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 By Rob Train

Shorthanded Real need to focus on task at hand away to stingy Depor

When Real Madrid take to the pitch against Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday night in Riazor they will in all likelihood do so three points behind current leaders Barcelona. This was not part of Zinedine Zidane's plan, which came unstuck in stoppage time in the Bernabeu when Lionel Messi buried a shot past Keylor Navas to seal victory in the Clasico.

With seconds remaining the clock on Sunday, Real Madrid remained in the Liga driving seat. James Rodriguez appeared to have salvaged a point for the...

Sergio Ramos saves Real Madrid, Barcelona stutter without Neymar

Five thoughts from the weekend as Real Madrid just about returned to the top of the La Liga table, Barcelona missed Neymar as they lost to Deportivo, Sevilla ran out of gas and Antoine Griezmann's Atletico suddenly look like the "best of the rest" again.

1. Too many late shows from Madrid

The headlines were shared by Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos and the referee (again) as Real Madrid beat Real Betis 2-1 on Sunday evening to move back two points clear at the top of the table, with Zinedine Zidane's...

Messi leads best Barcelona display of season; Benzema returns to top form

Five thoughts from the weekend in La Liga, as Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema star, Atletico Madrid keep Valencia in their place, and ironies aplenty arise in the relegation battle.

1. Messi answers the Luis Enrique question

The big question around the Camp Nou on Saturday evening was how Barcelona would react to manager Luis Enrique confirming his departure this summer, and the answer was pretty simple: by performing better and blowing Celta Vigo away 5-0. Messi, the team's talisman, led Barca to...

La Liga at halfway: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona stellar, Real Madrid flounder

James Rodriguez screeched into training pursued by the police, having raced round the M40 at 200 km/h. Karim Benzema was charged for his part in a blackmail case and banned from the France squad. Rafa Benitez was sacked, 13 days after the president said he would not be sacked. They were kicked out of the Copa del Rey for fielding an illegible player. And now they've been handed a FIFA transfer ban, denying the president's annual moment in the sun -- six months after 2015's moment was denied to...

Real Madrid rout Deportivo 5-0, win Zinedine Zidane's first game in charge

MADRID, Spain -- Three quick thoughts after Real Madrid easily defeated Deportivo La Coruna 5-0 in Zinedine Zidane's first game as Los Blancos coach.

1. Zidane's arrival lifts mood at the Bernabeu

Almost 10 years after his final Madrid appearance as a player, Zinedine Zidane returned to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as coach and oversaw a straightforward home win, helped greatly by a hat trick from Gareth Bale and two goals from Karim Benzema. The performance was not perfect, but there was enough...

 By Chris Wright

Deportivo cancel Julio Rey transfer after discovering insulting tweet

Julio Rey
Julio Rey has shown the dangers of social media.

Spare a thought for 20-year-old winger Julio Rey who, after spending his entire career milling around in the Spanish fourth tier, found himself on the brink of joining Deportivo La Coruna over the weekend, only to see his big move dashed at the 11th hour.

The stage was set. Deportivo had agreed to a deal to sign Rey and had even gone as far as having his official unveiling photos taken for their website. However, as a formality, Depor had their legal department trawl back through Rey's social media...