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The resurrection? Eden Hazard scored in Real Madrid’s triumph and is now regaining confidence | The State

Eden Hazard scored his third goal against Alavés so far this season and little by little he is regaining confidence after another campaign with a difficult start in which He is still far from the level shown before signing for Real Madrid.

A bit in which demonstrated his class by dropping a drone ball by Tony Kroos with an exceptional start defining with quality against Pacheco with his left leg, the least good of the Belgian star.

Goal at the edge of the break that was 0-3 and that gave peace of mind to Zinedine Zidan’s mene, who directed by telephone after testing positive for COVID-19.

Five minutes earlier, Hazard added an assist, prolonging a heel ball to the Frenchman Karim Benzema, to his particular statistics, that so poor since the Madridista elastic was sheathed: four goals and eight assists in the 46 games played, missing 291 days of competition.

The Belgian had only had one serious injury in his entire sports career, until he signed for Madrid in July 2019; since then it adds up to eight and a positive for coronavirus. This campaign only adds 16% of minutes in La Liga and 30% in the Champions League.

Against Alavés he signed a decisive performance although far from remembering the Hazard leader of Chelsea and the Belgian national team. this performance may be a turning point for him and for a Real Madrid season that before his irregularity he needs the best version of ‘7’ to compete until the end for the two titles he has left.


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The only title he has not won: Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid’s cup curse | The State

Zinedine Zidane spread his black legend in his cursed competition, the Copa del Rey, the only one he has not conquered as a Real Madrid coach, falling to a Second B team like Alcoyano, further deepening the club’s sporting crisis and letting another tournament escape in a week after its fall in the Super Cup.

From the “Alcorconazo” that left Manuel Pellegrini marked to the collapse against Alcoyano that places Zinedine Zidane in his most delicate moment. Real Madrid once again starred in a black chapter in its history 11 years later. On October 27, 2009 he was thrashed in Santo Domingo, 4-0 by an Alcorcón who played in Second B and eliminated him in a two-legged tie.

A team with 700,000 euros budget compounded Real Madrid’s troubles in a second slump in his season. Unexpected after reacting to the first with six consecutive victories, but the closing of 2020 with the draw in the visit to Elche, was a warning of the decline of the beginning of 2021.

Alone a win of the last five games and such painful defeats like the one suffered against Athletic Club in the semifinals of the Super Cup and the one that makes it hit rock bottom against Alcoyano. In six days, two of the four titles those who chose have escaped the white team.

Zidane suffered it in a cruel way, unable to outperform a lower two-tier team and in numerical inferiority in the extension. Some with months of inactivity such as Álvaro Odriozola or the Brazilian Militao, others showing that they are far from equaling their past at the club, Marcelo or Isco Alarcón, and pointed out for letting a train pass footballers such as Vinicius and Mariano Díaz.

Zidane’s future is complicated and heThe Copa del Rey may remain the only competition that resisted the second most awarded coach in the history of the white club. He has led 16 games in the competition and suffered four hard-to-digest defeats.

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After the ridicule against Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey: the future of Zinedine Zidane, on the table | The State

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane showed uncertainty when asked about his continuity on the white bench after the embarrassing elimination in the Copa del Rey against Alcoyano, a Second B team

“When you lose there are always things that are talked about but I take responsibility and what will happen will happen. I’m quiet. When we are on the field the players want to win the gameThey try, but sometimes different things happen. We have to assume it and we will see what happens these days“, He affirmed after being asked if he fears for his future.

The French coach assumed full responsibility for the elimination of a Copa del Rey what is he the only title he has not won with Real Madrid.

“This is football, they are difficult things because it is a Second B and we have to win the gamebut in the end it has not come out. It is not a shame, they are things that happen in a footballer’s career. I take full responsibility and we will continue working. We are not going to go crazy ”.

Zidane thinks that his message continues to reach the locker room and that it is not the cause of the crisis of results and the irregularity of this season. “I think they continue to believe, we work and we try. We have done good things, lately less. We are with the League and the Champions, we have to concentrate because things can be done. You have to ask the players if they get the message, I think so and we are in the same boat ”.


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Raúl González tested positive for COVID-19 | The State

Raúl González during a match with the white club.

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He Real Madrid confirmed what had been speculated for a few hours: Raul Gonzalez the former player of the team and now DT of Real Madrid Castilla tested positive for COVID-19.

The news was confirmed by the club to EFE, an agency that ensures that the former player is already isolated At home since Monday afternoon, when he learned of the positive.

Due to this result in the test, Raúl González he will not be able to sit on the Castilla bench for next Sunday’s game when the team faces the Getafe B.

