Friday, June 5, 2020 | ePaper

Zidane shelves league intentions as Madrid shift focus to Europe

  • Print
Zinedine Zidane said in April Real Madrid would prioritise La Liga over the Champions League this season and their defeat to Real Mallorca on Saturday suggests they may not have the squad to go far in both. "For us next year, the league must be our number one priority," Zidane said.
"It's the longest competition, it's the one that cannot be missed, and I'm going to put that in the heads of my players." Yet Zidane made several changes ahead of today's Group A game away at Galatasaray and those who came in failed to impressed, with a blunt performance against Mallorca revealing familiar failings up front and causing Madrid to slip to their first league defeat of the campaign. Some of the adjustments were enforced as Eden Hazard was absent following the birth of his fourth child on Friday while Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale were all nursing injuries of varying severity.

More News For this Category

Frankfurt beat struggling Werder 3-0 in Bundesliga

Frankfurt beat struggling Werder 3-0 in Bundesliga

Stefan Ilsanker scored twice off the bench as Eintracht Frankfurt beat Werder Bremen 3-0 to damage the host's hopes of escaping relegation from the Bundesliga.Andre Silva headed Eintracht into the

Germany, Portugal contenders to host Champions League final

Germany and Portugal are contenders to host the delayed Champions League final which is due to be moved from Istanbul, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated

Maradona extends contract with Gimnasiay Esgrima

Maradona extends contract with Gimnasiay Esgrima

AFP, Buenos Aires :Argentina great Diego Maradona has signed a contract extension as coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata until the end of the 2021 season, the team announced

Former footballer Abul injured in road accident

Former footballer Abul injured in road accident

Sports Reporter :Former footballer Md Abul Hossain was injured in a road accident in the city's Bakhshibazar on Wednesday. He was going to Lalbagh by a motorcycle. In the meantime

England allows George Floyd justice messages by players in games

England allows George Floyd justice messages by players in games

Agency :English Premier League players will be able to show solidarity with the George Floyd justice campaign during games without the prospect of facing sanctions.The Football Association on Tuesday

Asian football getting 'closer' to return, official says

Asian football getting 'closer' to return, official says

Agency :Asia's Champions League is getting closer to a return but it will have to wait until domestic competitions are back in action, a senior football official told AFP on

Leipzig 'back on course' for Champions League with Cologne win

Leipzig 'back on course' for Champions League with Cologne win

AFP, Berlin :RB Leipzig returned to third place in the Bundesliga with an entertaining 4-2 victory at Cologne on Monday.Jhon Cordoba claimed the early advantage for the home side

FIFA signals support for in-game George Floyd solidarity messages

FIFA urged soccer competition organizers on Monday to apply "common sense" and consider not sanctioning players for solidarity with George Floyd during matches. The recognition of the "depth of

Sancho nets hat-trick, joins US killing protest as Dortmund cruise

Sancho nets hat-trick, joins US killing protest as Dortmund cruise

England winger Jadon Sancho scored a hat-trick and revealed a "Justice for George Floyd" protest message in Borussia Dortmund's 6-1 rout of bottom side Paderborn on Sunday that trimmed Bayern

La Liga to restart with Seville derby on June 11

The Spanish top-flight football season will restart on June 11 with the derby between Sevilla and Real Betis, La Liga confirmed on Sunday.The first round of games following the coronavirus