Real Madrid is out of the King’s Cup

After losing against Villareal on December 13, Real Madrid has fallen further behind their rivals Barcelona and Athletic Madrid in the Spanish League and to make matters even worse, the team of Rafael Benitez has now been knocked out from the Kings Cup after having fielded a player who was ineligible to play.

Real Madrid faced off with Cadiz in their first leg match of the last 32 remaining teams in the Kings Cup and during this match, Denis Cheryshev was included in the team, the problem with this is that Denis was not eligible to play and now Real Madrid as consequence have been removed from the Spanish competition as punishment.

When this sanction was made, Real Madrid attempted to appeal it in order to stay competing in the Kings Cup but the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) rejected their appeal.

The Russian winger Denis Cheryshev was not eligible to play in this match after having picked up his 3rd yellow card in the semi-finals of last season’s competition when he was out on loan with Villareal.

It’s rumored that Real Madrid will attempt to appeal once again and try to find a way to continue performing in the Kings Cup but if this is the final decision of the Royal Spanish Football Federation and Real Madrid does indeed get removed from the competition, it will be a huge loss not only for Rafael Benitez but the club in itself. Read more

Kevin Davies reveals that most players react when involved in a physical battle

Former Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies reveals that most players react when involved in a physical battle with the striker. This is especially true of the central defenders. Davies, however, sees the former United centre back Nemanja Vidic as a different personality. During his time in English football, Vidic went on from being an unknown from Serbian football into one of the best defenders in the world. He did pick up red cards during his time at Old Trafford, but Vidic will largely be remembered as someone who held his character on the pitch.

Davies is one of the most physical strikers to have played in the Premier League. For several years, Bolton were able to stay in the league largely because of the threat offered by Davies. Even though his goals dried towards the latter end of his career, he remained an integral part of the club who are now playing in the Championship. The former striker recently retired from football after spending his last two years at Preston North End. Davies has recalled how most of the top defenders like John Terry will patch up once the game is over. However, this was not the case with Vidic who did not choose to remain friends with opposition players. Read more