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La Liga News: 19 November 2016; Anticipation Builds for Madrid Derby, Real Betis Win in Victor Sanchez Debut

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Self-destruction derby: Why can't Real Madrid beat Atletico in La Liga? -
Wanted: a worthy rival for a decent derby. So read a banner made by Real Madrid fans in a match against Atletico in November 2011. Obviously it was meant to mock their long-suffering city adversaries, but it soon became reality.

Zinedine Zidane faced with crucial decisions around Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos as Real visit Atletico - ESPN FC
Although Ramos has recovered from the knee injury he sustained on international duty at the beginning of October, it will be a considerable risk to throw him in from the start. However, in view of Zidane's dearth of options in the centre of defence, it seems inevitable that Ramos will partner Raphael Varane, with Dani Carvajal and Marcelo at full-back.

Atletico Madrid seek immediate revenge vs Real Madrid in final Calderon derby - ESPN FC
Fernando Torres called it the game of their lives, and they lost. Koke admitted they will never, ever get over it. That night will always be on our minds, Juanfran Torres said. After it, Diego Simeone asked for time to think and then went silent. Days passed, weeks without a word. "It felt like a death and every death needs a period of mourning," he eventually explained.

Match Report - Real Betis 2 - 0 Las Palmas | 18 Nov 2016
The former Olympiakos and Deportivo la Coruna boss replaced Gus Poyet, who was sacked during the international break after back-to-back defeats saw them drop to within two points of the relegation zone. And the change was justified as goals from Bruno and Aissa Mandi brought only their second home win of the season.

No sex curfew at Jorge Sampaoli's Sevilla -
In a recent appearance on French television, Samir Nasri - on loan at Sevilla from Guardiola's Manchester City - revealed the Catalan coach likes to restrain his players from having sex after midnight, claiming that was how he prevented Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski from suffering muscle injuries.

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