Jota)

76′ CLOSE! McGoldrick’s shot over the bar

81′ OFF THE POST! Salah nearly scores

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Line-ups
Liverpool XI: Wijnaldum, Henderson, Alisson, Firmino, Salah, Mane, Fabinho, Robertson, Joe Gomez, Jota, Alexander-Arnold

Subs: Milner, Adrian, Shaqiri, Minamino, Curtis Jones, N. Phillips, Neco Williams

Sheff Utd XI: Basham, Stevens, Baldock, Egan, Lundstram, Osborn, McBurnie, Berge, Ampadu, Ramsdale, Brewster

Subs: Jagielka, McGoldrick, Sharp, Norwood, Robinson, Verrips, Burke.


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Things You may have missed in Madrid’s El Clasico Victory

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Real Madrid came out on top in the first Clasico of the 2020/21 season in LaLiga Santander. Goals from Fede Valverde, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric secured all three points for the visitors at the Camp Nou, while Ansu Fati had equalised for Barcelona.


We’ve collated some images you may have missed from the match, including Jordi Alba’s recognition of Lionel Messi, Ronald Koeman’s reaction to Real Madrid’s penalty, confusion on the visiting bench and the outside of the foot finish by Modric.


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Since Ronaldo left Madrid, Messi hasn’t score a goal in El Clasico

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After drawing another blank on Saturday, Lionel Messi has now failed to score against Real Madrid in each of his last seven games against them. Ansu Fati scored Barcelona’s only goal as they were beaten 3-1 in the Clasico at the Camp Nou.


The last time Messi found the net against Los Blancos was during the 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Matchday 36 of the 2017/18 LaLiga Santander season. That means the Argentine is yet to score against Real Madrid since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. This season, Messi has scored just one goal in LaLiga Santader – during Barcelona’s opening game against Villarreal. Since then, he’s failed to score or make an assist in four league matches. You have to go back to 2014 to find a similarly poor run from the forward.

Messi’s slow start to the new campaign comes after a rocky summer at Barcelona. After surrendering the LaLiga Santander title to Real Madrid and suffering the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in August, the 33-year-old handed in a transfer request, which was rejected by the club. Away from his club duties, Messi has scored once in two games for Argentina in the 2020/21 season – against Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier in October.


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Segino Dest not happy with Barca’s Clasico defeat

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Sergino Dest participated in his first ever Clasico against Real Madrid on Saturday afternoon, but he left the pitch frustrated after Barcelona’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Los Blancos. Both Barcelona and Real Madrid had chances to grab the victory, but while the home side lacked the clinical touch, Los Blancos managed to net three goals and grab all three points at the Camp Nou.


“It was a really tough match,” Dest said. “We had chances, they had chances, and it’s just too bad that we lost. “It’s my first El Clasico and I’m just pi**ed that we lost. “They were maybe a little bit sharper in the chances. They finished them and we didn’t. “We have another game on Wednesday against Juventus [in the Champions League] and we have to win that one and get the team spirit back.”

Ronald Koeman placed Dest in his natural position at right-back and the Dutchman put together a decent performance, both defensively and in attack. Asked where he prefers to play, he stressed that he can feature wherever he is needed.”I feel a little more comfortable on the right, but if I have to play on the left, that’s no problem for me,” Dest stated.


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Beautiful Suarez’s strike seals Wanda metropolitano’s side a Victory over Real Betis

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Marcos Llorente and Luis Suarez earned Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win over 10-man Real Betis at Wanda Metropolitano as Diego Simeone’s men made it a club-record 21 LaLiga games without defeat.

