Previous
West Bromwich Albion
Manchester United
1
2
FT
Game Details
AFC Bournemouth
Liverpool
0
4
FT
Game Details
Heart of Midlothian
Celtic
4
0
FT
Game Details
Bologna
Juventus
0
3
FT
Game Details
Barcelona
Deportivo La Coruña
4
0
FT
Game Details
RB Leipzig
Hertha Berlin
2
3
FT
Game Details
Lyon
Marseille
2
0
FT
Game Details
Next
BarcelonaBarcelona
Deportivo La CoruñaDeportivo La Coruña
4
0
FT
Game Details
Atletico MadridAtletico Madrid
AlavésAlavés
1
0
FT
Game Details
Sevilla FCSevilla FC
LevanteLevante
0
0
FT
Game Details

Zinedine Zidane's Madrid like best Barcelona - Real Betis coach Setien

Real Betis coach Quique Setien has said he believes Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid "are often at the level" Barcelona reached under Pep Guardiola.

Madrid won La Liga and the Champions League last season, and Setien said their approach had changed since Zidane took charge.

With playmakers such as Isco, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos to the fore, Madrid had more of the ball than Barcelona in August's 2-0 Supercopa second leg victory at the Bernabeu.

It was the first time that had happened in a Clasico since 2008, before Guardiola took over as Barca coach.

And speaking at a news conference ahead of his team's trip to the Bernabeu on Wednesday, Setien told reporters he admired Madrid's style.

"I love it," he said. "I remember many Madridistas who were bored in the past when Barcelona would move the ball from one side to the other.

"Now, often, it is Madrid doing it. They are often at the level of Barca at their best, and even overcome them on the physical level.

"You like watching them play and combine. They have dropped a bit [in recent games], but everyone is happy with the football they are playing."

The game on Wednesday will be Cristiano Ronaldo's first of the Liga campaign after his suspension for pushing the referee in the Supercopa first leg at the Camp Nou.

And Setien warned: "Cristiano is a voracious player in front of goal -- everyone wants to stop him but nobody can.

"Every time you face him you run the risk that he will score, as he has a very high percentage compared to others.

"He will be very motivated after missing those games. I hope he's not at his best, but maybe he will be."

Madrid, meanwhile, go into the game seven points adrift of table-topping Barcelona.

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.