Martin Odegaard is enjoying a stellar season at Real Sociedad.

On loan from Real Madrid, Odegaard's starring performances are attracting interest from across Europe.

A Norwegian connection at Manchester United could see Odegaard move to Old Trafford.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED WANT ODEGAARD

Manchester United have joined the race to sign in-form Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard, according to The Sun.

Odegaard is currently on loan at LaLiga side Real Sociedad, where the 20-year-old has scored two goals and supplied two assists this term.

The Norway international, who joined Madrid from Stromsgodset in 2015 but only has two appearances to his name for the Spanish giants, has also been linked to Premier League rivals Manchester CityLiverpool and Arsenal.

 

ROUND-UP

- The Daily Mail reports manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to leave struggling Tottenham. It comes after Spurs' season hit a new low following Tuesday's embarrassing 7-2 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich. Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been linked to the London club.

- As doubts grow over Pochettino, The Sun claims ex-Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri will wait until the end of the season before taking a Premier League job. Allegri, who left Serie A champions Juventus at the end of 2018-19, has emerged as a possible target for Tottenham and United.

Arsenal have the chance to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano for £53million (€59.4m) at the end of the season, claims L'Equipe. The Gunners were heavily linked to the 20-year-old during the recent transfer window and they could return for the defender, whose release clause is reportedly set to drop.

- Bayern Munich are interested in Birmingham teenager Jude Bellingham, says The Sun. The 16-year-old has impressed in the Championship this season with two goals in six matches. Bundesliga champions Bayern have an eye on English talent following their unsuccessful pursuit of Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi.

- Sport Bild claims Bayern will "resume talks with Leroy Sane's management in the coming weeks". The Manchester City star was targeted by the German giants before suffering a serious ligament injury in the Community Shield.

- According to Calciomercato, Juventus are hoping to agree a new deal with midfielder Blaise Matuidi. The Frenchman, who was linked with a move away before the transfer window closed, is out of contract at the end of the season. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports Juve boss Maurizio Sarri is keen on reuniting with Chelsea star N'Golo Kante.

Inter are set to launch a shock January move for Burnley forward Jay Rodriguez, says Calciomercato. Antonio Conte's list of attacking options to add to Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez and Alexis Sanchez reportedly includes Chelsea's Olivier Giroud, Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic, Udinese's Kevin Lasagna and Andrea Petagna of SPAL.

Donny van de Beek plans to see out the season with Ajax as the Dutch star ruled out a January switch to Real Madrid.

Van de Beek confirmed during the transfer window that Madrid contacted Ajax over a possible deal, but a move to the LaLiga giants did not materialise.

The 22-year-old continues to be linked with Madrid as he stars for Eredivisie holders Ajax, however, the Netherlands international wants to see out 2019-20 in Amsterdam.

"I don't want to leave during the winter break," Van de Beek told Voetbal International.

"I play here all season, I finish at Ajax this year. That gives me clarity and tranquillity. I will see what happens next. 

"Maybe someday in my career it will happen that I switch club during the winter break, but now I don't like it."

Van de Beek scored as Ajax accounted for Valencia 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

He has netted three goals in all competitions this term, while supplying four assists in Eredivisie.

Real Madrid must treat Thibaut Courtois differently to get the best out of him, according to Belgium goalkeeper coach Erwin Lemmens.

Courtois was substituted at half-time in Tuesday's 2-2 Champions League draw against Club Brugge, with Madrid 2-0 down at the time.

The 27-year-old was arguably at fault for Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis' ninth-minute opener and was again beaten by the Brugge striker later in the half.

Courtois' early withdrawal was put down to illness by boss Zinedine Zidane, but Lemmens has accused Madrid of failing to get the most out of a player that previously impressed for Atletico Madrid and Chelsea.

Comparing his compatriot's woes at the Santiago Bernabeu to David de Gea's slump in form with Manchester United, Lemmens told Radio MARCA: "They have to treat him differently.

"He's a special boy and it's unusual that he's always at the highest level with Belgium, but there he suffers with De Gea syndrome.

"If the Bernabeu whistles then you have to look at the team as a whole.

"He's a great goalkeeper and he'll try to make Real Madrid happy again."

Courtois' Belgium international team-mate Eden Hazard has also made a slow start to life at Madrid following a big-money switch from Chelsea.

Hazard has yet to score or assist in five outings for his new club, but Lemmens has urged Madrid supporters to remain patient.

