• Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid: Ronaldo hat-trick rescues Zidane’s men

    Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid: Ronaldo hat-trick rescues Zidane’s men

    The Portugal international pulled his side from behind to ensure they remain top of La Liga with a win over their hosts.

     

    Zinedine Zidane’s confidence in Cristiano Ronaldo proved to be fully justified as the Portugal star netted a hat-trick in Real Madrid’s 4-1 defeat of Alaves.

    The Madrid coach backed Ronaldo as the “clear” front-runner for the Ballon d’Or this week despite a run of one goal in his last five league games, and he led the way in Vitoria as […]

  • No Messi, no Suarez & too many changes – Barca pay price for Luis Enrique’s excessive rotation

    No Messi, no Suarez & too many changes – Barca pay price for Luis Enrique’s excessive rotation

    A much-changed Blaugrana side lost at home to Alaves on Saturday evening in a defeat that was unexpected but perhaps could have been avoided.

    Under no circumstances should Barcelona lose at home to a newly promoted team. Sometimes, however, these things happen: Pep Guardiola’s great side were beaten by Hercules on September 11, 2010 and almost exactly five years later, Luis Enrique’s men went down to Alaves.

    It was one of those fixtures that coaches just want out of the way. After […]

  • Simeone disappointed with opening-day draw

    Simeone disappointed with opening-day draw

    The coach was disappointed to see Manu Garcia swoop with a last-gasp equaliser at Vicente Calderon, and called on his men to show more precision in front of goal.

    Diego Simeone said he was left with a “bad taste” in his mouth after Atletico Madrid were denied victory in a dramatic ending to their clash with Alaves.

    Atletico looked set to secure all three points in their LaLiga opener on Sunday, with new signing Kevin Gameiro scoring a 93rd-minute penalty to break […]