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  Real Madrid managed to tighten their grip on Group B as they laboured to a 1-2 result against a spirited Ludogorets side. The Bulgarian champions took a shock lead but goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a late winner from substitute Karim Benzema ensured the Whites took all three points back home. Carlo Ancelotti made changes to his usual side and even tinkered with the formation. Isco and Asier Illaramendi joined Luka Modric and Gareth Bale in a four man […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Oct - 1 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

This time instead of focusing on one Spaniard abroad, I decided to give the spotlight to two players that play in the same country and in the same league. These two players both play in Italy one in southern Italy for Napoli and the other in the north for Juventus. Jose Maria Callejon has been one of the stand out players for Napoli this season. While Alvaro Morata in the north, playing for Juventus, has been enduring a more tumultuous […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Oct - 1 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Real Madrid travel to Bulgaria to play against minnows Ludogorets Razgrad on Wednesday night as they look to tighten their grip at the summit of Group B. The reigning kings of Europe blew away the Swiss champions Basel 5-1 in the opening group match and are expected to put on another goal-scoring display against the Bulgarian champions. Since their defeat to Atletico Madrid, Los Blancos have improved in each game and I expect Carlo Ancelotti to unleash a star-studded team. […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Sep - 30 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Athletic travel to Belarus to take on BATE not in the best of form, that being said BATE are in the same boat as their La Liga counterparts. It is the first time both sides have come head-to-head in any European competition. Valverde’s side go into this fixture on the back of a patchy start to the season. Since the comprehensive victory over Napoli, it seems that the Basque side have hit a bit of a rut. Recent back-to-back […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Sep - 30 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

The Rojiblancos will return to Champions League football come Wednesday and Diego Simeone will be very anxious to get his side back to winning ways in Europe. The first match for Atletico de Madrid was indeed a tough one when the Colchoneros traveled to Pireaus Greece to take on Olympiakos. Atleti fell to the Greek side 3-2 and conceding three goals in one match was a fact that was unheard of last campaign. In light of the loss in Greece […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Sep - 29 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid came through a potentially tricky contest away at El Madrigal as they defeated Villarreal 0-2 with first-half goals from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo. The home side controlled the first 15 minutes as Madrid struggled to settle. The ‘Yellow Submarines’ were playing with a high intensity and were dominating their opponents in the centre of the park, spraying the ball out wide and causing havoc for Madrid’s centre-backs. Carlo Ancelotti’s side reflected their previous performances this […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Sep - 28 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  The much criticized and once prolific Spanish number “9″ finally made his Italian Serie A debut for the Rossoneri on Tuesday against Empoli. AC Milan would suffer a massive set back inside the first 21 minutes of the match in Tuscany. Goals by Lorenzo Tonelli and Manuel Pucciarelli had put Empoli ahead 2-0. “Il Diavolo” would go into halftime with a rather important lifeline coming from a player many have thought to be “beyond damaged goods.” Fernando Torres went […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Sep - 24 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as Real Madrid defeated Elche at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night. The referee awarded three penalties in total, two of which were controversially awarded either side of a Gareth Bale headed equaliser for Los Blancos. Carlo Ancelotti made a few changes to the weekend hammering of Deportivo La Coruna, resting Iker Casillas, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Alvaro Arbeloa, who were replaced by Keylor Navas, Isco, Asier Illaramendi and Dani Carvajal. The […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Sep - 23 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  A hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo and braces from Gareth Bale and Chicharito sealed Real Madrid’s 2-8 thumping of Deportivo at the Riazor Stadium. Haris Medunjanin and Jose Verdu scored the two goals for the hosts but they were blown away by hunger of Madrid’s world class players. The first 20 minutes were in the balance, both sides enjoyed possession but the best chance fell to Gareth Bale who attempted to chip the ball over the keeper but couldn’t convert […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Sep - 21 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Real Madrid got the ball rolling as they attempt to be the first team to retain the European Cup since its renaming with a 5-1 hammering of Basel on Tuesday night. The European Champions scored four goals in the first half but did allow the Swiss Champions to grab a souvenir goal from the Bernabeu. Carlo Ancelotti made two changes from the weekend defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid, with Marcelo replacing Fabio Coentrao at left-back and Nacho […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Sep - 17 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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