Real Madrid retain the Club World Cup Title
Things may be a little dud for Madrid at the moment after trailing Barcelona by 11 points and a round of 16 clashes coming up in February against PSG, but they went on to add their 5th title of the calendar year 2017 by retaining the FIFA Club World Cup. Real Madrid also became the first team to do so after the competition name was changed from Intercontinental Cup. Zidane’s Madrid looked favourite to win the title, but Gremio had a wealth of attacking youngsters spearheaded by Luan waiting for them. Renato’s side made life easy for Madrid as they sat deep and allowed Madrid to have all the possession.
Madrid never looked uncomfortable and had many chances to break the deadlock, before Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to take a freekick and got it through the wall and into the bottom corner. That was the decisive goal, but in reality, Gremio never threatened, and Madrid lifted their third Club World Cup trophy.
Manchester City on a rout
Manchester City looks to have wrapped up the 2017/18 Premier League title well before Christmas after they made light work of a highly entertaining Spurs side. Manchester City’s led United by 11 points before the game, and any result other than a win would keep the hopes alive of it being not a one-sided affair. However, City never looked in trouble and with Alli and Kane misfiring they took advantage of it and netted four past the helpless Lloris. De Bruyne played one of the best matches of his individual season as he cut through the City midfield with ridiculous ease, and with Gundogan fit and running the midfield City found aplenty of chances in the first half.
It was the German who headed City ahead from a Sane corner and played a pivotal role in setting up De Bruyne’s goal. Diminutive winger Sterling had the goal gaping for him twice as he poked in Sane’s precise cutback before Dier’s ludicrous defending saw him getting a rare brace. Jesus had the chance to worsen Spurs’ woes but missed from the spot. Eriksen pulled one back for the visitors, but that was mere consolation more than anything.
Bale ready to start for Madrid in El Clasico
Gareth Bale has had his unfair share of luck with recurring injuries, but the Welshman may start for Zidane in the upcoming everything or nothing match against Barcelona. Barcelona are 11 points ahead albeit they have played a game more than Real, but if they manage to beat Madrid, then the hopes of retaining the league may well and truly be over before Christmas. Gareth Bale came on for Benzema against Gremio in the finals just like he did in the semis and almost made an immediate impact when he unleashed a beautiful shot from outside of his mercurial left foot.
With Bale back in the mix, Zidane could revert back to the 4-3-3 formation with Ronaldo on the left wing and the out of form Benzema up front. Ramos, Carvajal and Casemiro will be back from suspension and Varane will be fit enough as well.