The lofty expectations of the crown have even seen Cristiano Ronaldo jeered in the past, while Gareth Bale, despite his role in winning the 2018 Champions League final, felt the wrath of supporters last season.
Hazard has now played his first game for the club when he made his debut as a 60th-minute substitute in a 3-2 win over Levante on Saturday after recovering from a thigh injury.
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“In England there are not so many fans, people there like football and everyone, young people, adults, teenagers, are really interested in their football, but they are not so fanatical about their teams,” he said.
“At the time I was in Chelsea and we lost, we were disappointed as were the fans, but I never felt it was a disaster.
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“When you are at Real Madrid, even if it is my first year, talking to the fans, they always expect you to win the Champions League.
“That is why I think there is so much expectation placed on this competition and that is why the club has won it more than any other team.”
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Every LaLiga match will be broadcast live on television in the United Kingdom and Ireland this season due to a new TV rights deal.
Premier Sports have partnered with the Spanish top-flight to show games from Spain’s top tier for the next three years.
The channel will be available on Sky TV in January 2020.
LaLiga had been struggling to sell their TV rights earlier this summer, with ITV4 streaming just one match per week for the first three rounds of the season.
The new agreement will also see the introduction of LaLigaTV, a dedicated 24-hour channel.
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A statement published on Tuesday read: “Premier Sports and LaLiga have today announced a historic agreement that will see every game from Spanish top-flight LaLiga Santander broadcast in the UK and Ireland via multiple platforms through the conclusion of the 2021/22 season.
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“LaLiga will become the first football league to have a 24/7 dedicated channel in the UK and Ireland carrying all live games via all major TV platforms.”
Premier Sports will start to broadcast matches this weekend, with Real Madrid and Barcelona in action against Levante and Valencia respectively. LaLigaTV will be added next month.
It’s far too easy just being Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico in Spain. You need to make things tricky.
Why not become boss in Bilbao?
You’re going to have to be an ace at handling young stars as Athletic Club can only sign players with a Basque heritage or Spaniards no older than 16.
The talent of Inaki Williams, Iker Munian, Yeray, and Inigo Martinez will help to start out.
FC Koln (Bundesliga)
Winners of the first ever Bundesliga title in 1963, Effzeh have only won one more since, back in 1977/78, so can you end the drought?
They were promoted back to the top flight last season, winning the second division in Germany.
The managed to retain stars like Timo Horn and Jonas Hector, amongst others, while Simon Terodde was prolific last season – can he cut it in the top flight for you after previous first division struggles?
AC Milan (Serie A)
Financial Fair Play breaches mean the Italians won’t be playing in Europe this season, despite finishing fifth last term.
There’s been another overhaul with their squad as Theo Hernandez, Rafael Leao, and Ismael Bennacer joining permanently, while Ante Rebic signs on loan with an option to buy.
Out go several former first-teamers like Riccardo Montolivio, Ignazio Abate, Cristian Zapata, as well as youngster Patrick Cutrone, along with several loanees.
Can you get them back into the Champions League where they belong?
Monaco (Ligue 1)
A topsy-turvy 2018/19 saw things get grim on the Cote d’Azur last season and not even Thierry Henry could help them.
It’s a squad which has a mixture of young talents and experienced professionals like Cesc Fabregas, Naldo and Kamil Glik.
The forward line is tasty with Henry Onyekuru, Wissam Ben Yedder, Islam Slimani and Jean-Kevin Augustin joining Stevan Jovetic, Gelson Martins, and Keita Balde.
But can you get them back near the top of the table competing with Paris Saint-Germain and the best in Europe?
How do you cope with losing two of the world’s most exciting talents?
By managing the Dutch giants you can put yourself in Erik ten Hag’s shoes.
Will you place faith in talents like Perr Schuurs, Kik Pierie, Sergino Dest, or go with experienced stars?
Can you use the club’s new wealth to develop even more wonderkids? Or will you splash the cash on stars from around the globe? It’s a test of shrewdness and being savvy with your finances.
Aberdeen (Scottish Premiership)
Sir Alex Ferguson was the last man to hand The Dons a league title in Scotland back in 1985.
When Rangers weren’t in the top flight recently, they couldn’t capitalise either.
But with you in charge, well, anything could happen.
Sam Cosgrove can get you goals, but can you sort out a leaky defence and put a title bid back on the cards?
Deportivo La Coruna (LaLiga 2)
For 20 years, the Spaniards were one of the top teams in the top flight but now they’re a mid-table second tier side.
Things have changed in Galicia but you can turn the clock back on Football Manager 2020.
You will need to find your own answers to Roy Makaay, Djalminha, Noureddine Naybet, Donato and Mauro Silva.
But if you can, you’ll be a fine gaffer.
Auxerre (Ligue 2)
Guy Roux became player-manager of the club back in 1961 when they were in the fourth tier.
Across 40 years he took them to the top-flight and eventually helped them win the Ligue 1 title in 1996, as well as earning them four Coup de France trophies.
