No problem with Xavi – Luis Enrique


Barcelona boss Luis Enrique says he has “no problem” with Xavi, despite continuing to leave the veteran midfielder out of his starting line-up. Club captain Xavi, 34, has made just two substitute appearances for the Spanish side in La Liga this season. “I need Xavi,” said Enrique. “I have him in my squad, I could have used him more and ...

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‘Ronaldo more complete than Messi’ – Vilarreal boss


Villarreal coach Marcelino says Cristiano Ronaldo is a more complete player than Lionel Messi. The former midfielder says the Real Madrid forward and the Barcelona man are the two best footballers in the world but claims the Portugal star – who will face his side on Saturday – is the greater all-round performer. “Cristiano, taking into account all surfaces, is the best in the world,” the ...

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‘Messi called me a son of a wh*re’ – Weligton


Malaga centre-back Weligton claims Lionel Messi called him a “son of a wh*re” and that is why he threw him to the ground in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw. Javi Gracia’s men were the first team of 2014-15 to deny Barcelona all three points, as last season’s La Liga runners up failed to register a shot on target at La Rosaleda. Tensions overflowed late in the game ...

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Celta Vigo leave it late to beat Elche 1-0


A last-gasp goal from Nolito earned unbeaten Celta Vigo their first away win of the new Primera Division season. The Sky Blues dominated proceedings at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero and could have won by a greater margin, but there could be no real grumbles as Nolito’s 90th-minute winner lifted the club into fourth place. Elche – stuck in 16th ...

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Atletico Madrid earn late win at Almeria


A second-half header by Miranda ended the resistance of a determined Almeria as defending La Liga champions Atletico Madrid closed the gap on leaders Barcelona to two points. Atletico, missing injured striker Mario Mandzukic, broke through on the hour when Miranda headed home a Koke corner. It was the sixth time out of seven that Atletico have scored from a ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo dismisses Man United speculation


Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed speculation about his future, claiming that he is not thinking about moving back to Manchester United just yet. Over the past few weeks, the Portugal international has been strongly linked with a return to United next summer. Ronaldo played for United from 2003 until 2009, before joining Madrid for a then-world record transfer ...

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Barca held in La Liga, Suarez scores 2 for B team


Barcelona dropped points for the first time under boss Luis Enrique as they were held away to Malaga. The Catalans, who had won their first four games, failed to have a shot on target despite fielding a front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Pedro. They almost conceded their first goal of the season but keeper Claudio Bravo tipped Luis ...

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Ronaldo could have scored six against Elche- Arbeloa


Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa says Cristiano Ronaldo was “unbelievable” in his four-goal haul in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Elche, but feels the attacker could have scored even more. The Portugal international was the star of the show at the Santiago Bernabeu as he led his side to victory, taking his tally to nine goals in four league appearances in 2014-15. And Arbeloa has nothing but ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo has a unique gift – Ancelotti


Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has taken the time to praise Cristiano Ronaldo in the wake of his sublime performance in the 5-1 win over Elche at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday evening.The Portugal international netted four times to take his tally to nine goals in four La Liga encounters this season and Ancelotti feels the prolific attacker has a unique gift.“Cristiano doesn’t like playing with his ...

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Ronaldo scores four as Real Madrid thrash Elche


Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as Real Madrid recorded their second successive league victory with a comfortable 5-1 win at home to Elche. After Edu Albacar scored an early penalty for Elche, Gareth Bale glanced in a header to equalise for Real. Ronaldo got his first of the game from the spot after Mosquera fouled Marcelo, before heading in the ...

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