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 By PA Sport

Alaves appoint ex-Albania boss Gianni De Biasi to replace Luis Zubeldia

Gianni De Biasi replaces Luis Zubeldia as Alaves coach.

Alaves have appointed Gianni De Biasi as their new head coach.

The 61-year-old Italian replaces Luis Zubeldia, who was sacked following last weekend's defeat to Villarreal, and takes over an Alaves side who have yet to pick up a point or score a goal from five La Liga matches this season.

The experienced De Biasi counts the likes of Torino, Udinese, Levante and Brescia among his former clubs as a coach, while he was in charge of Albania for six years before stepping down this summer.

A club statement...

Barcelona's Valverde plays down Real crisis: 'We will lose games as well'

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde plays down Real Madrid's slow start and is still wary of the reigning champions' threat.
Shaka Hislop explains why Real Madrid are out of his top 10, as Barcelona overtake PSG for the top spot.

BARCELONA -- Ernesto Valverde is not getting carried away after Barcelona opened up a seven-point lead over Real Madrid in midweek.

A day after Barca had extended their winning start to the season to five games with a 6-1 win against Eibar, Madrid were stunned at home by Real Betis.

Barca, therefore, go into Saturday's Catalan derby against Girona with the pressure all on Madrid, who play winless Alaves in Vitoria earlier in the day.

"Things can change, what do you want me to say?" Valverde said...

Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid not out of La Liga title race yet

Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane has stressed the La Liga title race is not over despite their poor start to the season.
The FC crew assess Real Madrid's slow start to the season and the growing concerns surrounding the club.
Shaka Hislop explains why Real Madrid are out of his top 10, as Barcelona overtake PSG for the top spot.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has rejected any suggestion his side have already blown their La Liga title chances after just five games, predicting that other teams near the top will also have their own dips in form over the course of the campaign.

Following Wednesday's 1-0 home defeat to Real Betis, reigning champions Madrid find themselves down in eighth place, seven points behind leaders Barcelona, who have a 100 percent record so far.

Asked ahead of Saturday's La Liga game at Alaves whether...