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How Messi tormented Madrid in El Clasico

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 By Sid Lowe

Madrid's 'B Team' makes its case for a bigger role as Real chase the double

With Barca firmly back in the La Liga title race, the FC panel don't see how Madrid can focus on both competitions at once.

"If you have a problem... if no one else can help... and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The A Team."

Unless your name is Zinedine Zidane, of course. In which case, you'd be better off hiring the B Team instead. That, at least, is the verdict of the man who was undone by them this week: him and many more besides.

It has become a question of state, a national debate, and there is something in it too, all the more so after Wednesday night when Real Madrid lined up in A Coruna with...

 By Rob Train

Real Madrid's 'B' team making waves, challenging the status quo

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is happy with the clubs squad depth after their win over Deportivo.
Sid Lowe believes Real Madrid are still in complete control to win the title despite the loss to Barcelona in El Clasico.

Real Madrid swept Deportivo de La Coruna aside on Wednesday night in a 6-2 victory that will be remembered as one of the best performances from Zinedine Zidane's team this season. It was a notable scoreline made more eye-catching by the absence of nine of Zidane's first-choice XI: only the indefatigable Marcelo and Raphael Varane among the starters in Riazor can be considered genuine members of that exalted order.  

After the match Depor manager Pepe Mel commented: "I like this Real...

 By Chris Wright

Neymar falls on his backside while trying a football trick

As one of the most skillful footballers in the world, the internet is positively overflowing with snippets and videos of Neymar bamboozling opposition defenders with his lightning pace and flashy footwork.

However, it's perhaps refreshing to know that the Barcelona superstar isn't always 100 percent successful when it comes to his freestyle trickery.

Filmed by one of his cronies and posted on Instagram, here's one of the rare examples of Neymar attempting to demonstrate his technique and coming...

Real Madrid, Barcelona win heavily to maintain lock on La Liga title race

Alejandro Moreno believes Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos must balance their competitive fire and defensive responsibilities.

Five thoughts from the midweek action as Real Madrid and Barcelona both won heavily to maintain their head-to-head lock at the top of the La Liga table and things got clarified at the bottom.

1. Madrid's "second unit" dazzle again

Sunday's Clasico defeat made no difference to Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane's rotation policy, as he left Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos at home and made nine changes to his XI for Wednesday evening's potentially tricky trip to Deportivo La Coruna.

But not for the...

Isco making case to start with another perfect performance at Deportivo

Isco, second right, scored once, assisted on another and pulled Real Madrid's strings in the 6-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna.

Real Madrid defeated Deportivo de la Coruna by a score of 6-2 at the Estadio Riazor in another outstanding performance from their second unit. Players such as James Rodriguez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazque and, of course, Isco Alarcon and Marco Asensio played eye-pleasing, extremely effective football for long spells of the match and helped Zinedine Zidane's team keep their title hopes alive for another match.

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Zidane's lineup, featuring just two players who started against Barcelona...

Mascherano nets first Barcelona goal, Messi adds two in Osasuna thrashing

Alejandro Moreno believes Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos must balance their competitive fire and defensive responsibilities.
Javier Mascherano scored his first Barcelona goal en route to a dominant 7-1 victory over Osasuna on Wednesday.

BARCELONA -- Javier Mascherano scored his first Barcelona goal as his team followed up their Clasico win with a 7-1 thumping of Osasuna, who are heading to the second division with a whimper. In addition to Mascherano's goal, which came from the penalty spot, there were also braces for Lionel Messi, Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer. Osasuna's reply came through a free kick from Roberto Torres.

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Performances are out the window now. What's important is that Barcelona win all of their remaining...