Real Madrid has reached the semifinals of the Champions League after the Spanish titans managed to survive Borussia Dortmund’s series of attacks during their 2nd leg match which was played at the Signal-Iduna Park in Dortmund.
Cristiano Ronaldo appeared on the sidelines of the squad as he was still recovering from an injury he had suffered a few days ago and even though the absence of the Portuguese midfielder was being felt by Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti and his players barely managed on leaving the pitch with an aggregate score of 3-2 which is just enough for them to advance into the semifinals of the European tournament.
Marco Reus scored the opening goal of the match as he took advantage of a mistake from Pepe who instead of clearing the ball away from danger, the defender headed it back to Reus who only had Iker Casillas left to beat and slipped it into the net.
13 minutes later and Marco Reus netted his 2nd and last goal of the entire match as he took full advantage of a rebound as he slammed it past the Real Madrid defender as they tried to stop the ball from entering the net but failed on doing so.
The match continued rolling on but Real Madrid did not concede any further goals which unfortunately for Borussia Dortmund, they needed at least 1 more goal in order to stay in fighting in the Champions League.
The players of Jurgen Klopp went upfront for the last few minutes of the match as they tried pressuring Real Madrid hoping to steal the ball and somehow find a way to score the crucial last goal but it never arrived as Real Madrid advanced into the semifinals stages and knocked out Borussia Dortmund
Karim Benzema has emerged as one of the top strikers in Spanish football once again after managing to score 12 goals in just 14 matches since January. Even more important for Real Madrid is the fact that most of these goals have come at an important stage against top opposition.
Carlo Ancelotti has been given a lot of credit for the way he has helped Benzema rediscover his form, but the Italian has said that credit should go towards his assistant manager and Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman has been a major part of Benzema’s recovery according to Ancelotti.
The addition of Gareth Bale to the squad was expected to diminish the role of Benzema. He was spoken of as a potential Arsenal target during the summer transfer window. However, the sale of Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli prevented the club from selling the Frenchman as well. The decision looked like being wrong during the first half of the season, as Benzema struggled for both form and consistency. However, his return to form has now coincided with Real Madrid going through a great spell during which time they have opened a four-point advantage in the league.
Madrid could go one step closer towards winning the title when they take on Barcelona in the league next week.
“I think Zidane’s done fantastic work, especially with Karim. He’s communicated a lot with the players and implemented a specific job with all attackers. His work is very important. I am very pleased with Zidane. He has a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of knowledge. He understands what is happening on the pitch during a match. I asked him several times if he wanted to play but he told me no! He can still play without problem!” said Ancelotti, whose team are undefeated in the last few months.
Real Madrid managed to preserve their lead at the top of the table after a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid, but they had to wait until the final 10 minutes in order to secure this equaliser.
Real Madrid came into the match after having lost the previous league encounter between the two teams at the Santiago Bernabeu. Hence, there was intense pressure from manager Carlo Ancelotti to avoid a double, which would have been the first time it has happened after a long period. Real, however, were confident ahead of the encounter since they recently beat their arch rivals 5-0 on aggregate in the Copa del Rey.
They also began the match extremely well thanks to an early goal from striker Karim Benzema. He scored after just two minutes on the clock after Atletico had failed to clear a corner. However, two quick goals from Koke and Gabi made the game look like heading for another defeat for Real Madrid. This would have been the first time since 1951 that they had been defeated twice by their arch rivals in a single season. As Real pushed on in search of an equaliser, Atletico looked dangerous on the counter-attack especially with striker Diego Costa in great form.
However, Ronaldo equalised with only a few minutes remaining and Ancelotti praised his team after the match. “We drew a game that we were losing. The response was good and overall we can be satisfied because Atletico are a good team, particularly at home. We’re top and that’s good. A point is a point. It was a difficult match. We tried to play but it wasn’t easy because Atletico played a very rough game. They tried to impose a violent game. We don’t play like that,” said Ancelotti to the club’s official site after the match.
Iker Casillas has not played a single match in this season as Diego Lopez seems to be the main star for Carlo Ancelotti but despite not playing an important role for Real Madrid in this season, according to the head coach Casillas will wage a war to try and keep hold of the Spanish goalkeeper.
“It was not an easy decision; I have two goalkeepers of high quality, the best two in the world. I started with Diego as my No.1, but then did not consider that Casillas would not play. Rotating goalkeepers is not the most desirable thing, it is not easy, but they have understood.
“I’ll fight the same way I did for Xabi. This team has key players representing the club and I will wage war for Casillas to finish his career here, in Madrid.” Ancelotti told the Spanish media.
So far in this season Real Madrid has been finding themselves mostly behind the leadership of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid as those are the top 2 teams fighting for the Spanish title and Carlo Ancelotti went out to talk about why they are falling behind those clubs as he stated that Real Madrid is undergoing a ‘’new philisophy’’.
“We’re not doing as well because we changed philosophy this season,” he added. “Last year’s Madrid played more on the counterattack; we want to play with more possession. It takes time to adjust. It will take a little longer to catch Barcelona and Atletico. I am aware that some people’s patience is limited, which is normal because Madrid have to try to win every year’’.
The leaders of the Spanish League, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid faced each other in their latest league fixture and the final outcome was a goalless draw which gives Real Madrid a chance to cut the gap between them and maintain the pressure at the top of the league.
Alexis Ruano, the central defender of Getafe, said that David Villa is the best striker in Spain today. Alesi, born in Malaga, would come up against the Spain international when Getafe meets Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon this Saturday. His team is fully aware of David’s importance in Diego Simeone’s team.