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Line-ups
Atletico XI: Suarez, Oblak, Savic, Trippier, Koke, Felipe, Lemar, Correa, Hermoso, Llorente, Torreira

Subs: Herrera, Vitolo, Carrasco, Gimenez, I. Grbić, Saponjic, Felix, Lodi, Álvaro García, J. Sanabria, Sergio Camello, Ricard Sánchez

Betis XI: Bravo, Canales, Mandi, Bartra, Montoya, Tello, Carvalho, Fekir, Álex Moreno, Sanabria, G. Rodriguez

Subs: Joaquin, V.Ruiz, Robles, Iglesias, Moron, P. Akouokou, Lainez, Juan Miranda, Rebollo, Fran Delgado, Rodri


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‘We deserved the win and we win it’s – Courtios on Madrid win

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Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Camp Nou following two consecutive defeats at the hands of Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, and Thibaut Courtois has stressed that he and his team-mates should do their best regardless of who they play against. The Belgian put in another solid performance, making some great saves to help Real Madrid secure all three points at the Camp Nou and extend the gap between the two clubs in LaLiga Santander to six points.


“This shirt and badge deserve to be fought for and valued in every game,” Courtois said after the match against Barcelona. “Today we did it because we came from two difficult and bad games. Today we put in a lot of desire and ran a lot. “It was not an easy week. In the game against Cadiz we did not start well and it was difficult. We did not do our best. “And against Shakhtar we were good until we conceded the goals. Then in the second half we put in our will and courage. Today we played a good match.”

Fede Valverde gave Real Madrid the lead but after Ansu Fati’s equaliser, Los Blancos managed to react, Ramos giving them back the lead in the second half. Courtois noted that the team should be content about the result but focus on the upcoming Champions League match against Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday. “We scored a goal, which was what we wanted,” Courtois added. “Then they equalised, with [Jordi] Alba’s strength and wide runs.

“The game was even; I made a good save and Neto [did] too. There were great chances in the second half. We scored the penalty and then we were able to score the third before, but Neto made some good saves. “This victory fills us with confidence after two games in which people could doubt us. The key when things go a little bad is to stay together. “Now we don’t have to be very excited. We have to be happy but think about the Tuesday [game against Borussia Monchengladbach].”


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Furious Koeman can’t explain how he feels after El Clasico’s defeat

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Barcelona reacted furiously to the VAR decision that cost them the Clasico with Ronald Koeman accusing the video assistant referee system of only giving decisions against them. One club director went further abusing the referee on social media.


Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Nou Camp but the game turned in the second half when Sergio Ramos had his shirt pulled by Clement Lenglet and VAR prompted the referee to check the incident pitchside.

Koeman told Barca TV: ‘Every decision goes against us. In five games there have been none in our favour. There was the [Leo] Messi penalty against Sevilla that was not given and the red card against Getafe. Today’s penalty is just something that happens in the area.’

Lenglet’s tug on Ramos’ shirt convinced Juan Martinez to point to the spot and the Real Madrid captain scored the penalty to put his side 2-1 ahead.

Koeman added: ‘I don’t think it’s a penalty. VAR in Spain only acts against Barcelona.’

Betis fans were also furious with the decision because their striker Toni Sanabria was involved in an identical situation a week early and no penalty was given.

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One Barcelona director went even further and had to apologise online. Xavi Vilajoana, who is director at the club of women’s football and Barcelona B tweeted: ‘This is a f*** scandal. Munuera f off.’

He later tweeted apologising if he ‘had offended anyone’ with the message.

Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest preferred to concentrate on the team’s failure to take their chances post-match. He said: ‘I don’t know if it was a penalty. They had chances and we had chances but they were maybe a bit sharper in their finishing.’

Real Madrid were just happy to end a run of two straight defeats. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said: ‘It was not easy playing against Cadiz last weekend after the international break and conceding an early goal we could not get back into the game. We then had a hard game facing Shakhtar in Europe.

‘But here we had the intensity that the manager wanted from us. It was a bit back and forth in the second half but we got the penalty and we held out for the win.

‘We have to fight in each game when we wear this shirt. Today we did that. This is only three points but it gives us an awful lot of confidence.


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Real Madrid now leads the Clasico history

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Over recent years, Barcelona have equaled and even surpassed Real Madrid in number of victories in Clásicos across all competitions but find themselves behind.


The first Clásico of the 2020/21 LaLiga between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou went the way of the visitors in a very entertaining affair. It was the 245th match that the two Spanish giants had played against each other, with both teams fighting for the top spot of the domestic tournament.

In their previous meeting Los Blancos beat the Catalan side back in March, in a season that ended up with Real Madrid winning the championship.

