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Cristiano Ronaldo runs riot as Real devastate Granada in La Liga

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 24th La Liga hattrick inside the space of just 8 minutes, and scored his first five-goal haul, as Los Blancos romped relegation-threatened Granada 9-1 in their La Liga encounter at Santiago Bernabeu today.

The hosts went ahead in the 25th minute through a Gareth Bale goal, with the Welshman doing well to tackle the keeper before nudging the ball inside the net. And after that, Ronaldo dominated to score thrice in the 30th, 36th and 38th minutes to take the game away from the visitors. The hattrick was Ronaldo’s 5th in La Liga this season, and took him level with rival Lionel Messi in terms of total hattricks in the Spanish league till date.



Spurs squander chance to go 5th after goalless draw at Burnley

Tottenham Hotspur squandered the chance to go 2 points clear in 5th in the Premier League as they were held to a goalless draw by Burnley at Turf Moor today.

The match, which was the first for Harry Kane as captain of the north Londoners’ senior side, saw the hosts enjoying a chance to go ahead in the 5th minute itself when Danny Ings got the ball following a mistake by Ryan Mason. But the Burnley forward could only shoot the ball straight into the hands of Michel Vorm. Minutes later, Nacer Chadli elicited a good save by Tom Heaton.



Man United ready to make £40.1m offer to sign PSG youngster

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is understood to have made up his mind over signing Paris Saint-Germain youngster Marquinhos. And according to reports in The Metro, the Dutchman is ready to table a £40.1m offer to land the player at Old Trafford this summer.

The Red Devils had tried to sign the highly rated Brazilian during the winter transfer window too, but had both their bids for the player rejected. Additionally, the 20 year old is also understood to be a target for north Londoners Arsenal.



Wenger: We need Chelsea to be imperfect

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that the situation is still not ideal for his side to win the Premier League title this season, despite them having thrashed Liverpool 4-1 to move to 2nd place in the table. The Frenchman said that while the side can now be almost assured of a place in the top 4 of the league, to win the title the Gunners need to be perfect, and Chelsea to be imperfect. He then urged his side to continue on their good performances this season, and master them.

Wenger was quoted telling reporters after the game: “That’s not enough. What we can master now mathematically is the top four, where we will finish. For the title we need us to be perfect and Chelsea not to be perfect, so let’s focus on what we can master which means our own performance and go with the same intensity in the same game.”



Be it Sterling, or Hazard...EVERY player has a price!

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, when asked about his views on Raheem Sterling’s contract dispute at Liverpool, has said that ‘every player has a price’, no matter who he is.

The Special One was quoted by BBC Sport, saying: "Every player has a price. It doesn't matter which player."


Wenger praises hardworking Chilean after performance against Liverpool

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on club star Alexis Sanchez, following his performance against Liverpool in the Premier League match between the sides. In the game that was held at the Emirates Stadium yesterday, the Gunners triumphed 4-1, with Sanchez scoring the third goal for his side and providing the assist for the fourth.

Wenger said that Sanchez worked very hard in the game. He said that the player gave in everything in the game, and had an impressive first half. The manager also pointed out that the Chilean is a player who never gives up.



Real Madrid ready to shell out £32m to sign Man United forward

Radamel Falcao may have become an unwanted figure at Manchester United due to his inconsistent performances, but that has done little to decrease his demand in the continent. According to reports in The Daily Express, Spanish giants Real Madrid are ready to sign the Monaco forward, who is currently on loan at Old Trafford, and may even splash out £32m for him.

Los Blancos are understood to be desperate to add more firepower to their attack. And with Javier Hernandez having failed to impress during his loan stay at the Santiago Bernabeu, the club are exploring other options, under which they have shortlisted Falcao as one of their targets.



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