While speaking to reporters, Alexis Ruano told that for him, David Villa is the best forward in La Liga. Even though one does not listen about Villa as Diego Costa, yet he does a whole lot of work. He is quite good in getting away from defenders. This helps them a lot.
Diego Costa is in doubt for this week’s match, but Alexis said that this does not concern him. He always relishes playing against the best and having Villa on the field is great. If he does not play; that would be better for Getafe. But Atletico is a great team and it really does not matter who plays.
Alexis Ruano told that the past few times they have played at Calderon, they have had more ball possession, and still they failed to score at vital moments. This year, they would go out with the mind set of making it tough for them. The team is hopeful of getting a positive result. Still, they have to keep a close eye on them on the counter attack. If Getafe has to win, they have to stay focused for the ninety minutes.
After the departure of José Mourinho in the summer, Real Madrid were expected to return to the passing style of football, which is the club is known for in its illustrious history.
The arrival of new manager Carlo Ancelotti was expected to aid in this regard. Ancelotti also noted this aspect when he took over. He said that he wanted his Real Madrid team to play from the back, but he has now said that he does not want to copy Barcelona. The passing style of Barcelona involves keeping the ball for long periods of time in the search of the perfect goal.
Ancelotti, though, tends to think otherwise when it comes to football tactics because he feels that there should be some type of counter-attacking football in the play as well. He has said that his players are already champions, and then do not need to string 30 passes in order to find the goal. Real Madrid have one of the most attacking line-up in the world right now. The presence of players like Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Isco make them very potent when it comes to attack. Real Madrid will be taking on Getafe at home in the next match.
They will be looking to bring an end to the Barcelona domination in the league.
“I’m Italian, and playing on the counter is a tactic I like. My players are champions. It should be automatic for them to score goals. They don’t need 30 passes to find a solution. You have to be ready to find that chance with three. I don’t doubt the quality of my players, but if they manage to score with three passes instead of 30, I can’t complain”, said Ancelotti ahead of the weekend’s match. Real Madrid are already trailing Barcelona by two points.
New Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was happy to see striker Gonzalo Higuain score in the 6-0 win over Bournemouth in a friendly match. After the encounter, he said that he is extremely happy to have won his first match as the Real Madrid manager.
There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the future of Higuain, but Ancelotti dismissed the reports by saying that he wants the striker to stay at the club. Higuain has been linked with a move to Arsenal, Chelsea, and Napoli in the last few months. The Argentine ace has been at the club since 2006, but he is reportedly unhappy at the importance given to him.
Arsenal were thought to have agreed a £ 22 million deal with Real Madrid for his services, but the late entry of Chelsea and Napoli has increased his transfer value to around £ 30 million. Napoli are looking to replace Edinson Cavani and they are extremely cash rich following the £ 55 million transfer of the Uruguay star to PSG. Reports have suggested that Napoli have agreed a £ 32 million deal with Real Madrid, but Ancelotti has dismissed such suggestions. He has said that the striker could prove to be a very important player for the club over the course of the season.
“Not true, I don’t have any news about this. I think that now we have to speak about Higuain as a Real Madrid player. He is a fantastic player and a fantastic striker who took one minute to score tonight. I spoke to him this week. He is a Real Madrid player and until we have news we have to consider him as a Real Madrid player and I would like him to stay with us. He is very important to us,” said the former PSG and Chelsea manager.
Paris St Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that he wants to leave the club to join Real Madrid. It is understood that Ancelotti has been made the firm favourite to take over at the Santiago Bernabeu once the club part ways with manager José Mourinho.
Ancelotti has been a manager in three different countries over the last decade. He has managed to win league titles in these three countries, while also lifting the Champions League trophy with AC Milan. However, his request to leave PSG has been denied by the owners of the French club.
Ancelotti recently led the club to their first league title for almost 2 decades, while they almost made it into the Champions League semifinals as well. The 53-year-old has said that he is still waiting for an answer from the owners. In a recent interview, the president of the club has said that Ancelotti still has one year left on his contract. Further, they also willing to keep him for much longer than his current contract. It is expected that they will offer a new deal in the hope of persuading Ancelotti to stay. Several PSG players have also said that they want their manager to stay at the club.
“I’ve asked to leave and I am waiting for their answer. There are possibilities. Real Madrid is one. But I have a contract here. We are going to wait for a response from the club, who are going to take a few days to decide,” said Ancelotti. “It is his problem; it is not our problem. We have offered him another year more on his contract as well as the one he has. When you have a contract, everyone is normally obliged to honour that,” said the club president. Sporting director Leonardo has also expressed his wish to keep Ancelotti.
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The Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has stated that this team will not give up because they are Real Madrid. The team has fallen 16 points behind the leaders Barcelona in the Spanish la Liga, while they are also offering great position in the other two major trophies as well.
The French striker Karim Benzema was one of the main reasons for the club winning the league title last season, but he has not been at his best this time around. He has managed to score just five goals in all competitions this season, while he has also suffered a number of injury problems as well.
The team will be having some important matches to play in the month of February. They will be playing against the Premier league club Manchester United in the two legs of the Champions league last 16 stage. They will also be playing in the second leg match against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey. Barcelona and Real Madrid managed to draw the first leg 1-1, which now gives the Catalan club an advantage since the second leg is at home. Benzema has stated that despite the struggles faced by the team this season, the players will never give up because they play for Real Madrid.
“We can play better. We’re disappointed. We have to fight to the end in the league, even though it is very difficult to win. We have to stick together. We have the same objective and we’re not going to throw in the towel. There’s a long way to go. We all want to win titles. We are still in the Champions League, which is a special competition, and have the second leg of the cup against Barcelona. You never know what can happen,” said Benzema, who has made 18 appearances in all competitions.