Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale said that the team would have to improve in both attack and defence after their disappointing result against Legia Warsaw in a Group F Champions League encounter.
The forward scored the match opener in the first minute and Karim Benzema got the second. Madrid seemed set for maximum points. Madrid had thumped the side 5-1 earlier in Spain, and Borussia Dortmund had defeated the same side 6-0. However, the Polish side scored three goals to make it 3-2.
Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Miroslav Radovic and Thibault Moulin were the players that recorded their names on the goal sheet. Mateo Kovacic got the equalizer for the Spanish side; else, it would have been a bad result for Madrid.
“We need to be better defensively, and more clinical with the chances we create,” Bale said. “We just need to learn from the mistakes we made. We must take the positives, learn from this and be stronger from it,” Bale said to BeIn Sports after the game.
The home team did not have their fans cheering them to victory as incidents involving the team’s ultras ensured their prohibition. Just the fans of the La Liga side were on the pitch, and it was a small contingent.
“It was a strange game, especially with the stadium. That’s no excuse, though. We’re not happy with the result, we need to learn from this and bounce back stronger,” Bale added.
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Zinedine Zidane says that he is calm about the injury crisis currently affecting the Real Madrid team.
The recent injuries to Marcelo and Casemiro mean that the Madrid are going through a crisis at the back. Centre back Pepe has also been out for a considerable amount of time. He suffered the injury while playing against Espanyol. Casemiro may be out for a considerable amount of time after having fractured his fibula. Marcelo is suffering from calf muscle strain and is unlikely to make it to the game this weekend.
The injury situation is especially difficult for Zidane considering that he had just now welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale back into the first-team. Both players were involved in the final of the Euro 2016 and were not involved in pre-season due to injuries and tiredness. Despite the issues, Madrid have made a great start to the campaign after dropping only two points in the opening five games. This coupled with Barcelona’s shock losses mean that Madrid have emerged as early leaders in the La Liga title race. Zidane managed to win the Champions League title in his first season at the club, but he faces the biggest objective of reclaiming the league title from the hands of Barcelona.
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Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who was injured in the final of the Euro 2016, has returned to training with his club Real Madrid ahead of the start of the new campaign.
Ronaldo played in the final against host France after seeing off their Welsh opposition in the semi final stage. The three-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner was roughly tackled by Dimitri Payet, and he picked up a knock on his knee/thigh. He stayed out through the game but returned at the start of the extra time and supported the team to glory.
The injury was believed could take as much as eight weeks for the 31-year old player to return to full action. However, the player was pictured in the training camp of Real Madrid just a month out from the injury, meaning he was ahead of the schedule. He was welcomed by his club and country team mate Pepe at Ciudad Real Madrid on the outskirts of the country capital. He wasn’t in action when Madrid narrowly piped 3-2 Sevilla to the UEFA Super cup title on Tuesday. Sevilla were almost crowned European Champions being that they were Europa League winners after trouncing Liverpool last term, but a late goal from Sergio Ramos pushed the game beyond regular time where Dani Carvajal scored a stunning solo effort.
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Every club is now in the race to shuffle its line of players.
Real Madrid is no different as it is looking for new faces to bring into the team so that the different weak points can be strengthened ahead of the new season starting off at full steam. One of the players the club had targeted was Paul Pogba. However the club has removed their interest in the player, allowing Man United to bid for him at Real Madrid has removed their interest due to financial constraints. With the financial strength that United has, they definitely stand at an advantage in gaining this player as compared to Real Madrid.
The Pogba’s agent is now at an advantage to negotiate the perfect deal for the player as Real and United have both expressed their interest in the player. The basic fee for the player stands at £85m. This is the basic transfer fee, but it can go up to £105m including the agent’s fee as well as bonuses and add on based on the success that the club has seen along with that of the player. The player’s contract would be additional which will exceed an amount of £65m. The basic salary that would be paid to the player would amount to £250,000 every week in a deal of five years.
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There are media reports that Real Madrid might be preparing an audacious bid of £95m in order to secure the signing of France and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
After an impressive campaign in Serie A as well as the Champions League, the French midfielder has caught the eyes of many European clubs.
Many pundits have stated that Paul Pogba might be one of the star players of the Euros, and Real Madrid will be keen to secure the signing of the player during the summer. It is believed that the Spanish team might also be offering midfielder Isco so as to sweeten the deal.
However, many Premier League clubs are also interested in the player. Indeed, clubs such as Manchester City and Chelsea are keen to strengthen their squad as they seek to build a team that will allow them to challenge for not only the Premier League but also the Champions League.
Paul Pogba has however indicated that he might prefer to move to La Liga instead of a return to the Premier League. Indeed, he was a former Manchester United player before leaving the club as an unsettled youngster. Real Madrid will be hoping that the player will find it attractive to work under French manager Zinedine Zidane in order to secure his signing.
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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane conceded Barcelona are deserved La Liga champions after losing out to their arch-rivals by one point as the Catalan giant won their last match by 3-0 courtesy of a Suarez hat trick.