"Hazard needs time," he said. "But Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world and it's normal for them to want players to play well as soon as they arrive."

Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a medial collateral ligament injury.

Madrid confirmed the MCL injury following Tuesday's forgettable 2-2 Champions League draw at home to Club Brugge.

Nacho was replaced at half-time after the Spain international felt discomfort in his right knee at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"Following tests carried out on Nacho Fernández by the Sanitas Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with an injury to his medial collateral ligament in his right knee," a statement read. "His recovery will continue to be assessed."

Confirmation of Nacho's injury came after Zinedine Zidane's Madrid came from two goals down to salvage a draw against the Belgian visitors.

Madrid made unwanted history, conceding two or more goals in three successive home European games for the first time in their history after losses to Ajax (4-1) and CSKA Moscow (3-0) last season.

Captain Sergio Ramos and Casemiro came to Madrid's rescue in the second half and Zidane said: "The truth is that we produced a poor first-half display, we made a really bad start in the first five minutes and they made life difficult for us straightaway.

"We weren't in control of any aspect of the game and the second half was a different story and we changed the complexion of the game. What I take away with me is the reaction from the players because they're the ones who changed the game. That's what I take away with me, that and the point.

"The opposition can make life difficult for you. We knew all about the three quick players they had up top, but the problem is that when they score, that gives them a boost. It was the first time that they'd played here and they were charging around from corner to corner and up and down.

"In football you've got to be focused from the first whistle and we didn't get off to a good start. In the second half everything changed, we showed some heart, commitment and played in the opposition's half. I don't think that [Ruud] Vormer's dismissal changed things, I don't know how long they played with 10 men for, it was eight or 10 minutes, no more than that."

Tottenham secured an unwanted record on Tuesday as they suffered a humiliating home loss at the hands of Bayern Munich in Champions League action.

The 7-2 result was the biggest margin of defeat for an English team at home in any European competition. It also equals the heaviest loss for Mauricio Pochettino as a manager, sitting alongside a 5-0 reverse he suffered against Real Madrid when in charge of Espanyol.

The crushing result leaves Spurs with a solitary point in Group B after two games, though they also made a slow start in the competition in the 2018-19 season but eventually made it all the way to the final.

Still, if they look back at the five worst home losses for English clubs in the Champions League era, at least Tottenham will see neighbours Arsenal included twice.

 

ARSENAL 0-3 INTER (September 2003)

While setting the pace in the Premier League early in the 2003-04 season, the Gunners suffered a painful experience in Europe at the hands of Inter. Julio Ricardo Cruz, Andy van der Meyde and Obafemi Martins scored the goals for the Serie A side at Highbury, with the hosts also seeing a Thierry Henry penalty saved by visiting goalkeeper Francesco Toldo.

Still, Arsene Wenger's squad ended up topping the group as Inter finished third. While Arsenal saw their run in the competition ended by London rivals Chelsea at the quarter-final stage, they did go on to win the title in England.


LIVERPOOL 0-3 REAL MADRID (October 2014)

The Reds' return to Europe's top table did not go according to plan in the 2014-15 campaign. Brendan Rodgers had seen Liverpool lose away in Basel before Real Madrid arrived on Merseyside. Los Blancos made history by becoming the first visiting team to score three goals in the first half at Anfield in a European game, Cristiano Ronaldo thrashed home a stunning opener before Karim Benzema struck twice before the break.

Liverpool also lost the return fixture the following month at the Santiago Bernabeu as they finished with a disappointing five points from six games, with a third-place finish dropping them into the Europa League.


NEWCASTLE UNITED 1-4 INTER (November 2002)

Having come through a qualifying round, Newcastle lost their first three group matches but still managed to secure qualification for the next round - though in the 2002-03 season that meant another round-robin stage.

However, the second phase of the competition started with a disappointing defeat to Inter, Bobby Robson's team not aided by Craig Bellamy getting sent off after a mere five minutes following a clash with Marco Materazzi. By that stage Domenico Morfeo had already put the Nerazzurri ahead, with Matias Almeyda and Hernan Crespo adding further goals before the break. Nolberto Solano gave Newcastle hope in the second half – only for Alvaro Recoba to kill off any thoughts of a dramatic comeback on Tyneside.


