• Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has closed ranks ahead of Saturday’s La Liga game at home to Villarreal and hit out at recent media criticism.

  • Francis Coquelin has told L’Equipe it was “difficult” to decide to leave Arsenal, but insisted his move to Valencia is a necessary step to play games.

  • Former Brazil centre-forward Ronaldo says that Neymar took a step down “on a sporting level” when leaving Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain.

  • The depths to which Real Madrid have sunk in the last month makes one wonder if they’d be a good bet to win a match even with someone else’s money.

  • The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on whether or not Alexis Sanchez would start for Man City, if Karim Benzema is overrated and more.


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