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The La Ligans in the past ten years have only contained 2 Spanish teams Real Madrid and Barcelona, thus enjoyed undisputed supremacy. Since year 2004, as Valencia bagged the title, Barcelona has had 6 title triumphs, while the rest were picked up by real Madrid. Since then there was no looking back for the duo, with no other team matching their supremacy. In the last 5 seasons, the difference between the first and the third position hasn’t been less than seventeen points.
However the ongoing campaign has been slightly off beat, with Atletico Madrid barging in their way in the duo play. Crossing all expectations, Diego Simeone’s meager budget team has maintained its title challenge, along with proudly advancing their way into the Champion league. Already they have an advantage in the quarter finals post defeating AC Milan the score being 1-0 at San Siro during the final sixteen 1st leg.
In the recent few weeks, nonetheless team Altetico has tottered, with one after another setbacks, against Osasuna (0-3) and Almeria (0-2). Simeone’s team has leveled their position at the second place with Barca, while the champions Real Madrid is 3 points ahead. The derby this weekend is going to be “do or die situation” for Atletico Madrid if they want to get back on track.
Meanwhile Real Coach Ancelotti has a substantial to do list as he left PSG this summer to take control at Bernabeu. Leading the list was to bring back together a club ripped apart under Jose Mourinho’s charge. 7 months on the job and coach Ancelotti seems pretty much on track to get things back in shape, though it wasn’t a much easy job especially with the 1st half of the season being pretty tricky.
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It does not come as a surprise the fact that Arsene Wenger has been constantly talking about the possibility of having a new signing in January but more specifically in the attacking department of the squad.
Theo Walcott is out injured for the remainder of the season and Oxlade-Chamberlain is close on completing his recovery from a knee injury and the desire of Wenger wanting to put someone that can play alongside Giroud is pretty clear.
Even though the interest of signing a new player is evident, Wenger said that he is not having talks with any club or player and labeled the transfer market as a distraction for him.
“Nothing has changed because we are open to a possible solution and if something interesting turns up we will do it. It could be a loan as well yes,” said Wenger. “We are not in talks, with Real about anybody.
Wenger added: “The transfer market is a distraction that for me is not welcome. I think it would be much better that there is no transfer market at all in January and the team starts and finishes with the same players would be fair unless you have big injuries.
Carlo Ancelotti recently spoke up to the media and denied being in contact with any club regarding Alvaro Morata who was one of the top targets of Wenger in this transfer window.
While Morata is likely to be staying with Real Madrid for an undetermined estimated time, Karin Benzema is attracting the interest of Borussia Dortmund who according to the German newspaper ‘’Bild’’, the Frenchman will be moving to the German club in exchange for Ilkay Gundogan.
Borussia Dortmund wants to find someone that can replace Lewandowski who will be leaving in the summer and Benzema is one of their top targets.
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Mariano Rajoy, the Prime Minister of Spain, backed Portugal and Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or trophy. The Spanish Prime Minister, who is a staunch supporter of Real Madrid, stated that the 28 year old Portugal captain deserved the award. However, he also praised Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.
According to reports, Mariano Rajoy said the public radio hat he is a Real Madrid supporter and he has always been one. If he had to cast a vote, he would have voted for Ronaldo. Not just that, he told that Ronaldo is coming out as the favorite player to snatch Ballon d’Or this year.
On Tuesday, Ronaldo scored season’s his 5th hat-trick as they defeated Sweden to guarantee a place in the Brazil World Cup next year. The Spanish leader told that he scored 3 goals in Sweden. And according to him, he is in impressive form. He is a footballer who gives everything on the ground, someone who makes an allout effort.
The Portuguese’s chances to get Ballon dOr appeared to rise further when the world football governing body FIFA announced a 2 week extension to voting deadline. The date now goes to 29th November, suggesting a weak turnout, and letting participants to alter ballots already cast.
On the other hand, Catalan papers, which back Barcelona, criticized FIFA decision. The decision by FIFA came as Ronaldo goes top form and Messi being sidelined for 8 weeks with an injured hamstring muscle.
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Real Madrid will be taking on the newly promoted Elche on Wednesday night without the world’s most expensive player in the ranks. The club are already chasing champions Barcelona in the league table after having dropped two points. Barcelona have started the new season with six victories on the bounce. Hence, there is a lot of pressure on Madrid before they take on Elche, who could prove to be a surprise package of the season. Even though they are bottom of the table with no victories so far, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti believes that they should not be taken lightly.
Even more important for Madrid is the fact that they will be playing against their local rivals Atletico Madrid during the weekend, and they need to be in top form before they take on the second placed team in the division. Atletico Madrid also have a perfect start to the new season, and as a result, are currently second in the table. They are also two points ahead of their local rivals. Hence, Madrid do need to win the match not only to maintain the bragging rights, but also to leapfrog into the second position.
Ancelotti said that Bale will not be part of the Elche match, but he could be fit for the weekend.
“It will not be easy. Every match, before the game you have to stay focused, stay concentrated. Of course we have to consider that we have more quality but if we don’t use the same motivation, the same character of the opposing team, it will be difficult. Bale trained apart from the rest of the squad and I think he will be ready for Saturday no problem. He won’t be available tomorrow but we have time to train with him to prepare him well for Saturday,” said Ancelotti.