Spanish football morning headlines for 22 January.
Koeman unhappy despite win
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is running out of patience with his players following their laboured win at third tier Cornella, as outlined by Marca.
The Blaugrana missed two penalties in the tie and required extra-time to see off their stubborn opponents, who play in Segunda B.
Koeman is cited as saying: “We have qualified through the tie, but we cannot be happy because we have scored goals, we have missed two penalties and we must have more responsibility in this type of game.”
Odegaard set for Arsenal
Martin Odegaard looks certain to leave Real Madrid this month with multiple fresh reports claiming that Premier League side Arsenal is now the likely destination.
The Norwegian had been expected to return to Real Sociedad – where he spent last season – but reports in football.london and ESPN both highlight how the Gunners is now the most probable destination.
Odegaard’s exit is said to be a six-month loan deal.
Madrid concern on Ramos.
Real Madrid news is focused on the upcoming league clash at Alaves but captain Sergio Ramos is set to miss out the trip due to an injury.
💥 Informa @melchorcope
❌ Sergio Ramos, Odegaard y Valverde no entrenan con el equipo un día antes de visitar al @Alaves
😷 Nacho será baja por el protocolo COVID, aunque ya ha dado negativo
🏥 Rodrygo sigue recuperándose de su lesión de larga duración pic.twitter.com/mqW5W1t1vC
— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) January 22, 2021
The talismanic defender did not train with his teammates on Friday and will not be involved in the trip, along with the absences of Odegaard and Fede Valverde.
If ZZ has covid how come his players aren’t self isolating. He was mixing with his players on Wednesday with no mask and shaking hands with people without gloves and no social distancing
I can fully understand Koeman’s worries his team is not up to standard, they don’t understand the gravity of the situation. My prediction is no precious metal this year and Koeman’s exit.