Zinedine Zidane: Nothing has changed with Gareth Bale despite rescuing Real Madrid

first_imgZinedine Zidane praised Gareth Bale’s goalscoring performance against Arsenal but insisted nothing had changed with the Real Madrid outcast.Bale came off the bench to rescue Madrid, who trailed 2-0 at halftime before the Wales star scored to inspire a 2-2 draw at the International Champions Cup, where Zidane’s men prevailed 3-2 on penalties. “He is with us and we will continue working. We play well 10 against 11 and better 10 against 10. I don’t know what will happen. He wanted to play and the other day no.”I haven’t talked to him. He has trained normally and that’s why he played. Nothing has changed, you know what the situation is like.” FT: @RealMadrid 2-2 @Arsenal (3-2 pens) @GarethBale11 56′, @marcoasensio10 59′; Lacazette 10′ (p), Aubameyang 24’#Emirates | #RealMadridIsHere pic.twitter.com/Gu0KP4YqoV— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 24, 2019Bale stole the show in the second half at FedEx Field, where Marco Asensio also impressed before he left the field on a stretcher. Gareth Bale’s agent slams ‘disgrace’ Zinedine Zidane after Madrid transfer revelation Substitute Asensio equalized three minutes after Bale reduced the deficit in the 56th minute against Arsenal, who had Sokratis Papastathopoulos sent off for a second yellow card prior to the interval.However, Asensio’s game was abruptly cut short by an apparent knee injury and Zidane revealed he is very concerned.”It’s worrisome,” Zidane said. “Hopefully not, but he’s gone directly to the hospital to test. It looks bad.” Tipped to leave Madrid, Bale sat out last week’s loss to Bayern Munich, but he was surprisingly involved in Maryland after Zidane claimed the 30-year-old was close to departing the Santiago Bernabeu.Asked about Bale’s performance on Tuesday, head coach Zidane — who saw Nacho Fernandez sent off in the ninth minute for a handball — told reporters: “He has played a good game and I am happy for him. As for everyone. Related Newslast_img read more

Alonso sinks Arsenal as Chelsea go top of the Premier League

first_imgArsenal should have pulled level moments later, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang skied his shot over the ball – much to the delight of opposition fans.Almost instantly, Chelsea went up the other end and doubled the lead thanks to Alvaro Morata, who turned Shkodran Mustafi inside out before firing past former Blue Petr Cech.Determined not to succumb to a rout, the Gunners pulled a goal back through the impressive Henrikh Mkhitaryan, before he turned provider for an unlikely equaliser Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED gameday REVEALED Morata was overjoyed to finally score in the Premier League Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes smart causal NEW ERA Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener possible standings Alonso celebrates scoring the winner for the home side silverware How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League news Marcos Alonso secured all three points for Chelsea as they defeated an extremely open Arsenal side.With 20 shots on target in the first half alone, both side threw caution to the wind as the London derby fizzed into life. 2 Goals from Pedro and Alvaro Morata put the home side into a comfortable lead at Stamford Bridge, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi pulled the Gunners level.But with less than ten minutes left on the clock, Alonso was allowed to stride into the Arsenal box to tap home Eden Hazard’s cross.The game was played at break neck speed right from the off, with Jorginho playing in Alonzo with less then ten minutes on the clock.The former Bolton Wanderers defender slid the ball across to fellow countryman Pedro to sweep home. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade ALTERED 2 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures .The home side completely switched off as a simple ball was rolled into the box by the Armenia international and converted by Alex Iwobi.Both sides were far more conservative in the second half, but the introduction of Eden Hazard changed the game completely – putting Arsenal on the back foot.Alexandre Lacazette inexplicably gave the ball away in his own half, before allowing Hazard to skip past him and find the rampaging Alonso who coolly slotted past Cech.More to follow…last_img read more