This was not a night for galácticos, old or new. At a balmy Parc Des Princes Paris Saint-Germain simply overran Real Madrid, pulling apart the hastily-stitched seams of Zinedine Zidane’s team and producing surely the most coherent and powerful performance of Thomas Tuchel’s time in charge. It felt like a humiliation at times – and by the end perhaps something more, a Viking funeral for a team, an era, a way of trying to win. As the seconds ran out there was even the unexpected sight of the Paris full‑backs Juan Bernat and Thomas Meunier bearing down on the Real goal, the midfield crumbling away like a sheet of millefeuille pastry, the defence drowning in all that space. Bernat took the ball from Meunier. Meunier took it back from Bernat. Meunier might have paused to drink in a most unexpected moment in his own career, but instead steered the ball into the corner of the Real net with a brusque, merciful haste to complete a 3-0 win. And make no mistake, Real … [Read more...] about Ángel Di María double helps PSG ease to win against Real Madrid
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What does Zinedine Zidane dream about? Cute cats? No, it’s not his style. Cakes? He’s too svelte. Scary monsters? He’s 47 years old for heaven’s sake! No, according to reports in Spain, Zizou goes to bed at night and “dreams of” N’Golo Kanté. The Real Madrid manager believes signing the ultimate defensive midfield pivot will open up a new glittering pathway towards untold glories at the Bernabéu. Kanté won’t come cheap, though, so Florentino Pérez will strap £86m to James Rodríguez and dangle him in front of Stamford Bridge in the hope that Chelsea beancounters bite. Another midfielder who may be on the move is Ivan Rakitic, who has fallen so far down the pecking order at Barcelona that he’s probably making tea for Frenkie de Jong as you read this sentence. It says here that Juventus and Manchester United are interested, though with the Italian champions having around 756 available central midfielders … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté to join Real Madrid?
A late strike from their prolific goalscorer Charlyn Corral earned Atlético Madrid a precious away goal, and a draw, against Manchester City. City took the lead through Janine Beckie before Corral, who scored 86 goals in 117 appearances for Levante before joining Atlético, ensured the Blues face a tough return leg. The most alluring tie of the round did not quite live up to that billing. In Lauren Hemp, who was making her third appearance of the season after a spell out with a shoulder injury, though, City had the brightest player on the pitch. The 19-year-old ran Carmen Menayo and centre-back Aïssatou Tounkara ragged, and it was the fallout from her low effort which was saved by the Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal that led to the goal. A poor clearance saw City drive forward again and Keira Walsh played a ball through the middle which took a deflection but ran kindly for Beckie, who powered it coolly into the roof of the net with her first touch. It was her … [Read more...] about Charlyn Corral gives Atlético Madrid upper hand against Manchester City
Mesut Özil seems to have accepted his days at Arsenal are numbered, having made just a paltry two appearances for the club in all competitions this season. With his manager Unai Emery reported to be unimpressed with the playmaker’s attitude in training, a January move elsewhere looks increasingly likely even if his current employers are forced to heavily subsidise his £350,000 weekly stipend. Turkish newspaper Takvim, which your polyglot Rumour Mill has delivered daily, report that Fenerbahce have opened talks with Arsenal about a loan deal and say the “dream move can come true in January”. Not for the first time in recent months Manchester City are mulling over the possibility of trying to sign Nathan Aké, having identified the central defender as the man to help plug the conspicuous Aymeric Laporte-shaped hole in their beleaguered defence. Speculation linking Aké with City during the summer ultimately came to naught, but knowing how desperate … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Mesut Özil to leave Arsenal for Fenerbahce?
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 700th career goal when he converted a 72nd-minute penalty in Portugal’s Euro 2020 qualifier defeat to Ukraine. The 34-year-old has scored 95 for his country, 450 for Real Madrid, 118 for Manchester United, 32 for Juventus and five for Sporting. Portugal were beaten 2-1 by Ukraine in the Group B match, a result which meant Ukraine qualified for next summer’s finals. Ukraine top the group on 19 points from seven games, eight more than the second-placed European champions Portugal, who have a game in hand and should still qualify given their last two games are against Lithuania and Luxembourg. Third-paced Serbia are on 10 points from six games after an Aleksandar Mitrovic double gave them a 2-1 win in Lithuania. Luxembourg have four points from six games and the Lithuanians prop the group with one point from seven matches. In Kiev, first-half goals by Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko took Ukraine into a 2-0 lead before Ronaldo reduced the … [Read more...] about Euro 2020 roundup: Ronaldo hits 700th career goal, Giroud on target again