Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is said to be considering the idea of playing Spanish international IscoAlarcon when they play hosts Atalanta in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday night. Italian football club Atalantawould be hoping to capitalise on the numerous injury problems at Real Madrid when the two teams meet for the first time in the competition. Real Madrid are without several first team players for the game including Frenchman Karim Benzema, who would have led the line if he was available. In his absence, Zidane could start Isco as a false nine according to journalist JosepPedrerol, who works for El Chiringuito TV in Spain. It was revealed that striker Mariano could come in as a substitute later in the game if he is snubbed in favour of Isco, who would be able to control the ball better while leading the line.
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that the club will try to look into the availability of Christian Eriksen. The Inter Milan midfielder has struggled for form and he is available in the market after Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta confirmed that a few weeks ago about the same. Pochettino is no stranger to Eriksen after having managed the Danish midfielder during his time at Tottenham. After leaving Spurs in 2019, Pochettino had been out of work until now. However, he has been able to find a top job in the form of PSG. The serial French league champions will be aware about the quality possessed by Christian Eriksen.
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Fans have surprisingly voted for Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish over Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as far as Whoscored Followers Ultimate XI for 2020 is concerned. The followers of football stats platform Whoscored picked Jack Grealish ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ultimate XI for last year. Almost 34,000 votes were cast as a lot of notable names including Cristiano Ronaldo missed out on the final team after fans had voted. New Aston Villa shot stopper Emiliano Martinez made the list after he received 53% of the total votes. He played for both Arsenal and Aston Villa in 2020.
Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has extended his lead at the top of the Golden Boot race as far as the Italian football top flight is concerned this season. The Portuguese international hit two goals in the win over Udinese at the weekend to extend his lead over nearest challenger RomeluLukaku as the race to win the Golden Boot starts to gather pace in the Italian football top flight this term. Cristiano Ronaldo has made a big impact on Italian football since his move from Real Madrid to Juventus in the summer of 2018 and he further highlighted his influence in Italian football with a brace during the 4-1 victory at home to Udinese as his Juventus side bounced back from the disappointing maiden league defeat of the season suffered at the hands of Fiorentina last year.
Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo is faced with a mini-defensive crisis after Dutch international centre back Matthijs De Ligt was ruled out of the league clash with highflyers Sassuolo at home on Sunday evening.
Matthijs De Ligt joined the growing list of absentees for the Old Lady in the defensive area after the club confirmed on Friday that the Dutchman has tested positive for Covid-19. Matthijs De Ligt was highly sought after while he was at boyhood club Ajax Amsterdam and it was Juventus that won the race to sign him at the start of last season.
Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has confirmed that star man Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be featuring in their first Serie A clash of the New Year against Benevento after they both agreed that the club’s top-scorer would be rested following a hectic run of fixtures up until Christmas.
Ronaldo was given a rest break after he featured in a congested run of fixtures for Juventus and Portugal in November, as Pirlo has made it clear that he wants his superstar rested so he would not accumulate fatigue or sustain any injury as a result of fixture congestion.
AC Milan are the kings of Italian football at the moment as the seven-time European champions continue to set the pace in the Serie A this season. The Rossoneri are yet to taste defeat in Italian football this season and they are one of the two teams without a single defeat in the league this season. Italian Serie A champions Juventus are the other team with a zero defeat in the Italian top flight this term.
Milan recorded their eighth win of the season with an away victory over Sampdoria during their clash in Italian football top flight on Sunday night. It was a week ten clash in the Italian Serie A. AC Milan beat Sampdoria2-1 away from home to maintain their five-point lead at the top of the league standings. The win took their unbeaten league run to 22 games dating back to the last match before the hiatus caused by Covid-19 last season. The last loss for the Rossoneriin the league came in the month of March as Milan lost 2-1 at home to Genoa.
Roma defender Chris Smalling has claimed that he was left in a very disappointing situation with regard to his future at Manchester United.Smalling recently became a Roma player on a permanent basis following a €20 million transfer. Crucially, he made the switch to Roma initially on a loan deal and it was later changed into a permanent move following an impressive campaign in the Italian Serie A.
Smalling has described how he was quite aware that he had no future at Manchester United when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in charge of the club. However, Smalling was disappointed to learn at the last minute that he could leave United. This reduced the number of options available and he had to take the international route to make sure that he was getting game time on a regular basis. If not for this late information, Smalling says that he might have had more options. The 30-year-old is an England international and should have no trouble in finding a club fit for his stature. Over the years, Smalling has been quite successful by winning two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one EFL Cup, and one Europa League medal.
Italian Serie A leaders AC Milan aree reportedly interested in signing one of the defenders on the books of reigning European champions Bayern Munich. This is according to the newest reports coming out of the media in Italy. The Rossoneri are keeping tabs on an experienced player at the Allianz Arena.
According to MilanLive, Bayern Munich centre back Jerome Boateng is a major target for AC Milan ahead of next summer. The long-term future of Boateng is in serious doubt at the Allianz Arena and the Rossoneri are prepared to capitalise on the situation. The target is to add his experience to a young Milan squad.