There’s plenty of European football to feast our eyes on this Saturday.
Here, we look at the players to keep an eye on.
Following a six-match goal drought, Gareth Bale seemed to have turned a corner when he struck against Alaves and was hugely impressive on the left side in a 4-4-2 system.
However, an insipid display up front against Espanyol followed. As Zinedine Zidane ponders his starting XI to face Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, Bale may need an outstanding performance at the Bernabeu to make up his manager’s mind when Real Madrid host Getafe.
Paulo Dybala has endured an injury plagued season and has struggled for form when fit. Such is his class though that he has still scored 14 Serie A goal for Juventus this campaign. The Argentine is back from his latest injury layoff and has made a couple of appearances from the bench since.
He will have to step it up a notch against Lazio though – especially with Tottenham to play on Wednesday – as Gonzalo Higuain is injured.
It’s no secret that several European clubs have been in pursuit of Timo Werner with the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Liverpool among them. The promising 21-year-old has been RB Leipzig’s main man this season, scoring 16 goals and bagging four assists in all competitions this season.
However, he’s on a run of five league games without a goal and will want to change that at home to Borussia Dortmund as he angles for a big summer move.
ANGEL DI MARIA
Owing to the high-profile summer arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Angel di Maria has struggled for playing time this season. With the Brazilian set to miss Paris SaintGermain’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid and most of the remainder of the season, it’s the Argentine’s time to shine.
After a brace against Marseille in the French Cup quarter-final, Di Maria will play away to Troyes. He boasts 12 goals from 13 starts this season.
Brazilian superstar Neymar arrived in Rio de Janeiro early Thursday ahead of an operation on his fractured foot that rules him out of Paris Saint-Germain’s do-or-die clash with Real Madrid.
Neymar, 26, arrived on an Air France flight from Paris and immediately took a private jet to an undisclosed destination, Brazilian team spokesman Vinicius Rodrigues said. Surgery was to be performed in Belo Horizonte and “99 per cent” sure to take place Saturday, he said.
With Neymar were Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar and Edu Gaspar, the national team coordinator.
The injury to Neymar has shocked PSG and cast a shadow over the much fancied Brazil national side’s preparations for the World Cup in Russia this summer.
But his flight from Paris provided unexpected excitement for fellow passengers.
One man disembarking from flight AF442 showed AFP a selfie he took with Neymar in which the star smiles back.
Another passenger, Paula Medina, wrote on her blog that Neymar was wearing a black hoodie and in a wheelchair, surrounded by security guards.
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Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian striker Neymar Wednesday thanked his fans for their support after he suffered a sprained ankle and fractured metatarsal at the weekend.
“Thank you for all the messages!!”, he wrote in Portuguese, French and English on his Instagram page.
The forward also shared a picture of himself lying on the floor in the moments after he was injured during PSG’s 3-0 win against Olympique de Marseille in French Ligue 1.
“Obstacles should not stop you, if you come across a wall, don’t give up. Find out how to climb it,” he wrote.
The message racked up almost a million “likes,” among them his girlfriend, the famous Brazilian soap opera actress Bruna Marquezine.
After widespread rumors and speculation, PSG announced Wednesday that the Brazil star would undergo an operation in his home country performed by Brazilian team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar.
Neymar’s father and agent, Neymar Senior, said “Ney” – the most expensive footballer in history – will be out for at least six weeks.
The injury could leave Neymar off the field for the rest of the European season, but he is expected to be fit for the World Cup starting in Russia in June, when Brazil will seek their sixth trophy.
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