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Real Madrid favourites to pass Schalke and keep treble hopes alive 0

Posted on February 26, 2014 by admin

After a shaky start to the season, Real Madrid are hitting top gear and looking very good. Carlo Ancelotti seems to have got a great atmosphere going in the dressing room and, after a fair bit of tinkering with team selection and formation, the Italian seems to have settled into a more regular system for Madrid.

It is paying off handsomely, with a place in the Copa Del Rey final already assured. The weekend then saw Barcelona and Atletico fail to keep up with Real and means Los Blancos have taken a three point lead at the top of La Liga. Of course, a domestic double would be fantastic and would eclipse any of the seasons under Jose Mourinho, but what everyone at the club really wants is another Champions League triumph.

Benzema on target to break his Real Madrid goals record 0

Posted on February 18, 2014 by admin

Ever since Karim Benzema moved to Real Madrid from Lyon in the summer of 2009, he has had to share the central striking duties with Gonzalo Higuain. Until this season, that is, when Carlo Ancelotti decided it had to be one or the other to get the best from them.

For a while in the early stages of the season, the manager seemed to have made a big mistake, as the French striker struggled for goals, form and confidence, but all three are flowing now. Maybe the court case was preying on his mind or he just needed to get used to being the main man, but he is certainly producing the goods now.

Real Madrid players reveal much happier life under Ancelotti 0

Posted on February 17, 2014 by admin

It remains to be seen, of course, if Real Madrid will win any trophies in their first season under Carlo Ancelotti, but it certainly seems like a much happier and more relaxed club. After the strain, tension and discord that characterised the reign of Jose Mourinho, the fans, players and media are all mightily relieved about that.

Mourinho seems to have embarked on another spell of rabble rousing back in England, getting into spiteful arguments with rival managers, players, officials and anyone who crosses his path, but Ancelotti is almost the opposite. A lot of players liked Mourinho because he was so determined to win, but it came at a price.

Real Madrid face Atletico (again) in Copa Del Rey 0

Posted on January 30, 2014 by admin

After Real Madrid won the second leg of their Copa Del Rey fixture against Espanyol on Tuesday, they became the first team to book their place in the semi-finals of the Spanish cup competition. And after last year’s final loss to city rivals Atletico Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti and his team must have been hoping for a favour from Athletic Bilbao.

They almost got it as well. It was looking good at halftime after Aduriz had scored to make the aggregate scores level, but second half goals from Raul Garcia and Diego Costa set up a repeat of last years final. It will be a two-legged affair, with the first one to take place at the Santiago Bernabeu next week and the second leg at the Vicente Calderon the following week.

Real Madrid ready to relent and let Morata leave? 0

Posted on January 17, 2014 by admin

The case of Alvaro Morata and Real Madrid is a curious one and it has taken a few twists in the past year or so. And there could be another one coming soon, with rumours that manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club are ready to siften their stance on the promising young striker and let him leave the Santiago Bernabeu during this January transfer window.

When Jose Mourinho was getting grief from the media and fans alike last season about his failure to use promising youngsters, Morata was just about the only one he seemed to like and the young striker rewarded his faith with two massive goals coming on as a late sub.

Real Madrid to see REAL Ronaldo again after Ballon D’Or win!! 0

Posted on January 14, 2014 by admin

I know it sounds petty to say it, because even when he is not playing at 100 percent he is still Real Madrid’s best player, but Cristiano Ronaldo has just been a little off the ball recently. Just four goals in the last 11 games for Madrid, compared to the 26 he scored in the previous games shows what I mean.

Unlike his usual self, Ronaldo has not been ruthless in front of goal, missing a few chances that would normally guarantee a goal, but I think he has just been a bit distracted by the impending Ballon D’Or awards. It would have been a travesty if he had not won it this year and thankfully he did receive it yesterday, with Messi second and Ribery third. Congratulations CR7, you deserve it!!

Real Madrid have no worries after Champions League draw with Schalke 0

Posted on December 16, 2013 by admin

There is not really any such thing as an easy game in the last 16 of the Champions League, but Real Madrid players, fans and manager will be quite pleased to have drawn the German Bundesliga club Schalke for the knockout games due to be played in February.

It could have been a lot worse and it could have been a little better. Zenit St. Petersburg or Olympiakos would probably have been the choice, but Madrid did very well to avoid Arsenal, Man City or AC Milan. Even better news is that Barcelona were drawn with Man City and Bayern were drawn with Arsenal, so two very strong sides will be going out.

Ronaldo declares Bale is Brilliant for Real Madrid 0

Posted on December 13, 2013 by admin

The transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid was one of the worst kept secrets but also longest running transfer sagas of the summer. It gave people lots of time to discuss it before it happened and there was a lot of doubt about whether Bale and Ronaldo would work well together on the pitch for Real Madrid.

Ronaldo penalty miss cost Real Madrid scoring record 0

Posted on December 11, 2013 by admin

I do not think that any Real Madrid fans will be too hard on Cristiano Ronaldo today, but the Portuguese striker did fluff a great chance to hand Real Madrid another record last night. When CR7 stepped up to take a penalty to make it 3-0 on a col night in Copenhagen, nobody expected anything other than to see the net bulge. If it had, then Madrid would have set a new Champions League record of 21 goals in the group stage, but it was a poor penalty and we could only equal the record.

Brilliant Bale helps Real Madrid win Champions League group 0

Posted on November 28, 2013 by admin

There may have been some concern among Real Madrid fans yesterday, with Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out of the Champions League game through injury. The opponents, Turkish champions Galatasaray, had improved a lot since Madrid beat then heavily in Istanbul, with Roberto Mancini working his magic, so people expected a tough test.

Those fears were much worse when Sergio Ramos was sent off for denying what the referee deemed to be a scoring opportunity. Although it was a bit soft, Ramos does it too often and must control himself, especially in Europe.

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