Real Madrid won their last 12 league games, but Barcelona ended with five victories in a row after a blip in April saw their lead over Real closed from 10 points.
“We’re all disappointed, but with 38 matchdays played, we can’t change anything now,” said Zidane, who has won 21 of his 26 games in charge.
“Barcelona deserved to win La Liga.”
Luis Enrique, who has won the title in both his seasons in charge of Barcelona, agreed with his rival. The coach said:
“It was a deserved title which shows that the team knows how to bounce back from a bad spell.
“We played very well over the full season, we were on top of the table for many weeks and the most consistent team wins the title.”
Captain Andres Iniesta has now won eight La Liga titles, a third of Barcelona’s total league championships. Barca have won six of the last eight titles – including two in a row. Iniesta said:
“La Liga is glorious.
“It is the competition of stability, the one we are able to win year after year. Whenever you win the league, it is a great season.”
Defender Gerard Pique added: Continue reading “REAL MADRID COACH SAYS BARCELONA DESERVE THE LA LIGA TITLE”
Philippe Senderos has become the forgotten man at Villa Park.
Aston Villa have finally decided to make a decision on his future. They have agreed to end his contract under the mutual consent. This has allowed the former Fulham defender to join Switzerland outfit Grasshoppers. The 30-year-old has immense experience of playing in the Premier League. He represented in this team like Arsenal, Everton, and Fulham before joining Villa in 2014. However, his time at the club has coincided with a huge turmoil in terms of form. Former manager Paul Lambert was unable to prevent the slide down the table.
Hence, he was constantly changing the team in the hope of finding a winning combination. Even though he had joined the club only a few months ago, Senderos found himself out of favour from November 2014. He has not played for the club since then. Just when it seemed that the Switzerland international would see out his contract at Villa Park, the club has announced his departure. His return to Switzerland will help him claim his place in the national team. Since making his debut in 2005, Senderos has gone on to make more than 50 appearances for the national team. Continue reading “Philippe Senderos has become the forgotten man at Villa Park”
Rafael Benitez is one of the managers who is receiving most heat in the world of football and this is mainly due to the pressure that is surrounding Real Madrid and the manager himself who is going through his first season in charge of the Spanish club but has slipped up and begun losing points in the race for the La Liga title
.The co-owner of West Ham United, David Sullivan has recently revealed details concerning Rafael Benitez and the Welsh businessman stated that Benitez was expected to take charge of West Ham Untied before deciding to take a turn and go to Real Madrid.
“We were two hours from getting Benitez and then Real Madrid came in. We had agreed a contract. He is a top manager whatever anybody says, and I think he’d have done a wonderful job for us.” Welsh businessman, David Sullivan told the media.
Jurgen Klopp was another top coach that West Ham United attempted to sign but the Premier League club eventually had to settle with Slaven Bilic who ultimately decided to take up the managerial position of West Ham United.
It might have been a better for Rafael Benitez to take up the coaching role of the Premier League side instead of Real Madrid, taking into consideration the current situation that Benitez is going through where every day it seems like he is getting closer to an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu. Continue reading “Benitez made the wrong decision in joining Real Madrid?”
Rafael Benitez has dismissed suggestions that he is obsessed with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring in a game.
The Portuguese superstar began the season in unusual fashion after failing to score in the opening few rounds of la Liga action. He returned to form in the emphatic manner possible by scoring five against Espanyol in a game that finished as a 6-0 win for Madrid. Ever since moving to the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo has transformed himself into the undisputed best player in the world. The statistics clearly show that the Portuguese has excelled over any other player on the planet in the last five years.
His goal record has been consistently improving year-on-year, but there is in danger of Ronaldo failing to match his high standards in this current campaign due to the poor start. Benitez, though, explained that everyone knows that Ronaldo is a player who can score 50 goals in a campaign. This undoubtedly brings fear into the opposition. He says that since the Portuguese manages himself extremely well off the pitch, it is easy for him to look elsewhere in the squad to improve. Benitez also spoke about the lack of playing time for striker Jese Rodriguez, who is seen as a brilliant young talent within the Madrid squad. Continue reading “Rafael Benitez has dismissed suggestions that he is obsessed with Cristiano Ronaldo”
Things are far from being well at Real Madrid at the moment. The senior players of the club are clearly unhappy with the top brass and they have got their valid reasons for that.
Florentino Perez wants to run Real Madrid his own way and he is extra dominant.
Of course, being the club chairman, he is totally entitled to make his decisions, but, it’s only fitting that while make those decisions, he takes the players’ as well as public’s views into account as well.
Perez seems to listen to himself only. He does not give it a damn if a certain move of his is going to make his players unhappy.
Let’s talk about that Carlo Ancelotti issue. There wasn’t a single person in the Real Madrid squad who wanted the Italian to be handed the axe.
The players even said that in the media too that despite not having as much of success this season as the previous one, Ancelotti still remains the right man to be in charge of Madrid.
But, Perez, as usual, did not pay attention to anyone and Ancelotti had to go. It did not amuse the players at all.
However, this is not the only issue for the players to be at loggerheads with Perez. Continue reading “Things are far from being well at Real Madrid at the moment”