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Simeone: Gabi sub not a conspiracy
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone insisted his decision to substitute Gabi against Rayo Vallecano was not linked to accusations of communication between the pair.
Simeone ‘doesn’t fear’ Saul exit
Diego Simeone has made it clear that he sees Saul Niguez’s long-term future at Atletico Madrid ahead of Saturday’s derby against Rayo Vallecano.
Zidane hopeful of Benzema green light
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is “hopeful” Karim Benzema will be available for Manchester City after his substitution against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
Bale clarifies ‘golf injury’
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale insists reports of an injury during a round of golf are not true after his match-winning performance against Rayo Vallecano.
Bale completes Madrid comeback
Gareth Bale scored an emphatic winner as Real Madrid came back from two goals down to beat Rayo Vallecano 3-2 in La Liga on Saturday.
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Jese Rodriguez is the man entrusted with replacing Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid’s short trip to Rayo Vallecano in La Liga this afternoon.
Zidane: Ronaldo is untouchable
Zinedine Zidane insists Cristiano Ronaldo is “untouchable” after the Real Madrid boss was grilled for his refusal to rest the forward prior to his injury.
‘Rayo know we have to suffer’
Paco Jemez says Rayo Vallecano ‘know we have to suffer’ after dropping two points against Malaga to remain in danger of relegation.
Gracia: Rayo will be unpredictable
Javi Gracia expects the unexpected from Rayo Vallecano and says Malaga aren’t going to relax before the end of the season.
Valverde: Luck has returned
Ernesto Valverde admitted Athletic Bilbao’s luck had returned after Sunday’s narrow 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.
Valverde eyeing Athletic ‘compensation’
Ernesto Valverde says Athletic Bilbao are looking for “compensation” when they welcome Rayo Vallecano to San Mames on Sunday.
Escriba: I could leave Getafe
Fran Escriba has admitted that he will leave Getafe on Monday “if the club don’t think I have the strength anymore” after their 2-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano.
‘Rayo-Geta loser steeped in misery’
Paco Jemez admits the losers between Rayo Vallecano and Getafe in Friday’s La Liga six-pointer will be “steeped in misery”.
‘Jemez would love Valencia’
Paco Jemez’s representative says there’s been no contact from Valencia but the Rayo Vallecano Coach ‘would love such an extraordinary club.’
Report: Valencia favour Jemez
Paco Jemez is reportedly the favourite of Valencia owner Peter Lim to take the bench from Gary Neville for next season.
Jemez ‘can’t say no to Spain’
Paco Jemez insists speculation he’ll succeed Vicente Del Bosque is just rumours but ‘no Coach is going to say no.’
Jemez: Depor an example
Paco Jemez wishes he had the support Victor Sanchez has at Deportivo La Coruna at Rayo Vallecano. ‘Maybe I’ll come here one day…’
Paco: Ref mustn’t be weird
Paco Jemez says he hopes the referee for Rayo Vallecano’s trip to Granada on Saturday “shows he is worthy of officiating in La Liga”.
‘Rayo play like a big team’
Eibar boss Jose Luis Mendilibar has described Rayo Vallecano as “a small team who play like a big one” ahead of Saturday’s meeting between the sides.
Llorente set for Madrid return?
Real Madrid defender Diego Llorente, currently on loan at Rayo Vallecano, could be set for a return to the club this summer.
Jemez would ‘understand’ Rayo sack
Paco Jemez says he would ‘understand’ if Rayo Vallecano brought in a new Coach to save the team from relegation after defeat to Espanyol.
Galca: Espanyol raring to go
Constantin Galca says his Espanyol players “feel much better now” after their bout of gastroenteritis ahead of Monday’s match against Rayo Vallecano.
Paco in ‘no referee’ jibe
Paco Jemez sarcastically claimed “I didn’t see a referee in the game” after his nine-man Rayo Vallecano lost 5-1 to Barcelona on Thursday.
Enrique unconcerned by penalty misses
Luis Enrique insisted he was “worrying very little” about Barcelona’s missed penalties after another from Luis Suarez on Thursday against Rayo Vallecano.
Messi inspires Barca to record
Lionel Messi’s hat-trick inspired a record-breaking evening for Barcelona, who went 35 games unbeaten with a 5-1 win at Rayo Vallecano on Thursday.
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Barcelona make three changes for tonight’s La Liga encounter with Rayo Vallecano as they aim to avoid defeat for a record 35th game in succession.
Bartra left out for Rayo trip
Barcelona have left out Marc Bartra for a second game after the defender was absent from the squad which travelled to Rayo Vallecano on Thursday.
‘Perez should get Jemez for Madrid’
Roberto Trashorras has recommended Rayo Vallecano Coach Paco Jemez for Real Madrid. ‘He’s a big team Coach.’
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