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Diego Simeone believes LaLiga’s engrossing four-way title race is good for Spanish football and insists leaders Atletico Madrid are only focusing on themselves following Barcelona’s slip-up.

Atletico boss: Four-way title race good for La Liga

Diego Simeone believes LaLiga’s engrossing four-way title race is good for Spanish football and insists leaders Atletico Madrid are only focusing on themselves following Barcelona’s slip-up.
Real Madrid trained for the last time before facing SD Huesca on Saturday and did so without Sergio Ramos. The captain again felt some discomfort and trained alone, so everything points to him being out of the match at El Alcoraz.

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Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos resumed full training today (Thursday) with the rest of his teammates.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone applauded and had tears in his eyes during the minute's silence for Diego Maradona at the Mestalla.

La Liga: Whoever is mentally strongest will win title – Atletico boss

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said the team with the most mental strength will prevail in La Liga’s title race, which remained on a knife edge after his side were beaten 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Time is running out for Atletico Madrid to reboot their La Liga title challenge, even as they still sit top of the table with eight games left to play.

La Liga: Atletico Madrid need Eibar win to resuscitate title challenge

Time is running out for Atletico Madrid to reboot their La Liga title challenge, even as they still sit top of the table with eight games left to play.
Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema (2L) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League group B football match between Real Madrid and Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas, northeast of Madrid, on December 9, 2020. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP)

Crunch fortnight leaves creaking Real Madrid little margin for error

Real Madrid play Eibar on Saturday at the start of a definitive fortnight in their season that will stretch a creaking squad and test Zinedine Zidane’s dependence on his ageing stars.
Ronald Koeman is starting to feel “fed up” with the incessant speculation regarding his future as Barcelona boss, with the Dutchman turning a deaf ear to talk of Xavi or Mikel Arteta taking his place.

Koeman ‘fed up’ with future questions at Barcelona as Xavi, Mikel Arteta talk lingers

Ronald Koeman is starting to feel “fed up” with the incessant speculation regarding his future as Barcelona boss, with the Dutchman turning a deaf ear to talk of Xavi or Mikel Arteta taking his place.
Gerard Pique

Barcelona confirm Gerard Pique’s latest injury worries

The 2020/2021 season has been a rough ride for Catalan club Barcelona. They suffered an early bumpy start to the season coming from the attempts by the mercurial Argentine, Lionel Messi, to force through an exit from the club, a testy change of managers, the resignation of the entire Board and a slump in results that left them needing to struggle to climb back up.
First against sixth pitches Atletico against Villarreal on Sunday night before second-placed Real Madrid host Real Sociedad in fifth. Before both of those, Barcelona travel to Sevilla on Saturday in a contest of third against fourth.

Atletico seek reaction as La Liga contenders go head-to-head

First against sixth pitches Atletico against Villarreal on Sunday night before second-placed Real Madrid host Real Sociedad in fifth. Before both of those, Barcelona travel to Sevilla on Saturday in a contest of third against fourth.
Ramon Azeez was not included in Granada’s squad that beat Malaga 2-1 in Sunday’s Copa del Rey round of 32.

Copa del Rey: Ramon Azeez dropped as Granada defeat Malaga away

Ramon Azeez was not included in Granada’s squad that beat Malaga 2-1 in Sunday’s Copa del Rey round of 32.
Diego Simeone trusts Atletico Madrid to show their character and bounce back from a heavy loss to Bayern Munich when they take on Real Betis on Saturday.

Atletico against Bilbao postponed as snowstorm hits Spain

Atletico Madrid’s La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao had to be called off on Saturday as Spain was engulfed by an historic snowstorm.
Jean-Pierre Papin has lauded Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as the best of his generation.

Real Madrid boss backs Karim Benzema following sex tape case

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has backed forward Karim Benzema after he was charged by French prosecutors with being complicit in a conspiracy to blackmail his former France team mate Matthieu Valbuena in a case linked to a sex tape.
Zinedine Zidane is not thinking about a new contract. The Real Madrid coach made it clear in a press conference prior to the match against Eibar. The Frenchman is only concerned about getting the achievements this term.

Real Madrid aims for nine games undefeated, weather permitting

Real Madrid will play, if the weather allows it, against Osasuna in their first away game of the new year and in which Zidane's team hopes to make it their ninth unbeaten game in a row.
Zinedine Zidane doesn’t intend on resigning as Real Madrid coach but that doesn’t mean his future at the club is safe according to a report in Marca.

