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Real Madrid vs Levante: Zidane’s Charges Secure Second Spot With Win

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Real Madrid have moved to second spot on the Spanish La Liga table after the narrow win over Levante earlier on Saturday in what was a week four encounter.

The immediate past European champions edged a five-goal thriller with Levante to move three places up the Spanish La Liga table.

Real Madrid raced into a two-goal as at the halftime hour mark through the in-form Karim Benzema who has now scored five league goals this season.

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Casemiro added a third goal for Real Madrid with five first half minutes left to play as the Los Merengues established a commanding lead at the halftime interval.

Real Madrid took their foot off the gas in the second half and they were almost punished for it.

Levante scored two goals in the second half through former Real Madrid man Borja Mayoral and substitute Gonzalo Melero to put pressure on the home side.

Real Madrid then held on to take the three points at stake thus moving above the likes of Levante, Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao to second position with eight points from the first four games of the new league season.

Another positive for Real Madrid is the return of Eden Hazard from injury.

He came on for his Real Madrid debut on the hour mark.

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Spurs Line Up Replacement For Top Man Utd Target

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North London club Tottenham Hotspur have lined up Ajax Amsterdam star Hakim Ziyech as a replacement for Christian Eriksen if the Danish international leaves the club.

This is according to the latest reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.

Christian Eriksen has less than one year left on his Spurs contract at the moment and he could leave the club in the New Year.

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According to the specific report from 90min, Tottenham Hotspur have identified Hakim Ziyech as the man to replace Christian Eriksen at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Christian Eriksen has the opportunity to speak to foreign clubs about leaving on a free transfer next summer as of the start of January 2019.

The former Ajax Amsterdam playmaker had a lot of clubs on his trail in the summer but nothing tangible came out of the several transfer rumors.

Foreign clubs like Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid were all linked with Christian Eriksen this summer.

Premier League giants Manchester United are also interested in the Spurs player with recent reports claiming that the Red Devils want to sign him in the New Year.

The Red Devils are willing to spend as much as £42m on him.

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Mino Raiola Wants Midfielder Out Of Man Utd Next Summer

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Italian Super Agent Mino Raiola wants Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to leave the club next summer according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

It was revealed that Mino Raiola wants his client to return to Italian Serie A champions Juventus at the end of this season.

Mino Raiola shares a close relationship with the Juventus executives especially Pavel Nedved and both parties are not opposed to a possible move.

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Paul Pogba has not been able to produce his best form for Manchester United this season and that is largely due to injury.

The French World Cup winner has been injured with an ankle problem for the better part of this season.

He sustained the injury during the 1-1 draw at Southampton at the start of September and was out for around a month before returning against League One team Rochdale.

Pogba went on to aggravate that problem during the league game with Arsenal in October.

He is working his way back to full fitness from the said ankle injury though it could be next month before the Frenchman returns to action.

Paul Pogba spent four hugely successful years at Italian Serie A giants Juventus and has also been linked with the club in the past months.

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Manchester United Plotting £70m Return For Ex-Player

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Three-time European champions Manchester United are reportedly keen on re-signing one of their former players according to The Sun.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is a key player for the Eagles but he’s wanted back at Old Trafford despite his highly unsuccessful spell at the club.

According to the publication from the stables of The Sun, Manchester United want to re-sign Wilfried Zaha in a deal that could be as high as £70m.

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The Ivorian international is said to be one of their priority transfers next summer.

Wilfried Zaha was the last signing of the Sir Alex Ferguson era at Manchester United but he didn’t justify his £15m price tag at the club before being farmed out on loan to Welsh team Cardiff City.

He joined Crystal Palace on loan afterwards before securing a permanent return to the London club whom he left for Manchester United in 2013.

Since his return to Selhurst Park, he has scored 32 goals in 175 Premier League games.

Wilfried Zaha was the subject of bids from the likes of Everton and Arsenal in the summer after the player indicated his willingness to leave the club but they were unable to match the £80m asking price from Crystal Palace.

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Update! What Trent Alexander-Arnold Said After Controversial Game vs Man City

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Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold was at the centre of the controversy during the Premier League game with champions Manchester City after he handled the ball twice in the penalty box without being penalized by centre referee Michael Oliver.

The England international right-back handled the ball in the penalty box shortly before Liverpool took the lead via the 25-yard stunner from Fabinho.

Manchester City players felt aggrieved because Michael Oliver failed to award the penalty for the handball from Alexander-Arnold.

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Liverpool added a second goal through Mohamed Salah with all the aforementioned incidents happening inside the first 15 minutes of the game.

