Griezmann won't rule out Man Utd move

Manchester United will have noticed recent statements by Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann in which he has toyed with the possibility of a transfer.

The French forward has been repeatedly linked with the Red Devils, who have made a habit of big-name transfers in recent years, and his latest comments will rekindle speculation.

"In June, I extended my contract," Griezmann is quoted as saying in his biography. "I'm linked to the club until 2022.

"Although I might be missing out on titles, I have everything here to be happy but that does not mean to say I won't go one day.

"I haven't made that decision. It all depends on various factors. I have nothing against England except for the weather. Manchester United is a possibility.

"As much as I repeat that I am delighted at Atletico, I have a great coach and great team-mates, they regularly ask me about my future. I do not exclude anything."

Berizzo proud of Sevilla fightback

Eduardo Berizzo was delighted with the way Sevilla responded to a catastrophic first half against Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday night to claim a 3-3 draw.

Roberto Firmino was on target after just two minutes at La Bombonera before Sadio Mane (22) scored. Firmino (30) then bagged his second to put the Reds into a commanding lead.

Wissam Ben Yedder though turned the tide with his 51st minute strike before burying a 60th minute spot-kick. And Guido Pizarro made sure of a point when he levelled in the third minute of stoppage time.

After the tie, a delighted Berizzo told his club's official website: "They put us to the test when they punished our mistakes. 

"We didn't come out well and football demands a recovery, you can't feel sorry for yourself or let your head drop. 

"At half-time we talked about rectifying, about showing the pride we have, about having to go for the game. 

"We said if we got a goal quickly, it was possible. We generated a positive energy which spurred on our fans and pushed us to the result.

"We showed that competitiveness we have, that animal we have inside."

Berizzo added: "The team played and experienced an unforgettable and exciting match against an opponent we didn't allow to use their midfield. 

"We showed our competitive streak, that animal that we have inside of us. We took the risk and that says a lot about the bravery of these players."

Sevilla moved on to eight points in second place in Group E with the result - a point behind leaders Liverpool and two clear of Spartak Moscow, who drew 1-1 with last-placed Maribor, who have two points.

Ronaldo bags a brace as Real demolish APOEL

Real Madrid confidently saw off APOEL 6-0 in their Champions League Group H match at the GSP Stadium on Tuesday night.

  • APOEL 0 Real Madrid 6
  • Modric with the opener on 23'
  • Benzema adds a second on 39'
  • Nacho scores on 41'
  • Benzema with his second on 45+1'
  • Ronaldo gets in on the act on 49'
  • Ronaldo makes it six on 54'
  • Real end second in Group H

Match summary

Real ran rampant in Nicosia against the group's bottom side, with goals in quick succession in the first half from Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Nacho before two after the break from Cristiano Ronaldo in a one-sided affair.

Full report

Real wasted no time in threatening their opponents with Cristiano Ronaldo chesting down a Karim Benzema ball before forcing a fine low save from Nauzet Perez.

Marcelo was called to clear a dangerous ball into the Real box from Roland Sallai as Efstathios Aloneftis wasted an early free-kick amid some promising signs from the hosts.

Ronaldo was just wide of the target on 18 minutes before producing a similar outcome from a 21st minute free-kick.

But Real were soon in the lead through the mercurial Luca Modric, who smashed home past Perez after a poor back-heeled clearance from Vinicius from Daniel Carvajal's lofted delivery into the box.

Sallai beat Nacho and the post with a header he flashed wide on 27 minutes as Ronaldo did the same at the other end.

But Benzema was not so wasteful with a slotted effort on 39 minutes after being set through on goal by Ronaldo, through the heart of the APOEL defence.

And Real were out of sight when Nacho got his foot to a Verane header following Toni Kroos' 41st minute corner to poke the ball past a despairing Perez.

Benzema made it worse for APOEL with a fourth goal in added time at the end of the first half, as he tapped home from a square pass from Ronaldo, who had set to shoot after being played in on goal by Benzema, only to tee up his teammate for the simplest of finishes.

After his act of kindness at the end of the first half, Ronaldo had his goal five minutes after the break, with a towering header from a telling Marcelo delivery from the left.

Ronaldo fired into the side-netting before quickly adding a second for himself with 54 minutes on the clock, with quickly-taken hit into an empty net after the ball had bounced off Benzema as he got in the way of a weak back pass.

Perez denied Marco Asensio with his legs as Real raced forward once again before second-half Real substitute Borja Mayoral fluffed his chance to add a seventh, under pressure from Efstathios Aloneftis, with his touch scooping over the crossbar.

But it was a comprehensive showing from Madrid nonetheless, who will have to be content with second place in Group H after Tottenham Hotspur beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 to claim top spot.

