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    Pep Guardiola blasts ‘nobody cares about the players’ as he slams Prem chiefs over rushed return after Jesus injury

    PEP GUARDIOLA always feared it could come down to a survival of  the fittest.
    Yet the Manchester City boss surely believed it would take a little longer than two weeks to be proved correct.

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    Pep Guardiola’s worst fears regarding a player burn out are started to come to fruitionCredit: PA:Press Association

    Guardiola was not the only one to warn the players faced burn-out, given the added demands on an already tight-as-cramp schedule.
    Now, without Gabriel Jesus for up to six weeks, Bernardo Silva on the list of walking wounded, and Sergio Aguero still far from a return, he has come out fighting.
    Guardiola was speaking for every club when he said: “No one cares about the players.”

     City and neighbours United were given a week’s grace before their campaign began, as their European exploits meant they only finished the previous one in mid-August.
    Yet international calls meant a pre-season of less than three weeks for many — and the fall-out has already started.
    Guardiola added: “It is not just Manchester City it is all the clubs, all the countries. Nobody cares for the players.
    “This is a business and we are part of the business, but we want to do it as best as possible for ourselves and for the fans unfortunately watching at home.

    “But for a long time now we have had this. So for the players, the pre-season was one or two weeks and then you have to play every three days for 11 months.
    “I understand this is an exceptional situation. For the restaurants, cinemas, the  theatres, museums, shopping, for everything.

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    Gabriel Jesus has been ruled out for six weeks through injuryCredit: Getty
    “Everyone is struggling, so we are not exceptional in this.  But we had three players come back from the international duty and they were injured and we cannot control this. They let them play  without preparation, two games in three or four days.
    “In the end they are not machines but we demand a lot of them, and sometimes the muscles break down.”
    Guardiola goes into today’s clash with Leicester missing both his spearhead strikers in Jesus and Aguero.
    Even though his squad is packed with stars, it means 17-year-old Liam Delap could feature again, just three days after making his debut.
    There is no immediate let-up to the schedule either, no chance for weary limbs to get some much-needed rest.
    City have Wednesday’s Carabao Cup fourth-round trip to Burnley, most will be involved in the next set of international fixtures in a fortnight, and the next European campaign is just around the corner.

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    There is no doubt if he still had the chance, Guardiola would be tearing his hair out.
    He said: “Every association  — the Premier League, Uefa, Fifa, the Carabao Cup — they defend their own business and their position, so you have to play every competition.
    “With the international teams, the federations need to play games for qualification for the Euros, the World Cup because it’s Uefa and Fifa’s responsibility to organise their own tournaments.
    “They need the players and the situation is exceptional — everyone understands that.
    “But we had 11 months playing incredible games, then the players had two or three weeks and had to come back and play another season.”

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    Jose Mourinho growing frustrated with Tottenham’s transfer business after failing to land Harry Kane back-up

    JOSE MOURINHO is becoming increasingly frustrated with Tottenham for failing to land him a back-up striker for Harry Kane.
    The Spurs boss has had to embark on a new season with his club gambling again on just having England star Kane as a solitary hitman.

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    Jose Mourinho will have to rely on Harry Kane for the 2020-21 campaignCredit: Rex Features

    SunSport revealed Mourinho wanted Ollie Watkins — who grabbed 28 goals last season for Brentford — to be understudy to Kane.
    But he had to watch Aston Villa land the 24-year-old, for a fee of £28million, which could rise to £33m with add-ons.
    Watkins has already scored twice in two EFL Cup appearances for Villa this season and made a full debut in the Premier League in the 1-0 defeat of Sheffield United six days ago.

    Mourinho has told friends he cannot believe a big club like Spurs have just ONE recognised central striker compared to the likes of Manchester City — Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus.
    While Chelsea have Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and rivals Arsenal can call on Eddie Nketiah, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
    Manchester United boast Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Odion Ighalo and even Leicester have two in Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho.
    A pal said: “Tottenham is the only club in the world with one striker.

    “It is the same as last season. Do fans really think Jose wants four left-backs, six wingers and one striker? It is incredible.”