ARSENAL 1-5 BAYERN MUNICH (March 2017)

Arsenal were once stuck experiencing the Champions League version of Groundhog Day, with a 2017 exit to Bayern seeing them exit the competition at the last-16 stage for a seventh successive season. Thumped 5-1 in the first leg, they did score first in the return fixture through a superb Theo Walcott goal.

However, Laurent Koscielny was sent off eight minutes into the second half after conceding a penalty, the referee upgrading the defender's punishment having initially shown a yellow card. Robert Lewandowski converted from the spot to equalise and the home team fell apart when down to 10 men. Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa piled on the misery for Arsenal before a late brace from Arturo Vidal saw the result mirror their previous meeting.


TOTTENHAM 2-7 BAYERN MUNICH (October 2019)

Serge Gnabry's four-goal haul saw Tottenham concede seven at home for the first time in a major competition as Pochettino's players crumbled. Spurs had actually taken an early lead through Son Heung-min but trailed at the break after goals from Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski.

At half-time there were few signs of the humiliation to come, though, as the Bundesliga powerhouses rattled in three goals in the final seven minutes of normal time. Reaching the final of last term's Champions League must suddenly feel a long time ago for Pochettino and his team - and they will have to go to Germany for the return fixture in December, too.

Zinedine Zidane described Club Brugge's opening goal as a "joke" as Real Madrid were made to pay for a terrible first-half display in their 2-2 draw.

Madrid were two goals down before half-time in Tuesday's Champions League group match at the Santiago Bernabeu through a double by Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis.

Dennis miscontrolled Percy Tau's cross but the ball still found its way past a wrong-footed Thibaut Courtois, with the ninth-minute goal allowed to stand following a lengthy VAR check for a possible offside infringement.

The 21-year-old striker doubled his tally 39 minutes in with a clipped finish over Courtois, who was replaced at half-time along with Nacho Fernandez.

Sergio Ramos pulled one back for Madrid 10 minutes into the second half and Casemiro equalised five minutes from time, but Zidane was left bemused by the nature of his side's first-half performance.

"It is a bad result but the reaction was good," he told Movistar. "We cannot be happy - the first goal was a joke. But I am sticking to the positives - the players changed the game with their attitude in the second half.

"In the end it is not that I am happy to add one point - there was room to add three - but I'm happy with the reaction.

"It is not that we started badly, but then we were not concentrating on where the opponent could harm us.

"In the end I want to focus on the last 45 minutes. We can't be happy but you always have to be thinking about the positive."

Courtois was among those targeted for jeers as Madrid's players made their way off the field at half-time.

However, Zidane tried to take some of the blame off Courtois' shoulders and confirmed the Belgian goalkeeper was replaced due to feeling ill.

"Courtois wasn't well and couldn't continue," Zidane said. "I'm not at all worried about Thibaut's form or anything else. The only thing I'm interested in is doing things well, like we did in the second half.

"We could blame Thibaut but we are all involved, me more than anyone."

The 2-2 draw with Brugge comes two weeks on from a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in their Group E opener, making this Madrid's worst start to a Champions League campaign.

LaLiga leaders Madrid are bottom of their group and travel to Galatasaray for their next outing on October 22.

"The margin of error in the Champions League is minimal. We will see," Zidane said, when asked about his side's hopes of a top-two finish.

"We already have a league match on Saturday and we will see the next Champions League. We are in a slightly worse situation; the situation has not changed much but we will continue."

Cristiano Ronaldo earned a share of another Champions League record with his goal in Juventus' 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.

The Portugal superstar drilled through the legs of Lukas Hradecky late in the Group D contest at Allianz Stadium to complete a routine victory in which Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi were also on target.

Leverkusen became the 33rd team in the competition that Ronaldo has scored against, meaning the 34-year-old matched a benchmark set by his fellow Real Madrid great Raul.

Ronaldo is already the player with the most goals in Champions League history, while his 17 strikes in Madrid's 2013-14 success was the most netted by a player in a single campaign.

His six Champions League final appearances is also a joint record with former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini.

Real Madrid fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Club Brugge on Tuesday thanks to a late equaliser from Casemiro.

The visitors stunned the Santiago Bernabeu in the first half through two goals from Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis, but Sergio Ramos and Casemiro clawed back a point for Zinedine Zidane's side.

A 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on matchday one had led to some speculation over Zidane's position as head coach and the nature of their first-half display against Brugge will have done little to ease the pressure.

