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REAL MADRID TO LOSE LA LIGA TITLE?

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By , May 9, 2017 5:46 am

Following the loss to Barcelona in the El Clasico, La Liga leaders Real Madrid face serious pressure to win the rest of their games if they want to lift the local league.


Coach Zinedine Zidane has admitted that he did not fully understand the team’s position and this could lead to far-reaching consequences for the team.

Captain Sergio Ramos was sent off in the game but Madrid left on just Nacho as the defender. They were a goal down and then they lost a man. Barcelona could not afford to sit back with their advantage so they pressed hard for a winner. They were all out to seal the game following the red card so they were reckless at the back, allowing substitute James Rodriguez tap in a Marcelo cross.

The game was settled at 2-2 but Madrid did not cover their backs well – the same mistake Barcelona made few minutes back. It was at their home and there were just few minutes left to play. They should have protected the scoreline but they pushed forward.

Barcelona went out with Sergio Roberto doing the bulk of the work through an incredible run. Lionel Messi ended up scoring his 500th career goal and a memorable one against their arch rivals. Continue reading 'REAL MADRID TO LOSE LA LIGA TITLE?'»

Raphael Varane is injured in a crucial time for Real Madrid

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By , March 30, 2017 6:07 am

Being able to become a regular starter in a club like Real Madrid is a fairly difficult thing to accomplish as the Spanish outfit is filled with superstars and high-profile performers in almost every position.


Whenever another talented player starts making waves in Europe or any other continent, Real Madrid is one of the clubs that is always interested in signing that player and not afraid to offload a huge amount of money in order to secure the services of that specific performer.

This is one of the reasons of why it’s not so easy to become a consistent first-team performer in a club like Real Madrid or any other that is willing to dish out cash to strengthen their respective squads.

Even though Raphael Varane is only 23 years old, he has managed to become a hugely influential player for Real Madrid since he was 20 but now the French defender has picked up a thigh injury which will be leaving him out of the pitch between 4 to 7 weeks. Continue reading 'Raphael Varane is injured in a crucial time for Real Madrid'»

REAL MADRID EXTEND RECORD

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By , January 12, 2017 7:29 am

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'»

Zinedine Zidane Defends Selection of Toni Kroos against Cultural Leonesa

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By , November 18, 2016 4:14 pm

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'»

James Rodriguez future unpredictable

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By , August 20, 2016 5:52 am

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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Pogba wants to come to Real Madrid

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By , August 14, 2016 10:36 am

Paul Pogba has apparently told Real Madrid’s manager Zinedine Zidane that he wants to play for Real Madrid.


It is believed that discussion has already started with the French midfielder, but Real Madrid is still awaiting a decision from Juventus.

Indeed, there is fear for the Spanish side that Manchester United may make an improved offer to the Italian club and thus rule them out of the deal. There are reports that Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward is preparing a £100m offer to try and convince Juventus to sell them the midfielder.

Manchester United is prepared to spend a lot of money this season so as to provide Jose Mourinho, a team that will allow them to win trophies again. The England side has been underperforming these past seasons, and there are mounting pressures from fans for the club to invest in players.

Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that he wants Paul Pogba in the team next season but the Real Madrid’s board fear that they could not compete with the Manchester United financial power. The only advantage that Real Madrid has is that the player has made it clear that he wants to play in Spain rather than return to England. Indeed, Paul Pogba is a former Manchester United player and has experienced a poor spell in England before. It is unlikely that he would want to return to a team where the fans have criticized him.
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