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    Spurs missed out on the signing of Ollie Watkins Credit: Rex Features

    Levy has sanctioned around £60m worth of spending this summer.
    But the cash has been splashed on defenders Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty and midfielderand Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
    Kane continues to bang in the goals for Spurs — who face Newcastle at home today — but he has had injuries and missed 67 days and 14 games last season from January 2 with a thigh problem.

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    Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster wants £20m Crystal Palace transfer but Reds insist on buy-back clause

    LIVERPOOL striker Rhian Brewster wants to speak to Crystal Palace about the chance to become a Premier League star.
    Brewster, 20, has been chased by the Eagles, Sheffield United and Aston Villa among others.

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    Liverpool kid Rhian Brewster is keen on joining Crystal PalaceCredit: Reuters

    But he fancies a return to his home town of London and the chance of a regular start.
    The England Under-21 hopeful is stunned the Kop will sell him after his return from a loan at Swansea, but he has considered his options and Palace are his first choice.
    Now Palace will try to sort out a fee with Liverpool that could reach as high as £20million with extras.

    The south London club are unlikely to accept Liverpool’s demands for a buy-back clause, although they could offer them a slice of any profit if they sell Brewster.
    Palace signed Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea on loan for a season but Brewster would have a long-term chance of making the main striker slot his own. The deal would also push Christian Benteke further out of the Selhurst door.
    And if the price is agreed for Brewster it would still leave Palace with cash for Brentford’s Said Benrahma.
    The Eagles are the only current bidders for the wide man and will try to sort out a deal before the transfer deadline.

    Meanwhile, Watford will not drop the price for Ismaila Sarr by much — despite Liverpool cooling on the deal.

    The Hornets wanted £40m when the Kop was interested, before Jurgen Klopp’s decided to go for Diogo Jota.
    The Senegalese winger, 22, wanted the Anfield move.
    A couple of Premier League clubs are watching developments, but the word from Vicarage Road is the fee is down but still around £35million.
    Crystal Palace centre-half Ryan Inniss is also wanted on loan by Keith Curle’s Northampton.
    Inniss, 25, has been out  on loan before and Curle hopes to beat rivals to his signature.
    Boss Roy Hodgson has blocked any chance of a loan exit for midfielder Scott Banks, 19, too after he dazzled for the club’s under-23s.

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    David Moyes admits he will ‘hate’ bossing West Ham from his sofa after positive coronavirus test

    DAVID MOYES says he will hate having to boss West Ham from his sofa tonight.
    The Scot cannot attend the home clash with Wolves because he tested positive for coronavirus, along with stars Issa Diop and Josh Cullen.

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    David Moyes will return to duty for West Ham on ThursdayCredit: AFP or licensors

    Instead, he will be racking up a phone bill by keeping in constant contact with No 2 Alan Irvine.
    Manager Moyes, 57, said: “I hate to miss games and I am really disappointed I can’t be there but I have to abide by the rules.
    “It is hard but it is the correct thing to do in order to keep other people safe. I am disappointed to have contracted Covid-19 but, as we all know, it can affect anybody.
    “I haven’t felt ill at all and I hope that continues and I’m able to return as soon as the isolation period is over.”

    Moyes and the two players will be back on duty on Thursday, so will also miss Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash at Everton.
    The Hammers trio only found out they had tested positive 70 minutes before Tuesday’s third-round tie with Hull, which West Ham won 5-1.
    Moyes added: “We knew there was always the possibility it could happen.
    The three of us left the stadium quickly and Alan took over, which, again, was pre-planned.

    “There was no big drama and that was important because we had to make sure the players were totally focused on the game. It was great the players responded so well.”
    West Ham go into the Wolves game pointless in the Premier League.
    They were poor in the opening day loss at home to Newcastle but were much better last week in the 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.

