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2019 10 23 Publish: Casemiro on Belgian’s tough start at Real Madrid

Eden Hazard is still in the middle of a ‘period of adaptation’ at Real Madrid, according to Casemiro

The Belgian winger completed a €100 million (£89m/$109m) switch from Chelsea to Madrid back in June, bringing to an end a successful seven-year spell in the Premier League. The 28-year-old had been tipped to fill the sizeable void left by Cristiano Ronaldo since his departure from Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2018, but he has failed to impress in five appearances at the start of the 2019-20 campaign

Casemiro has no doubts over the mercurial winger’s talent, but sought to remind his team-mate that ‘football is about goals’ after another damaging setback

Madrid staged a spirited second-half fightback to earn a point against an unfancied Brugge side, with Sergio Ramos and Casemiro grabbing the goals for the hosts. The 27-year-old admitted that the Blancos failed to perform in the first period, but he does not believe that the squad’s desire and commitment should be called into question

Zinedine Zidane’s side now face a battle to qualify from Group A, with Paris Saint-Germain commanding a five-point advantage over their rivals at the top of the standings and Brugge occupying second

Despite their European woes, Madrid are leading the way in La Liga after seven matches of the new season, with a crucial clash against second-placed Granada up next on Saturday

2019 10 18 Publish

Nice FC owner and Manchester United supporter Jim Ratcliffe has revealed that he ‘hated’ Patrick Vieira while he was at the peak of his powers as an Arsenal FC player. Vieira enjoyed a hugely successful spell with the Gunners between 1996 and 2005, winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups

Patrick Vieira guide Nice FC to a seventh-place finish in Ligue 1 last term and his side are currently sitting in ninth at the start of the 2019-20 campaign

Patrick Vieira is widely considered to be one of the finest foreign players to ever grace English football - a reputation underlined by the fact Arsenal have been unable to find an adequate replacement in midfield since his departure

Jim Ratcliffe, who completed a 100 million pounds (£88.77m) takeover at Nice FC earlier this year, has recalled watching Patrick Vieira in action during his heyday, labelling the World Cup winner a ‘b*stard’

2019 10 23 Publish

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit cannot understand why Granit Xhaka has been handed captaincy duties at Emirates Stadium. The Switzerland international was given the armband back in September after winning a player vote, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerín, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil named as vice-captains, in descending order

Granit Xhaka has divided the Gunners fanbase with his performances since joining the club from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016, but he has been a fixture in the starting line up under current boss Unai Emery

Emmanuel Petit, who played for the Gunners between 1997 and 2000, is not sure what Granit Xhaka brings to Unai Emery’s line up, insisting that fellow Frenchman Matteo Guendouzi is the only real leader in the team