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Minor doubts, but plenty of optimism as Real began Liga campaign
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Minor doubts, but plenty of optimism as Real began Liga campaign

Aug 17 2013, 7:46am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 17 (IANS) Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has just a few questions to answer before his side kicks off the new Spanish Primera Liga season at home against Real Betis Sunday.

Madrid, Aug 17 — Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has just a few questions to answer before his side kicks off the new Spanish Primera Liga season at home against Real Betis Sunday. Madrid kick off...

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Minor doubts, but plenty of optimism as Real began Liga campaign

Aug 17 2013, 7:46am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 17 (IANS) Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has just a few questions to answer before his side kicks off the new Spanish Primera Liga season at home against Real Betis Sunday.

Madrid, Aug 17 — Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has just a few questions to answer before his side kicks off the new Spanish Primera Liga season at home against Real Betis Sunday.

Madrid kick off the campaign as favourites for the title, despite ending last season 15 points behind their only realistic rival for the league, FC Barcelona, reports Xinhua.

Another summer of big spending with the arrivals of Isco, Asier Illaramendi, Javier Carvajal and Casimiro, with the probable signing of Gareth Bale on the horizon, whether the club actually need him or not, has left Madrid with a powerful and balanced squad, which currently looks better prepared to face the rigours of a long campaign than that of Barca.

The optimism was confirmed over a successful summer tour in which Ancelotti was able to mix good training sessions with tough workouts against powerful rivals such as Everton, Chelsea and Inter Milan and the fact they were unbeaten gives yet more grounds for optimism.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the summer and despite doubts over when or whether he will actually sign a new contract with the club, the Portuguese ace is a guarantee of goals, while Isco showed he is going to be worth the 30 million euros the club paid to bring him from Malaga.

Other questions hang over the fitness of Xabi Alonso, who has struggled with a pelvic injury.

Ancelotti has wealth of options in midfield with Sami Khedira, Alonso, Casimiro and Luka Modric battling for two places and it will be interesting to see who gets the nod, especially as the Italian is trying to introduce a game more based on possession than the rapid counter-attack favoured by Mourinho.

An injury to his meniscus ligament which could well keep him out until Christmas means Rafael Varene is sidelined and Pepe will partner Sergio Ramos in central defence, while the debate at the back is whether Carvajal or Alvaro Arbeloa will play at right back.

Up front Karim Benzema, now without the competition from the departed Gonzalo Higuain, has the job of scoring the goals, while Ronaldo is a shoe-in on the left off the attack. That leaves one place up for grabs and it will be disputed between Angel De Maria and Mesut Ozil.

The probable arrival of Bale will further complicate the first team future of both of these players and there is a chance that whoever misses out may look for a transfer before the end of the month, with Manchester United especially interested in Ozil.

Betis meanwhile travel to Madrid after a summer which has seen key players leave the club and the revolving door has seen 10 arrivals and a further 10 departures so coach Pepe Mel will present a totally new-look side at the Bernabeu.

The pre-season, which included a 0-3 defeat to Hull City last weekend suggests they will need time to gel as a side, but one thing is certain, Mel's sides always look to attack and that means a 0-0 is very unlikely this Sunday.

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Atlético Madrid vs. Real Madrid: Final score 1-0, Mandžukić wins Super Cup for Los Colchoneros

Aug 22 2014 5:24pm CDT | Source: SBNation

Mario Mandžukić's goal less than three minutes into the match was the difference as Los Colchoneros claimed their first Spanish Super Cup since 1985 Thanks to a goal in the second minute from Mario Mandžukić, Atlético Madrid won the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup 1-0, claiming the trophy 2-1 on aggregate against their city rivals Real Madrid. It's the first time Atléti has lifted the Super Cup s ...
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Atlético Madrid vs. Real Madrid, 2014 Spanish Super Cup: Rojiblancos in great shape

Aug 22 2014 3:47pm CDT | Source: SBNation

With an away goal at the Bernabeu, Atletico Madrid will like their chances to beat rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. After Tuesday's 1-1 draw between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid at the Bernabéu, the Spanish Super Cup remains completely up for grabs as the two teams meet again on Friday. Atléti hold a slight edge thanks to their late away goal in the first leg, but their work is far from done. Playing at home at the Vicente Calderón in front of th ...
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Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid, 2014 Spanish Super Cup: Preview and TV schedule