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The Clásicos: the head to head
As well as the 254 competitive games, Barça and Madrid have met another 34 times in friendlies and other exhibition matches.

Their overall head-to-head record has been extremely tight. Real’s latest win bputs them one ahead of Barça with 97 wins vs 96.

Games played: 182

Madrid wins: 74

Barça wins: 72

Draws: 36

Games played: 36

Madrid wins: 12

Barça wins: 16

Draws: 8

Games played: 8

Madrid wins: 3

Barça wins: 2

Draws: 3

Games played: 20

Madrid wins: 8

Barça wins: 6

Draws: 6

Games played: 245

Madrid wins: 97

Barça wins: 96

Draws: 52

The Guardiola era, a ‘Real’ boost for Barça
Madrid had a notable advantage over Barcelona at the beginning of the 2000s, but the arrival of Pep Guardiola to the Barcelona bench turned the situation around.

In La Liga, Barça have won 13 of the Clasicos played since Guardiola’s appointment, drawing four and losing four. They also won the 2010-11 Champions League semi-final, (0-2 at Santiago Bernabéu, 1-1 at Camp Nou).

Barcelona, Real Madrid… and the trophies
The debate over which is the most decorated club in Spanish football continues and will probably remain in the conversation for a long time.

Real Madrid have a total of 119 trophy wins over their history in all competitions (includes regional, national, continental and global), while Barcelona have gathered 129 titles.

Los Merengues dominate in main competitions, with 34 Spanish leagues and 11 European Cups; Barcelona have a higher number of total trophies.

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  • Real Madrid (23): 18 Championships of Madrid and 5 Mancomunado Trophies.
  • Barcelona (33): 23 Catalonian Championships and 10 Catalonian Cups (8 Cups and 2 Super Cups).
  • Real Madrid (65): 34 leagues, 19 Cups, 11 Spanish Super Cups, 1 League Cup and 1 Copa Eva Duarte.
  • Barcelona (74): 26 leagues, 30 Cups, 12 Spanish Super Cups, 2 League Cups and 1 Copa Eva Duarte.
  • Real Madrid (21): 13 European Cups (6 European Cups and 7 Champions Leagues), 2 UEFA Cups (forerunner of the Europa League), 4 European Super Cups and 2 Latin Cups.
  • Barcelona (19): 5 European Cups (1 European Cup and 4 Champions Leagues), 4 Cup Winners’ Cups, 5 European Super Cups, 3 Fairs Cups (forerunner of the UEFA Cup), and 2 Latin Cups (which laid the ground for the European Cup).
  • Real Madrid (10): 4 Club World Cups, 1 Ibero-American Cup, 3 Intercontinental Cups and 2 Small World Cups.
  • Barcelona (3): 3 Club World Cups.

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COVID-19: Newest Cases report

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COVID-19 NIGERIA
Saturday 0:36 am 24 Oct 2020

Samples Tested
602,239
Confirmed Cases
61,882
Active Cases
3,563
Discharged Cases
57,190
Death
1,129


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Cool El Clasico’s Morning; Managers observing from sideline

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Zinedine Zidane and Ronald Koeman have been the subject of a study by the company ‘Comunicar es Ganar’, which looks at their behaviour when speaking in public. The study, called ‘El Clasico, reading between the lines’, has analysed over 30 press conferences that either coach has undergone since the start of the season.


The goal of the study is to see how both coaches go about their jobs with their respective clubs, especially ahead of Saturday’s Clasico at the Camp Nou.

According to the study, Zidane adopts a simpler, more natural tone during his press conferences. He doesn’t like making big statements regarding his team’s objectives and that means there is no pressure on his players.

As for Koeman, he’s shown a clear contrast to Quique Setien when he was appointed Barcelona boss. While the Spaniard was all smiles, the Dutchman is more reserved and direct in how he speaks. He knows the position the club is in at the moment.

Aside from Zidane and Koeman themselves, ‘El Clasico, reading between the lines’ has also looked at the impact an online format has made on press conferences during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the study, coaches are more inclined to use direct and concise answers than before.


