Real Madrid's Hazard to miss City Barcelona clashes with fibula fracture


"It doesn't look good", said Zidane. It's an attractive game.

"We needed a game like this, when we did things well and everything went our way", Barcelona coach Quique Setien said.

"We're inspired by what he's done. It's sore now but we'll see tomorrow, when we do more tests". I know how hard we work. "It's an honour and I intend to enjoy it".

Guardiola turned that compliment around by saying he could never match Zidane's success in winning three in a row.

"What he's done in Europe will not be repeated".

"Also, Sergio Aguero has been at the club for more than seven years and has scored unbelievable goals during this time, yet none of City's players have won it". "But I have an obligation to know as much as possible about my opponent".

Real Sociedad moved into fourth and above Atletico Madrid with a 3-0 victory over Valencia, whose miserable form continued following their 4-1 Champions League loss at Atalanta in midweek.

The former Chelsea playmaker is facing another lay-off after fracturing an ankle in Real's surprise defeat to Levante in LaLiga last weekend. The Belgium global was making just his second start after nearly three months out with a micro-fracture in his ankle.

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"We are very sad, because this injury will leave him out of action for at least three months", Martinez told reporters.

"It's not for me to say if he should have had an operation or not", Zidane said. "He wanted to play and help us but now he is out again, which is sad of course", Zidane said. "It's a hard moment for him for sure".

Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte have been named in Manchester City's initial squad for Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg with Real Madrid.

"When there's an uncomfortable game, maybe that unease is passed on to the players".

Pep Guardiola accepts there may be some truth to Thomas Muller's recent suggestion the Manchester City coach overthinks the opposition in the Champions League, but he feels it comes from a desire to not underprepare. Pressure is wearing this badge.

Zidane was starting out as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Madrid while Guardiola was the manager at Bayern.

"Football is about results".

The Citizens are looking to win their first Champions League crown this season after losing to domestic rivals Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur at the quarter-final stage in 2018 and 2019.