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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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‘’ 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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Zinedine Zidane casts doubt on Real Madrid future amid open La Liga title race

Zinedine Zidane admitted being Real Madrid boss “takes a lot out of you” as he refused to commit his future to the Spanish giants.

Zidane, 48, returned for a second stint in the Santiago Bernabeu hot seat in March 2019 after a glittering two-and-a-half-season tenure between 2016 and 2018.

The Frenchman picked up his fifth major honour as a manager by leading Los Blancos to the La Liga title last July.

Zidane is under contract in the Spanish capital until the summer of 2022 but suggested the stress that comes with management means there is no guarantee he will pen a new deal.

Zidane has cast doubt over his future with Real

Quizzed on whether he would sign a new long-term contract with Real, Zidane responded: “It takes a lot out of you, but it’s a great position here.

‘I’m lucky enough to say I’m manager of Real Madrid and take advantage of every moment.

“I can’t say a month, a year or four years. Life is just about the day to day.

Los Blancos won La Liga last season

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“That’s what I’m interested in: the day to day, to give everything I can, in every training session, every game. That’s what I’m interested in.

“The rest? I don’t know what’s going to happen in one week. That’s why we have to take advantage of the moment.”

While Real can go top of La Liga with victory over Celta Vigo on Saturday night, Atletico Madrid have the advantage in the title race with multiple games in hand at the table’s summit.

But Zidane was unfazed by his local rivals’ lead, adding: “Being first means you have an advantage, and that’s it. We just have to keep on going. We can’t control [Atleti being favourites].

“They have an advantage because they’re first, and that’s it. People are speaking a lot about Atletico now, because, as I said, they’re first.

“But the nice thing about this league, right up until the end, it’s going to be an open league – as it always is. We’ll see.”

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Arsenal transfer round-up as Gunners summer signing could head for early exit

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has begun overhauling his side as he aims to guide the Gunners away from the Premier League relegation zone.

The clear-out started yesterday with Sead Kolasnic joining Bundesliga side Schalke on loan, and Arteta more than hinting others will follow the Bosnian through the exit door.

Arteta’s side have struggled in the top-flight this season, but have experienced a revival over Christmas, beating Chelsea and Brighton.

But the need for reinforcements, and departures, is clear as the Spaniard seeks to stamp his vision on the team.

Here’s the latest Arsenal transfer news.

Summer signing heading for exit

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 06: Dani Ceballos of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 06, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of fans are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Real Madrid are reportedly considering ending Dani Ceballos’ loan deal in January. Calciomercato claim that the La Liga champions are unhappy with Ceballos’ limited game time at the Emirates.

The Spanish midfielder has lost his place in Arteta’s team to Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny, with star summer signing Thomas Partey nearing a return from injury.

Ceballos has made eight starts in the top flight this season, registering only one assist, with Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane contemplating cutting short the 24-year-old’s stay in the capital.

He would not be short of suitors should he return to Los Blancos, with AC Milan one of the teams reported to be interested in a loan move for the midfielder.

Youngster set for medical

Hertha Berlin have given permission to Omar Rekik to complete a medical at Arsenal, report Bild.

The highly-rated defender is yet to make his first-team debut for the Bundesliga side, and Rekik would link up with the Gunners’ under 23s should he make the move to London.

Arsenal will reportedly pay a fee of around €600,000 (£530,000) for the 19-year-old, with the deal coming as part of the move that saw Matteo Guendouzi join Hertha.

Rekik teased fans earlier this month by posting a photo at an airport with London tagged as the location.

Gunners eye creative help

Julian Brandt has struggled for game time at Borussia Dortmund
Julian Brandt has struggled for game time at Borussia Dortmund

Having scored just 16 goals so far this season, Arsenal are in desperate need of creative help.

And according to Sport Bild reporter Christian Falk, that could be coming in the form of Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt.

The German, who has mainly been deployed on the left wing in his career, has the ability to play in a number of attacking positions.

The German starred at Bayer Leverkusen, but has struggled to replicate that form for Dortmund, starting only six Bundesliga games this season.

And Falk has claimed that Arteta’s players have already started talking about Brandt as a potential arrival.

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Bale slammed amid Tottenham struggles as Zidane decision proved correct

Gareth Bale has been the subject of a scathing attack in the Spanish press as his Tottenham struggles continue.

The Welshman returned to north London on loan in the summer in a move that attracted plenty of attention.

Bale was a roaring success at Tottenham before leaving and had fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane had copped criticism for freezing Bale out at the Bernabeu with the pair clearly not seeing eye to eye.

But a piece published in Marca has highlighted how the Los Blancos boss may have been correct with Bale unable to even nail down a regular starting spot.

The forward has largely been used as a squad player by Jose Mourinho.

Gareth Bale is not a guaranteed starter at Tottenham

A recent illness ruled him out but the 31-year-old has only scored once in the Premier League so far.

The Spanish press also appeared to mock Bale’s role as a “relegated” Europa League player with Mourinho often fielding weakened teams in the competition.

Throughout his time in Madrid the Welshman was seen as the scapegoat and endured a difficult relationship with both the media and his own fans, with Bale having to face boos from the Bernabeu crowd at times.