The Madrid affiliate has not competed for more than a month. His last official match was the victory on December 13 against Atlético de Madrid B, although later he played a friendly against Móstoles on Sunday, January 3.


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‘’ One more excuse from the coach ’’, lawsuit between Zidane and President of La Liga prior to the Super Cup | The State

Four days have passed since Real Madrid’s bumpy trip to PamplonaThe least of that game seems to have been the zero draw against Osasuna, or the poor performance of the “Merengues.”

The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas defended himself of the claims against him for not suspending the match of day 18 due to a winter storm, “What has bothered me the most is the version that has been given of Real Madrid’s trip.”he declared.

Tebas insisted that “if AENA says that there is no possibility of taking off Real Madrid would not have taken off “ and that “The final decision to travel is made by Real Madrid”.

I don’t know the information that Zidane had. I have seen so many excuses that the coaches have given when the games they have not this will be one more“, Tebas adapted in an interview for TVE, after the technician spoke of the convenience of having postponed the meeting to its conclusion.

For his part, before these statements, the coach of the white box, Zinedine Zidane, affirmed that it was not an excuse. “It doesn’t bother me, I don’t care, I said what I said the other day, it was what I was thinking at the time but they are not excuses or anything, it was evidenceHe said in his first reply on the matter.

“I’m not going to get involved, nor am I going to answer. This is past and now we are thinking about tomorrow’s game, which is what interests me the most, ”he added.

Preparation for the Super Cup closes in Malaga

Real Madrid completed in The Rose Garden, scene of the second semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup that faces Athletic Club, his last training session to close his preparation with the absences of Dani Carvajal and Serbian Luka Jovic.

“We feel good, we have been preparing the game for days, happy we can play it. We are prepared, we will have to compete against a very strong rival that will make us run a lot and fight. We will try to have a great game, “he said at a press conference on the eve of the semifinal.

It was the last chance to define his starting team for Zinedine Zidane, with clear ideas in a block to which he has given continuity and a single doubt to clear, the one chosen to cover the absence of Dani Carvajal, due to a muscular mishap, on the right side. Everything points to the continuity of Lucas Vazquez although it also has options Nacho Fernandez.

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Real Madrid is stranded at the airport due to the brutal storm “Filomena” | The State

The Real Madrid expedition that had to fly from Barajas to Pamplona to face Osasuna tomorrow was delayed due to the impressive storm of snow through which Spain passes.

After advance the trip one day to try to prevent any delay due to the storm “Filomena”, Real Madrid suffered a delay in its flight due to difficulties with the heavy snow that has been falling for hours in the capital of Spain.

With the whole expedition on the plane, 22 players and the coaching staff headed by Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid waits for take-off and is delayed by the ice on several tracks, as reported by the white club. There is discomfort in the club about the situation and not having had a modification of the date of the meeting by La Liga.


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Messi, Ramos, Neymar, Mbappé: Is it feasible to build the great team that Paris Saint-Germain wants? | The State

Messi and Neymar could meet in Paris.

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Leo Messi is not only the most destabilizing soccer player in the world, is also a marketing asset for anyone involved with it: your peers, your sponsors, your businesses and of course, your team. Whatever this is next season will have higher bonuses than this, that without a doubt.

Therefore, It is not surprising that Paris Saint-Germain is the entity that is most on the lookout for the historic signing of the Argentine who would raise his popularity to a level never before seen and clear, I would contribute a lot to get that Champions League that already so obsessed the French team.

And it is not only Messi, PSG also aims high with the hypothetical signing of Sergio Ramos who would give unprecedented leadership to this team who would suddenly have a roster more like the Hall of Justice.

But… is it feasible? That is, the club has unlimited resources, that is known to all, but Does the financial Fair Play allow it? First, let’s do the math:

The Parisian team already managed to reach the Champions League final last year with a team full of stars and who charge as such: Neymar is around $ 40 million annually, Followed by Kylian Mbappé who perceives about 25, not much more than Icardi, Di María or Marquinhos.

To this already high payroll, the club would have to add to two of the most famous players in the world, starting by Messi, the one who charges the most, about $ 100 million gross per yearObviously, his claims at 34 will not be as high, but neither will he change teams for a much lower figure.

In this whole equation, Sergio Ramos’ current salary of about $ 15 million seems even low to enlist the services of a superstar of his level, but doing the summation, PSG would be paying stratospheric figures to their footballersYes, something UEFA wants to avoid at all costs.

In every sense of the word, Financial Fair Play refers to a series of measures came into force in 2011, as ua form of financial control towards the clubs and whose main objective is control and limit the spending of football clubs to ensure competitiveness.