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    Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves side will face West Ham on SundayCredit: PA:Press Association
    Midfielder Declan Rice, 21, said: “We know it’s time to get points on the table. The result was tough to take at Arsenal, we should probably have nicked it.
    “They had two shots on target and scored two goals, which was hard to take, given the chances we created.”
    West Ham face Leicester, Spurs, Manchester City and Liverpool in their next four Prem matches.
    Rice added: “Last season, these are the games we performed in. We only lost narrowly in the matches at Liverpool and City.
    “On paper it’s really tough, but we know we can get a result if we play to our own game.”

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    Real Betis vs Real Madrid LIVE REACTION: Ramos nets late from the spot to hand Los Blancos crucial three points

    Real Betis vs Real Madrid FREE: Live stream, TV channel, time and team newsn”,”raw”:”
    THE WINNING MOMENT
    As far as penalties go, this is very cool and casual…
    https://twitter.com/PremierSportsTV/status/1309956743657672705″},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601153914,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:58″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345316″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345316″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    FT: BETIS 2-3 REAL MADRIDn
    That’s it – Real Madrid win a breathless game in Seville.n
    They needed to come from behind at half-time, a red card for the home side and a controversial late penalty.n
    But they have their first win of the campaign and their title defence is up and running.n
    n
    n”,”raw”:”
    FT: BETIS 2-3 REAL MADRID
    That’s it – Real Madrid win a breathless game in Seville.
    They needed to come from behind at half-time, a red card for the home side and a controversial late penalty.
    But they have their first win of the campaign and their title defence is up and running.
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/NINTCHDBPICT000610838521.jpg?strip=all&w=960
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/NINTCHDBPICT000610838575.jpg?strip=all&w=960″},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601153802,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:56″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345306″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal even thread-even depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345306″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-3 REAL MADRIDn
    90, Real Madrid keeping the ball and winding down the clock.n
    Betis look spent. n
    About four minutes left.n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-3 REAL MADRID
    90, Real Madrid keeping the ball and winding down the clock.
    Betis look spent.
    About four minutes left.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601153545,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:52″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345303″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345303″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-3 REAL MADRIDn
    90, EIGHT minutes of injury time.n
    We have had a lot of VAR, mind.n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-3 REAL MADRID
    90, EIGHT minutes of injury time.
    We have had a lot of VAR, mind.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601153356,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:49″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345301″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal even thread-even depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345301″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-3 REAL MADRIDn
    87, Betis seem to have the stuffing knocked out of them.n
    They’ve put a lot into this game and look like they’re going to come away empty handed.n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-3 REAL MADRID
    87, Betis seem to have the stuffing knocked out of them.
    They’ve put a lot into this game and look like they’re going to come away empty handed.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601153334,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:48″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345298″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345298″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-3 REAL MADRIDn
    82, Ramos makes amends for his howling miss earlier, but what was that penalty even for?n
    Bartra was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and VAR gives Real Madrid a reprieve.n
    Brilliantly taken from Ramos but more than a touch of fortune to that.n
    n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-3 REAL MADRID
    82, Ramos makes amends for his howling miss earlier, but what was that penalty even for?
    Bartra was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and VAR gives Real Madrid a reprieve.
    Brilliantly taken from Ramos but more than a touch of fortune to that.
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/NINTCHDBPICT000610835855.jpg?strip=all&w=960″},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601152900,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:41″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345296″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal even thread-even depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345296″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    GOALLLLL!!!n
    Sergio Ramos with the Panenka! 3-2 Real Madrid.n”,”raw”:”
    GOALLLLL!!!
    Sergio Ramos with the Panenka! 3-2 Real Madrid.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601152788,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:39″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345295″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345295″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID n
    81, PENALTY to Real Madrid.n
    Well that is harsh.n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID
    81, PENALTY to Real Madrid.
    Well that is harsh.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601152763,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:39″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345289″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal even thread-even depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345289″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRIDn
    73, It’s sub season it seems as Betis make another change.n
    Off goes the impressive Fekir and on in his place is Loren Moron.n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID
