Ernesto Valverde has lost Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and so far attempts to replace the Brazilian with Philippe Coutinho or Ousmane Dembele have been met with cool disregard from Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.
"We were playing against a team full of fantastic players and we fought for the result until the end". The Real captain would probably not make a similar statement about Paco Alcacer or Munir El Haddadi.
This is the first time UEFA has had to deal with such a case. Zidane, meanwhile, has perhaps the strongest squad in football at his disposal, even after the departures of James Rodriguez, Pepe, Alvaro Morata and Danilo.
That contrasted with claims at the time that he had fallen out with some of the players, with Ramos having allegedly given an "either he goes or I go" ultimatum to Madrid president Florentino Perez. Casemiro's finish was followed by a 52nd-minute goal from Isco. "That's obvious, but also obvious is the difference between the Champions League victor and Europa League victor".
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The Croatian was sent off for two bookable offences in a Super Cup match against Atletico Madrid in August of 2014, hence receiving a ban.
Madrid are being touted as the strong favourites to sign the Monaco sensation and Bale is the most likely to be sacrificed in order to make room for the French worldwide teenager. Zinedine Zidane will now have to look at alternatives, and it is believed that Mateo Kovacic will be the one who gets the nod.
United were beaten 2-1 by Champions League holders Real Madrid in the match in Skopje on Tuesday, much to the dismay of United fan Adedeji Odumboni, who had made the 16-hour trip from Bristol, UK, with his older brother, Adedire, and father, Ibrahim.
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