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La Liga News: 29 January 2017; Atletico Madrid Drop Two Points, Alexandre Pato Set for China

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Real Madrid's recent crisis of confidence opens up La Liga again | ESPN
There's no trophy handed out for it, but Real Madrid claimed another title last week. And then, three days later, they lost one. Knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Celta de Vigo, and their dreams of a treble gone, Zinedine Zidane's side, European and World champions, are at least Spain's "Winter Champions" -- an honorary title bestowed upon the team that's top of the table at the halfway stage of the season.

Ronaldo's wingman: Madrid & Cristiano need Bale back to win the big prizes | Goal
It seems a long time ago now. The last time Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey was in 2014 and Gareth Bale produced the winner with a remarkable run down the wing and finish past Jose Pinto to beat Barcelona at Mestalla.

Lacklustre Atletico Madrid held at Alaves | Eurosport
Even with the King's Cup semi-final first leg against Barcelona coming up on Wednesday, Diego Simeone fielded a full-strength team against Alaves but he watched his side get outplayed by the Basques, who are without a win in the league in 2017. Alaves defender Victor Laguardia struck the underside of the bar with a hooked volley in a strong first-half display from the home side, Brazilian forward Deyverson somehow heading over the bar on the rebound from close range.

Alexandre Pato set to join Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian from Villarreal | ESPN
Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato is set to join Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian just six months after signing for Villarreal. The former AC Milan and Chelsea striker reportedly underwent a medical in Rome on Saturday and was pictured in a Tianjin shirt in Spanish sports daily Marca.

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