It is about clubs not spending more money on salaries than they enter, regardless of whether their owners have unlimited resources. This situation is currently very delicate due to the crash of ticket sales revenue and other entries that have to do directly with the attendance of the public to the stadiums.

Based on this, we could say that the situation is not easy for PSG, That will have to move very intelligently in order to make your dream come true: a great vintage team.


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Cristiano Ronaldo, Guardiola and Real Madrid, the best of the century | The State

The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, the Spanish coach Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid, were chosen as the best player, coach and club of the XXI century, at the gala of the Globe Soccer Awards held in Dubai, in which Iker Casillas and Gerard Piqué received special recognition for their successful careers.

Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed Argentine Leo Messi, the Brazilian, in the vote Ronaldinho and Mohamed Salah. Present at the luxurious Hotel Armani, the Portuguese star received the award with emotion. “It is precious to receive this award. I thank everyone who voted for me, my family, my mother and my sisters ”.

“Being nominated alongside great footballers is an honor for me. This motivates me even more. It’s amazing that children want to be like me, wear the same haircut. I want to see them around the world making the sound when I score a goal ”, he wished.

The gala left a desire shared by all, the return of fans to the stadiums once the coronavirus pandemic is overcome. “It is boring to play without an audience,” Cristiano confessed. “I don’t like playing in empty stadiums. Without fans, football is nothing ”.

It was the message with which the FIFA President Gianni Infantino began the gala, which left a special memory for two recently deceased football legends such as the Argentine Diego Armando Maradona and the Italian Paolo Rossi. “Football is the most important of the least important things. We remember what has suffered from the pandemic and how important football is for the people, “he claimed.

The player of the year was won by Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who beat Cristiano Ronaldo himself and Leo Messi. “We have only lost one game in 2020 and I have scored a lot of goals. It is not that I am going to sit at the table of Cristiano and Messi, but rather that I invite them to sit at my table ”, he joked.

In the technical section the big winner was Pep Guardiola, chosen as the best in the century. The current Manchester City manager beat Alex Ferguson, Zinedine Zidane and José Mourinho.

Meanwhile, in the section of best coach of the year the award went to Hans Dieter Flick, Bayern Munich coach, after his great season crowned with the conquest of the Champions League. In the vote he beat Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp and Atalanta, Mario Gasperini.

He Real Madrid was voted best club of the century ahead of Barcelona, ​​Bayern Munich and Al Ahly; Two special moments were the recognition of Iker Casillas and Gerard Piqué for their careers; while Bayern won the recognition as the best club of the year and Jorge Mendes as agent of the century.

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The controversial Christmas photo for which Zinedine Zidane has been severely criticized | The State

Zinedine Zidane is in the eye of the hurricane.

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The technical director of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, is taking a vacation with his family in the French Alps, but has been heavily criticized as he was seen in a photograph exceeding the allowed number of people within the same place in France, due to the pandemic.

During Christmas Eve, the members of the Zidane family shared various images of the festivities and one was leaked where The coach of Real Madrid appears with 11 other members of the family posing in a picture, when in France only meetings of 6 people are allowed. The image was deleted a few minutes after it was published, but various media and followers replicated it on their networks.

Shortly after, Zidane posted a new image, as if trying to amend the above, since it is only seen with 5 members, which add up to 6, that is, respecting the indication of the authorities.

Zidane will have to return to Madrid these days, since On December 30, his team will face Elche at the Martínez Valero Stadium in a duel on matchday 16 of La Liga. Upon arrival at the club, he will surely undergo a PCR test to confirm that he has not been infected and, if it is negative, he will be able to sit on the bench next Wednesday.


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Merengue on the rise: Karim Benzema decided a great game and gave Real Madrid the victory | The State

Real Madrid went from the initial shine, to dazzle and score two goals very quickly, to carry out a suffered game in Eibar 1-3 and that kept him in the wake of Atlético de Madrid, leader of La Liga.

Zidane’s team had to work overtime before the push of the Eibar group in Ipurúa, to which The desire was not enough to stop being the worst venue in the championship.

The brilliance with which Real Madrid started the game, driven by goals from Karim Benzema and Luka Modric, authors of the two goals, did not invite to think that it was going to cost him so much to take the victory.

Why Benzema did not take the opportunity to give the lace shortly after and then Kike García gave air to Eibar with a spectacular shot at the squad just before half an hour.

Eibar, a team with its limitations but brave, never gives up and always shows up. And how Madrid forgave him more times He had his options to give them a dislike, but there was no success against Thibaut Courtois.

Only Madrid could breathe when the referee whistled the end. Triumph him keeps tied at the top of the league with Atlético, although he has played two more games