    73, It’s sub season it seems as Betis make another change.
    Off goes the impressive Fekir and on in his place is Loren Moron.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601152299,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:31″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345288″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345288″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRIDn
    72, Mayoral replaces Jovic for Real Madrid.n
    A change of system for Zidane maybe.n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID
    72, Mayoral replaces Jovic for Real Madrid.
    A change of system for Zidane maybe.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601152241,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:30″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345287″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal even thread-even depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345287″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRIDn
    70, Madrid have to fancy their chances now with the extra man.n
    Montoya has come on for Sanabria for the home side as they go more defensive.n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID
    70, Madrid have to fancy their chances now with the extra man.
    Montoya has come on for Sanabria for the home side as they go more defensive.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601152203,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:30″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345281″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345281″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRIDn
    67, It’s reversed. RED CARD for Emerson.n
    Wow. I think that’s probably the right decision. It looked very much like Mane and Christensen last week.n
    Emerson’s nightmare half is over. An own-goal and now a red card.n
    n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID
    67, It’s reversed. RED CARD for Emerson.
    Wow. I think that’s probably the right decision. It looked very much like Mane and Christensen last week.
    Emerson’s nightmare half is over. An own-goal and now a red card.
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/NINTCHDBPICT000610835910.jpg?strip=all&w=960″},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601151975,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:26″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345279″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal even thread-even depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345279″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRIDn
    66, Well there’s a long VAR check here.n
    Jovic might have been onside and that means Emerson could be in trouble for bundling Jovic over when he was clean through on goal.n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID
    66, Well there’s a long VAR check here.
    Jovic might have been onside and that means Emerson could be in trouble for bundling Jovic over when he was clean through on goal.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601151913,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:25″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345277″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345277″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRIDn
    64, Oooo Madrid thought they had Betis on the break there, but the offside flag was up.n
    Benzema played Jovic clean through and he was bundled over by a Betis defender.n
    But to the home side’s relief the whistle pulled it back.n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID
    64, Oooo Madrid thought they had Betis on the break there, but the offside flag was up.
    Benzema played Jovic clean through and he was bundled over by a Betis defender.
    But to the home side’s relief the whistle pulled it back.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601151868,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:24″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345275″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal even thread-even depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345275″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRIDn
    63, First change for Betis tonight as Tello comes on to replace Joaquin.n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID
    63, First change for Betis tonight as Tello comes on to replace Joaquin.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601151717,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:21″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345274″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345274″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRIDn
    61, Betis the team coming forward now and Madrid look happy to try and sit back and hit them on the break.n
    n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID
    61, Betis the team coming forward now and Madrid look happy to try and sit back and hit them on the break.
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/NINTCHDBPICT000610831109.jpg?strip=all&w=960″},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601151652,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:20″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345272″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal even thread-even depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345272″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRIDn
    58, Carvajal is down and struggling for Real Madrid.n
    He seemed to just run into a nasty challenge and needs a few minutes to recover.n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID
    58, Carvajal is down and struggling for Real Madrid.
    He seemed to just run into a nasty challenge and needs a few minutes to recover.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601151573,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:19″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345266″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345266″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRIDn
    54, And Modric goes into the book for stopping a counter attack.n
    That goal for Real Madrid is being given as an Emerson own-goal.n
    Maybe he got the touch at the far post and not Benzema.n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID
    54, And Modric goes into the book for stopping a counter attack.
    That goal for Real Madrid is being given as an Emerson own-goal.
    Maybe he got the touch at the far post and not Benzema.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601151185,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:13″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345265″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal even thread-even depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345265″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRIDn
    52, Benzema… RATTLES THE BAR!n
    It’s still shaking I thinking.n
    Brilliant touch to bring down a cross from the left and he lashed his shot goalwards from 12 yards.n
    It stayed hit, and cannoned straight off the underside of the bar, inches away from going over the line.n
    Replays show he might have been a tad offside.n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID
    52, Benzema… RATTLES THE BAR!
    It’s still shaking I thinking.
    Brilliant touch to bring down a cross from the left and he lashed his shot goalwards from 12 yards.
    It stayed hit, and cannoned straight off the underside of the bar, inches away from going over the line.
    Replays show he might have been a tad offside.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601151113,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:11″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}},{“id”:”345264″,”type”:”new”,”post_id”:”12769290″,”css_classes”:”liveblog byuser comment-author-supal odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 liveblog-entry liveblog-entry-class-345264″,”content”:{“rendered”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRIDn
    51, Well VAR just checked for offside for what seemed to be about 20 minutes.n
    It was very tight, very very tight. But in the end the goal stands.n
    Benzema was onside and it’s 2-2.n
    n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID
    51, Well VAR just checked for offside for what seemed to be about 20 minutes.
    It was very tight, very very tight. But in the end the goal stands.
    Benzema was onside and it’s 2-2.
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    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRIDn
    48, Real Madrid sprung into gear and Carvajal fizzed in a delightful low cross.n
    It was just out of the reach of the sliding Modric, but Benzema was on hand at the far post to finish off.n
    A rather fortuitous finish as it bounced over the goalkeeper, but Madrid are level.n”,”raw”:”
    BETIS 2-2 REAL MADRID
    48, Real Madrid sprung into gear and Carvajal fizzed in a delightful low cross.
    It was just out of the reach of the sliding Modric, but Benzema was on hand at the far post to finish off.
    A rather fortuitous finish as it bounced over the goalkeeper, but Madrid are level.”},”date”:{“timestamp”:1601150942,”date_formatted”:”26th September 2020″,”time_formatted”:”21:09″},”author”:”supal”,”avatar”:{“src”:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/122aaba02926bae05040b9e4f9fd6853?s=96&d=mm&r=g”,”width”:30,”height”:30}}]},”pageMeta”:{“activeCarouselIndex”:0,”articleId”:12769290,”articleMountId”:”main-content”,”section”:{“slug”:”football”,”id”:339,”sectionName”:”sport/football/la-liga”,”type”:”customiserV1″,”theme”:”theme-football”},”spotId”:”sp_5v3VPY0c”,”pushlyKey”:”KtL4100XTLLEgUtYDKtO1stRdc1XNxnLUb5i”,”commentsAllowed”:true,”pageType”:”article”,”isSection”:false,”pageTags”:[“Sport Live Blogs”,”Real Betis”,”Real Madrid”],”renderedArticleId”:12769290,”sharingEnabled”:true,”socialHeadline”:”Real Betis vs Real Madrid LIVE: Follow latest updates from La Liga clash”,”socialSharingServices”:[“twitter”,”facebook”],”urlAbsolute”:”https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/12769290/real-betis-real-madrid-live-stream-free-tv-watch-la-liga-online/”,”cssManifest”:{“adsDesktop.css”:”/assets/client/adsDesktop.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”adsMobile.css”:”/assets/client/adsMobile.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”article.css”:”/assets/client/article.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”articleSocial.css”:”/assets/client/articleSocial.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”boxout.css”:”/assets/client/boxout.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”brightcoveDesktop.css”:”/assets/client/brightcoveDesktop.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”brightcoveMobile.css”:”/assets/client/brightcoveMobile.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”comments.css”:”/assets/client/comments.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”core.css”:”/assets/client/core.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”coreMobile.css”:”/assets/client/coreMobile.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”customiser.css”:”/assets/client/customiser.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”liveblog.css”:”/assets/client/liveblog.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”oembed.css”:”/assets/client/oembed.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”opta.css”:”/assets/client/opta.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”page-404.css”:”/assets/client/page-404.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”pagination.css”:”/assets/client/pagination.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”rails.css”:”/assets/client/rails.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”,”section.css”:”/assets/client/section.eef0c56069c25c4a57dd.1.css”},”cssBundles”:[{“src”:”article.css”,”lazy”:false},{“src”:”articleSocial.css”,”lazy”:false},{“src”:”liveblog.css”,”lazy”:false},{“src”:”adsDesktop.css”,”lazy”:false},{“src”:”comments.css”,”lazy”:true},{“src”:”opta.css”,”lazy”:false}],”siteContext”:{“site”:”sun”,”lang”:”en-gb”,”articleDateFormat”:”D MMM YYYY,H:mm”,”timezone”:”Europe/London”,”sourcepoint”:{“enabled”:true,”accountId”:259,”siteId”:5048,”mmsDomain”:”https://cmp.cdn.thesun.co.uk”,”privacyManagerId”:165581,”baseEndpoint”:”https://cmp.cdn.thesun.co.uk”,”amp”:{“accountId”:259,”propertyHref”:”https://thesun.co.uk.amp”,”propertyId”:7736,”privacyManagerId”:165581,”stageCampaign”:false,”checkConsentHref”:”https://cmp.cdn.thesun.co.uk/wrapper/tcfv2/v1/amp”,”promptUISrc”:”https://cmp.cdn.thesun.co.uk/amp/index.html”,”mmsDomain”:”https://cmp.cdn.thesun.co.uk”,”pmTab”:”purposes”,”targetingParams”:{“color”:”red”},”policy”:{“default”:{“timeout”:{“seconds”:5,”fallbackAction”:”reject”}}}}},”isProd”:true},”site”:”sun”,”isProd”:true},”siteLinks”:{“help”:”https://help.thesun.co.uk”,”login”:”https://login.thesun.co.uk”,”profile”:”https://home.thesun.co.uk”},”articleTeaser”:[{“content”:{“kicker”:”FANCY A BREW”,”headline”:”Brewster wants £20m Palace move but Liverpool will insist on buy-back clause”,”lead”:”YOUNG striker is a target for Palace, Sheffield United and Aston Villa. 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    26 Sep 2020, 22:13
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    REAL MADRID continue the defence of their La Liga crown with a tough clash away at Real Betis.
    Final score: Real Betis 2-3 Real Madrid
    Follow all the latest from La Liga clash with our live blog below…

