Real Madrid gear up for crucial Sevilla clash

Image result for Real Madrid gear up for crucial Sevilla clashReal Madrid appeared relaxed as they readied themselves for Sunday’s crucial match against Sevilla.

Zinedine Zidane’s side trained in the Spanish sunshine knowing that they hold the destiny of the La Liga title in their own hands ahead of their final three matches of the season.

Cristiano Ronaldo looked in good spirits as he was put through his paces while Toni Kroos was seen horsing around with winger Lucas Vazquez.

Isco, who scored in the Champions League semi-final second leg at Atletico Madrid, seemed focused as he practised his shooting at the session.

But Madrid will have to make do without Gareth Bale for the match, as Zidane revealed the winger will once again be unavailable for selection due to a calf injury sustained last month against Bayern Munich.

The Frenchman told reporters: ‘We have to see day to day with Gareth Bale. He is continuing in the gym, working, trying to get rid of his discomfort.

‘It’s getting better, but you have to go day by day. But he’s not even training with us. I cannot tell you when he will return, but hopefully it is soon.’

Also missing will be defender Pepe, who is struggling with a rib problem.

Pepe has been linked with a move away from Madrid when his contract expires in the summer and Zidane sought to pay tribute to the long-serving centre-back.

Pepe’s career has been spectacular,’ said the Madrid coach.

‘It’s been 10 years where he’s done fantastic things, but with this I’m not telling you what is going to happen next year because I do not know.

‘He will not be in the squad tomorrow because of his rib. He trained with us, but it’s not quite right.’

Madrid sit second in La Liga to Barcelona but are level on points with their rivals and crucially hold a game in hand.

Barcelona have league matches against Las Palmas and Eibar remaining while Real Madrid travel to Celta Vigo and Malaga after the Sevilla clash.

Zidane’s men qualified for the Champions League final against Juventus on Wednesday after they beat Atletico Madrid 4-2 on aggregate in the semi-final.


Clash of Clans Maker Supercell Claims 100 Million Daily Active Users

Clash of Clans Maker Supercell Claims 100 Million Daily Active Users

The maker of the Clash of Clans mobile game, Supercell, says its pre-tax profit last year grew more than 60 percent to EUR 838 million ($964 million or roughly Rs. 6,453 crores) while revenue surged a third to 2.1 billion euros.

CEO Ilkka Paananen said Wednesday they were proud of the success but acknowledged that “enough time and some luck” were needed to continue producing games that interest millions of people worldwide.

The Helsinki-based company, also known for Hay Day and Boom Beach, this year released globally its fourth game, Clash Royale, which last week was the top grossing iPhone game in 44 countries.

Supercell employs 180 people in five global offices. On Tuesday, it said it had reached 100 million daily active players of its four games.

Clash Royale, released in January, is a card duelling and collection game set in the Clash Universe. The game brings well known Clash of Clans troops, arenas, and trophies in a versus gameplay format akin to multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games like Dota 2 or League of Legends, albeit for mobile audience.

“Clash Royale is all about head-to-head battle, and lots of it! Supercell has looked for a fun and engaging approach to player-versus-player gameplay on mobile for years, and we think we have finally found it,” a post on the developer’s website reads.

Right now, Clash Royale is only available for iOS in Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and New Zealand. Like most things in soft launch, Supercell is interested to know how existing hardcore fans of Clash of Clans play Clash Royale.

Written with inputs from AP

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