Not long ago, this El Clasico clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona would unquestionably have been one of the highlights of the domestic football calendar. Much of that is still true, and little context is needed when Barca host Madrid, but so much has changed. Barcelona are a club in crisis.
The nation’s two most successful teams, Manchester United and Liverpool, meet at Old Trafford riding two very contrasting waves. In previous years, United’s come from behind 3-2 win over Atalanta in the Champions League would have been viewed as an unequivocal triumph. Liverpool also won 3-2 midweek, beating Spanish champions Atletico Madrid away from home.
French prosecutors on Thursday said they were seeking a 10-month suspended sentence for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema for alleged complicity in an attempt to blackmail former France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape. Benzema is one of five people on trial over the 2015 extortion attempt, which led to him being dropped from the national team for five-and-a-half years.The 33-year-old player, who scored for Real in a Champions League match in Ukraine on Tuesday, is not attending the pr
United were fined just over £7,000 and the Hammers £50,000, while Arsenal Women received a warning.