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Ronaldo may miss game against Real Sociedad

Nov 8 2013, 6:44am CST | by IANS

Madrid, Nov 8 (IANS) Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubtful starter as Real Madrid prepares to face Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Madrid, Nov 8 — Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubtful starter as Real Madrid prepares to face Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Portuguese international failed to...

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Ronaldo may miss game against Real Sociedad

Nov 8 2013, 6:44am CST | by IANS

Madrid, Nov 8 (IANS) Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubtful starter as Real Madrid prepares to face Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Madrid, Nov 8 — Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubtful starter as Real Madrid prepares to face Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Portuguese international failed to train Thursday after ending his side's Champions league 2-2 draw away to Juventus with both of his ankles bandaged, reports Xinhua.

Given his past problems with his ankles and the fact that next week he has to play an important role in Portugal's World Cup play-off against Sweden, the club may prefer not to risk him.

If Ronaldo doesn't play, Carlo Ancelotti has other options and could decide to bring Angel di Maria back into the starting 11 or to give another chance to young striker Alvaro Morata, who has had to be content with watching games from the bench as Karim Benzema has improved his form in recent matches.

Speaking at a publicity event Thursday, Morata said he was not disappointed given that he had already made nine appearances this season which compared well with the 16 he made in the whole of the previous campaign.

"My aim is to keep learning. I think I'm young and my time is yet to come. What I want is to be prepared when it does," said the Spain U-21 striker.

Another player who may be hoping for his chance is midfielder, Isco: the 30 million euros striker made an immediate impact on his arrival from Malaga, but physical issues have kept him out of the picture in recent matches. Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos is suspended after picking up five bookings and will be replaced by Dani Carvajal, who will slot in at right back.

Real Sociedad travel to the Bernabeu on the back of some improved form after an indifferent start to the season under new coach Jagoba Arrasate.

The club from San Sebastian has taken 10 points from its last four matches in the BBVA Primera Liga, climbing up to seventh in the table, while Wednesday saw them draw 0-0 at home to Manchester United in the Champions League.

While the result just about sees them out of that competition, it should mean an injection of pride ahead of an always difficult game in Madrid and Arrasate appeared to be thinking more about his side' s league prospects when he took winger Antoine Griezmann and midfielder Ruben Pardo out of the action with the result still in the balance.

With 6 goals in his last 4 league appearances Griezmann is Real Sociedad' s main threat, while Pardo has matured this season and is highly effective from set pieces.

Madrid have been scoring goals with ease of late, but that have also shipped goals thanks to some shambolic defending. If Carlos Ancelotti can find the balance he has talked about Madrid should have few problems taking the points, but if they are without Ronaldo and the defensive chaos again reigns, maybe the visitors can sneak a point.

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is disappointed the El Clasico will be played tomorrow night. Both Real and Barcelona impressed with victories in the Champions League this week. NO, This article does not meet Newsnow guideli ...
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After being applauded off the Anfield pitch last night, Cristiano Ronaldo stopped in the mixed zone to speak to the Spanish journos.With the 3-0 win over Liverpool already discussed, they were keen to move on to Saturday’s Clasico against Real Madrid, and – surprise surprise, Lionel Messi was brought up.Just what this reporter expected Ronaldo to say about Messi ahead of the game is anyone’s guess, but he was met with a stern response from Ronaldo in a ...
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Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Tactics Breakdown

Oct 23 2014 2:55pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The 169th El Clasico is approaching. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are a rivalry in Champions League as well as La Liga, and this match will set the stage for the rest of the 2014-15 La Liga season.  Whose tactics will reign supreme? How will Real Madrid fare without Gareth Bale? Watch Bleacher Report's Tactics guru Sam Tighe and Ryan Bailey breakdown each club's tactics goin ...
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After watching him score the opening goal and help boss the game for Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti took Cristiano Ronaldo off in the closing stages of last night’s win over Liverpool.It’s not often you see Ronaldo withdrawn, but with less than 3 days til Saturday’s El Clasico, Ancelotti wanted to give his star man as much rest as possible.And in explaining the change afterwards, he poked fun at his opposite number Luis Enrique, ...
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After eight weeks of warm-up action on this season's La Liga schedule, it's time to get serious. In other words, it's time for Real Madrid and Barcleona in the first El Clasico of the season on Saturday. It's also a critical match for Real Madrid as it looks to inch closer to its biggest rival in the standings.  Barcelona has been spot on so far as the lone unbeaten club at 7-0-1. The Blaugranes also have yet to allow a goal, outscoring their ...
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