11 Updates
Selection doubts for both coaches ahead of Clasico
Photo Credit: , Getty Images

Selection doubts for both coaches ahead of Clasico

Oct 25 2013, 9:46am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Oct 25 (IANS) Both FC Barcelona coach Tata Martino and Carlo Ancelotti, his opposite number in Real Madrid, have doubts regarding their respective starting 11s ahead of Saturday's Clasico between the two sides in the Camp Nou Stadium.

Madrid, Oct 25 — Both FC Barcelona coach Tata Martino and Carlo Ancelotti, his opposite number in Real Madrid, have doubts regarding their respective starting 11s ahead of Saturday's Clasico between...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

44 weeks ago

Selection doubts for both coaches ahead of Clasico

Oct 25 2013, 9:46am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Oct 25 (IANS) Both FC Barcelona coach Tata Martino and Carlo Ancelotti, his opposite number in Real Madrid, have doubts regarding their respective starting 11s ahead of Saturday's Clasico between the two sides in the Camp Nou Stadium.

Madrid, Oct 25 — Both FC Barcelona coach Tata Martino and Carlo Ancelotti, his opposite number in Real Madrid, have doubts regarding their respective starting 11s ahead of Saturday's Clasico between the two sides in the Camp Nou Stadium.

The game is the first time either coach has sat in the dugout for a Clasico and the result and performance of their teams could go a long way to determining how long they last in their current positions, reports Xinhua.

Barca go into the game with a three point lead over Real Madrid and the advantage of playing in front of a stadium packed with their home fans.

Martino's side has not been at its best since returning from the international break and has managed just two draws from two games, although some would argue that the 1-1 draw Barca took away to AC Milan in the San Siro Stadium was far from a bad result.

The good news for Martino is that Lionel Messi looked back to his best Tuesday night after missing three weeks with a thigh injury and Messi's will be the first name down on the Barca teamsheet, quickly followed by that of Neymar; after that there are questions Martino must answer, such as who will be the third player in attack.

Alexis Sanchez seems to be Martino's preferred choice and the Chilean has been in good form this season with his pace and workrate compensating somewhat for his lack of precision in front of the goal.

There is also a good case for including Pedro Rodriguez, who has a habit of finding the net against Real Madrid and also for Cesc Fabregas, who can play as a false striker and whose late arrival into the penalty area is hard for defenders to close down.

Cesc's inclusion would mean there are no doubts over the regular midfield of Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, meaning the remaining questions to be answered hang over the Barca defence.

While Dani Alves and Adriano are both certain to play as full backs, who plays in central defence depends on whether or not Gerard Pique is able to play after suffering a slight pelvic injury in Milan.

If Pique recovers he will probably partner club captain Carles Puyol, who was rested in midweek, but if Pique can't play, Martino will have to decide between youngster Marc Bartra, who has performed well in recent weeks, or the more experienced Javier Mascherano, who only returned after injury himself Tuesday night.

Ancelotti also has his doubts, but apart from Xabi Alonso, who is putting the final touches to his return after injury, he has no fitness problems in his squad.

Real Madrid look to be improving in recent games and as a result Ancelotti will keep faith with a three-man midfield, composed of Sami Khedira, Luka Modric and Asier Illaramendi, with Isco relegated to the subs' bench.

There are questions over who will play at right back with Alvaro Arbeloa likely to get the nod ahead of Javier Carvajal, although it is possible Ancelotti might decide to move Sergio Ramos across to the right and pair Rafael Varane and Pepe in central defence, a move that would add to Madrid's considerable height advantage at set pieces.

Speaking on Spanish radio Thursday night, Ancelotti hinted that Gareth Bale could start in the Camp Nou, which seems logical if Madrid want to see a return on their massive summer investment, but that decision means Ancelotti has to decide between dropping Angel de Maria or playing without a specialised center-forward.

Di Maria has responded to Bale's arrival with some of the best form of his career and his pace and ability to curl the ball in from the right would be lost if Bale replaced him in that position.

