Open thread: December 17th, 2020.

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Semi-finals of the Super Cup.

The draw for the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup takes place today. Los Blancos will face Real Sociedad or Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday January 13th and Thursday January 14th. The final will take place on Sunday 17th January.

Updates about the team in front of Eibar.

Hazard, Odegaard, Jovic and Mariano eventually returned to practice with the rest of the group. According to AS, Hazard plans to play Eibar on Sunday and he could even start the game.

AS called Benzema “Magnifique” – the French were very important the second time they coached Zidane, scoring 29% of Real Madrid’s goals. For comparison purposes, Cristiano had 28% of the goals in Zidane’s first stint, although Real Madrid scored much more often at the time.

Marca insisted that Kroos and Modric lead Real Madrid and their experience is invaluable. For the diary, Modric plays on the same level as when he won the Ballon d’Or. This season the Croatian has created 29 chances with an accuracy of 90% and recorded an impressive 29 dribbles. The German created 38 chances, 2 of which were goals, and he has a passing accuracy of over 93%.

Marca’s piece about Marcelo

Marca published an article on Marcelo entitled “Marcelo did not deserve this ending”. The journal discussed the defensive liability Marcelo brings to the pitch when he has played recently: he has been present in 4 of the 5 defeats this year. After recalling the big moments, the Journal argues that the turning point in Marcelo’s career was the Champion League final in Kiev when Marcelo started struggling the following season. At first it was Reguilon when Solari was a coach and after Zidane returned it was Mendy. These two players, the Journal argues, may never have reached the level of Marcelo at his best, but the problem is that Marcelo may never have reached it either.

Results of the other games in the middle of the week.

Barca’s narrow 2-1 win over Real Sociedad helps Real Madrid secure second place in the La Liga table for now. Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool scored a 2-1 win over Spurs in the 90th minute thanks to a header by Roberto Firmino. Liverpool are now alone at the top of the Premier League. Arsenal continued their poor form and drew 1-1 at home against Southampton and finished 15th, while Everton had a big win over Leicester 2-0 and moved up to 5th overall.

In Serie A, Milan could not use the 2-2 draw by Juventus against Genoa. They’re still in first place in the rankings despite Inter’s 1-0 win over Napoli reducing their lead to 1 point. The aforementioned Juventus, meanwhile, drew 1-1 with an impressive Atalanta. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty that could have sealed all three points for Turin.

Leverkusen remains at the top of the Bundesliga table after beating Cologne 4-0. This despite the victories of Bayern and Leipzig against Wolfsburg (2: 1) and Hoffenheim (1: 0).

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