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.
Many fans, journalists and bookmakers alike have Real Madrid as the favourites to become the first team in the UEFA Champions League era to lift the trophy back-to-back.
Real Madrid are riding a nine-game winning streak in Europe’s elite club competition which dates back to their two semi-final leg victories over Bayern Munich and the extra-time victory over Atlético Madrid in last year’s final.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side breezed through their group which consisted of FC Basel, Liverpool and Ludogorets, scoring 16 goals in their six matches, conceding only two. They are the hottest team in the Champions League as evidenced by the high demand for Real Madrid Champions League tickets online.
The sixth Madrid derby of the season takes place at the Vicente Calderón Stadium on Saturday and Real Madrid are yet to win one this season. Although the derby tables have completely turned on their head since Diego Simeone took over at Atletico, there is still plenty of expectation amongst fans and a high demand for Real Madrid tickets ahead of this game.
Poor old Deportivo! Some team in Spain’s La Liga were going to get the backlash after Real Madrid had a slow and frustrating start to the season, and it was the team from La Coruna that bore the brunt yesterday, as Los Balncos went goal crazy, potting an amazing EIGHT goals past the home side.
And there were some real crackers in there as well, as you can see in the highlights below. The Welsh wizard Gareth Bale was sharp, alert and finished his two goals in clinical and ruthless style, while the goal machine that is Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed yet another hat-trick to add to the huge heap that he has already, something like 24 now.
As Real Madrid slumped to a shock defeat at Villareal last night after going in to a 2-0 defeat and looking nailed on to increase the lead, it was the defensive side of Madrid that looked like it could do with a boost. But it is the forward are that Carlo Ancelotti has improved on deadline day.
As Sky Sports have just reported, Madrid have sealed the deal with Manchester United for their Mexico international Javier Hernandez. Commonly known as Chicharito which means `little pea`, the 26-year old has joined on a season long loan deal. The contract also apparently includes a clause which gives Madrid the option to sign him on a permanent basis if we want to.
Before the Spanish La Liga season has even started, quite a few football pundits are writing off the chances of Real Madrid finishing top of the table next May. And following their defeat to the reigning champions Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, you may never get such good odds on Carlo Ancelotti leading his players to the title.
With Barcelona having spent well on a few key players and with a new man at the helm, the Catalans are expected to be a real force again this season. No matter what you think of Luis Suarez and his wayward teeth, there is no doubt that the Uruguay international striker is a top player who can make a big difference.
Winning the Champions League may have come as no surprise behind the doors at Real Madrid, but there is every possibility that their 10th major European title may be the beginning of a new chapter for Los Blancos. Possessing arguably the strongest squad in world football provides Carlo Ancelotti to bring more success to the Santiago Bernabau, yet there are old scores to be settled during the upcoming season.
The Champions League final between ‘Los Blancos’ Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid promises a hugely exciting end to the Spanish football season.
Atletico have arguably had their greatest ever season, having beaten both Real and Barcelona to La Liga Primera title – their first since 1996 – despite the team’s total wage bill being a fifth of their local rivals. While despite finishing third in La Liga, Real won against Barcelona to lift the Copa Del Rey following an incredible 50-metre charge on goal down the left flank from Gareth Bale. Real also beat Atletico en route to the final of the Spanish cup. Real are priced as favourites at a best price of 19/20 for the Champions League, despite having failed to win the trophy in 12 years. Atletico are priced at a best price of 17/10 to become champions of Europe.
It is no great secret that the priority for Real Madrid, the fans, the players and the whole club, is to finally win that historic 10th European cup. But while the Champions League is the glamour trophy, Real Madrid also feel that they should be champions of Spain.
With Barcelona having a torrid season after an early start, that would normally have been wrapped up, but Atletico have really blown the two team dominance apart. But Real Madrid kept up the pressure on their city rivals with a good win over Osasuna.
Ronaldo’s Portugal: A One-Man Team?
Football fans around the world will be hoping that Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t rush Cristiano Ronaldo back onto the pitch, in order to play in the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich. Any recurrence of his existing knee and hamstring problems could be a disaster for his – and Portugal’s – World Cup hopes.