Jose Mourinho’s career has been ruled by irony. It was ironic that Mourinho, the young translator who wanted to be a coach and whom Louis van Gaal didn’t quite know what to do with during the Dutchman’s time as Barcelona manager, wound up being a formidable foible in the Premier League almost two decades later – when Mourinho’s Chelsea handily won the league as van Gaal’s Manchester United crumbled. It was ironic that when van Gaal left Barca in 2000, Mourinho was let go as well, even though he had predated van Gaal.
Zinedine Zidane has told Alvaro Morata he still has an important role to play at Real Madrid this season. Morata returned to the Santiago Bernabeu in June after Madrid exercised their buy-back option to prise him away from Juventus, with whom he developed into one of Europe's most feared number nines. Zidane was quizzed about the Spain international at his news conference prior to Sunday's home game with Athletic Bilbao and stressed he remains a key player as they chase success on four fronts.
Everyone will have a different opinion depending on what country they’re from or what team they support, but it is very hard to find a more attractive game in Europe this weekend than the one at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Sevilla have always had that air about them, of course. They’ve always been an attractive, expansive team who provide the big guns with difficult games, but this season there seems to be more of a bite to their bark. New manager Jorge Sampaoli has installed the winning mentality that was previously seen in his Chile team—most notably at the 2015 Copa America—and his players have lapped it up. Plenty, such as the Manchester City loanee Samir Nasri and Luciano Vietto, who has