The comeback, secured after Ruud Vormer's red card, at least spared some of Madrid's blushes and means they are only a point behind Brugge in Group A, who drew with Galatasaray in their opening match.

Dennis made a mess of Percy Tau's low ninth-minute cross, but his poor touch saw the ball elude Thibaut Courtois and nestle in the Madrid net, with a VAR check sparing the visitors after an initial offside flag.

Simon Mignolet saved superbly from a Casemiro header, while Toni Kroos twice shot narrowly wide, but Madrid looked short of ideas in attack and pedestrian in possession.

It got worse six minutes before the break when Luka Modric's careless pass sent Dennis through on goal and, after stumbling, he lofted the ball over Courtois and celebrated by mimicking former Madrid favourite Cristiano Ronaldo.

Zidane reacted by taking off Courtois - reportedly feeling unwell - and Nacho Fernandez for Alphonse Areola and Marcelo at half-time, but Dennis almost made it three when he had a shot saved.

Captain Ramos then halved the deficit with a 55th-minute header from Karim Benzema's cross, with VAR ruling the goal should stand after offside was initially given.

Just as Madrid appeared to be running out of time and ideas, away skipper Vormer was sent off for a second booking and Casemiro steered Toni Kroos' delivery beyond the stranded Mignolet to snatch a point with five minutes left.

 

What does it mean? Madrid's wretched European form puts Zidane under greater pressure

Madrid have not won any of their last three home games in the Champions League and were minutes away from a third defeat in a row in the competition for the first time since 1981.

They might be top of LaLiga, but this level of form in Europe will do nothing to strengthen Zidane's position as coach as rumours build of a Jose Mourinho return, especially with new signings such as Luka Jovic failing to get off the bench again.

Qualification for the last 16 remains in their hands and the comeback was laudable, but this was still a humbling result in a worrying run of form.

Deli serves up a treat

Simon Deli barged aside Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior on separate occasions, underlining an imperious performance at the heart of the Brugge defence.

Courtois' Madrid plight continues

Even if his half-time withdrawal was beyond his control, this was not a positive outing for Courtois, who conceded two from three shots on target, the first of which was almost comical.

What's next?

Madrid, who host Granada in LaLiga next up on Saturday, head to Galatasaray on Champions League matchday three on October 22. Brugge host PSG on the same day.

Real Madrid fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Club Brugge on Tuesday thanks to a late equaliser from Casemiro.

The visitors stunned the Santiago Bernabeu in the first half through two goals from Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis, but Sergio Ramos and Casemiro clawed back a point for Zinedine Zidane's side.

A 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on matchday one had led to some speculation over Zidane's position as head coach and the nature of their first-half display against Brugge will have done little to ease the pressure.

The comeback, secured after Ruud Vormer's red card, at least spared some of Madrid's blushes and means they are only a point behind Brugge in Group A, who drew with Galatasaray in their opening match.

Thibaut Courtois was substituted at half-time of Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Club Brugge, with the home side losing 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It was not immediately clear whether his withdrawal was tactical or due to an injury, although there are reports he was feeling unwell.

The Belgium international conceded two goals to Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis during a dismal first-half display from Zinedine Zidane's men.

The home fans made their feelings clear as the half-time whistle sounded, with Courtois among those targeted with jeers as he made his way down the tunnel.

Zidane took swift action to try to address the scoreline, with Courtois and Nacho Fernandez replaced by Alphonse Areola and Marcelo.

Courtois has missed only one Madrid match this season, sitting out the 2-0 LaLiga win over Osasuna on September 25.

It was Zidane's decision to make the former Chelsea man his number one that led to Areola's arrival on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, with Keylor Navas heading to the French capital on a permanent deal.

A first-half brace from Club Brugge's Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis saw Real Madrid make unwanted history in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Madrid sensationally fell 2-0 down to Brugge inside 39 minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu, heaping further pressure on head coach Zinedine Zidane following a 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain on matchday one.

Dennis' goals extended a miserable recent run for Los Blancos, who have now conceded two or more goals in three successive home European games for the first time in their history.

A stunning 4-1 loss to Ajax brought Madrid's bid for a fourth successive European crown to an end in March, while CSKA Moscow ran out 3-0 winners at the Bernabeu in December.

Another home humbling was in prospect against Brugge, although Madrid still had 45 minutes to turn things around.

Real Madrid will be looking to kick-start their Champions League campaign against Club Brugge on Tuesday after losing to Paris Saint-Germain on matchday one, while Kylian Mbappe has his eye on a record of Lionel Messi's.

