Zinedine Zidane responds to the call to save Real Madrid from darkness | Sid Lowe

With infighting rife, the man who brought Madrid such riches in Europe has made a remarkable return to the Bernabu Darkness descended on Real Madrid, the metaphor visiting them on a Sunday night in Valladolid, light not let in until the following evening when he returned. The week after they lost it all, the man returned who won it all. Zinedine Zidane is back. Less than a year since he walked out, insisting that this was a see you later not a goodbye, he has walked back in again. Just how different the place is, just how bad it had got in his absence, was shown by seven days in which it all slipped through their fingers. Shown too, by …

No plan, no courage German press lays into Bayern after Liverpool loss

Bayern Munich were heavily criticised after their defeat, with Der Spiegel writing that German football has been left behind For the first time in 13 years there will be no German club in the Champions League quarter-finals, a fact not lost on the countrys media the morning after Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Manchester City enjoy seven-goal stroll into last eight against limp Schalke

Sergio Ageros double showed Manchester City the path to seven-goal heaven and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals For Manchester City it was an evening of spectacular superiority. They have had a lot of those occasions at the Etihad and perhaps the scariest part, for all the other sides in Fridays quarter-final draw, is that there were long spells when it did not even feel like Pep Guardiolas team were playing at their maximum point of expression. They did not have to reach their highest peaks when the imbalance of talent was so lopsided, when Leroy San can play this beautifully and there were players on the bench, namely Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus, who could enter the play …

Hudson-Odoi steals Willians thunder as Chelsea cut Dynamo Kyiv adrift

Callum Hudson-Odoi sealed Chelseas 3-0 win against Dynamo Kyiv in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie There was a period when this breeze of a victory served as a reminder to those clamouring for youth that Chelseas elder statesmen are far from spent forces just yet. Pedro and Willian, 30-something wingers both, whose contracts expire next year, had dismantled Dynamo Kyiv with such pace and skill that the job felt virtually complete when Maurizio Sarri, as if playing to the gallery, dispatched his tyros into the fray for the dregs of the occasion. Yet there is simply too much about Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi, the current darlings of these parts, to allow even a fleeting opportunity …

Ivan Rakitic goal earns victory for dominant Barcelona over Real Madrid

Ivan Rakitics first-half goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 victory in a one-sided clsico against Real Madrid at the Bernabu Barcelona returned to the Santiago Bernabu three days after knocking Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey and in effect knocked them out of the league title race too. A single goal from Ivan Rakitic did for their biggest rivals and left Real 12 points behind with 12 games remaining. It also put Barcelona ahead 96-95 in clsicos across the history of this fixture the first time the Catalans have led in 87 years and testament to their dominance in the last decade. This was their 11th win in the last 18 meetings in this stadium and their fourth consecutive …