Real Madrid on Saturday retained their 6-point lead over archrivals Barcelona while setting a new club record of 35-matches unbeaten as against the previous one set by Leo Benhakkers’ Los Blancos during the 1988-89 season.
With many of their stars rested while some are still receiving treatments, Zinedine Zidane set up a starting eleven of unfamiliar combination to face relegation threatened Deportivo La Coruna. Not as if Real’s side didn’t have the quality to brush off La Branquiazuis
, Still, they struggled to get on their strides throughout the opening 45 minutes, giving Gaizka Garitano’s side initiatives to open the scoring time and again. Deportivo came close to doing just that when a header tipped off the post and somehow managed to lob over an onrushing player’s head as he slid into the open net while the ball bounced away fromMadrid’s goal line.
Despite the sub-par first half, Los Merengues were one-nil up, five minutes into the second half thanks to home boy Alvaro Morata’s vicious low drive into the bottom right hand corner.
Whether it be in the spirit of academy graduates having at it at chances being presented to them, or another thing entirely, Real found themselves behind in the space of two minutes courtesy of two quick goals from on-loan striker Joselu – another Real graduate. The first resulted from a rare error by Casemiro when he easily got disposed of the ball at the teeth of Keylor Navas’ penalty box while the second came from Sergio Ramos’s inability to close down and tidy out an onrushing Deportivo player. Continue reading 'REAL MADRID EXTEND RECORD'»
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane surprised many by opting for Toni Kroos in the recent Copa del Rey game against Cultural Leonesa.
The second division outfit would not be a major competitor for the 11 time European champions. Hence, first-team regulars like Toni Kroos were expected to be rested for the game. It was not the case and the German midfielder played in this match on Wednesday. The selection by the Real Madrid manager has been criticised since it does not help the player recover in time for the game against Alaves this weekend.
Madrid are expected to take the game quite seriously considering that the opposition have already secured some positive results this season. One of the most high-profile results in the history of the club came in the 2-1 win against Barcelona recently. Zidane, though, says that the unavailability of players like Luka Modric severely depleted the squad and he had no other option but to play the German international. Continue reading 'Zinedine Zidane Defends Selection of Toni Kroos against Cultural Leonesa'»
Rumours continue to swirl about the future of striker James Rodriguez, who was one of the world’s most expensive players following his move to Real Madrid in 2014. He has already won titles in his short spell at Madrid.
However, Rodriguez played only a little part in the club’s latest success in the Champions League. He does not seem to figure in the plans of manager Zinedine Zidane. This would come as a major surprise given his cost to the club especially in terms of transfer fees. Rodriguez came to the club at around £ 75 million – a figure only behind the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo
He was an integral part of the team under Rafa Benitez, but this immediately changed under Zidane. It has been rumoured that the Frenchman no longer sees Rodriguez as a vital part of the team. Hence, the Colombian is keen on securing a move from the Santiago Bernabeu in order to get more first-team action. For the first time, Zidane has opened up his views on Rodriguez and he has stressed that he wants the Colombian to remain at Madrid. More than these words, Rodriguez is likely to want confirmation in the form of first-team action during pre-season.
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Real Madrid’s striker James Rodrigues has been deemed as being surplus to requirement by the Spanish team and as such might be allowed to leave over the summer.
Indeed, the player has only managed to make 31 appearances this season most of which have come as substitutes.
It is believed that Manchester United is one of the clubs that might be interested in signing James Rodriguez over the summer. The Red Devils are looking to bolster their attack as they look for players that will allow them to challenge for the Premier League title. This season they have shown an overreliance on young players such as Rashford as well as Martial, and they will want to have a more seasoned striker to lead their line.
However, the English team might face opposition from Juventus. Indeed, there are media reports that the Italian club might be interested in signing the Colombian international as they seek to strengthen their strike options ahead of the new season.
It is believed that Juventus already held a meeting with the player and that they have already opened discussions with him over a possible move in the summer. There are reports that James Rodriguez has already put his Spain home up for rent, and this has strengthened rumors that he might be leaving in the summer. Continue reading 'James Rodriguez might be leaving Real Madrid in the summer'»
AZ Alkmaar have managed to secure a deal that will result in the transfer of defender Jeffrey Gouweleeuw to German club Augsburg.
The 24-year-old central defender started his career with Heerenveen in Dutch football before going on to sign a professional contract with the club in 2010. He became an immediate hit at the club and went on to make 68 appearances in a span of three years. This led to the transfer to AZ Alkmaar in 2013.Gouweleeuw continued to experience regular first-team football even after this high-profile move. In the past three years, the 24-year-old represented his new team in 87 league matches.
Now, though, he has decided to take the next step after joiningAugsburg. The German outfit are mid-table in the Bundesliga, but their form has surprisingly been on the up in the last few weeks. Even then, the club have been desperate to strengthen the defence. It has been one of their primary problems after conceding 26 goals in 17 league matches.Augsburg will be hoping to continue the good run of form even after the winter break. This will enable the club to think about European qualification. Schalke occupy the final European qualification spot and the club are eight points ahead in the table. Continue reading 'AZ Alkmaar have managed to secure a deal that will result in the transfer of defender Jeffrey Gouweleeuw'»
Carlo Ancelotti’s relationship with the players has come under questioning of late, as fans get increasingly tired of the poor displays from the team. The Italian is widely expected to be sacked at the end of the campaign even if results do improve.
It would be in line with the tradition at Madrid, as the likes of Vicente del Bosque and Fabio Capello were sacked even after being successful immediately after arriving. Ancelotti remains the most successful Madrid manager in recent history after he helped the club win the much elusive 10th European cup only last season.
After having already lifted two titles this season, the former AC Milan and Chelsea manager has been criticised for being too soft with his players. The team has been going through an individualistic phase over the last few months, as the objective of team effort appears to have gone through the window. Continue reading 'Carlo Ancelotti relation with Players comes under Scanner'»