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La Liga News: 18 March 2016; Athletic Bilbao Edge Valencia, Villarreal, Sevilla Also Advance in Europe League

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How Zinedine Zidane uses Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale - ESPN FC
Imagine for a second that you coach Real Madrid and the club president tells you that you have €200 million to buy top-level talent. Would you hire both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale? Probably not. It's obviously not a straightforward question. Each player arrived at different times -- Ronaldo in 2009 and Bale in 2013 -- and, when they did, they seemed so versatile in their offensive abilities that it looked as though both should be able to coexist without major issues.

Adriano decides to prolong Barcelona contract until 2017 - ESPN FC
Barcelona full-back Adriano has activated an option to extend his contract until 2017, the club has confirmed. Former Brazil international Adriano, 31, was due to be a free agent this summer but has opted to prolong his stay at the Camp Nou by a further year.

Athletic-Sevilla in EL draw | Football Espana
The all-Spanish theme of Friday’s draws sees Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla drawn together in the Europa League quarter-finals. Athletic faced Spanish opposition in the last 16, where they dispatched Valencia 2-2 on away goals, and they must do so once more in the next round, with the tournament holders next up.

Holders Sevilla halt Basel's adventure -
Basel and Sevilla sparred inconsequentially for much of the first half – the Spaniards having the better of the half-chances – before Adil Rami flung himself full length at José Antonio Reyes's corner from the left, heading in off Tomáš Vaclík's left-hand post. Even so, an away goal at that stage would have put Basel on top and they nearly got it, David Soria doing superbly to push away Renato Steffen's glanced effort.

Villarreal keep Leverkusen at bay to advance -
Villarreal are through to the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals after another sound defensive display kept dominant Leverkusen's comeback hopes at bay. Trailing 2-0 after the round of 16 first leg, Leverkusen were always up against it and though they met the challenge head on, the comeback was never really on the cards. Kyriakos Papadopoulos went close to a breakthrough soon after half-time, heading against the bar, but that was as good as it got.

Athletic oust Valencia on away goals - UEFA Europa League - News -
An Aritz Aduriz strike helped Athletic triumph over Valencia on away goals in the all-Spanish round of 16 tie and secure a place in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final draw. Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Gary Neville's side produced a spirited opening 45 minutes which saw them net twice through Santi Mina and Santos, only for the 2015/16 campaign's leading marksman to take his tally to eight courtesy of a majestic flicked assist from first-leg scorer Raúl García.

Furious Gary Neville sent to the stands as Valencia slips out of Europa League -
A furious Gary Neville was sent to the stands as Valencia slipped out of the Europa League against Athletic Club at the Mestalla on Thursday night. Valencia trailed by a single goal going into the second leg clash but looked set to book a place in the quarterfinals after Santi Mina and Aderllan Santos put the hosts up 2-1 on aggregate.

Why Spanish teams are so much better in Europe than English teams - Eurosport British
Never has so much been spent on so little. The Premier League may be swimming in money but its currency devalues every time the Champions League music starts up. The fact that in Friday’s quarter-final draw the only English team, Manchester City, are sixth favourites to win the tournament, sums up the dismal state of play.

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