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Brazil international team coach chooses Vinicius Jr snubs Rodrygo

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Tite intends to rotate the less experienced members of the Brazil squad, with Vinicius Junior taking Rodrygo’s spot for November matches.


Vinicius Junior earned a recall to the Brazil squad on Friday as head coach Tite explained his intention to rotate his less experienced players.

Vini back with the Samba Boys
After being left out of the team for the opening games of Brazil’s 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign in October, Vinicius returned at the expense of Real Madrid team-mate Rodrygo.

Bruno Guimaraes made way for Arthur, while Rodrigo Caio held onto his spot in the group and Felipe was dropped for Eder Militao, who only made his first appearance of the season for Madrid last weekend.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus were included as expected after missing last month’s matches through injury, with Santos and Matheus Cunha consequently left out.

“For the young players it’s a matter of process, of maturity in their clubs. [Their selection depends on] the best moment, the degree of confidence they have,” said Tite.

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“For this reason, I’ll sometimes use Vinicius, Rodrygo, Bruno Guimaraes…

“[Vinicius] is a player that offers width, goes one on one, has extraordinary physical attributes. Say a normal car has five gears – he has six or seven.”

Brazil sit top of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying section after wins over Bolivia and Peru in their opening fixtures.

The Selecao are scheduled to entertain Venezuela and travel to Uruguay during the next international break in November.

Brazil squad in full:
Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras); Alex Telles (Manchester United), Danilo (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Gabriel Menino (Palmeiras), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo Caio (Flamengo), Thiago Silva (Chelsea); Arthur (Juventus), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona); Everton (Benfica), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Richarlison (Everton), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid).


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Barcelona’s Pedri, in his first clasico sets to revenge Madrid rejecting him years back

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Playing in the El Clasico is a dream for any young Barcelona fan. For 17-year-old wonderkid Pedri, it will be a chance to put one over the club who rejected him two years ago.


The highly-rated attacker netted his first Barcelona goal in their Champions League win over Ferencvaros in midweek and is expected to be the Catalans’ secret weapon ahead of their blockbuster derby clash at the weekend.

Though things could have turned out very differently for the teenager, who turned up at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training ground in February 2018 for a trial in the middle of a snowstorm.

The poor weather conditions meant that Madrid had to close their training ground, even for the first team ahead of an important Champions League knockout tie against Paris Saint-Germain the following week.

When Pedri finally got his chance to play in front of the Los Blancos coaches, the pitch conditions were poor due to the snow and the then-15-year-old was given the cold shoulder.

Speaking about his Real Madrid audition, Pedri told AS earlier this year: ‘I went there for a trial. I was there for a week, but they told me to keep working, that I wasn’t the kind of player they were looking for.’

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If he ends up finding the net in El Clasico this Saturday afternoon, the Real Madrid hierarchy may end up regretting that decision.

The Madrid rejection only spurred the teenager from the Canary Islands on to great things.

A year later, the midfielder was promoted from the Las Palmas youth academy into the first team by manager Pepe Mel, who used to coach West Brom.

Just a fortnight after making his professional debut in the Spanish second tier, Barcelona had seen enough. A £4.5million transfer was agreed in September 2019 which would see the player move to the Nou Camp the following summer.

It felt like a move long in the making. Pedri’s father used to show him footage of ex-Barcelona man Michael Laudrup and encouraged him to copy his movements and passing during his development.

Yet despite the pressure from his father, the young midfielder has identified another Barcelona legend as his personal muse.

He told Spanish news outlet EFE last year: ‘I have that Barca DNA. My desire is to resemble Andres Iniesta.

‘I have always said he is my idol and he’ll remain that until I die.’

Just like at Las Palmas, the 17-year-old has been fast-tracked straight into Ronald Koeman’s first-team set-up since joining the Catalans in July.

Pedri has appeared in every single Barcelona league match so far this season, making his first start for the club in the 1-0 defeat by Getafe last weekend.

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And the youngster’s goal was very Iniesta-like, a first-time snapshot from inside the penalty area which opposition goalkeeper Denes Dibusz failed to keep out.

The Hungarian side could be slightly forgiven for not taking Pedri seriously pre-match as the youngster turned up to the Nou Camp on Tuesday night with his kit in a plastic bag from a local supermarket.

