LaLiga Saturday round-up
Real Madrid's return to winning ways on Saturday will dominate media attention in Spain, but plenty of other headlines were made elsewhere.
'Granada can compete'
Lucas Alcaraz insists his Granada team can compete to stay in the Primera Liga but admits they must start winning more points away from home.
Flores convinced by Espanyol
Espanyol Coach Quique Sanchez Flores believes his team are going in the right direction despite recent results.
Voro hails players 'personality'
Valencia manager Voro Gonzalez praised the personality and determination his side showed as they won their first La Liga match since October.
Voro excited by Zaza arrival
Valencia boss Voro Gonzalez believes Simone Zaza is “a proven striker”, who has the “character” to help the club put pay to their slump.
Demichelis free to leave Espanyol
Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores has confirmed that Martin Demichelis is free to leave the club six months early.
Spanish trio enquire for Halilovic
Villarreal, Celta Vigo and Espanyol are all keen on bringing Croatian playmaker Alen Halilovic back to La Liga after a spell with Hamburg in Germany.
Espanyol to sell Caicedo?
Espanyol would consider selling striker Filipe Caicedo in the January transfer market if the offer was right, the club’s sporting director has said.
QSF apologises for Messi embrace
Quique Sanchez Flores has issued an apology to Espanyol fans after embracing Lionel Messi after his side’s heavy defeat in Sunday’s Catalan derby.
La Liga reports Barca chants
La Liga has reported Barcelona to the Competition Committee and Anti-Violence Commission for offensive chants by a group of their fans against Espanyol.
Lucho: Messi not for granted
Luis Enrique urged Barcelona fans not to take Lionel Messi for granted after his Derbi display and “appreciate him as something unique”.
Messi magic in Derbi demolition
Lionel Messi became the Catalan derby’s all-time top goalscorer and Luis Suarez scored a brace as Barcelona demolished in-form Espanyol 4-1 on Sunday.
'Fans have right to dream' - QSF
Quique Sanchez Flores has told Espanyol fans they ‘have the right to dream’ after their side made it ten games unbeaten in all competitions.
Piatti blow for Espanyol
Espanyol have been dealt a huge blow as Pablo Piatti will miss Sunday’s visit of Sporting Gijon in La Liga.
Neymar doubtful for Catalan derby
Barcelona have revealed Brazilian forward Neymar picked up a 'minor injury' in Saturday's El Clasico clash and could miss up to a fortnight.
Simeone backs goalless Grizi
Diego Simeone urged Antoine Griezmann to stay “calm” after the Atletico Madrid forward’s seventh La Liga game without a goal on Saturday against Espanyol.
‘Atleti won’t be watching Clasico’
Diego Simeone is adamant that no-one from Atletico Madrid will watch Saturday’s Clasico as Espanyol “is all that matters to me”.
QSF: More than win needed
Quique Sanchez Flores insists that despite Espanyol’s 3-0 win against Leganes in La Liga, his side still have “a lot to do if we want to be a top team”.
QSF: Espanyol still far away
Quique Sanchez Flores admits Espanyol are still “very far away from playing as we want” ahead of Saturday’s match against Leganes in La Liga.
Espanyol didn't deserve win - Pellegrino
Alaves boss Mauricio Pellegrino has bemoaned his side’s home defeat at the hands of Espanyol on Sunday, believing the visitors did not deserve to win the game.
QSF ready for ‘fiery’ Alaves
Quique Sanchez Flores says Espanyol are pumped up for the “fiery atmosphere” that awaits his side at Alaves in La Liga on Sunday.
Draw leaves a bitter taste - QSF
Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores lamented his side dropping more points against Athletic Bilbao, but praised his side's performance.
Demichelis: Very close to my best
Espanyol defender Martin Demichelis assures “I’m very close to my best” after the start of his Periquitos career “backfired”.
Espanyol eye permanent Piatti deal
Espanyol want to make Valencia-owned Pablo Piatti's loan deal at the club from permanent according to reports in the Spanish press.
Lopez reveals Madrid difficulties
Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez has told of what it takes to come through the club’s youth system and gain a foothold in the first team.
Poyet slams ‘difficult’ Betis fans
Gus Poyet has hit out at Real Betis fans for making it “difficult” for his side to play at the Benito Villamarin after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Espanyol in La Liga.
Lopez: Casillas omission no surprise
Diego Lopez claims “I wasn’t surprised that Iker Casillas didn’t get called up” for Spain as the veteran is only “one more player” under Julen Lopetegui
Lopez hails Madrid youngsters
Diego Lopez has hailed Real Madrid’s younger guard for breaking through this season after finding his route into the team “very difficult”.
‘Espanyol want to silence Betis’
Quique Sanchez Flores claims Espanyol are heading to Real Betis on Sunday with hopes of “silencing” the Benito Villamarin.
Mathieu injured in defeat
Barcelona's defensive injury crisis has grown as Jeremy Mathieu suffered a calf injury in Tuesday's Catalan Cup defeat to Espanyol.
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