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.
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 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.
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.
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.
That historic and record breaking 10th Champions League victory has been on the minds of Real Madrid for 12 years now, ever since Zinedine Zidane scored that peach of a volley to give Madrid the trophy in 2002. The pressure has been cranked up on every Madrid manager since, but despite regularly getting to the latter stages, `La Decima` has evaded them all.
Just when Real Madrid looked like taking control of La Liga, following shock defeats for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, last weekend’s results went a bit wrong. Barcelona won and are now just a point behind Real, but Carlo Ancelotti’s men are still favourites for the title for a number of reasons.
If you are looking to put your money on them, it would be a good time and, I think, a good move. There are widely differing odds available so it is worth checking around and finding which the best are, according to a comparison and review site like SportsBettingDime.com. But anything around evens is a great price because Real Madrid are in great form and getting better, while the two rivals are stuttering.
Real Madrid will host lowly Elche at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the result is not as straighforward as you would think. For one thing, Carlo Ancelotti has had his preparations for today’s game disrupted by a baffling decision by the panel set up to make rulings on all sorts of disciplinary cases.
The Italian manager had expected them to decide this morning that the three match ban given to Ronaldo for the slightest of touches on the captain of Bilbao a couple of weeks ago was too harsh. So Ancelotti had prepared for the game with Ronaldo in the team, but the three game ban was upheld.
There have been some real concerns among Real Madrid fans and some sections of the Spanish media this week. Following the decision of the football authorities to uphold the red card shown to Cristiano Ronaldo last weekend, this weekend’s La Liga clash with Villareal was looking like a tough one.
Gareth Bale has missed the last three games with injury, after suffering a painful kick to his privates, but he should have been back by now and there have been suggestions that the talented Welshman had suffered a recurrence of the calf problem that was dogging him earlier in the season.