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Is the hegemony of Spanish teams in Europe at risk?

Football is cyclical. That’s what my dad always told me when I was a kid. No team can go on winning forever and ever. As a Manchester United fan who had to suffer the glee of Liverpool supporting colleagues in the 1970s and 1980s, such a belief probably gave him comfort. For my United supporting generation, it was more of a foreboding. Sometimes, it’s not only a team, but a whole footballing nation that can have a sustained period of success. In the 1990s, for example, it was Italy. I…

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La Liga News 

Spanish Papers: Ronaldo praised; Coutinho admired

Good Morning and welcome to our brief round up of the Spanish Papers, which heavily praise Cristiano Ronaldo for his goal against Dortmund on Wednesday evening. After a relatively poor run of form in the league, Ronaldo has been setting his usual high heights in the Champions League and his strike against the German side has once again given Marca and AS the right to heap heavy praise on the Portuguese international. The former Spanish paper highlight the upcoming Ballon d’Or with Ronaldo said to be favourite. AS also focus…

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Global Match Centre News 

Maribor 1-1 Sevilla: Berizzo’s men qualify after draw

Sevilla have managed to secure a place in the Champions League round of 16 following a 1-1 draw against Maribor. The away side dominated the game in terms of possession but it was the hosts who went ahead after 10 minutes when Marcos Tavares fired give past Sergio Rico to Maribor an unexpected 1-0 lead. Ernesto Marcucci side went into the break 1-0 down but were still progressing as the other game in the group was going in their favour, as Liverpool were beating Spartak Moscow 3-0 but Marcucci wouldn’t…

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Global News 

Preview: Maribor vs Sevilla

A trip to Slovenia is what awaits for Eduardo Berizzo’s men tonight. The match will be again led by coach Ernesto Marcucci after taking the helms on the weekend against Deportivo, With Berizzo recovering at home following his successful Surgery last week. Sevilla currently sit in second place in their group and need a victory and hope Spartak Moscow lose to progress to the round of 16. Speaking ahead of the game Marcucci made it clear there was no other plan than to win: “That’s the idea. This club and…

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Global La Liga News 

Atletico Madrid to sell two players after Champions League exit

Atletico Madrid will be forced to sell two players in the January transfer window after failing to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Heading into the game at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening, Diego Simeone’s side knew they had it all to do to qualify and had to rely on a result in the Roma-Qarabag game. A 1-0 lead thanks to Saul Niguez gave the Spanish side hope, but Roma’s opener over in Italy saw their chances of qualification turn into nothing short of a miracle. The…

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Global News 

Oblak on Champions League exit and Europa League plans

Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak has said he and his team-mates did not do enough to warrant qualification in the Champions League. Heading into the game at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening, Diego Simeone’s side knew they had it all to do to qualify and had to rely on a result in the Roma-Qarabag game. A 1-0 lead thanks to Saul Niguez gave the Spanish side hope, but Roma’s opener over in Italy saw their chances of qualification turn into nothing short of a miracle. The Italian side held on…

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Global News 

Simeone on hurtful Champions League exit

Diego Simeone has opened up about his side’s Champions League exit, saying it is not the end for the Spanish club. Heading into the game at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening, Diego Simeone’s side knew they had it all to do to qualify and had to rely on a result in the Roma-Qarabag game. A 1-0 lead thanks to Saul Niguez gave the Spanish side hope, but Roma’s opener over in Italy saw their chances of qualification turn into nothing short of a miracle. The Italian side held on to…

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Global News 

Preview: Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund

Real Madrid are set to face Borussia Dortmund in matchday 6 of the Champions League group stage. The European champions are already through to the knockout stages and even with an emphatic win vs Dortmund, can only finish in second place due to an inferior head-to-head record with Tottenham. This fixture can present an opportunity for a few lesser members of Madrid’s squad to play as they have a crucial game vs Sevilla on Saturday; who are level on points with them in  La Liga. Dortmund enter this match without…

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La Liga News 

Spanish Papers: A Madrid in darkness clings on to Ronaldo

Good Morning and welcome to our brief round up of the Spanish Papers, where Marca and AS have looked at Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund. Zinedine Zidane’s side head into Wednesday nights game with both feet in the knockout stages but much has been the attention on their league form and performances of late. A 0-0 draw with Athletic Bilbao at the weekend has seen press look to Cristiano Ronaldo, who has failed to reach his standards this season. Marca use the word ‘cling’ when speaking of…

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Global Match Centre News 

Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid: Visitors down and out in London

Atletico Madrid suffered a Champions League group-stage exit after a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Diego Simeone made three changes to the side that beat Real Sociedad, by replacing Diego Godin, Angel Correa and Kevin Gamerio with Stefan Savic, Lucas Hernandez and Fernando Torres. Antonio Conte also made three changes to his side that had beaten Newcastle. Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater and Marcos Alonso were replaced with Gary Cahill, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta. Although Atletico were dominating the possession, it was Chelsea who had the majority of…

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