Tuchel: No one wants to play against Chelsea in Champions League quarters

Thomas Tuchel believes no one wants to face Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals after the in-form Blues eliminated Atletico Madrid. Chelsea outclassed LaLiga leaders Atletico 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to progress to the last eight 3-0 on aggregate. Hakim Ziyech and Emerson scored as Chelsea extended their unbeaten streak to 14 matches in all competitions, and 13 since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard on January 26 – the longest undefeated start to a tenure by any Chelsea manager in history. Chelsea are yet to concede a goal in…

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Zidane hopeful on Benzema availability for blockbuster Madrid derby

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is hopeful his leading marksman Karim Benzema will be available to return from injury in Sunday’s huge LaLiga derby against leaders Atletico Madrid. Benzema is Madrid’s top-scorer this season with 17 goals in all competitions but has missed their past three games due to an unspecified knock. The France international’s finishing touch was missed in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad, which leaves third-placed Los Blancos five points behind Atletico having played a game more. “We hope he can be with us, but we have…

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Zidane accepts half-time changes may have cost Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane held his hands up and accepted his half-time tinkering may have cost Real Madrid in their 1-1 draw at home to Real Sociedad on Monday. Madrid were the more threatening of the teams in the first half at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, with Mariano Diaz hitting the crossbar from close range in a lucky escape for the visitors. But, seemingly unhappy with his team’s performance, Zidane altered his setup at the interval to go with a back three, only for Portu to ghost in at the back post…

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Simeone backs Suarez to use goalscoring ‘gift’ against Chelsea

Diego Simeone hopes Luis Suarez can use his goalscoring “gift” when Atletico Madrid face Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday. Suarez is enjoying a fine season with Atletico, scoring 16 goals in 24 games in all competitions since joining from Barcelona. However, he is without a goal or assist in four Champions League games this season. He has scored in each of his previous seven campaigns in the competition. Atletico coach Simeone said the Uruguayan provided his team with a huge boost. “For all competitions, not only the Champions…

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Copa del Rey Round of 32 draw: Alcoyano vs Real Madrid, Cornella vs Barcelona

The Copa del Rey’s Round of 32 was drawn on Friday morning, and there are some dream fixtures for lower league sides. Cornella, having knocked out Atletico Madrid last time out, will target another giant killing against Barcelona, while Real Madrid face a trip to take on Alcoyano, meaning Spain’s two biggest clubs both face Segunda B opposition. The ties will all be one-legged, and played on January 16 and 17. Round of 32 ties:

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Madrid are a machine against the big teams: 20 points from 24 against top sides

If Real Madrid could play against Spain’s best teams every week, they would be untouchably dominant in LaLiga Santander. Los Blancos’ latest 2-0 win over Celta Vigo at the weekend was just the latest evidence supporting the argument that, as far as Real Madrid are concerned, there’s no better fixture than one against a top side. Having seen off the Galicians, Real Madrid have already played against the other eight sides accompanying them in the top part of the table, taking 20 of the 24 points on offer. Atletico Madrid,…

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Real Madrid go top of La Liga after comfortable victory over Celta Vigo

Real Madrid moved one point clear at the top of the La Liga table on Saturday after their 2-0 win over Celta Vigo at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. It’s a league lead that could last little more than 12 hours, though, with Atletico Madrid (who have three games in hand) travelling to Alaves on Sunday with visions of returning to Spanish football’s summit. Sergio Ramos sat out the visit of Eduardo Coudet’s men with a reported stomach illness, but the hosts maintained their stout defensive form behind Raphael Varane…

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