To derby without Hazard … or Bale

first_imgGareth Bale is beginning to be an unsolved mystery. The Welshman, who exercised without problems throughout the week, stayed from the call for this Saturday’s game against Atlético (4:00 pm). This Friday is the last market day and his name has covered all the spotlights for a news item published in The times which revealed that Tottenham was still hoping to sign him now. Zidane settled the subject: “I don’t see it.” Nevertheless, the Frenchman has left him out of his plans again.Bale has only played two games this January: against Getafe in the League (January 4) and Salamanda Unionists in the Cup on the 22nd. In this last meeting, the Welshman suffered a sprain that left him out of the clash in Pucela against Valladolid, but this week he has exercised without problems (the image that illustrates this news, smiling, is from Friday’s training). Despite this, he was not in Zaragoza on Wednesday and Zidane has ruled him out against Atlético. This season he has only played 15 games out of 31, less than half … The other novelty is the absence of Eden Hazard. The Belgian, who has pressed to be available, finally runs out of the derby. Hazard, who has not played since November 26 against PSG, when his compatriot Meunier injured his right ankle, only completed two sessions with the group. Zidane opted again for prudence. The Frenchman is not a friend of advancing the return of the injured and reapplied with his star, who wants to be fully in the decisive stretch of the season. Hazard, who has already lost 14 games, will have minutes next week, either against Real in the Cup, or against Osasuna in the League.Asensio, for medical reasons, and Mariano, Nacho, Rodrygo and Brahim, by technical decision (a priori will be headlines before the Royal Cup), complete the list of absences of the call.This is the call of ZidaneGoalkeepers: Courtois, Areola and Altube.Defenses: Carvajal, Militão, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo and Mendy.Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, James and Isco.Strikers: Benzema, Lucas Vázquez, Jović and Vinicius Jr.last_img read more

Mbaye Diagne Sanctioned by Club Brugge after PSG Penalty Controversy in Champions League

first_img Club BruggefootballMbaye DiagnePSG First Published: November 8, 2019, 11:13 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Brussels: Senegalese forward Mbaye Diagne has been left out of Club Brugge’s game at Royal Antwerp this weekend after insisting on taking a penalty against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.The 28-year-old prevented Brugge captain Hans Vanaken from taking the spot-kick with PSG leading 1-0 in the 76th minute on Wednesday, before seeing his effort saved by Keylor Navas as the Belgians went on to lose in Paris. Coach Philippe Clement confirmed on Friday that Diagne would be punished.”He will not appear in the squad for Antwerp on Sunday and I will decide in the coming weeks or months about a possible return to the team,” said Clement, who gesticulated wildly at Diagne to give Vanaken the ball.”There will also be a very heavy financial penalty.”Diagne has scored four goals for Brugge since signing on loan from Galatasaray in the close season.Brugge sit third in Champions League Group A, 10 points behind leaders PSG, and will need to win their final two games against Galatasaray and Real Madrid to have any chance of reaching the last 16. last_img read more