Zinedine Zidane has encouraged Real Madrid fans to have patience and support Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema after their indifferent showings in a 2-1 LaLiga win over Malaga. After delivering an uncharacteristically poor performance against Celta Vigo in midweek, Ronaldo missed a number of chances on Saturday as Benzema was also jeered by his own supporters. While recognising his forwards' disappointing form, Zidane urged the Madrid fans to stand by the duo, while insisting the club's injury crisis is of greater concern at this stage.
The parade of former stars popping in for a visit at Chelsea continued on Saturday as the legendary Didier Drogba stopped by for a visit with “his people”. Nice to see Cesc make time in his busy showering schedule to pose for the snap. Meanwhile, Willian was so excited to see his former teammate, he even forgot to put on pants! But at least his hair won’t get cold. Jokes aside, lovely to see Didier back at Cobham, even if it is just for a visit rather than the long-rumored return to the club as an ambassador or coach or mentor or whathaveya. Drogba has been without a club since leaving Montreal Impact at the end of the MLS season in December, but he’s recently been linked with moves to Brazil
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says Andres Iniesta is incomparable as he prepares to take on Eibar without the midfielder. Iniesta had to be replaced by Andre Gomes at half-time of Barcelona's 1-0 Copa del Rey quarter-final, first-leg victory at Real Sociedad on Thursday due to a calf injury. The 32-year-old's problem is not serious, but has ruled him out of Sunday's LaLiga match at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium.