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Zidane ‘has nothing against James’ despite punch



James Rodriguez punched the Real Madrid bench after his substitution against Leganes, but Zinedine Zidane understands his reaction.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he has nothing against James Rodriguez despite the attacking midfielder punching the dugout after being substituted against Leganes.

James was frustrated to be taken off for Isco with 18 minutes remaining of his side’s thrilling 4-2 away LaLiga victory on Wednesday.

The Colombia international had produced a fine display, scoring the opener, assisting Alvaro Morata’s hat-trick goal and creating a total of four chances for his team-mates.

But despite Marcelo attempting to calm him down, James’ let his anger be known when Zidane opted to replace him, walking straight past the head coach before punching the dugout after sitting down.

The substitution meant James has still only completed the full 90 minutes in two league matches this season and Zidane insisted he understands his player’s frustration.

« I have not spoken with him – it is normal that a player wants to play the full 90 minutes, » Zidane said at his post-match media conference.

« These are things that happen and that is it. I don’t have anything against James, quite the opposite.

« It is true that he isn’t on the pitch as much, but he is offensive and works hard.

« It happens with Karim [Benzema] too. I am happy with him and it is normal that he is annoyed to be substituted.

« He played well and I am pleased with that. I do things for the good of the team, I understand his annoyance but he is going to keep being important. »

Marco Asensio – who set up James’ goal – was another Madrid fringe player who starred as Zidane made nine changes for the game, resting the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale ahead of crucial matches against Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the weeks ahead.

« Asensio had a great game, we all know about his quality, » said Zidane.

« All of the players have it tough. We need everyone. You talk about substitutes and starting players, but we are all in the same boat together.

« It is clear that I am happy, but it is because I have a great squad. »

Madrid are two points clear of Barca at the top of LaLiga with a game in hand as they move closer to winning a first league title since 2012.



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Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo has launched a new strike!



Like two years ago, Cristiano Ronaldo would have decided to stop speaking to the media until further notice. Even until the end of the season.

Between Cristiano Ronaldo and the Spanish press, it’s a little « I love you … my no more ». Two years ago, the Real Madrid winger refused to answer the media for several weeks, tired of rumors about his personal life after his break with Irina Shayk. It is also remembered that CR7 had snubbed the journalists who were waiting for it after leaving court in July after being summoned by the courts in the investigation for tax evasion.

« I say one thing and you write another, how do you want me to speak?  »
A new chapter of this guéguerre should soon be played. According to the daily Marca, the Portuguese international has warned his family and leaders of his desire to stop responding to the media, including in the context of promotional operations. A reaction to recent rumors in the Spanish press that Cristiano Ronaldo and his captain Sergio Ramos are cold. « I say one thing and you write another, how do you want me to speak? « , Also launched CR7 in the mixed zone Tuesday night after the victory of Real Madrid on the lawn of Apoel Nicosia (6-0).

In short, it is only on the ground that Cristiano Ronaldo now intends to speak. This is not a very good sign for opposing defenders …

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Neymar totally annoyed by the rumor of Real!



It’s been just three months since Neymar became Parisian that the rumors giving it start to emerge. Indeed, some say that if the Brazilian joined the PSG, it is not to stay in the long term but simply to join Real Madrid without having to make a direct transfer between the two enemies of Liga: Barça and Casa Blanca.

Already very touched by the rumors explaining a certain malaise in Paris, which caused his crying in a press conference, the one who yesterday scored twice this time reacted quite differently to a question on a potential transfer. While the journalist had not finished asking him if it was possible to see him leave the Paris Saint-Germain, he dropped a scathing: You are painful with that « , leaving the mixed zone. See instead.
On the same evening, Neymar returned to the state of form of his team, and wants to be patient: « We must keep our feet on the ground. We know very well that everything we do in this phase of hens will no longer count in the next round. We are in a good period, but we must continue. « 

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The big lie Lionel Messi!



While his extension is still expected from FC Barcelona, ​​Lionel Messi is far from considering a departure for Manchester City. Pep Guardiola would not want it.

In the British press, this information is presented as « shocking ». No, Lionel Messi should not become one of the new Premier League stars by joining Manchester City. If the British tabloids are trying to stir up trouble in recent months, the Spanish media Don Balon believes that this is a « big lie » because « La Pulga » should stay at FC Barcelona, ​​even if its extension to in 2018 is still not official.

It’s simple, Pep Guardiola would not consider strengthening his staff with the Argentine prodigy. On the one hand, the Catalan coach does not really want to put Blaugranas fans back on their heels by stealing the idol of Camp Nou. Above all, the two concerned do not necessarily get along very well, no matter if they took everything with the FCB during 4 seasons (2008-2012). Their relationship was even rather tense during the last season of Guardiola on the bench of Barcelona.

Since, the exchanges between the two men are limited to simple formulas of politeness, like « how are you? », « Good luck » or « take care of you », if one believes Don Balon. It certainly did not prevent Pep Guardiola to praise Lionel Messi recently, claiming that the native of Rosario was the best player in the world « not because he is able to dribble 3 or 4 players », but « Because it does it better than anyone ».

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