Real Madrid receive green light after coronavirus scare

Zidane has, though, returned another negative test himself and Marca report that LaLiga will allow him to travel with his players for their match against Osasuna on Saturday night.
Barcelona are celebrating 20 years since star player Lionel Messi joined the club with his two decades outlined in an extraordinarily comprehensive report in Marca.

Report: Lionel Messi not enjoying life at Barcelona

Lionel Messi is clearly not enjoying life at Barcelona, according to Marca.
Lionel Messi honored the late great Diego Maradona Sunday by wearing Maradona's Newell's Old Boys shirt under his Barcelona jersey. (David Ramos-Getty Images)

Lionel Messi fined for Diego Maradona shirt celebration

Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi has been hit with a £540 fine for his tribute to Diego Maradona after the legend’s death.
Barcelona full-back Sergi Roberto has tested positive for coronavirus, the club have confirmed on Wednesday.

Barcelona full-back Sergi Roberto tests positive for coronavirus

Roberto had been enjoying a prominent role in Ronald Koeman's squad before being forced off the pitch with a thigh injury during Barca's 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on November 21.
Manchester City have ended their pursuit of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, according to Spanish football expert Semra Hunter.

Barcelona boss: There are only two moments where Lionel Messi can rest this season

Barcelona get ready to host Ferencvaros in gameweek 5 of the UEFA Champions League, hoping to build on their spectacular back-to-back victories against Dynamo Kyiv and Osasuna in the last week.
Lionel Messi honored the late great Diego Maradona Sunday by wearing Maradona's Newell's Old Boys shirt under his Barcelona jersey. (David Ramos-Getty Images)

Lionel Messi yellow card for Diego Maradona tribute should be overturned – Barcelona boss

Lionel Messi should have the yellow card he was shown for his on-pitch tribute to Diego Maradona rescinded, according to Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman.
Lionel Messi honored the late great Diego Maradona Sunday by wearing Maradona's Newell's Old Boys shirt under his Barcelona jersey. (David Ramos-Getty Images)

Barcelona to pay €3,000 fine over Lionel Messi’s goal celebration to Diego Maradona

Barcelona will cough out €3,000 (£2,700) fine after Lionel Messi paid tribute to Diego Maradona by celebrating in a Newell’s Old Boys shirt in Sunday’s Laliga game against Osasuna.
Barcelona have confirmed Gerard Pique has suffered medial and cruciate knee ligament injuries.

Barcelona: Gerard Pique sidelined with cruciate knee ligament injury

Barca have confirmed that to be the case, with the club issuing a statement on Twitter which read: "Evidence shows that Pique has a grade three sprain of the medial lateral ligament and a partial injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Evolution will determine future availability."
José Luis Munuera Montero will take charge of the game between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

Munuera Montero to referee Atletico vs Barca

José Luis Munuera Montero will take charge of the game between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
Samuel Chukwueze's contribution was not enough to help Villarreal from bowing to a 2-1 loss against Espanyol on Sunday.

Emmanuel Amuneke: Samuel Chukwueze, Ramon Azeez, Kelechi Nwakali will excel in Laliga Santander

Former Nigeria international and Misr El Makkasa of Egypt African Academies Director, Emmanuel Amuneke, believes that the trio of Samuel Chukwueze, Ramon Azeez and Kelechi Nwakali have all it takes too deliver in the 2020/2021 Spanish top league, Laliga Santander.

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Manchester United plan to keep Edinson Cavani at Old Trafford for the 2021-22 season by offering the striker a wage increase of £50,000, according to reports.

Edinson Cavani offered £50K pay rise to stay at Manchester United

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Federal pensioners pull out of pensions union

The crisis among pensioners on Sunday got messier as Federal Civil Service Pensioners (FCSP) finally opted out of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) over alleged denial of the branch’s rights and privileges.
David Moyes fears West Ham’s slim hopes of Champions League football could be affected further by Manchester United forced to field weakened teams.

David Moyes lashes out at Premier League chiefs over Manchester United decision

The Hammers boss – whose men were beaten by Everton – has called on the Premier League to explain the questions surrounding the integrity of the competition being affected with United’s 3-1 win at Aston Villa their first of three games in five games.
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The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has instructed the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Audi, to return Nigeria back to the olden days when people could travel freely on the roads.

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