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The solid core of Zidane's squad

Real Madrid head to Anfield to play Liverpool in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, the core of their squad is all important.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Recognition and admiration for Di Stéfano

AS had a fine initiative recently as they asked some of their key collaborators (along with Spanish film director José Luis Garci) to chose their best XI of all-time...

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Real Madrid find peace in Vitoria

Real Madrid visited Alavés on their centenary, Javier Berasaluce, a goalkeeper who played for both clubs in the 1950s took the honorary kick-off, writes Alfredo Relaño.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

'Alcoyanazo' hurts Zidane

Real Madrid were beaten in extra-time 2-1 by third-tier side Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey. Alfredo Relaño analyses the game and the fall-out.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Barcelona can't find peace

Alfredo Relaño looks at the fall-out at Barcelona in the wake of Sunday's Spanish Super Cup final defeat to Athletic Club.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Zidane, the calm approach

Five years ago Zinedine Zidane came to Florentino Pérez’s rescue, putting the house in order and winning that season’s Champions League, and the two that followed.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Spain side built outside LaLiga

After the Germany rout a friend pointed out to me that the first five goals were scored by three strikers who are not here. Is it a sign of LaLiga’s weakness?

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Benzema, Mendy, Vinicius and Zidane

AS columnist Alfredo Relaño says that Benzema is within his right to feel frustrated about Vinicius' game. But the Frenchman's actions the other day were out of order.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

The successful Spain team that never was

Alfredo Relaño discusses the evolution of the Spain team under Luis Enrique, noting that the head coach has moved on from a promising generation that didn't deliver.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

This year's celebrations from the balconies

A victory tonight for Madrid would allow the celebratory cries to ring out. They have won all their post-confinement games thus far and so the thought of them doing so again is reasonable.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Casillas' candidacy in hibernation

People often ask me about Casillas' run for presidency of Spain's football federation and I tell them it is in hibernation due to coronavirus. It could stay that way...

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Tebas versus Rubiales - a war for war's sake

The absence of football is a big concern for some who have been trying to think ways to get the competition back up and running as soon as possible, write Alfredo Relaño.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

European football's tense wait

With football shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the debate goes on about how and when to finish the 2019-21 season.

Alfredo Relaño