Barcelona coach Valverde warns: Real Madrid have the competitive gene

Florence Fletcher
January 8, 2019

"Following tests carried out on our player Toni Kroos today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a grade 2 tear of the adductor muscle in his left leg", Los Blancos said on Monday, in a statement that did not specify whether he picked up the issue in Sunday's surprise LaLiga defeat to Real Sociedad, or in training the following morning. "We will try to get them back", Solari said, before making a swift exit.

Solari defended himself in his Saturday press conference, stressing that under his guidance Madrid had climbed from ninth to fourth in the classification and insisting that his players "are not machines" and it is "hard to play a game every three days".

Isco has started just five La Liga games all season and it's clear that Solari isn't his biggest fan.

Casemiro tried to cover but only bundled Merino to the ground.

Instead, Madrid poured forward, only to spurn a handful of chances before the break.

La Real might have had a second soon after had the excellent Mikel Oyarzabal spotted Adnan Januzaj unmarked in the middle. It's not normal, it's not just one time, this has happened many times. He denied Vinicius, Benzema and Luka Modric in quick succession.

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Vazquez clipped the post with a looping cross but that was not enough to hush the angry whistles at the end of the half.

But Real Madrid were weak and things turned sour for them in the 61st minute when Lucas Vazquez got his second yellow card and had to leave the pitch.

Down to 10, Madrid still pushed and had a more convincing penalty appeal when Vinicius tumbled over the arm of Rulli.

The club's TV channel, Real Madrid Television, have released footage showing Munuera Montero's reaction as he allowed an Eibar goal to stand during Madrid's 3-0 defeat in November.

"It is not the day to point fingers at anyone", Ramos said. Pardo did, by heading in a cross from Willian Jose, who could have made it three but shot high in injury time. Wissam Ben Yedder had put Sevilla ahead. Instead, Messi's 399th La Liga goal and a sumptuous volley from Suarez did the job at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, despite Jaime Mata giving Getafe hope.

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