For those of us that thought Real Madrid had made a mistake in getting rid of Carlo Ancelotti in the first place, the first half of the La Liga season has been tough to take. I am not one of the Real Madrid fans that was dead set against Rafa Benitez either, but it has become increasingly clear that he was not the right manager to get the best out of the team and individual stars like Cristiano Ronaldo.
We’re one of three favourites to win the Champions League according to England legend
Alan Shearer, a legend for England at international level, and Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United at a domestic stage – says he believes Real Madrid are one of three teams he can see winning this years Champions League, and we wouldn’t mind a repeat of the heroics of 2014 ourselves.
Shearer has forged a deal with British sports bookmaker Coral in which he pens his thoughts in a regular feature on the site on the current goings on in world football.
The unrivalled star at Real Madrid is still Cristiano Ronaldo, highlighted once more this season with his record breaking goal tally of 61 in all competitions. So I suppose we should not have been too surprised when it was Gareth Bale that the Bernabeu fans turned on as the goals of our season slipped away from us one after the other.
One of the biggest Real Madrid transfer sagas of the summer is set to be about who will be in charge of getting the best out of all the star players, rather than who those players will be. But the star players already at the club, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos have all expressed their support for the current holder of the job Carlo Ancelotti.
It is no secret that the Real Madrid future of our Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti is under serious threat after a disappointing second half of the season saw us relinquish the La Liga title and suffer shock exits from the Champions League at the hands of Juventus and the Copa Del Rey at the hands of Atletico Madrid.
So the bookies are bound to be busy taking bets on who will be in charge of this great club next season. Before having a punt yourselves though, perhaps using a SkyBet promotion to get yourself the best deal, it would be a good idea to consider the options well.
It appears as though Real Madrid have won the battle to convince the Spain international keeper David De Gea to call time on his career with Manchester United in the Premier League and return to La Liga and his hometown, where he began life as a footballer with our city rivals Atletico Madrid.
But Louis van Gaal and United will not let him go without a fight and are apparently keen to get one of the Real Madrid stars going the other way as part of the deal. It is anybody´s guess who this player, if any, it will be but if you fancy having a bet then you should check out these betting offers for 2015.
I am well aware that Real Madrid have left a mountain to climb in order to win the Spanish La Liga title this year, after the draw with Valencia last weekend allowed our big rivals Barcelona to open up a four point gap with just games left to play.
But I still think that the bookies odds of around 33/1 are pretty generous, especially when you consider that Barcelona travel to Atletico Madrid today and we know all too well that Diego Simeone´s side can beat anyone and are an incredibly tough team to face in their own stadium. You can get an even better deal with this Ladbrokes May 2015 promo code so now would be a great time to have a punt on Madrid upsetting the odds.
It has been a bad week for Gareth Bale and Real Madrid, without a shadow of a doubt. The Wales international may have been looking forward to getting back onto the pitch after his latest injury lay off, but his first match back was against Juventus in Turin and not only did he fail to help Real Madrid to avoid defeat, he was unanimously slated for his performance against the Italian champions.
With Real Madrid already out of the Copa Del Rey this season, Carlo Ancelotti´s chances of a trophy to give the Madrid fans something to celebrate and a real chance of keeping his job as manager. But the two pieces of silverware still available to the Italian coach are looking increasingly at risk as an injury crisis threatens to derail our hopes in the Champions League and La Liga.
Securing the services of one of the most talented young players in world football is a true symbol of Real Madrid’s ability to attract the very best to a club steeped in heritage and unparalleled success. Carlo Ancelotti certainly had one eye on the future for Los Blancos when he managed to sign much-coveted 16-year-old Martin Odegaard from Stromsgodset for £2.3 million – a teenager who has already won three international caps with Norway.