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Preview: Real Madrid vs. Sevilla – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Sevilla at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid have the chance to make it back-to-back wins in La Liga this weekend when they take on Sevilla at the Bernabeu. The reigning European champions have had a season to forget domestically, dropping points in nine of their 19 league matches, but they can move up to third with victory over the side directly above them. Real Madrid © Reuters The 2-0 home loss to Real Sociedad a fortnight ago may well have been the nadir in a woeful campaign for Madrid, as they saw their title charge slip further away with yet another shock defeat. That first home loss to Sociedad in 15 years left Santiago Solari‘s men 10 points behind leaders Ba...

Marcelo Bielsa: Leeds have spied on every rival this season

Marcelo Bielsa admitted he had sent staff to spy on every team Leeds have played this season but defended his methods and insisted they were not illegal. Bielsa called an impromptu press conference on Wednesday evening in response to investigations launched by the Football Association and the English Football League into his practices. Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene last Thursday and move on a man, later confirmed to be an employee of Leeds, after Derby had reported him watching their training session. Bielsa admitted before Leeds’ home win against the Rams on Friday that he was behind the spy tactics and had called Derby boss Frank Lampard to accept full responsibility. Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa gives a PowerPoint presentation to the media (Mark Walker/PA) “I ca...

Frank Lampard refuses to address Marcelo Bielsa’s latest press conference

Frank Lampard refused to comment on Marcelo Bielsa‘s latest press conference as the spying row between Leeds and Derby continued to unfold. Bielsa gave a lengthy presentation to journalists on Wednesday evening while making the frank admission that Leeds had “observed all the rivals” in training sessions prior to playing them in the Sky Bet Championship this season. It comes after a staff member of Leeds was caught by police at the Derby training ground attempting to gain information ahead of the Friday night fixture, which Leeds subsequently won 2-0, and prompted accusations of spying. Bielsa went to extreme lengths on Wednesday to show all the detailed analysis he does of opponents aside from covertly watching them train, but Lampard refused to be drawn on the topic onc...

Marcelo Bielsa: Leeds have observed every rival this season

The Argentinian was adamant he has done nothing illegal. Head coach Marcelo Bielsa has admitted Leeds have “observed all the rivals” they have played this season. The Argentinian said on Friday that he was responsible for sending a member of club staff to watch Derby training and the Football Association and the English Football League have launched investigations into the accusations of ‘spying’. Leeds apologised to Derby and reminded Bielsa of his responsibilities after Friday night’s 2-0 win over promotion rivals County at Elland Road was overshadowed by the incident. And on Wednesday Bielsa called a press conference at Leeds’ training ground to discuss the matter in more detail. Looks like media going to be given screen show by #lufc boss Marcelo Bielsa – insight into the spying incide...

I won’t say I won’t do it again: Marcelo Bielsa responds to ‘spying’ furore

Marcelo Bielsa refused to rule out continuing to employ the same ‘spy’ tactics that overshadowed Leeds’ 2-0 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Derby at Elland Road. The build-up to the Sky Bet Championship match was dominated by claims from Derby that a man was caught outside their training ground on Thursday. Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene and it transpired the individual was an employee of Leeds who was watching a training session. Bielsa spoke to Derby boss Frank Lampard over the phone to accept full responsibility and was open about the incident after goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison secured Leeds a welcome win on Friday night. Frank Lampard and Marcelo Bielsa shake hands prior to kick-off (Simon Cooper/PA) The former Argentina and Chile coach insisted it was not hi...

5 Things you may not know about Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has admitted he was behind the Derby training ground spy incident. Here, Press Association Sport’s Phil Blanche looks at the career andidiosyncrasies of the man they call ‘El Loco’. Pitch perfect Bielsa is known to check pitch measurements before matches. He waits upondeciding on a particular formation until he paces out the pitch. Bielsa’sunorthodox approach also stretches to almost obsessive use of videos – editing and analysing for each player – and allocating separate training times for different parts of his squad, with the defenders, midfielders and strikersworking alone. Bielsa pays attention to detail (Joe Giddens/PA) Pep talk Bielsa has no shortage of football disciples but perhaps his greatest supporteris Pep Guardiola. The Manchester City manager travel...