Bartomeu: Barca could strengthen in January

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has suggested the club may look to sign a marquee player during the January transfer window.

The current Spanish league leaders are sitting comfortably on top of La Liga, ahead of Valencia by four points and clear of Real Madrid by a massive 10 points, after just 12 games.

They are also top of Group D in the Champions League, and face second-placed Juventus on Wednesday.

The club has felt some negative effects as a result of the loss of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, most notably with Luis Suarez suffering for form, following his return from injury at the beginning of the season.

And with Barca expecting to challenge for all of the competitions they enter, Bartomeu feels more quality is needed.

He said: "There are people more qualified than me, like [general manager] Pep Segura and [chief executive] Oscar Grau.

"We're satisfied with the squad but if there is an opportunity to improve in January, Barca always have to try.

"The ambition is there. We want to win everything; La Liga, the Copa del Rey, but to win the Champions League, maybe [the team] needs a finishing touch."

Valencia reveal that Zaza requires surgery

Simone Zaza will undergo knee surgery, Valencia have confirmed, after the in-form striker aggrivated a meniscus tear when training with Italy.

The 26-year-old Italian international was roundly derided for his form while on loan with West Ham from Juventus last season.

Zaza was unable to find the target in his 11 Premier League games, leading to spell with Valencia before making the move a permanent one in April.

This term, the former Atalanta, Sampdoria and Sassuolo frontman has scored nine La Liga goals in 11 games.

Valencia coach Marcelino said: "Zaza’s had a partial tear in the external meniscus of his knee for a while.

“Sometimes it’s blocked and he can’t play. He’s okay for now, but at some point he’ll have to undergo surgery. It can’t be cured with rest.”

Simeone won't criticise misfiring Griezmann

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone couldn't be asked to criticise Antoine Griezmann after he was jeered in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Real Madrid.

With just two goals from 10 games, the France international has taken blame for the team's lack of a cutting edge, but Simeone wasn't about to air his dirty laundry in public.

"I have been taught that those who are in my family, I am with them to the death. And I will not change now," Simeone said.

"Things within your family are resolved within the family. I'm with my family, while they are still there."

Regarding the stalemate at the Wanda Metropolitano, Simeone thought his side played well against Los Blancos, as the two capital-based sides remain level on 24 points each.

"The first 30 minutes were very good," he said. "It is true that the team has anxiety. We are at a time when we do not have the easy goal, but I will take the first 30 minutes.

"We played a good game against a very strong opponent. We could have won and we have could have lost and that is the beauty of the game."

Zidane laments damp-squib derby

Real Madrid remained optimistic about catching Liga leaders Barcelona despite dropping more points in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.

There were few chances at the Wanda Metropolitana as Los Blancos are left 10 points behind Barca, who beat Leganes 3-0 elsewhere in Spain.

"We played well but just lacked a goal," manager Zinedine Zidane said. " I have nothing to reproach my players for. We played a great game, deserved more tonight but it was not to be.

We should be patient, we are on the right path. I am sorry for the players, the effort they put in, they deserved more.

"This is football.Sometimes the ball won't go in. I cannot explain it really. But it will come, for sure. Like last year, and like just two months ago. When a team makes a lot of chances, we cannot be happy, and the players first.

"But there is no need to get down. We played a good game and must focus on the positive. This will change. I cannot say anything more than that.

"There are still many games to go, many points to play for. 10 points are a lot, yes, but for sure this will change.

"Barca will not always pick up points, and we must be there waiting. Football can change quickly, and we will be there fighting until the end, for sure."

Valverde pleased with Suarez display

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde says the press can now calm down over Luis Suarez after he ended his goal drought in style in the 3-0 win over Leganes on Saturday.

Suarez bagged a brace to end his 479-minute goal drought across all competitions and Paulinho grabbed a stoppage-time third, as the Blaugrana extended their unbeaten run to 12 games in the league.

With the Madrid derby ending in a goalless stalemate, Valverde's side extended their lead to ten points over the two club's, but their lead at the summit can be cut down to four points by second-placed Valencia who face Espanyol on Sunday.

Nonetheless, the post-match press conference was focused on the Uruguay international, with the former Athletic Club coach sending a philosophical message.

"You have to be concrete [solid] in both boxes," he told reporters after the game. "The best example is the striker, in this case, Luis [Suarez]. 

"I have always been asked about him but I guess I won't be asked about him anymore because he has scored a double in this game. On the other hand, Marc [Ter Stegen] is having a great season. He is giving us so much security and we pleased with his performances.

"The result was misleading and excessive because Leganes made it difficult for us and had a great game, while there were times when we weren't brilliant."

Atletico and Real in goalless stalemate

Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid played out to a 0-0 stalemate in Saturday's La Liga clash at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, as Barcelona's dominance at the top of the table continues in Spain.

