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'»
Real Madrid wants to believe that they can still beat Barcelona in the title race. This will start by winning the Classico on Saturday night at the Camp Nou
However, things will not be easy especially with Real Madrid having failed to register a league win at the Barcelona ground since 2012.
With Barcelona having beaten Real Madrid 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier in the season, Real Madrid will be keen to take revenge for this defeat.
Gareth Bale has insisted that beating Barcelona is feasible, but they will need to show a positive attitude on the pitch. They should not go there thinking that they have already lost the game.
Indeed, Real Madrid is currently doing well having registered 4 wins in their last 4 win game. This is their best streak with their current manager Zinedine Zidane and will be hoping that they could continue this run on Saturday. Their last defeat came against their rivals Athletico in February.
Real Madrid has suffered injuries to key players during the recent weeks and now with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema back in full training; they will want to make up for their recent points loss. Bale and Benzema have been working hard during the international break and would want to be in contention for a starting place in the team to face Barcelona. Continue reading 'Real Madrid to face Barcelona in the Classico'»
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'»
It has already been revealed and confirmed that Rafael Benitez was the man that was selected to replace Carlo Ancelotti in the managerial position of Real Madrid.
Rafael Benitez is optimistic about his future as the coach of the Spanish club. The new coach of Real Madrid said that his team is capable of lifting major pieces of silverware and winning every single match.
The 55 year old Spanish manager spoke during his presentation as the new coach of Real Madrid and said: “The team must be competitive, capable of reaching the end of the season with chance to win trophies. The Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey are our objectives, as Madrid must win each game. Can we win it, sometimes yes, sometimes no, as this is football. But the idea is to try and win from the first game,that is what I inherited here, regardless of the competition.”
Every time he was asked about the changes that he is planning to do with the squad and on who will be signed, Benitez evaded those questions as Benitez continued talking about how important and big it is for him to become the new coach of Real Madrid.
The last major piece of silverware that Rafael Benitez lifted was the Champions League and this occurred back in the 2004-05 season when he was in charge of Liverpool.
After Benitez finished his managerial stay in Liverpool, he has gone to: Inter Milan, Chelsea and Napolo where he has managed to win a number of different titles such as: FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Europa League and SupercoppaItaliana just to name a few. Continue reading 'Rafael Benitezwantstowinevery single match as the new coach of Real Madrid'»
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'»