Real Madrid ‘eye summer Junior Firpo deal’

Real Madrid want to sign Real Betis defender Junior Firpo at the end of the season, according to a report. Real Madrid are reportedly interested in signing Real Betis defender Junior Firpo at the end of the season. Junior only made his first-team debut for Betis in February, but has already scored five times in 32 appearances for the Spanish outfit in all competitions. This season, the 22-year-old has scored three times in 18 appearances in all competitions, and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is believed to be an admirer. According to AS, Real Madrid view Junior as a long-term replacement for Marcelo, with the European champions prepared to meet his £45m buy-out clause at the end of the season. Juventus have also been credited with an interest in the versatile left-sided player. Read N...

Marcelo Bielsa wary as on-song Leeds hunt Christmas number one

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa is wary of the threat Aston Villa pose having been undone in his last trip to the West Midlands a month ago. United have the chance to top the SkyBet Championship table at Christmas, which over the last decade has meant guaranteed promotion, with a win at Villa Park on Sunday. Victory would be Leeds’ sixth in succession – something they have not achieved at this level since 1988 when they were in the old second division – but it is their last defeat, a 4-1 humbling at West Brom on November 10, which has warning bells ringing for Bielsa. “It is the last rival that we haven’t played against,” the Argentinian told a press conference. “Aston Villa are a team with a very significant offensive strength. “They are good in the collective play and good with their ind...

Marcelo Bielsa: ‘Leeds United must deal with Samuel Saiz exit’

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa suggests that he has mixed feelings over the exit of playmaker Samuel Saiz. Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has acknowledged that both himself and his squad must focus on dealing with the exit of playmaker Samuel Saiz. The Spaniard had become a cult hero at Elland Road, but the 27-year-old has been loaned to Getafe after expressing a desire to return to his homeland. Saiz had featured in 19 Championship fixtures this season, and Bielsa has admitted that it may be difficult to find a replacement. Bielsa is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying: “We see he was a player who had a lot of value for me. I can’t say that it doesn’t matter if he left because you would tell me then why did he play 80% of the games? Which is my first point. “My...

Marcelo Bielsa ‘to move into Leeds United training base’

Marcelo Bielsa reportedly intends to effectively move into the Leeds United’s Thorp Arch training camp to avoid the traffic and spend time preparing for matches. Marcelo Bielsa has reportedly installed a kitchen and bed at Leeds United‘s training base to further dedicate himself to the club’s promotion push. The 63-year-old has lived up to his reputation since being appointed Whites boss in the summer, having taken the Yorkshire outfit to the top of the Championship with nearly half the season played. After a 12-year spell away from the top flight of English football, the Argentinian coach is determined to maintain his side’s promotion push over the next five months. According to The Mirror, Bielsa has made changes to his office at Thorp Arch after losing patience w...

Preview: Real Madrid vs. Al Ain – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole brings you the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s Club World Cup final between Real Madrid and Al Ain. Real Madrid will be looking to land their third straight Club World Cup when they face Al Ain in the final of the 2018 competition on Saturday. Los Blancos are the defending champions having overcome Gremio in last year’s final, and booked their spot in the 2018 final with a 3-1 win over Kashima Antlers. Abu Dhabi outfit Al Ain, meanwhile, beat 2018 Copa Libertadores champions River Plate on penalties in the first semi-final on Tuesday. Real Madrid © Reuters Not only would victory on Saturday hand Real Madrid their third straight Club World Cup, it would see them move ahead bitter rivals Barcelona to become the most successful team in the...

How Real Madrid could line up against Al Ain

Sports Mole looks at how Real Madrid could line up in Saturday’s Club World Cup final against Al Ain. Real Madrid will be looking to land their third straight Club World Cup when they face Al Ain in the final of the 2018 competition on Saturday. Los Blancos are the defending champions having beaten Gremio in last year’s final, and booked their spot in the 2018 final with a 3-1 win over Kashima Antlers on Wednesday. Abu Dhabi outfit Al Ain, meanwhile, beat River Plate on penalties in the first semi-final on Tuesday. Here, Sports Mole has taken a look at how Champions League winners Real Madrid could line up this weekend. Doubtful: Nacho (knee), Mariano Diaz (muscle) Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari has no injury concerns from the team that started or indeed finished the clash wi...

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