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Real Madrid president Florentino hits out at Man City, PSG and Newcastle

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has hit out at the rise of state-owned clubs in Europe.

Speaking to the Real Madrid board members ahead of the club’s general assembly, Los Blancos’ president stressed the threat of state-backed clubs, with PSG, Manchester City and now Newcastle United at the forefront of his ire.

“We have to fulfil our contracts and we try to bring in good players and the best players,” Florentino Perez responded when asked by Radio MARCA.

“But you have to be able to afford them. Now you offer 200 million [euros] and they don’t sell.

“When they finish their contracts it’s better, but right now there are a lot of state-backed clubs and they don’t want to sell you players.

“I strive for [financial] management [of the club] to be the main thing, not the money you get from elsewhere. The time will come when the top 30 clubs in Europe will be owned by countries.

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“That is not the principle of the European Union. I came here to fight and I have been fighting since I arrived.”

The Real Madrid president also discussed the European Super League, of which he was made president, and how he wants the project to emulate Santiago Bernabeu, who brought about the European Cup.

“In 1955, the European Cup was created and it was the same situation as now. Football has to be played based on the merits and resources that you have,” Florentino Perez commented.

“And you have to have the principles of the EU: solidarity, competition and fair play. We have to sort it out and I will fight for it.”

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Ligue 1: Marseille stunned by in-form Brest

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Marseille missed the chance to cement their grip on second place in the Ligue 1 table on Saturday as Jorge Sampaoli’s side threw away the lead to lose 2-1 at home to a Brest team on a record winning run.

Brazilian international Gerson gave Marseille a first-half lead at the Velodrome with his second goal in as many games after playing a one-two with captain Dimitri Payet.

However, Brest drew level early in the second half as Romain Faivre scored a penalty awarded for a handball by Boubacar Kamara.

Franck Honorat then crashed a superb winner in off the underside of the crossbar as the side from Brittany made it six successive league wins, the best run in their history in the top flight.

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They are up to sixth, while Marseille remain second, 12 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain who are in action later on Saturday at Lens.

Kylian Mbappe could be rested for a PSG side already missing the injured Neymar, but Lionel Messi — who won the Ballon d’Or for the seventh time on Monday — should start.

Marseille could drop down the table depending on results elsewhere this weekend, with Rennes and Nice both sitting within two points of the former Champions League winners.

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Bernardo stars again as Man City move to top of EPL with Watford win

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Bernardo Silva continued his scintillating form as Manchester City surged to the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable 3-1 victory at struggling Watford.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a simple header on four minutes as the visitors threatened to run riot against the home side’s porous defence.

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Jack Grealish had several chances to double the advantage before the in-form Bernardo fizzed in a rebound from a narrow angle just past the half hour.

 

City continued to pose all of the questions following the restart and Bernardo grabbed his seventh goal of the season with a wonderful curler that flew into the top corner on 63 minutes.

For long spells it looked like a case of how many for the visitors but Watford did give the home support some cheer when substitute Cucho Hernandez acrobatically volleyed in a rebound 16 minutes from time.

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The result means City take advantage of former leaders Chelsea’s defeat at West Ham earlier in the day to move a point clear of second-placed Liverpool at the summit. Watford remain three points above the drop zone in 17th spot.

Pep Guardiola’s men will now turn their focus to Tuesday’s Champions League clash at RB Leipzig having already guaranteed top spot in Group A before hosting Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday. Watford travel to Brentford on Friday evening.

 

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