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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Next week’s clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid was postponed on Friday by the Spanish soccer federation to avoid coinciding with a large separatist rally in riot-stricken Catalonia. The federation’s competitions committee said Barcelona and Madrid have until Monday to decide on another date. If the clubs cannot agree, then the committee will choose. The Spanish league wanted the match to be moved from Barcelona to Madrid because of security concerns, with the return match automatically switched from Madrid to Barcelona. But the competitions committee rejected that idea, saying that it was against its rules to invert the order of the games. The federation, in consultation with government officials, said it wasn’t safe to play on the same day as the rally. The Spanish league runs the top two soccer divisions in the country, while the federation controls regulations and matches for professional and amateur games. Catalonia has seen violent protests for the … [Read more...] about Barcelona v Real Madrid called off following unrest in Catalonia
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?
La Liga has asked that this month’s Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid be moved to the capital amid growing protests in Catalonia. Nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed for between nine and 13 years on Monday over their roles in the failed push for regional independence two years ago, sparking protests and clashes across the region. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia. The match is due to take place on 26 October at Barça’s Camp Nou stadium. But La Liga has asked the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to reverse the fixture. The second meeting of the season is due to take place in Madrid in March. “We have requested the competitions committee of the RFEF to meet and change the location of El Clásico to Madrid because of exceptional circumstances beyond our control,” a La Liga spokesman said. The RFEF did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters. The announcement of the jail terms triggered mass protests across … [Read more...] about La Liga calls for upcoming Clásico to be moved from Barcelona to Madrid
HERE WE GO, HERE WE GO, HERE WE GO, HERE WE GO, THIS IS IT It is the grandest rivalry in English football. It’s just a pity that Manchester United v Liverpool matches regularly resemble those mid-2000s Birmingham v Bolton clashes that not even Sky Sports Premier League finds airspace to replay. Each of the last three seasons has featured a 0-0 draw in a fixture that gets the loudest fanfare for the most diminished returns. By now, you know the drill for the buildup: a Jimmy Nesbitt voiceover or a local poet delivering Vogon verse atop a soft-focus glimpse of life in the north west’s two great cities, soundtracked by either Pete Wylie or the Stone Roses, depending on which is the home side.roared Ed. The briefing has been broad. Poor, poor David Moyes had zero chance of success, it has been admitted. Daley Blind, yes Daley Blind, that Dutch chap who didn’t cost much and was actually quite decent in midfield, central defence and at left-back, was exactly the wrong … [Read more...] about The Glazer family, that real-life version of Succession season four