Now, though, they’re back in Ligue 2 and have been for seven campaigns.
The squad needs a little bit of TLC and if you get things right you could be a club legend, just like Roux.
St Pauli (2. Bundesliga)
Everyone loves the left wing ideologies of the Hamburg natives but, despite their global brand, they haven’t been in the first tier since 2011.
This year they even have some Brits in their squad, as Matt Penney and James Lawrence join their ranks.
You might also remember ex-Arsenal man Ryo Miyaichi and former Manchester United academy ace Mats Moller Daehli.
Will you get them promoted ahead of cross-city rivals Hamburg in 2019/20?
Venezia (Serie B)
A bridge too far? Not for someone as skilled in Football Manager as you.
Why not head to the lagoon this year and help the Floating City into Serie A?
Venezia were handed a stunning reprieve this summer as they were set to be sinking into Serie C.
Instead, with Palermo demoted to Serie D due to funding issues, Gli Arancioneroverdi hung onto a spot in the second tier.
This one is a fun task, if you choose to accept it.
Bolton Wanderers (League One)
The Trotters were on the brink just days ago but their salvation now presents you with a real test of Football Manager.
Once in the UEFA Cup playing Bayern Munich, the club has fallen on hard times. Get them back there and you’ll be a local hero forever.
Salford City (League Two)
Fancy having the Class of 92 as your bosses? Why not pitch up at Moor Lane and try to meet their expectations.
You’ll likely to have to adhere to a few philosophies but that’s never stopped you before has it?
Play attacking football, vie for promotion, and bringing through young talent are likely to be among your immediate tasks.
Chorley (National League)
Promoted last season, the Magpies play at Victory Park.
And victories will be needed to keep them in the National League, let alone for a shot at the Football League.
This one is for lower league management veterans and not for the faint-hearted.
Shanghai SIPG (Chinese Super League)
Fancy having Hulk, Oscar, and Marko Arnautovic at your disposal over in the CSL?
It’s still tough to win the title with Paulinho and Anderson Talisca inspiring Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, so you need to be at the top of your game.
Goalkeeping coach Ian Walker will be there to lend you a hand.
The France international found the net 18 times during the 2018/19 LaLiga campaign as Sevilla finished sixth and Solskjaer believes he could provide the firepower to return Manchester United to the top four next season.
Former Real Madrid and Leeds defender Raul Bravo spent Thursday night in jail amid match-fixing claims.
The 38-year-old and ex-Villarreal forward Carlos Aranda were remanded in prison after appearing in court in Huesca on Thursday.
Bravo, who had a brief loan spell with Championship club Leeds in 2003, is understood to be the ringleader.
Four other people involved in the scandal, including recently-retired Valladolid skipper Borja Fernandez and Huesca president Agustin Lasaosa, were bailed out, but will have to pay €50,000 to remain out of prison.
A judicial official, confirming Bravo and Aranda were remanded in custody, said: “Huesca Court of Investigation Number Five has determined provisional prison for Raul Bravo and Carlos Aranda, which they can avoid with the payment of a bail bond set at €100,000 each.
“Both are being investigated on suspicion of being possibly responsible for the crimes of membership of a criminal organisation, sports corruption and fraud in relation to an ongoing investigation at the court into alleged match-fixing.”
Bravo was David Beckham’s team-mate at Real Madrid, where he spent six years as a player from 2001.
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Broke the 40-goal mark for a 10th consecutive season
Messi scored his 39th and 40th goals of the season in a 2-0 win over Espanyol in March. He has always passed the 40-goal mark since netting 47 times in the 2008/09 campaign. He netted 51 goals in total, with 36 coming in LaLiga, 12 in the Champions League and three in the Copa del Rey.
Moved past Andres Iniesta for all-time Barcelona appearances
Messi‘s 675th game for Barcelona against Espanyol in March saw him leapfrog legendary midfielder Iniesta into second for all-time appearances for the club. Now, Messi is on 687 and is chasing down Xavi’s 767 record.
Messi scored his 50th penalty in Spain’s top-flight when he converted from the spot against Valencia in February. Only former Real Madrid stars Hugo Sanchez (56) and Cristiano Ronaldo (61) have scored more.
Fastest player in Europe to reach 20 league goals
Messi’s penalty against Valencia also saw him hit 20 league goals faster than any player in Europe’s top five divisions. It was the 11th season in a row where he’d scored 20 goals.
First player to score 400 LaLiga goals
Messi scored his 400th LaLiga goal in just 435 appearances during Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Eibar in January. Barca boss Ernesto Valverde heaped praise on his star man on yet another historic night.
He said: “But 400 is ridiculous. It’s easy to say it, but if you stack [the goals] one after the other. The numbers are stratospheric, incredible. Messi is an extraordinary player from another galaxy.”
Most LaLiga wins
Messi surpassed Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas’ 334 LaLiga wins after scoring in a 2-0 win against Atletico Madrid in April. The winger is on 339 victories and counting.
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