Real Madrid vs Getafe: Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane claimed his team did not deserve to be beaten by a stoppage-time goal from Espanyol at RCDE Stadium.
A much-changed Real, with Cristiano Ronaldo left out of the squad by Zidane, looked to have done enough to labour to a share of the points.
However, with more than two minutes of added time played, Espanyol broke clear and Gerard Moreno crashed the ball past Keylor Navas to give the Barcelona club a first win over Real Madrid since 2007.
Defeat leaves Real Madrid in third place, 14 points behind leaders Barcelona, who have a game in hand, and two ahead of Valencia having played one match more.
“We made a bright start and had some chances to score, but our second-half display was worse than the opening 45 minutes. We didn’t manage to play at all or offer any sort of threat in the second half, although we didn’t deserve to lose the game,” Zidane said.
Zimmer called Bradford’s knee issues “degenerative,’’ and made it clear he doesn’t know if Bridgewater will ever return to the form he showed in 2015, before his own devastating knee injury of August 2016. As for Keenum, Zimmer didn’t call him a one-year wonder after last season’s breakthrough performance, but he came close to at least posing the question.
“The question is exactly what you’re asking: ‘Is he this guy? All three of our guys have questions. There’s no doubt about it, and it’s our job to do the very best we possibly can to figure out who is the right guy, the right fit.
“It’s important for myself and (Vikings general manager) Rick (Spielman) and the organization that we pick the right guy that is going to help us to
continue to move forward. If we don’t do that, then I’ll probably get fired.”
Real Madrid host Getafe in what will be a fairly meaningless game, even more so considering that Los Blancos will play a season-defining match against PSG next Tuesday. Kroos and Modric are still trying to recover from their injuries and will miss the game, just like Dani Ceballos, who didn’t even make the squad list.
Getafe have been playing well this season and are only a few points behind the Europa League places, so they will try to take advantage of Madrid’s potential lack of focus on this game and earn at least a point.
It will be interesting to see if Los Blancos can bounce back from their 1-0 loss against Espanyol this week. Zidane’s men had been playing well lately but they showed some worrying signs once again. Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be set to return to the starting lineup after getting some rest last Tuesday. Marcelo could also get some minutes.
The buzz within league circles is that while Denver might be the most motivated team in their pursuit of Cousins, the former Washington starter, the Vikings are in the best position to seal a deal with him. Cousins has been clear that he wants to go to a team he can win with immediately, and Minnesota is seen as the obvious favorite on that front, thanks to their combination of a stout defense, bountiful play-makers on offense and the presence of Zimmer, who has led the Vikings to the playoffs in two of the past three seasons. Such a move by Minnesota would also return Cousins to the upper midwest, not all that far from where he played his collegiate ball at Michigan State.
* With the Bears emerging as a potential trade partner in the Dolphins’ shopping of franchise-tagged receiver Jarvis Landry, according to the Miami Herald, two words should be chanted incessantly in Chicago’s direction: Buyer beware.