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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
So here we are at another El Clasico contest between Real Madrid and Barcelona to decide who lifts the Copa Del Rey in 2014. After their recent problems, this is probably more important to the Catalan club because it looks like their best chance of getting their hands on a trophy this season, but Carlo Ancelotti and his players are determined to stop that happening.
The bad news for Real Madrid is that our best player, Cristiano Ronaldo, has not recovered from the injury he picked up a couple of weeks ago against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League first leg. The second leg showed just how much Madrid can struggle without the Portuguese superstar, although this weekend’s La Liga win showed that we have plenty of quality throughout the side.
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.