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Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid success depends on Casemiro - Gus Poyet

Zinedine Zidane has joked that he is 'not a magician', as he looks to end his side's poor run of form in La Liga.

Zinedine Zidane's success as Real Madrid manager depends greatly on midfielder Casemiro, Real Betis coach Gus Poyet says.

Casemiro's insertion into the lineup under Zidane last season helped Real Madrid win the Champions League, but the Brazilian has missed the past month with a fracture in his lower leg.

And with Real entering Saturday's game at Benito Villamarin on the back of four consecutive draw, Poyet said the club's recent misfortunes are no coincidence.

"People say four months...

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale a future Ballon d'Or candidate - Gus Poyet

German international midfielder Toni Kroos discusses the two-year renewal to his contract with Real Madrid until 2022.
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Real Betis coach Gustavo Poyet says his former Tottenham Hotspur charge Gareth Bale is a potential future Ballon d'Or winner, something which seemed very unlikely when he first encountered the teenage defender over a decade ago.

Poyet was assistant manager at Tottenham when Bale was signed from Southampton for an initial fee of £5 million in 2007 when the Wales international was just 17-years-old and had played most of his football as a left-back.

Now 27, Bale is among the world's most expensive...

Real Betis' Gus Poyet praises Diego Simeone over Pep Guardiola

Former Premier League striker Brian McBride says Pep Guardiola is only at City to win trophies, not to change any culture.
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Real Betis coach Gus Poyet said he is tired of football's adoration of current Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola and credits Atletico Madrid counterpart Diego Simeone for showing him a different managerial approach.

Simeone's Atletico have challenged Europe's and Spain's top clubs, with the 46-year-old giving his team a clear identity and philosophy. 

Guardiola guided Barcelona to the treble in his first managerial season, and is credited with establishing the Catalan club's style, winning...