Madrid were crushed 3-0 by PSG last time out, with Thomas Tuchel's men looking extremely comfortable in a match that left Zinedine Zidane under a bit of pressure.

They have since bounced back with two wins and a draw in LaLiga and they will expect to get three points at home to Club Brugge, while PSG travel to Galatasaray.

The French champions will be able to call upon the services of Mbappe this time, having missed the Madrid clash through injury, and he is close to equalling a record set by Messi.

Below, we have highlighted the key data ahead of Tuesday's contests.

Real Madrid v Club Brugge

3 - Madrid are looking to avoid losing three successive Champions League matches for the first time in their history. They have not lost three in a row in European competition since September 1981.

50 - Los Blancos have won all three of their Champions League home matches against Belgian opposition by an aggregate score of 14-2. Their most recent competitive home defeat to a club from Belgium was 50 years ago in December 1969 versus Standard Liege in the European Cup (W4 D1 L0 since).

 

Galatasaray v Paris Saint-Germain

14 - Mbappe has scored 14 goals in the UEFA Champions League and will be aged 20 years and 284 days on the day of this match. The youngest player to 15 goals in the competition is Messi, who scored his 15th goal aged 21y 289d.

1 - If Galatasaray avoid defeat against PSG, it will be the first time they have remained unbeaten in the opening two games of a Champions League group stage since the format changed in 2003-04.

Red Star Belgrade v Olympiakos

4 - Marko Marin was directly involved in four of Red Star's five goals during the 2018-19 Champions League campaign, including two assists against Liverpool in their only ever victory in the competition.

9 - Olympiakos have lost nine of their past 11 matches away from home in the Champions League (W2), shipping at least two goals in every defeat. Prior to this run, the Greek side had won three of their previous six on the road (D1 L2).

 

Tottenham v Bayern Munich

39 - Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski has scored in 39 different Champions League matches; only Ruud van Nistelrooy (42), Karim Benzema (45), Raul (56), Lionel Messi (68), Cristiano Ronaldo (82) have scored in more.

2 - Bayern are looking to become the second side after PSG in October 2017 to score two or more goals in six successive Champions League away group matches since the competition changed to its current format in 2003-04.

Atalanta v Shakhtar Donetsk

20 - Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov has failed to keep a clean sheet in any of his past 20 Champions League starts – the only keeper with a longer such run in the history of the competition is Igor Akinfeev (43 starts between 2006 and 2017).

4 - Atalanta's 4-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on matchday one was the heaviest defeat by a team in their first Champions League match since Qarabag lost 6-0 to Chelsea in September 2017.

 

Manchester City v Dinamo Zagreb

10 - Against Shakhtar, City's Gabriel Jesus scored his ninth Champions League goal – should he score in this game, he will be the youngest Brazilian (22y 181d) to reach 10 goals in the competition and youngest South American since Lionel Messi (21y 99d) in October 2008.

1 - Mislav Orsic's hat-trick on his Champions League debut for Dinamo against Atalanta was the first treble scored for a Croatian team in the competition. Only two Croatian players have scored in their first two appearances in the competition; Alen Boksic in November 1992 for Marseille and Nikola Vlasic in 2018 for CSKA Moscow.

 

Lokomotiv Moscow v Atletico Madrid

7 - Kieran Trippier created seven chances in Atletico Madrid's 2-2 draw with Juventus, the most of any player on matchday one this season. Since the start of last season, only Dusan Tadic (41) has created more chances than the England defender in the competition (32).

22 - Lokomotiv Moscow's victory over Bayer Leverkusen last time out was achieved with just 22 per cent possession, the lowest by a winning team in a Champions League match since Celtic had 15 per cent and beat Barcelona 2-1 in November 2012.

 

Juventus v Bayer Leverkusen

26 - Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 26 goals in 24 appearances against teams from Germany in the Champions League – no player has more against teams from a specific nation (Lionel Messi v English teams, also 26). This will his first appearance against Bayer Leverkusen in the competition.

78 - Leverkusen had 78 per cent possession in their 2-1 defeat to Lokomotiv Moscow, the most by a team in a Champions League match since Bayern Munich had 78.8 per cent against Arsenal in February 2014.

Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez are not included in Real Madrid's squad for their Champions League clash with Club Brugge.