After scoring in Europe’s premier club competition, Pedri then had to order a taxi to take him home as he is not old enough to gain his Spanish driving licence.

Given the small transfer price paid by Barcelona to acquire him last year, it is the attacking signing that the Catalans needed after years of financial mismanagement in the market.

Forward players such as Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann have all moved to Barcelona for extortionate fees which have not been paid back yet on the pitch.

If 17-year-old Pedri can join the likes of childhood heroes Laudrup and Iniesta in helping Barcelona to victory over Real Madrid this weekend, then Barcelona will feel they have the bargain of the season.


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Coutinho returned from Bayern adding four Kilograms of muscle

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Tite has revealed the progress Philippe Coutinho made physically during his loan spell at Bayern Munich. The midfielder is notably bigger following his year in Germany, where he won the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League.


Coutinho has started the new season in fine form for Barcelona, with Ronald Koeman preferring to play him in a more central role. Before his loan to Bayern, the Brazilian struggled to adapt to life at the Camp Nou under Ernesto Valverde.

“There’s a factor you have to bear in mind; Coutinho is a player who is very dedicated to the physical aspect,” Tite explained recently.

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“This is even more so after his spell at Bayern Munich, where he gained five kilograms in body weight, four kilos of which were muscle mass. He’s improved a lot physically.”

During the October international break, Coutinho featured in both of Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru.

The former Liverpool player has also been included in Tite’s squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Venezuela and Uruguay in November.


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‘If we stay United, Barca can’t stand us’ – Courtois

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Thibaut Courtois remains ambitious about Real Madrid’s chances to having a successful season in terms of silverware. Los Blancos go into Saturday’s Clasico off the back of successive defeats to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk.


After those losses – Real Madrid’s first of the season – many have questioned whether Zinedine Zidane’s sidecan compete in all competitions like they did during his first spell in charge.

“I think that when you play for Real Madrid then the objective for very title that is in play is to go all the way and try to win it,” Courtois told LaLiga. “That’s what makes this the best team and greatest team in the world. We know this and try to win everything that comes up along the way. If the team is united, it’s very difficult to beat us.

“I want to win as much as possible at Real Madrid and try to keep helping the team, to keep this up. I try to improve every day because I’m still young and I think I can improve and take even more steps forward and help the team to win matches.

“I think we’re getting better every week and personally I feel that way too, so we’re keen to get going with a month that has a lot of important matches and we’ll try to take as many points as possible.”

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El Clásico
Saturday’s Clasico gives Real Madrid the chance to strike the first blow in a LaLiga Santander title race with Barcelona. For Courtois, the fixture is a standout one in the footballing calendar.

“It’s a more special match,” Courtois said. “These are games that, from my childhood and even through my time playing at Chelsea, you would watch on TV if you could. These are special matches that you dream of playing in.”

“El Clasico is important, it’s the first clash between the giants. If we win then that’s good, but we can’t get complacent and we must keep winning.

“It’s a long season and there are three points on offer, just like any other week, but obviously it’s important to win for confidence and for pride. Above all, it’s about the pride of winning Clasicos.”

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“Barcelona are always going to be good. I think that the noise around them is from the outside and I think that the team is united on the inside. We’ve seen that they’ve started the season well, winning matches. It’ll be a good game and a difficult game.

“They have a new coach and that’ll be different, but Barcelona also maintain a certain style and we have to be good tactically and we have to approach the game with a good mentality. I hope we can win it.”

Courtois goes up against Lionel Messi on Saturday – a player that he is yet to concede a goal to as a Real Madrid goalkeeper.

“Sometimes you try to find a pattern, to see if he tends to do this or that when facing a goalkeeper,” Courtois continued. “But, we’re also talking about a player like Messi and when you think he is about to do one thing then he can change and do something different at the last second. But, you can try to study him.

“Obviously it’s always special, since he is one of the best players in history along with Cristiano Ronaldo, for example. It’s nice to go up against these players. It means you can say to your children and grandchildren that you’ve played against them and denied them some goals.”


