Real Madrid star Gareth Bale: Leaving Spurs right decision - just like Southampton

Posted September 12, 2017

The club skipper is set to return at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday having been kicking his heels since being sent off 14 minutes into Chelsea's shock opening day Premier League defeat by Burnley, resulting in a three-match ban.

Ronaldo has been suspended for Real's last four games after pushing a referee in the Spanish Super Cup and has been badly missed as the European champions have been held at home by Valencia and Levante in their last two outings.

Before the global break, they played out a frustrating 2-2 draw with Valencia.

Escudero is an absolute steal at this price and ownership, considering he finished last season with the fifth-most points of any Champions League defender. Celtic is never an easy team to visit, but the Scottish champions are likely to be fighting it out with Anderlecht for third place.

"You know who Cristiano is", Zidane told reporters at his pre-match media conference. Instead, the battle for control of the club between fans, players and president rages on.

"Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are now a level above at the moment", said the ex-England worldwide on the Sun website.

"I don't really look into things like that [No 1 status]".

Ukraine in the group stage of the Champions League will present Shakhtar Donetsk - Shakhtar in 12-th time will start in the main round of the Eurocup and will try a fourth time to leave the group. He is employed with us as a football player and earns a lot of money.

Can Real Madrid make it a three-peat?

However, Bartomeu's theory will be put under the spotlight straight away with the visit of Juventus, who dumped Barca out at the quarter-final stage 3-0 on aggregate last season. Until then, it had mainly been defined by the victorious clubs and their coaches, but everything changed from the 2007-08 season onwards as it became the theatre in which Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi played out their battle for supremacy. There is no need to adapt to the Champions League but he needs a little bit of time to adapt to the Premier League.

But based on Zidane's masterful rotation policy, which has also gotten the best out of Marco Asensio, quickly emerging as a bona fide star, it's hard to bet against him getting the balance right.