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La Liga News: 2 April 2017; Atletico Madrid Continue Good Run, Villarreal Lose

Club Atletico de Madrid v Sevilla FC - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Zidane hits back at Pique | Football Espana
Pique claimed he could never work for Madrid due to their “values” and that “those in the box seats pull the strings” in Spain, prompting Zidane to dismiss the Barcelona defender’s “talk” without drawing himself into the controversy.

Atletico win to return to top three; Villarreal's hopes hit with loss to Eibar | ESPN
Atletico Madrid defeated Malaga 2-0 to secure their fourth consecutive win and regain third place in La Liga on Saturday. Koke scored in the first half and Filipe Luis sealed the victory in the second to move Atletico one point ahead of Sevilla, who host relegation-wary Sporting Gijon on Sunday.

Bayern target Carrasco? | Football Espana
Bayern Munich want to sign Atletico Madrid forward Yannick Carrasco to replace Douglas Costa, according to a report in Spain. AS claim Carlo Ancelotti is ‘fascinated’ by the possibility of a deal for the Belgian, although his €100m release clause with Los Rojiblancos could potentially be a stumbling block.

Espanyol 2-1 Real Betis: Jose Antonio Reyes hits late winner | Sky Sports
Jose Antonio Reyes fired Espanyol to a late, 2-1 turnaround La Liga victory after Javi Fuego had almost gifted the points to Real Betis. Former Arsenal forward Reyes snatched the 90th-minute winner as hosts Espanyol rallied having fallen behind to Ruben Castro's penalty with just 12 minutes to play.

Sevilla's Jorge Sampaoli shrugs off Argentina manager job talk | ESPN
Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli says he has not been asked about taking over as manager of Argentina. Sources have told ESPN FC that current incumbent Edgardo Bauza is on the brink of losing his job after Argentina lost 2-0 in Bolivia in a 2018 World Cup 2018, leaving them fifth in the group.

Athletic target Monreal? | Football Espana
Athletic Bilbao are hopeful of persuading Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal to join the San Mames this summer, according to reports in Spain. The 31-year-old’s Basque heritage means he has been a long-term transfer target for Athletic, and AS state they are confident of landing Monreal this summer despite the fact he signed a new deal with Arsenal last year.