In order to accommodate both Bale and Di Maria, Ancelotti could opt to play Cristiano Ronaldo as a central striker, but has already said that would not be a good idea given Ronaldo's effectiveness cutting in from the left, or he could play Bale in a central role and leave both Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata out of his line-up.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
11

5 hours ago

Spanish Paper Talk: Real Madrid Collapse Is ‘Overdose Of Realism’

Sep 1 2014 3:50am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Atletico ready to complete signing of Italian international Cerci... All the latest headlines from the newspapers in Spain as the front-pages are dominated with reaction to Real Madrid's loss against Real Sociedad.  Image courtesy of Marca.- Overdose of Realism.- Real Madrid collapse from 2-0 up against Real Sociedad to lose 4-2. Iker Casillas apologises for result but it will do little to make up for the disappointmen ...
Source: CaughtOffside   Full article at: CaughtOffside
 

 
Update
10

15 hours ago

Ten Surprise Transfer Twists That Could Still Happen Before Deadline Day: Arsenal Eye Man United Youngster & Liverpool Plot £11m Chelsea Raid

Aug 31 2014 5:13pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Ten surprise signings in store before the transfer window closes. SEE ALSO: Manchester United XI with Angel di Maria. 10) Mattia Destro to Real Madrid With Real Madrid known to be in the market for a new striker to provide cover for Karim Benzema, it could be that they will move to rival the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea for the signing of AS Roma forward Mattia Destro. The 23-year-old was in fine form for Roma last seaso ...
Source: CaughtOffside   Full article at: CaughtOffside
 

 
Update
9

16 hours ago

Twitter Reacts to Gareth Bale's Performance from Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid

Aug 31 2014 4:18pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Gareth Bale scored a stunning goal for Real Madrid early in their match against Real Sociedad, but he was powerless to stop an impressive comeback from the hosts as Los Blancos fell 4-2 on Sunday. Sergio Ramos had opened the score for the visitors and Bale added a second early, displaying some nifty footwork. However, an inability to defend crosses and set pieces came back to haunt Real.    Inigo Martinez pulled one back for the Basques before a brace from David Zurutuza gave So ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
Update
8

16 hours ago

Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

Aug 31 2014 3:58pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

David Zurutuza scored twice as Real Sociedad came from two goals behind to defeat visiting Real Madrid 4-2 on Sunday in a thrilling La Liga match at the Anoeta. Madrid led through early strikes by Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale and seemed to be cruising to their second victory in as many matches to start the league season. Instead, Sociedad stormed back with three unanswered goals. Inigo Martinez started the comeback with a 35th-minute tap-in b ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
Update
7

19 hours ago

La Liga, Round 2: Barcelona and Real Madrid in action

Aug 31 2014 12:57pm CDT | Source: SBNation

Barcelona faces an early season test with a trip to El Madrigal to face Villarreal, while Real Madrid travels to face struggling Real Sociedad. The defending champions Atlético Madrid stumbled out of the blocks with a scoreless draw against Rayo Vallecano. Atléti looked tired after their Spanish Super Cup triumph the week before, lacking their usual energy especially in the final 15 minutes of the match. Head coach Diego Simeone will once ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 
Update
5

22 hours ago

Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid: La Liga Preview And Live Streaming

Aug 31 2014 10:01am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Read a match preview and watch live streaming of Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid in La Liga. Where: Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian When: 20:00 BST Watch live: Click here to watch on NowTV from Sky! Real Sociedad host Real Madrid on Saturday evening in San Sebastian, with the hosts looking to bounce back from a horrendous week which saw them lost their opening La Liga match to local rivals Eibar before crashing out of the Europ ...
Source: CaughtOffside   Full article at: CaughtOffside
 

 
Update
4

1 day ago

Atletico Madrid: Why They Can Retain Their La Liga Title

Aug 31 2014 6:06am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

For some, La Liga is expected to once again be a two-horse race—as is often the case. Last year, however, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side proved that they could challenge the big spenders, Real Madrid and Barcelona, and this year they can do it again. As it seems difficult for Simone’s side to replicate last season’s achievements—topping the La Liga table ahead of their main rivals and a narrow Champions League fina ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
Update
3

1 day ago

Cristiano Ronaldo: I’m not in football to make friends

Aug 31 2014 3:03am CDT | Source: inside spanish football

Cristiano Ronaldo spoke in an interview with Portuguese TVI, and revealed that he is not in football to make friends, but rather, to win everything he can. “The only coach I have a friendship with is Ferguson [former Manchester United manager]. I have a good relationship with [Manuel] Pellegrini and Ancelot ...
Source: inside spanish football   Full article at: inside spanish football
 

 
Update
2

1 day ago

Real Madrid tipped to sign Man United’s Javier Hernandez for €20m [El Confidential]

