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Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid not out of La Liga title race yet

Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane has stressed the La Liga title race is not over despite their poor start to the season.
The FC crew assess Real Madrid's slow start to the season and the growing concerns surrounding the club.
Shaka Hislop explains why Real Madrid are out of his top 10, as Barcelona overtake PSG for the top spot.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has rejected any suggestion his side have already blown their La Liga title chances after just five games, predicting that other teams near the top will also have their own dips in form over the course of the campaign.

Following Wednesday's 1-0 home defeat to Real Betis, reigning champions Madrid find themselves down in eighth place, seven points behind leaders Barcelona, who have a 100 percent record so far.

Asked ahead of Saturday's La Liga game at Alaves whether...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Diego Costa denies holding Antonio Conte grudge ahead of Atletico return

With Diego Costa sealing a move back to Atletico Madrid, the FC panel discuss the impact the striker will have come January.
Atletico Madrid's Koke has warmly welcomed back Diego Costa to the club but believes he will need to fight for a starting place.
Extra Time is all about Diego Costa as the guys respond to your tweets about the Spanish striker's return to Atletico Madrid.
Paul Mariner reflects on how Chelsea's agreement to move Diego Costa to Atletico is mutually beneficial for club and player.

Diego Costa has said he has no grudge against Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as he prepares to complete a return to Atletico Madrid.

Atletico have agreed a deal with Chelsea for the return of Costa, which sources have told ESPN FC is an initial loan with a commitment to buy for £58 million (€65.7m) at the end of the season.

Costa has spent the summer in Brazil after Conte sent him a text message to say he was not in his plans at Chelsea, and the Spain international said during his exile...

Neymar decision to leave Barcelona for PSG was tough to take - Ivan Rakitic

Following their 6-1 thrashing over Eibar, the FC panel heap much deserved praise on Lionel Messi's leadership at Barca.

Ivan Rakitic has told the BBC that Neymar's move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain was a "bad decision for me" but must be respected.

Neymar became the world's most expensive footballer when PSG paid €222 million to bring him to the French capital in August.

Rakitic said it had been difficult to accept the Brazil international's departure, adding: "For me, personally, it was really hard, not only because he's one of the biggest players -- also he's a big person.

"He was really important...

Former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo: Results will soon improve

The FC crew assess Real Madrid's slow start to the season and the growing concerns surrounding the club.
Karim Benzema is not worried by Real Madrid's poor start to the new season.

Former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo has backed Zinedine Zidane's side to come through their current run of poor form.

Madrid lost 1-0 at home to Real Betis on Wednesday, despite creating 27 chances, to fall seven points behind Barcelona in the early-season table.

But speaking to Marca, Ronaldo -- who starred for Madrid from 2002 until 2006 -- said: "Last year, there was also something similar [a run of poor results in autumn], and in the end they won La Liga and the Champions League.

"This [the season]...