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    Lyon supremo Aulas reckons Arsenal can’t afford Houssem Aouar transfer fee after coronavirus nightmare

    LYON president Jean-Michel Aulas doubts Arsenal can afford midfielder Houssem Aouar’s price tag.
    The Lyon star was reportedly the subject of a £32million offer from the Gunners on Thursday, but last season’s Champions League semi-finalists want closer to £54m for the France under-21 international.

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    Lyon want £54million for Arsenal target Houssem Aouar

    Aulas, who is known to drive a hard bargain, believes Arsenal will be unable to meet his asking price for Aouar due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
    Aulas told French outlet Le Progres: “Financially, Arsenal are like everyone else.
    “And Houssem could say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us.
    “From the start I said that we would not lose the three players announced every day in the newspapers [Aouar, Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay].”

    Negotiations between Arsenal and Lyon are understood to be ongoing.
    Personal terms with Aouar are not thought to be an issue, with a five-year deal in place for the 22-year-old who is keen on a move to the Emirates.
    Earlier this month, Lyon sporting director Juninho revealed the club rejected an exchange proposal for Aouar which would have seen Arsenal send Matteo Guendouzi in the other direction.
    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has made signing a midfielder his No1 priority for the remainder of the transfer window, with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey also under consideration.

    Arsenal have been busy trying to offload fringe players to raise funds for Aouar.
    Lucas Torreira, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi are among the names the north London outfit are hopeful of selling.
    The Gunners also raised £20million through the sale of second-choice keeper Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa.

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    Real Betis 2 Real Madrid 3: Sergio Ramos makes up for horror miss with Panenka penalty in Los Blancos comeback win

    SERGIO RAMOS made amends for a shocking first-half miss with a late Panenka penalty to snatch three points for Real Madrid in Seville.
    The Real captain kept a cool head from the spot after a dubious handball decision against Marc Bartra in the 82nd minute left 10-man Betis heartbroken.