Aug 31 2014 2:02am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Noise keeps getting louder that Real Madrid will sign unwanted Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez before the summer transfer window closes.News broke on Saturday night via the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio that Los Blancos had added Chicharito to their shopping cart.Chicharito had looked set to join Juventus by the end of the summer transfer window with reports even suggesting it could be part of Arturo Vidal’s move to Old Trafford, however those suggestions have no faded into ...
Source: 101 great goals   Full article at: 101 great goals
 

 
Update
1

1 day ago

Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Aug 31 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

After a gripping opening weekend in La Liga, anticipation has been understandably rife ahead of Week 2. Naturally, much of the focus is on Real Madrid as it always seems to be, and following a pretty routine 2-0 win over Cordoba in Week 1, they look set for a much sterner test of their credentials in their first away game of the season. That’ll be a clash with Basque outfit Real Sociedad. Their home stadium—the Anoeta—was a perilously difficult place to ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Double podium for Reddy in Formula Renault
Snetterton (England), Sep 1 (IANS) Young Indian driver Tarun Reddy achieved his best racing weekend with a double podium finish in the UK Formula Renault Championship by finishing second, third and fourth here.
 
 
England's approach to spin bowling flawed: Sourav Ganguly
London, Sep 1 (IANS) Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly has said flawed approach to spin bowling and failure to score runs freely are the main factors that are troubling England in the ODIs.
 
 
Flamengo extend winning streak in Brazil's Serie A
Rio de Janeiro, Sep 1 (IANS) Alecsandro converted a late penalty to hand Flamengo a 2-1 victory over Vitoria in Brazil's Serie A championship.
 
 
India are No.1 ranked ODI side
Dubai, Sep 1 (IANS) World champions India were confirmed as the No.1 ranked side in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI team rankings Monday following Zimbabwe's three-wicket victory over Australia in a triangular series match in Harare Sunday.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

IS committing crimes against humanity in Iraq: UN
Geneva, Sep 1 (IANS/EFE) Violence carried out by militants of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist organisation in Iraq, including murders, executions, abduction, sexual violence and torture, amount to crimes against...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Iran vows to free Al-Aqsa mosque from Israel
Tehran, Sep 1 (IANS) Iran's President Hassan Rouhani Monday vowed to liberate the Al-Aqsa mosque in the old city of Jerusalem from the Israeli forces and spare no efforts to help the Palestinian people, state-owned...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
200,000 Indians granted Saudi visas in one month
Riyadh, Sep 1 (IANS) More than 200,000 Indians, mostly domestic helpers and labourers, were granted visas by Saudi authorities in one month, an official said Monday. "Since we resumed bringing in Indian workers at the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Number of SAARC regional centres to be slashed
Kathmandu, Sep 1 (IANS) SAARC member states have agreed to bring down the number of the association's regional centres from 11 to five in order to end the duplication of work and to reduce expenditure. A meeting of...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Now, 'electronic nose' to detect diarrhoea
London, Sep 1 (IANS) In what could lead to faster diagnosis of diarrhoea and stomach cramps, researchers have developed an "electronic nose" that can sniff the highly infectious bacteria that causes these diseases....
Read more on Business Balla
 
Japan has committed $35-bn investment in India: Modi
Tokyo, Sep 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday signalled a new era of ties with Japan and welcomed the commitment made by his host and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to invest $35 billion in India over the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Indian in UAE unable to pay bills, hospital says go home
Abu Dhabi, Sep 1 (IANS) An uninsured Indian man has run up more than $160,000 in medical bills after he suffered a brain haemorrhage and spent about six months in an Abu Dhabi hospital, a media report said. The...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Abe wants 'special strategic' ties with India
Tokyo, Sep 1 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Monday said ties with India should be elevated to a "special strategic partnership". "We have to fundamentally improve our ties in every field to elevate our...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
New blood test to reliably detect TB
London, Sep 1 (IANS) A new blood test has been developed to provide a fast and accurate tool to diagnose tuberculosis in children. About one million children develop tuberculosis (TB) globally each year but detecting...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Talks on for civil nuclear deal with Japan: Modi
Tokyo, Sep 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said negotiations were on for a civil nuclear agreement with Japan, indicating that the deal is not likely to be sealed during his ongoing five-day visit to the...
Read more on Politics Balla