In-form Sadio Mane wrapped up the game for the hosts at the start of the second half before Alexander-Arnold handled the ball again in the penalty box.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was certainly a lucky man as he was not penalized for handball in the box on two occasions.

Manchester City ensured that Liverpool didn’t get their first clean sheet of the season after petite midfielder Bernardo Silva scored a consolation goal for the Premier League champions.

After the game, Trent Alexander-Arnold took to his Twitter to post his photo in a celebratory mood with the caption ‘You Love To See It’

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Liverpool Defender To Stay Beyond January Window After Win

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren will stay at the club beyond the upcoming winter transfer market in January.

According to Football Insider, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has decided to keep him at Anfield until the end of the current season.

Klopp had sanctioned his sale in the summer with a £20m transfer fee mooted before talks broke down with Italian Serie A giants AS Roma over a move for the Croatian international center-back.

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Roma wanted him to replace Greek defender Kostas Manolas who had left the club to join Serie A rivals Napoli.

In the end, Roma turned to another Premier League player, Chris Smalling, who joined them on loan from Manchester United in the summer.

There are talks ongoing over a permanent deal for England international Chris Smalling according to the latest media reports from the Italian media.

On the future of Dejan Lovren, Football Insider said that his position will be evaluated at the end of the season.

Dejan Lovren has been an important player for Liverpool in the past few games as he has stepped up to be a potent center-back partner for Virgil Van Dijk in the absence of Cameroonian international star Joel Matip.

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Man Utd Midfielder Singled Out For Praise After Brighton Win

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has singled out midfielder Fred after the victory over Brighton and Hove Albion in their Premier League clash at the weekend.

Former champions Manchester United returned to winning ways on the Premier League stage with the 3-1 victory over the Seagulls at the Theatre of Dreams.

In his post-match reaction to the game, Solskjaer singled out Fred for praise as he said that the Brazilian international was the catalyst for the win.

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Fred has been one of the best Manchester United players in recent games as the former Shakthar Donetsk player has benefited from the absence of Paul Pogba due to injury.

Frenchman Pogba is still working his way back to fitness from an ankle injury.

The Manchester United midfielder has been battling with an ankle injury but there’s light at the end of the tunnel as he’s expected to return to action before the end of this month.

For now, Fred has done well in his absence including his man-of-the-match performance against Brighton.

Andreas Pereira, Davy Propper’s own goal and Marcus Rashford got the goals for the Red Devils, while Brighton skipper Lewis Dunk scored the consolation for his team at the Theatre of Dreams.

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Liverpool Backed For First Premier League Title After Win vs Man City

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Merseyside giants Liverpool have been tipped for their first Premier League title after seeing off nearest challengers Manchester City.

This is according to former AS Roma and AC Milan right-back Cafu.

In a chat with The Sun, Brazilian national team legend Cafu backed Liverpool over Manchester City for the league title.

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Liverpool took a major step to ending their long wait for the Premier League title after beating Manchester City 3-1 in front of their home fans in a controversial manner.

The Reds took a controversial lead inside the first ten minutes through a stunning strike from Brazilian midfielder Fabinho.

Liverpool scored immediately after center referee Michael Oliver had waved away a genuine penalty shout from Manchester City after right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold handled in the box.

The Reds added a second goal almost immediately when Mohamed Salah found the back of the net with a 13th-minute header off a fantastic cross from left-back Andy Robertson.

Manchester City created several chances but were unable to find the back of the net before Sadio Mane put the game beyond doubt with a thiŕd Liverpool goal at the start of the second half.

Bernardo Silva pulled one back twelve minutes from time with what was a consolation goal for Manchester City as Liverpool extended their league lead to eight points.

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Premier League Title Race Is Done And Dusted, Jose Mourinho Reveals

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Former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes that the Premier League title race is done and dusted after the events at Anfield on Sunday evening.

Jose Mourinho has been working in the media in the past months and he was in the Sky Sports studio as a guest analyst for the blockbuster league game between Premier League contender Liverpool and holders Manchester City.

After the game, Jose Mourinho said that Liverpool have wrapped up the league title after beating Manchester City 3-1 at home.

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Before the Premier League match, Jose Mourinho had said that Liverpool will win the league title if they manage to beat defending champions Manchester City and he maintained that stance after the Reds achieved that result.

Liverpool took the lead through Fabinho in a controversial manner after Manchester City were refused what looked like a genuine penalty appeal.

The ball had struck Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold’s hand before Fabinho produced a stunning strike to give his team the lead.

Mohamed Salah added a second goal for the hosts to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead at the interval.

Sadio Mane extended that advantage at the start of the second half but Liverpool were denied a clean sheet with the late strike from Bernardo Silva.

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