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    Sergio Ramos missed a sitter then scored a Panenka penaltyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Ramos missed a sitter in the first half when he volleyed wide from six yards with the goal at his mercy and the champions were forced to come from behind at half-time.
    It was a much-needed win for the champions after their dire 0-0 draw at Real Sociedad to start their title defence last weekend.
    It seemed to be going to script for Zinedine Zidane’s men early on when Federico Valverde turned home Karim Benzema’s low cross at the near post in the 14th minute.
    And that was after the Frenchman had an early goal of his own chalked off when he was offside from Ferland Mendy’s cross.

    But Madrid went from looking in control to being caught sleeping and were made to pay in devastating fashion.
    First Aissa Mandi headed home Sergio Canales’ inch-perfect cross at the far post in the 33rd minute.
    And that was followed moments later with William Carvalho’s low shot catching out Thibaut Courtois at his near post to put the home side ahead.
    The Belgian goalkeeper had earlier pulled off a miraculous save to deny Pablo Sarabia with his header from six yards, but watched Carvalho’s shot wriggle in.

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    Ramos kept his cool as Real Madrid fought back from 2-1 downCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Federico Valverde also got on the scoresheet for Los BlancosCredit: Reuters

    Real Madrid were still without Eden Hazard for the trip to Seville and lost Toni Kroos to injury just before half-time as he was replaced by Luka Modric.
    Zidane breathed a sigh of relief early in the second half when Emerson turned Dani Carvajal’s cross into his own net to drag Real Madrid level.
    Things got worse for the beleaguered Betis defender when he was shown a red card for bringing down Luka Jovic and denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.
    And Betis couldn’t hang on for the point they deserved as a controversial handball against Bartra gave Ramos the chance from the spot.
    The 34-year-old dinked his spot kick down the middle to give the champions their first win of the campaign.

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    William Carvalho put Betis ahead before the breakCredit: EPA

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    Ramos had the final say as the LaLiga champions secured the winCredit: AFP or licensors

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    Arsenal are ‘mentally stronger’ under Arteta but must be consistent against big teams starting with Liverpool

    NIGEL WINTERBURN claims his old club Arsenal are “mentally stronger” under Mikel Arteta – but they must do better against the top sides.
    The Gunners are unbeaten so far this campaign following their FA Cup success in August.

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    Mikel Arteta has made Arsenal ‘mentally tougher’ over recent monthsCredit: Reuters

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    The Gunners head to Anfield on Monday to face champions LiverpoolCredit: Rex Features

    Spaniard Arteta takes his team to Anfield on Monday to face Premier League champions Liverpool for their toughest test yet.
    However, Arsenal legend Winterburn believes his former side need to be more consistent against the big boys.
    And he says that must start against the Reds.
    Speaking to FreeSuperTips, the ex-left back said: “Arsenal are certainly getting mentally stronger under Mikel Arteta which has been shown in a few cases last season.
    “The mental side of the game is so important, which a lot of people forget about.
    “When people are watching football from the outside, they tend to focus on a player’s ability.
    “For me, ability is a given. If you’re playing in the Premier League you have ability, but you need that mental strength when things are not going for you.

    “You need to be able to keep pushing yourself and pushing your team-mates to dig out the results.”

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    Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has been impressed by Mikel ArtetaCredit: Action Images
    Winterburn, who played over 400 top-flight matches for the North London side, continued: “Last season Arsenal would’ve been in danger of losing a game like that to West Ham.
    “I wouldn’t have seen them going on to win that type of game last season.
    “Mikel Arteta is already doing a fantastic job with the club, he’s a no-nonsense manager that knows what he wants.
    “He’s not afraid to leave players out if he doesn’t think their work rate or attitude is right.
    “He’s set ground rules, and when you start to do that, you can develop the way you train and the way you play.
    “It’s not all perfect, there’s a long way for Arsenal to go and I’m certainly not getting carried away.
    “However, it’s nice to feel that there is some progression.”

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    The three-time title winner added: “For me, it’s going to be about the consistency.
    “Arsenal have shown they can win the odd game against the big teams, which was proved by the FA Cup and Community Shield victories.
    “We now want to see that consistency through the league, that will give us the opportunity to challenge for the top four.
    “After 10 Premier League games, we’ll have a better idea of how the league will pan out for us this season.” More