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Reports claims Zidane’s departure from Madrid will not affect Mbappe’s move

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane potentially leaving the club would not impact any deal to sign PSG star Kylian Mbappe next summer, according to reports.


Zidane, who as recently as July won LaLiga in this his second stint as Madrid boss, is suddenly under-pressure after two consecutive losses at home to Cadiz in the league and Shakhtar Donetsk in Europe.

Madrid face fierce rivals Barcelona in El Clasico on Saturday and amid a poor run of form, speculation is building about a potential departure from the Bernabeu for the French manager – yet according to Spanish outlet AS, that would not affect Madrid’s pursuit of Mbappe as a marquee signing in 2021.

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The report details that though Mbappe has spoken glowingly about Zidane in the past, his apparent desire to move to the Spanish capital does not hinge on Zidane being in the managerial hotseat.

Mbappe said of Zidane in May: ‘My first idol was Zidane for everything he achieved with the national team. Then it was Cristiano [Ronaldo]. He has won a lot and is still a winner after so much success.

‘Both have left their mark on the history of football and I want to leave my own chapter in the books.’

Mbappe’s contract at PSG runs until the summer of 2022 and so far he has resisted talks of an extension.

The 21-year-old, who signed for the Ligue 1 champions in 2017 from Monaco, sees his long-term future at Real Madrid according to sources close to the player.

On the other hand, Madrid president Florentino Perez sees the French World Cup winner as the ‘cornerstone of the next project at Real Madrid’.

Madrid will reportedly consider appointing Mauricio Pochettino or former star Raul as their next manager if they decide to sack Zidane.

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According to a separate report in AS, Raul, who won 16 trophies in 16 years at the Bernabeu, is the ‘ideal option’ for Perez.

Another option is former Tottenham boss Pochettino who has previously been linked with the job.

The Argentine has been without a club since he was sacked by Spurs last November and would be a ready-made replacement for Zidane.

Meanwhile, Zidane has received a big boost ahead of El Clasico with news that captain Sergio Ramos will be fit for the clash at the Camp Nou.

Ramos went off at half-time in Madrid’s 1-0 defeat by minnows Cadiz last weekend and was also absent as they crumbled on Wednesday in the Champions League – however, he took a full part in training on Friday.

‘He’s our captain, our leader. He’s over his injury, but obviously we won’t take any risks. He’ll be with us, you need players who are 100 per cent fit and Sergio is,’ Zidane told a news conference.


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From Camp Nou to ‘Messi’; Could this really come to pass?

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Gerard Pique has been equally outspoken in his defence of Lionel Messi and his criticism of the Barcelona board. The Argentine is now into the final year of his contract at the Camp Nou having been denied a move away from the club in the summer.


Messi’s future was a hot topic of debate over the summer, particularly after he handed in a transfer request following Barcelona’s humiliating defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. After a dispute with Josep Maria Bartomeu’s board, the captain ended up staying.

During his first public interview since his transfer request, Messi claimed that Bartomeu had broken promises he’d made to the forward in the past. Now, the president faces a vote of no confidence at the club.

“Leo deserves everything,” Pique told La Vanguardia. “The new stadium should be named after him. We must preserve our past and present legends and not discredit them.”

Should Barcelona take Pique’s advice and name their redevelopment Camp Nou after Messi, it would be the first time in history the club’s stadium has been named after a person.

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Over the course of their past, Barcelona have played at the Velodrome de la Bonanova (1899-1900), the Hotel Casanovas pitch (1901-05), the pitch on Calle Muntaner (1905-09), the Campo de la Calle Industria (1909-22) and Les Corts (1922-57).

Barcelona first started playing at the Camp Nou in 1957, when its capacity was 90,000. Today, it can hold up to 99,354 fans, making it the biggest stadium in Europe.

Forgotten legacies
“We must preserve our past and present legends and not discredit them,” Pique said, dismayed at the fact that club figures like Pep Guardiola, Carles Puyol, Xavi and Victor Valdes weren’t involved at the Camp Nou these days.

“Something’s not right,” Pique continued. “You always have to keep these people around; they are part of the club’s history. They have made it great. They should be here, contributing.”


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