Karim Benzema was the star of the show, the Frenchman rounding off a superb attacking display with a goal from the penalty spot after Rodrygo, Toni Kroos and another spot-kick from Sergio Ramos had already put Leganes out of sight. Luka Jovic added a fifth in injury-time.
Zidane said he has spoken to Bale and saw him in the changing room at the Santiago Bernabeu. He was also asked if Bale had permission to leave the game five minutes before fulltime. “I think so,” Zidane said. “If he leaves five minutes before the game finishes, he can get home more easily.”
Chelsea are slight favourites heading into Wednesday’s match and will expect to progress to the next round of the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea-N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are all expected to miss out for Chelsea on Wednesday night. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also sidelined. For Boosted Odds, Bet Now on NaijaBet
Christian Pulisic scored a hat-trick against Burnley on Saturday and Frank Lampard may look to pair him with Callum Hudson-Odoi on the flanks in midweek.
Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud will hope to benefit from rotation to get a rare start up front.
The win took Inter back to the top of Serie A, at least for 24 hours until Juventus, who are two points behind, host Genoa on Wednesday. Inter also maintained a 100 per cent away record with five wins out of five.
France international Pogba last featured for United in their 1-1 Premier League draw with Arsenal on September 30.
“I don’t think we’ll see Paul before December. He’ll be out for a while,” Solskjaer told reporters after his team’s 3-1 win at Norwich City on Sunday.
“He needs time to fully recover. I don’t think he’ll be back, maybe for Sheffield United after the international break, but probably it will be December before we can see him. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
“I’m not a doctor but there is an injury there that needs healing. It’s his ankle.”
With their Premier League lead having been cut to three points on Saturday by Manchester City, there were a few worried looks on the Kop when Tottenham’s Harry Kane opened the scoring inside a minute at Anfield.
But Liverpool never panicked, trusted the system and gradually turned the screw.
The 20-year-old World Cup winner came on as a substitute and scored a rapid blistering hat-trick in PSG’s 5-0 demolition of Club Brugge in Belgium on Tuesday.
He doubled his goals tally for the season in the process and showed why he felt he deserved to start for the first time since pulling up with a hamstring injury in a game against Toulouse in late August. Start forecasting your Weekend games Now
“I wanted to start. The coach made his decision and you have to accept it,” Mbappe said.
“I just wanted to come on and show that it is difficult to leave me out of the side.”
Promoted Norwich City sit 19th in the standings but Daniel Farke’s side have already earned notable scalps on their top flight return, including a win over defending champions Manchester City at home last month.
Leicester came from behind to beat Burnley last weekend and strengthen their grip on a top four finish. The Foxes have won four of their last six in the league and are only two points off second place Manchester City.
City can halve the gap to Liverpool when they host Aston Villa on Saturday, while the weekend’s programme gets underway on Friday with third-placed Leicester City at Southampton.
Fourth-placed Chelsea are at Burnley in Saturday’s late kickoff while Manchester United, in 14th place, will hope a trip to struggling Norwich City on Sunday can spark a climb up the table after failing to win any of their last four league games. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet
All sorts of theories have been presented as to why Tottenham have fallen away, including a Champions League hangover, a frustrating transfer window and even Pochettino becoming stale after working wonders to keep the north London club in the top four, four seasons in a row.
The forward joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of around 64 million euros ($71 million) in the close season to become the most expensive American player in history but has struggled for minutes, making only three Premier League starts.
Sterling, 24, had a hand in all five goals, including an 11-minute hat-trick, as City romped to a 5-1 Champions League victory over Italian side Atalanta on Tuesday, to take his tally to 12 goals in 13 appearances this season.
“How much better he can become depends on him,” Guardiola told reporters. “I think he has that desire to get better. I say all credit is for him. He’s a guy whose physicality is incredible. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet
“The day after a game, he could play another. He can play both sides, he’s fast, defensively he helps us a lot, he’s an extraordinary player.”
Defeats to Inter Milan and Barcelona saw them travel to PSV Eindhoven for what manager Mauricio Pochettino described as a “must-win”. After a 2-2 draw in the Netherlands, Pochettino admitted his side’s Champions League campaign was “nearly over.”
Yet, eight months later, the Argentine had led Tottenham to their first ever Champions League final.
Chances of a first trophy under Pochettino in the League Cup have already gone after an embarrassing exit on penalties to fourth-tier Colchester and they are already five points off the pace just for a place in the Premier League’s top four.
France midfielder Pogba has missed five of United’s last seven matches with an ankle injury, and after spending part of the international break recuperating in Dubai, Solskjaer said the 26-year-old is still not ready for first-team action.
“Following the tests carried out today on our player Luka Modric by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with a bruise in his right quadriceps,” a club statement read. “His recovery will continue to be assessed.”