  • Atletico Madrid 0 Real Madrid 0
  • Correa goes close
  • Kroos misses good chance
  • Gabi shoots just over
  • Ronaldo sees late effort blocked

Match summary

It was typically a tight game although Atletico came close though Correa in the opening exchanges. Kroos missed a great chance for Real after being played in by Ronaldo. 

It remained cagey in the second stanza though Ronaldo was denied in the closing stages by a stunning block by Hernandez.

Match report 

It was an end-to-end game in the opening stanza although Atletico had a good chance to take the lead in the opening exchanges. After Gabi's attempted through ball was deflected by a Real defender, Angel Correa collected the rebound before firing wide of the right-hand post with the goal at his mercy.

The visitors were dominating possession thereafter though it took until after the half-an-hour mark before they created their first real opening. After Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos linked up well on the edge of the box, the German international had a great chance to score though he got his sums wrong and sent a scuffed effort over goalkeeper Jan Oblak, with anything on target likely being a goal. 

Ronaldo soon after went close when his free-kick from around 35-yards away forced Oblak into a save away for a corner. Just before the break Sergio Ramos also had a chance from close range but his header at the near post went just wide, though he took a kick in the face for his efforts.

He was later taken off with what appeared to be a damaged nose. After the interval, Koke showed a touch of magic as he fed in Gabi, though Atletico's captain saw his strike swerve wide over the top-right corner in the 56th minute. 

It was a tighter game in the second period although Real were grateful to Raphael Varane when he cleared Kevin Gameiro's chip over Kiko Casilla off the line just before the 80th minute mark. Moments later Ronaldo fired a trademark strike on goal towards the right-hand corner but Oblak parried it away from danger. 

Just before the final whistle the visitors were close to a winner were it not for a superb block by Lucas Hernandez. After Marcelo burst forward down the left and found Ronaldo, the Portugal superstar saw his goal-bound strike blocked by the brave defender. 

It ended 0-0 at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano as La Liga leaders Barcelona saw their advantage stretched at the top of the standings in Spain, after earlier beating Leganes 3-0 on Saturday. 

Suarez ends drought with brace in Leganes win

Barcelona didn't have it all their own way and were made to work hard by Leganes before winning 3-0 in Saturday's La Liga clash, largely courtesy of a Luis Suarez brace at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque.

  • Leganes 0 Barcelona 3
  • Suarez nets from close range
  • Ter Stegen saves well from Szymanowski
  • The Uruguay superstar gets brace in second half
  • Paulinho gets late third 

Match summary

Leganes had arguably the better of the early chances with both Amrabat and Pires seeing strikes go close for the home team. Yet, Barcelona hit the front through Suarez when he finished from a rebound.

After the break, the visitors made it 2-0 as once again Suarez showed good instincts to finish from a follow-up. Ter Stegen later denied both Amrabat and Szymanowski though it was Paulinho who got the third late on in the contest. 

Match report      

It was Barcelona who predictably dominated possession in the opening half though they struggled to create many real openings. In the seventh minute Luis Suarez had a half-chance when Paco Alcacer's cross picked out Suarez, though the Uruguay star's overhead kick was blocked by a defender.

In the 20th minute it was the home team who came close to getting the opening goal on a counter. After Nordin Amrabat raced down the left wing and turned inside both Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Pique, he curled an effort towards the far corner which just went over the crossbar. Six minutes later Leganes came so close again when Amrabat held the ball up and played in Gabriel Pires, who rolled a strike inches wide of the left-hand post.

Just on the half an hour mark, Barca made them pay for their misses when Alcacer's cross from the right was misread by goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar, who managed to steer the ball away from his goal. However, it dropped to Suarez who slotted home from close range. 

Nonetheless, Los Legionarios showed resolve and nearly hit back but were denied by a brilliant save by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Once again Amrabat was the provider as he fed in Alexander Szymanowski, who saw his strike into the bottom right corner parried away.

After the interval, Leganes continued to press the visitors with success although they went behind largely against the run of play in the 60th minute. The unusually quiet Lionel Messi chipped a pass into the left of the box which Alcacer met with a half-volley on target.

Cuellar made a parry but it fell to Suarez who had yet another follow-up finish from close range, though his right-footed strike did take a lucky deflection before going in at the near post. 

Three minutes later the excellent Amrabat found himself through on goal with just ter Stegen to beat after turning Pique, but the keeper closed down the space to block his attempted effort. Asier Garitano's men seemed deflated in the closing stages and Suarez came close to a hat-trick when Messi's shot was saved by Cuellar, but he reacted well to block the striker on the rebound.

At the death, Paulinho popped up with the third after Messi brilliantly wriggled away from pressure and flicked the ball into his path. The Brazil star then converted with a toe poke in the 90th minute.