Aug 22 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: SBNation

After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, these two city rivals meet again with the Super Cup on the line. After Tuesday's 1-1 draw between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid at the Bernabéu, the Spanish Super Cup remains completely up for grabs as the two teams meet again on Friday. Atléti hold a slight edge thanks to their late away goal in the first leg, but their work is far from done. Playing at home at the Vincente Calderón in front of their rabid fans ...
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Angel Di Maria Transfer Fee Could Reach £66m As Manchester United Hold Talks With Real Madrid

Aug 22 2014 2:22am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

United and Real yet to agree fee for Argentine winger. Read more Manchester United FC news. Manchester United may have to pay as much as £66m to Real Madrid for the signing of Angel Di Maria, with the Spanish giants under growing pressure to bring in a sizeable fee from his sale. The Argentine, linked with United and Paris Saint-Germain for much of this summer's transfer window so far, is a hugely popular player at the Bernabeu and stood out as one of the team's ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo's Fitness Will Be Major Concern for Real Madrid This Season

Aug 22 2014 2:02am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

You didn’t have to be a genius to realise that the injured Cristiano Ronaldo we saw with Portugal at the World Cup in Brazil was a shadow of the player he normally is. That said, he realised just how important he was to a side which is much diminished by his absence. And he is also—and this is often forgotten by those who believe money is the only motivation for the very best footballers—a fierce patriot who loves to play for his country. It won’t have felt like it at the time, but ...
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Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid: Live Stream, Preview for Spanish Super Cup 2014

Aug 22 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

La Liga champions Atletico Madrid gave themselves a wonderful chance of capturing the Spanish Super Cup after a 1-1 draw in Tuesday's first leg against bitter rivals Real Madrid. Raul Garcia equalised late in the game to earn the draw against Los Blancos, leaving European champions Real needing a goal during Friday's second leg at the Calderon. The Galacticos had opened the scoring in the second half through their latest superstar signing, Colombian wizard ...
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PICTURE: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard wins the race to join Lionel Messi on the FIFA 15 cover

Aug 21 2014 9:58am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

All UK based diehards of the worldwide smash EA SPORTS FIFA game will be buying their new copies of FIFA 15 with a picture of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard on the front.The Chelsea and Belgium midfielder has been selected to front the cover in a mark of achievement for his popularity.Last season’s front cover had a picture of Gareth Bale on it wearing a Tottenham shirt.See the new cover of FIFA 15 featuring Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Barcelona’s Lionel M ...
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Why Real Madrid Must Fend off Reported Man Utd Transfer Move for Xabi Alonso

Aug 21 2014 7:24am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Quickly run your eyes over Real Madrid's Super Cup squad from Tuesday night. What do you notice? Your focus will probably dart to that extraordinary front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. From there, you might drool over the silky combination of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in midfield. After that, it's likely you'll look to the bench to see names such as Rodriguez, Di Maria, Isco, Navas, Varane, Arbeloa and Coentrao, perhaps ...
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Film Focus: Previewing Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid in Supercup 2nd Leg

Aug 21 2014 6:53am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Atletico Madrid host Real Madrid in the second leg of the Supercopa de Espana on Friday evening, with the scoreline poised carefully at 1-1. A late Raul Garcia equaliser at the Santiago Bernabeu ruined all of los Blancos' hard work in finding a lead in front of home support, and the two archrivals will lock horns again at the Vicente Calderon to decide the winner. Atletico lost on away goals last season to Barcelona—they'll be eager to correct their mistakes this time a ...
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Iker Casillas takes on ice bucket challenge, nominates Gareth Bale

Aug 21 2014 4:16am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Is there a footballer that has not taken on the ice bucket challenge yet?Iker Casillas joined the social media craze and should be applauded for bringing yet more awareness to ALS.The Spain goalkeeper nominated Real Madrid team mate Gareth Bale and David Villa.Plus, Casillas seemed to take the whole ice bucket challenge in his stride…(function(){var image = {src:'http://www.101greatgoals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Screen-Shot-2014-08-21-at-12.25. ...
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