His mammoth salary made the situation even more complicated with Los Blancos unable to move him on.

It was a similar scenario for James Rodriguez, now of Everton.

Zinedine Zidane rarely made use of the Welshman last season

The Colombian was signed in 2014 by Carlo Ancelotti but had become a peripheral figure as his time at Madrid went on.

He reunited with the Italian boss when he was at Bayern Munich and did so for a third time when he completed a move to Everton this summer.

Rodriguez got off to an impressive start as the Toffees topped the table early on, but injuries have halted his momentum.

Zidane’s Madrid continue to struggle having scrapped through their Champions League group.

But the consensus in Spain is that the Frenchman has been proved right regarding his stance on Bale and Rodriguez.

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Arsenal’s plans for Isco emerge as Mikel Arteta makes Spaniard his top target

Arsenal have reportedly made Real Madrid midfielder Isco their number one transfer target ahead of the January window.

The Gunners have struggled in the Premier League this season and are six points off the relegation zone after 15 matches played.

Arsenal have lacked creativity, with £350,000-a-week midfielder Mesut Ozil frozen out in north London, and Arteta has his eye on a playmaker ahead of January.

Isco is rotated heavily at Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane.

And according to PA, the Gunners are hoping to sign the Spaniard on a half-season loan when the window opens in a couple of days.

Arsenal have reportedly made Isco their number one transfer target

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Arsenal hope the lure of being one of the first names on their team-sheet will sway the 28-year-old’s decision, and are said to be ‘genuinely keen’ on making a deal happen.

But there are a few issues standing in Arsenal’s way.

Firstly, Real Madrid would have to pay a percentage of Isco’s wages, which they will more than likely be against doing, and Arsenal will have to move a player on first.

Ozil is no doubt the man Arteta would love to get off his books at Arsenal, but the German World Cup winner has repeatedly made it clear he plans to see out his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

Mikel Arteta (right) needs a creative player to turn Arsenal’s season around

Reports in Spain complicate things further as it has been claimed Isco would rather continue playing in La Liga and move on loan to Sevilla.

Other reports make for even worse reading from an Arsenal perspective, as it is claimed Zidane has no intention of letting the midfielder leave.

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Real Madrid growing in belief that they can sign Man City’s Phil Foden

Real Madrid have emerged as serious suitors for Phil Foden – if his career stalls at Manchester City.

The Spanish giants are keeping close tabs on the young England international and have been given encouragement by the playmaker’s increasing lack of game-time at the Eithad.

The 13-time European Champions have mounted a watching brief on the young England international for several years now – but frustration at his lack of first-team starts is beginning to grow.

And belief is rising in the Spanish capital that it could be time to take advantage.

Before last night’s game against Newcastle, the 20-year-old had started just one game in the Premier League since October.

That was set against starring roles in the Champions League group games and a breakthrough at senior international level with England.

Is Foden seeing enough action at Manchester City?

It is that deficit in exposure which is holding Foden back and fears are growing that he might have to move on to be properly appreciated, with a place on the subs’ bench in the Manchester derby a particular source of angst.

And while Madrid may be at a crossroads with boss Zinedine Zidane, their recruitment team remains on the hunt for the best young talent on the planet – and the Stockport Iniesta comes into that category.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has treated Foden with kid gloves, promoting him to play with the first-team squad almost as soon as he was installed in charge four years ago.

He has nurtured the prodigy carefully and spoke in glowing terms of Foden ahead of last night’s game with Newcastle.

“We love this guy,” said the Catalan, “he has everything to be really special.

“I want the best for him and if he has the desire to do it, then he will get there for sure.”

But actions speak louder than words and until Guardiola begins to back Foden with more starts, rumours will continue to circulate that one of the most special talents in English football could be open to a move.

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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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Liverpool face Real Madrid transfer threat to land Paul Pogba alternative

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma in the January transfer window.

With Georginio Wijnaldum yet to pen a new contract at Anfield, ESPN have reported a move for Bissouma is being considered.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Monaco have also reportedly been circling – but it is now claimed Real Madrid will pose Liverpool’s biggest threat.

According to Defensa Central, Bissouma’s performances have caught the eye of manager Zinedine Zidane, who has been impressed with his physical presence.

With the Bernabeu club counting the cost of the coronavirus pandemic, it is claimed they are not in a position to fund a big-money move for a marquee signing.

Zinedine Zidane and Jurgen Klopp could face a January transfer battle

Their long-standing interest in Paul Pogba is unlikely to lead to a January move despite uncertainty over his Manchester United future.

The same applies to Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga, who would attract a big fee.

As a result, Bissouma has been identified as a more affordable alternative with claims Brighton could ask for €35-40m to sanction a deal.

With Liverpool and other clubs keen, Real Madrid face a battle to win the race for Bissouma, whose exit would be a huge blow for Brighton.

Yves Bissouma has caught the eye so far this season for Brighton

Liverpool’s transfer policy depends on whether they can tie down Wijnaldum, who will be out of contract in the summer.

Speaking about the midfielder’s future last month, manager Jurgen Klopp said: “I cannot really say a lot about that. I would be happy if he would stay here – that’s maybe the only thing.

“But sitting here, I’m pretty happy with Gini. You see [that] when you look at most of the line-ups!”