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Real Madrid capitalised on Barcelona’s defeat to Malaga to open up a four-point lead at the top of the league after a 0-2 victory over Elche. Goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo ensured Madrid put daylight between thems and their fierce rivals. The away side were completely dominant throughout the game but particularly in the opening half, though rather surprising, Carlo Ancelotti’s men couldn’t score in the first 45 despite creating a handful of very decent openings. Moments into […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 23 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Real Madrid defeated Schalke 0-2 to win their tenth consecutive Uefa Champions League game. Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the first time in three games, and then made an assist for Marcelo to double Madrid’s lead. It was another frustrating start by the Madrid players, who in the first twenty minutes last season had already blown away Schalke. This time though, Ancelotti’s front line lacked sharpness and his midfield lacked Luka Modric’ awareness and mobility. Lucas Silva struggled to begin […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 19 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Schalke host Real Madrid on Wednesday night in what will be a repeat of last season’s clash at the same stage of the competition. The seven time Bundesliga champions were thumped 1-6 the last time Real Madrid came to town, however the European and World champions aren’t looking as dangerous and well oiled as last season. Madrid, who defeated Deportivo 2-0 at the weekend, are still recovering from being humiliated by Atletico Madrid and this, for Schalke, could be […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 16 - 2015 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Real Madrid defeated Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 to ensure they stay top of La Liga for another week. Isco opened the scoring in the first half and Karim Benzema scored 18 minutes from time to secure what was in the end, three hard fought points. The away side came into the tie on the back of two consecutive wins for the first time this season, and they knew they were coming up against a wounded Madrid side who were humiliated […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 15 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

After years of being the underdog and living in the shadows of their great cross-city rivals, the red and white half of Madrid are the ones who had smiles from ear to ear this week. The 4-0 victory over Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon was more than just three points, it was the day the champions came out of their shell and proved they can live with the rival who once gave them the fear. The Rojiblancos created another […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Feb - 11 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Atletico Madrid humiliated Real Madrid at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, beating the current league leaders 4-0. The home side ran riot with goals from Tiago, Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were mere spectators. The last time Real Madrid lost at the Calderon in the league was June 12th 1999, and hadn’t lost three straight games (in all competitions) at the ground in the last 64 years. Surely Atleti would fear their mega-rich […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 8 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Real Madrid defeated Sevilla 2-1 at the Bernabeu to go four points clear of second placed Barcelona. The league leaders went ahead through James Rodriguez, before the Columbian was substituted off and replaced by Jese Rodriguez, who doubled Madrid’s lead. Iago Aspas got a goal back with ten minutes still to play, but Los Blancos held firm to seal three crucial points. Having conceded early in the past two games, Madrid were looking to start quickly, but encountered a […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 5 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

He looked a pale shadow of his former self, unhappy, out of form and devoid of hunger. That is just some of the ways in which you could describe Fernando Torres’ career since his £50 million move from Liverpool to Chelsea. Even when he finally departed Stamford Bridge to join Milan, he didn’t look like a man who really wanted to be in Italy. Torres scored a total of 21 goals between his time at Chelsea and Milan, but more […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Feb - 2 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST

After a 7 game winning streak, some were thinking Barça were back. This nice winning streak has Barça back on the right tracks but there’s still room for improvement for Luis Enrique and his players. Ignoring the need for improvement though could be costly. Barça’s resurrection, or rejuvenation, came after their last loss away to Real Sociedad right after the winter break. The days following that loss turned into a hurricane for the Blaugrana after Messi did not show up […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Feb - 1 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

La Liga has found itself in another ridiculous situation when it comes to players’ lack of self-control and the league’s failure to properly discipline them. If the league wants to set an example by punishing players, then they need to wake up and revamp its disciplinary committee. January saw the return of La Liga football after the winter break and we already have seen some players commit terrible acts on the pitch that are worthy of a lengthy ban. Yet, […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Feb - 1 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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