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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is in trouble of losing his job after the Spanish, European and World champions lost 1-0 at home to Villarreal on Saturday.

Madrid missed chance after chance in the first half and paid the price in the second 45 minutes when Villarreal raced away to score the winner with three minutes left. Barcelona could be 19 points clear of them if they beat Real Sociedad tomorrow.

In a indication of how bad things are for Zidane, Madrid fan site Marca has turned against the coach, as the headline oafter the Villarreal defeat was:

In a bit of a shock, Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly in line to succeed Arsene Wenger at the end of the season.

The expectation was that Ancelotti would succeed Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, but with the feeling growing that this will be Wenger’s last season at Arsenal, the Evening Standard is reporting that Ancelotti in one of the names considered if Wenger decides to leave a year early.

The 58-year-old Ancelotti has one of the best CVs in football, having won the Champions League on three occasions and succeeding at Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Chelsea have started the search for their new manager with Antonio Conte almost certain to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

The three frontrunners to replace Conte are Juventus coach Max Allegri, former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.

Here is a look at the careers and achievements of the three bosses in the frame for the Stamford Bridge job.


Age: 50 Nationality: Italian Current club: Juventus (contracted until 2020)

Previous clubs: Aglianese, Real SPAL, Grosseto, Sassuolo, Cagliari, Milan

Liverpool must use the £145million they received from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho much better than when they sold Luis Suarez, club legend Jamie Carragher has urged.

Barcelona confirmed the signing of Coutinho on Saturday night, bringing to an end a long-drawn saga for the player’s signature.

The deal, worth up to £145million with its additional clauses, puts Coutinho as the second most expensive player of all time, behind Neymar.

Carragher weighed into the discussion online, taking to Twitter to comment on how impressed he had been by Coutinho’s rise, while warning the club to reinvest the money better than they did following the sale of Luis Suarez.

Liverpool Cave And Sell Coutinho To Barcelona

Once again Liverpool FC and Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have sold one of their stars as midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been sold to Barcelona for a reported €120m with another €40 in potential add-ons.

That transfer makes the 25-year-old Coutinho, for the moment, the second-most expensive player in world football behind Neymar.

But when the Kylian Mbappe Monaco to PSG deal becomes effective at the end of the season, his €180m deal will push Coutinho down into third place.

FSG rejected three offers from Barcelona in the summer, the highest which was more than the one they accepted in January, so to sell half-way through the season has baffled more than a few Liverpool fans.

Arsene Wenger angrily blamed his players for Arsenal’s FA Cup defeat by Nottingham Forest, admitting the Championship side were better in every area.

Wenger made nine changes to his team but insisted it contained enough quality to beat Forest and reserved criticism for his senior players.

‘We were not good enough anywhere, not up front, in the middle, at the back and we paid for it,’ said Wenger. ‘They looked sharper.

‘I understand the selection will be questioned but we had eight or nine experienced internationals on the pitch, with all respect against a Championship team, and that would be the wrong excuse.

Conte Attacks Both Mourinho And Wenger

Antonio Conte has launched extraordinary attacks on Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, going as far as to suggest that the Manchester United manager has ‘demenza senile’, Italian for senile dementia.

Conte’s comments come after Mourinho said on Thursday:

“Because I don’t behave as a clown on the touchline, it means that I lost my passion?”

That comments was believed to be aimed at Conte and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, and Conte was furious saying:

‘I think that he has to see himself in the past, maybe he was speaking about himself in the past, yeah?

They are 11 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and in the knockout stages of the Champions League – but Bayern Munich were handed another boost on Thursday as James Rodriguez confirmed he wants to stay at the club.

The Colombian midfielder was brought to Bavaria on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid by Carlo Ancelotti last summer.

And despite a testing first few months with the German giants, the 26-year-old admitted he is ‘very happy’ at the club and has no plans to cut short his stay.

Speaking at the club’s winter break training base in Doha, Rodriguez said:

Arsenal Want Wenger Banned For FA Cup Tie

Arsenal are trying to have Arsene Wenger’s misconduct charge dealt with speedily so Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Nottingham Forest is included in any ban.

The Gunners manager has until 6pm on Friday to respond to an FA charge over his foul-mouthed dressing-room rant at referee Mike Dean on Sunday. The official had awarded West Bromwich a controversial penalty, which Jay Rodriguez converted to nick a 1-1 draw.

And Arsenal’s response to the FA was being finalised on Thursday night in the hope Wenger is sentenced this week and potentially avoids missing an extra Premier League game. Wenger, who is set for a lengthy touchline suspension, is ready to accept the charge to ensure a quick conclusion.

The January transfer window has just opened and already Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is complaining, saying that he is ‘rarely given the players I ask for’.

Conte has handed a January wishlist to Chelsea’s board having repeatedly stressed how short on numbers his squad is, but he believes that progress on his targets is going too slow.

Chelsea have been unable to prise left back Alex Sandro from Juventus, while Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal is another player Conte would love to sign.

Now in his fourth transfer window at Stamford Bridge, Conte has made his dissatisfaction over the situation clear, saying he is working under an ‘austerity programme’.