Current squad can lead Madrid to glory – Perez


Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the club is confident that its current squad can lead it to yet more success. The reigning European champions ended a 12-year wait for their tenth Champions League title last season but have since faced criticism over a transfer policy that saw Angel Di Maria, Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Morata and Diego Lopez depart, with Cristiano Ronaldo ...

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Griezmann withdrawal in Celta draw tactical – Simeone


Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says he was right to substitute Antoine Griezmann as the reigning Spanish champions slumped to a 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday. The French winger was withdrawn and replaced by Raul Garcia with a little over twenty minutes remaining at the Vicente Calderon with the hosts desperately chasing a winner. And Simeone insists the change was the ...

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Intensity key to Deportivo thrashing – Ramos


Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos praised his side’s ruthless mental approach following their 8-2 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna at the Riazor on Saturday. The result took Madrid’s tally to 13 goals in their last two games following Tuesday night’s 5-1 trouncing of Basel in the Champions League, which coach Carlo Ancelotti heralded as the perfect reaction to back-to-back defeats to Real Sociedad and Atletico ...

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Luis Enrique relishing Luis Suarez impact


Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has admitted he is relishing the prospect of being able to add Luis Suarez to his starting XI once the striker has served his four-month suspension. The Uruguay star arrived at Camp Nou from Liverpool in an €83 million deal over the summer, but is yet to kick a ball for his new club as a result of his outstanding ...

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Atletico Madrid held at home by Celta Vigo


Atletico Madrid blew the chance to go top of La Liga after they drew 2-2 with Celta Vigo at the Vicente Calderon. Celta midfielder Pablo Hernandez audaciously put the visitors ahead with a spectacular backheeled volley. Atletico defender Miranda equalised from close range and the hosts took the lead when centre-back Diego Godin headed home from a Gabi corner. But ...

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Real Madrid in over €600 million debt


Real Madrid’s debt has grown to €602 million, according to figures released to club members. The amount that the European champions owe to banks, creditors the Spanish government and others has grown 11.3 per cent, from €541m, in the past year. The largest chunk of their gross debt is made up by payments which must be fulfilled within 12 months ...

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Ronaldo hits hat-trick as Madrid crush Deportivo


Cristiano Ronaldo struck a hat-trick as Real Madrid produced a stunning 8-2 demolition of Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga. Carlo Ancelotti’s side were at their devastating attacking best at the Riazor, with a Gareth Bale double, James Rodriguez’s first Liga goal and a late brace from Javier Hernandez supplementing Ronaldo’s treble. Defeats to Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid had put Ancelotti ...

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Ancelotti urges patience from fans on Madrid form


Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says he is not worried by the club’s indifferent start to the season. The European champions, who are 13th in La Liga after two straight defeats in which they have conceded six goals, face Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday. “We have to maintain the necessary calm because the season is long,” said Ancelotti on Friday. ...

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Defender Varane signs new Real Madrid contract


Real Madrid’s France defender Raphael Varane has agreed to extend his contract with the European champions by three years until June 2020. The 21-year-old has made 75 appearances in all competitions since moving to the Bernabeu Stadium from Lens in 2011. He played in the Champions League final as Real overcame Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra time in May. “Varane has one ...

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Boos got to Casillas – Sergio Ramos


Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas’ recent abuse from the Santiago Bernabeu crowd has affected him, according to Sergio Ramos. The European champions have endured a difficult start to the season, losing two Liga games, including a 2-1 home reverse to city rivals Atletico Madrid at the weekend. Casillas’ performance in the derby drew the ire of the club’s fans and Sergio Ramos believes ...

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