Vermaelen was caught out of position when El Zhar headed in the equaliser and Gerard Pique was caught in possession moments later, allowing Rodriguez to slam the ball into the roof of the net and give Leganes, in their third season in the top flight, an unlikely yet thoroughly deserved win.
The Andalusians have also lost on each of their last eight LaLiga visits to the Bernabeu. The 2018-19 LaLiga campaign has, however, taught us to expect the unexpected and more twists and turns are almost certain when two of the competition’s big guns meet on Saturday.
Bale and Rodríguez didn’t get many minutes under Zidane last season and were already expected to be transferred. Madrid reportedly pocketed 25 million euros ($26 million) for Rodríguez, and Spanish media said the club was willing to sell the Wales forward for about the same price.
Rodriguez, the former Porto man, thus rejoins Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti, who is currently at the helm of the Liverpool based club. It was Ancelotti, then the manager at Real Madrid, who had been instrumental in bringing the Columbian to Madrid in 2014.
After winning last year’s La Liga title with a relentless final sprint, Real Madrid are betting on practically the same group of players as they seek to successfully defend a domestic crown for the first time since 2008. With their finances squeezed by the Covid-19 pandemic and their squad already well rounded, Real have had […]
He enjoyed an impressive debut season with Los Blancos, scoring 13 goals in 29 LaLiga appearances, though he fell out of favour when Zidane took charge and signed for Bayern – then coached by Ancelotti – on a two-year loan in 2017.
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A price tag of £22 million might seem low for a player of Bale’s calibre, but let us not forget that he is already 31. On top of that, he has a very poor injury record which has one of the key reasons for his underwhelming time at Real.
While representing Real Madrid, James Rodriguez was named La Liga’s best midfielder after scoring 13 goals and providing 13 assists in 29 games during the 2014-15 season. He has won eight domestic titles, across four countries. The playmaker has also claimed two Champions League titles with Real Madrid.
Arsenal have been given fresh hope of landing Houssem Aouar this summer, with L’Equipe reporting that the midfielder wants out of Lyon immediately. City, PSG and Juventus are all keen but Arsenal are the only club with an offer on the table. New manager Mikel Arteta could put the £15m Aston Villa will pay for […]