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.
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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.
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.
There have been stories circulating in the Spanish press that all is not exactly rosy in the Real Madrid dressing room. The trouble apparently flared after the disappointing and damaging derby defeat by Barcelona on Sunday and if it does not get sorted out soon then it could affect the team’s focus for the crucial final nine games of this La Liga season.
Carlo Ancelotti must have been dismayed to see that two of his most important Real Madrid players, Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo, had gone into meltdown after Sunday’s El Clasic defeat to Barcelona. The Italian manager is probably expecting both players to receive some sort of reprimand for accusing the referee of cheating and with every La Liga game now crucial, Ancelotti must be dreading that they will be punished with a ban.
As if Real Madrid losing El Clasico to Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu was not bad enough, Carlo Ancelotti and his team could be set for even further punishment. The refereeing technical committee, called the RFEF in Spain, is looking in to statements made by Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, as an AS report explains, in the wake of the disappointing defeat and I cannot see any outcome other than both players being given bans.