Sergio Ramos' determination to be passed fit for Saturday's LaLiga meeting with Sevilla drew warm admiration from Zinedine Zidane.
Federico Valverde earned a short suspension for a crucial foul in the Supercopa de Espana final, something Diego Simeone accepts.
Zinedine Zidane accepts the realities of coaching one of Spain's super clubs but has sympathy for Ernesto Valverde after his Barcelona exit.
Barcelona's trip to face Real Madrid in March could be key to deciding the LaLiga title race, and it will kick off at 21:00 local time.
Andriy Lunin will spend the rest of the season in La Segunda with Real Oviedo, Real Madrid have confirmed.
El Clasico matches have always been huge but those involving Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had an added edge, says the Barcelona star.
Tottenham star Christian Eriksen is reportedly closing in on a move to Serie A side Inter.
Barcelona were drawn against Ibiza in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.
Deloitte has published its 23rd annual Money League table for football, with Barcelona setting the standard for the first time.