Madrid were thrashed 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in their Group A opener, with Bale and James both starting at Parc des Princes.

Bale had a goal disallowed after Angel Di Maria had put PSG two up but was later taken off, while James was replaced by Luka Jovic.

But Madrid have now confirmed neither Bale nor James - who both featured against Atletico Madrid - have been included in Zinedine Zidane's squad for Brugge's trip to Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, while Rodrygo Goes also misses out.

Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema are selected, as is Vinicius Jr. They are joined by Marcelo, who was not available for the Madrid derby.

Sergio Ramos is set to make his Champions League return after missing the PSG defeat due to suspension, while Isco also returns from a hamstring injury which has kept him out since the end of August.

Mauricio Pochettino can "definitely" coach Real Madrid in the future but feels at home with Tottenham for now, according to Christian Ziege.

Pochettino's mood appears to have darkened this season after Tottenham gave a limp performance in June's Champions League final loss to Liverpool.

He has long been rumoured to be a managerial target for Real Madrid and Manchester United, should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fail at Old Trafford.

A 2-1 home win against Southampton got Spurs back on track in the Premier League on Saturday, Harry Kane netting the winner despite Serge Aurier's red card.

Pochettino's contract with Spurs has four years to run and despite some pundits speculating he has taken the club as far as he can, with England boss Gareth Southgate reportedly of interest to the club, Ziege backed the Argentine.

Asked if Pochettino could coach Madrid, former Tottenham defender Ziege told Omnisport: "Definitely! You always have to be careful since you don't know what is just being discussed in the media and what is true.

"But Mauricio Pochettino proved what he is capable of last year. They did not buy a single player and went to the Champions League final.

"He developed the team incredibly and always finished among the top four in the Premier League. This was not always the case at Tottenham. That's why I have a lot of confidence in this coach, even the biggest challenges.

"But what I've understood and how he talked in the past is that he feels very much at home where he is right now."

Pochettino is yet to win his first trophy with Spurs and former England defender Rio Ferdinand recently claimed star striker Kane should look elsewhere if he wants to achieve such success.

"If you go by the facts, then Tottenham are not a club to win silverware," Ziege added. "They were in the Champions League final and lost.

"Then you get a certain reputation and Rio Ferdinand comes and says, 'If you want to win, you need to go elsewhere.'

"At Tottenham there weren't that many trophies during the previous years. They were close to winning the title the year that [Manchester] City or Chelsea won it, they are always among the top teams but in the end it isn't enough for titles.

"So, if you go by the facts, Ferdinand is right. While this can always change, it does not look like it."

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is unconcerned by Eden Hazard's stuttering start at the Santiago Bernabeu, insisting he went through similar after joining from Juventus in 2001.

Madrid set a new world record when spending an estimated €77.5million on Zidane, continuing president Florentino Perez's Galacticos era, as the club looked to routinely sign global superstars.

Zidane went on to become a club icon as he helped Madrid to Champions League success in his first season, though he feels he struggled to get up to speed during his early days, similarly during his spell at Juventus.

Hazard joined Madrid for an initial €100m during pre-season, only for a thigh injury suffered in August to prevent him from making his first start until the 3-0 Champions League defeat by Paris Saint-Germain .

He similarly failed to provide much inspiration against Sevilla and Atletico Madrid in his two matches since, although Zidane has no doubt the former Chelsea star will find his best again soon.

"I'm not going to give him some advice on how to play," Zidane told a news conference ahead of facing Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday.

"He knows we want more from him and we know the player he is, we have to be calm. I'm not worried at all, I know he will succeed here. We have to be calm with the players who have just arrived.

"The same thing happened to me, yes, but that's why I'm very calm. I knew it would work with time.

"It was worse when I arrived in Italy because it took me three months [to settle] there.

"The same with Hazard, I know he is going to succeed here and he is going to get settled. It has nothing to do with his physical condition. I would like [immediate improvement] for the team and for him, but we're calm."

It was also suggested to Zidane that he might rest captain Sergio Ramos given how much he has played this season, but the 33-year-old appears set to feature on Tuesday.

"No, he can play another one," Zidane said. "It's not that we don't have a replacement, but he's our captain and I don't see him out [of the team].

"It's true that he sometimes needs some rest, but not now."

Ramos missed the defeat to PSG after he completed a two-match suspension for deliberately collecting a booking during the first leg of last season's quarter-final against Ajax.

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