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.

Betting on Real: some tips

Sports betting is one of the forms of gambling that is thriving in the modern era, alongside playing at online casino websites, but it can be a difficult form of gambling for non-sports fans to grasp.

There is sometimes a perception that betting on sports is easier than playing casino games like poker and blackjack, but in fact there is just as much information that has to be taken on board before you can hope to do it successfully. Thus the first tip would be to skip sports betting unless you either have some interest in one or more sports, or are prepared to do serious research into something you have no interest in.

To bet successfully on sports you not only have to visit different sportsbook sites to find out the best odds available, you also have to look at the current form of the team or player you are betting on; any injuries or off-field problems that could affect their chances and their past record against the relevant opponents. If you are willing to do this, the next tip would be to look at your own finances and budget based on what you can afford to lose, before placing a bet, as that way you will avoid wagering more than you can afford.

If you are only a casual fan of sports and this all sounds like a bit too much hard work, you may prefer to mix sports and gambling in a slightly less demanding and risky way.

There are a great many of these games available, based around sports like football, tennis, motor racing and other popular sports, and they are easier and cheaper to participate in than either sports betting or other types of casino games. Many of them can be played with little more than pennies, and they offer a very good chance of winning something, which should make them appealing to those who have some interest in sports, but not enough to go bet on actual sporting matches.


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.


The Portuguese manager José Mourinho only has an average record to the Spanish club Real Madrid according to the former sporting director of the club, Jorge Valdano. Jorge Valdano was one of the first persons at Real Madrid to lose the power struggle between him and José Mourinho.

As a result, he had to depart from the club whilst Mourinho continued to remain as the manager. There has always been a lot of friction between the two and Valdano’s latest comments will only serve to increase the tension. He has said that Mourinho does not have a great record at Real Madrid when compared with his previous clubs.

It is widely expected that Mourinho will leave the Spanish club at the end of the season after overseeing one of the worst forms in the domestic campaign. Madrid have fallen 16 points behind their arch rivals Barcelona, which has simply been not good enough for the president. Even though Real Madrid managed to win their first league title last season for the first time in three seasons, the current poor run of form and the inability to challenge Barcelona has been viewed with a lot of discontent within the camp. Valdano has said that he thinks that Mourinho only has an average record at Real Madrid, which has been proved by the results this season.

“Since [Alfredo] Di Stefano’s era, Real Madrid have won more titles than all the other Spanish teams together. That means the team wins a title every two years. Mourinho is within the average – he has taken two years and has won a title. Tactical technicians are gaining importance in football. Mourinho is associated with the word victory. He has won seven league titles in 10 years and the desperation to win remains with him,” said Valdano.


The Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has said that the fans should consider the fact that José Mourinho has been one of the highly successful Real Madrid managers in recent times before criticising him locally.

The Portuguese manager received a barrage of criticism after his team fell 11 points behind Barcelona in the table following the 1-0 defeat against Real Beltis. This defeat away from home was translated into the recent home match against Alcoyano. Even though the club managed to win the match 3-0 and 7-1 on aggregate, a number of Real Madrid supporters whistled José Mourinho during this match.

Iker Casillas, though, has said that this explains that the memory of the fans is extremely short because considering that they were chanting his name only a few months ago after Real Madrid had won the league title for the first time in four years. Casillas has pointed out to the victories achieved by the time in the King’s cup, Super cup and the league title during the period of José Mourinho. He has said that the team is more hungry than other to win titles. Even before the start of the season, Mourinho made it clear that winning the 10th Champions League title for Real Madrid is his ambition this season.

Now, he can concentrate on it completely because the prospect of winning the league title is all but over, as they are 11 points behind Barcelona in the table. “I think a couple of months ago the people that were whistling yesterday were the people who were clapping and cheering when we won the league. Memories are short in football and maybe people do not remember who led the team to win the record breaking league title: most goals, most points,” said Iker Casillas in a recent interview.


The Real Madrid midfielder Kaka has said that he is extremely happy with the performance of the team in the 2-2 draw with Barcelona during the weekend. Even though the result was not the one Real Madrid were looking when they went into the match, Kaka has said that this was an impressive result considering the performance and the level of the opposition.

Barcelona managed to score two goals in the match through Lionel Messi, while the Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo also scored two goals in the match. The Real Madrid manager José Mourinho was also thrilled with the performance of the Brazil international Kaka, who came on as a substitute.

The former AC Milan midfielder is on the road to recovery in the last few weeks. He has been having impressive matches in the la Liga after coming on as a substitute. He is hoping that he will be able to show his full potential once he starts a match. Many have been saying that the 30-year-old has not been the player he once was due to the lack of pace, but the Brazilian is keen to prove otherwise. He has also said that the title race still not over despite Barcelona have been an eight-point advantage in the table.

“The eight point gap is still worrying, but slightly less so after playing at the Camp Nou. It can’t be said that the title race is over, of course it can’t. There’s a lot left to play for and we’re going to fight to the end. We had a great game, but we didn’t kill it off. We [Real Madrid] are also eight points behind Barcelona in the table but we still believe,” said the Real Madrid midfielder Kaka, who was also sorry about the situation faced by his former club AC Milan.


The Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has said that he played for the new season to start, which would enable them to start the defence of the title. Real Madrid managed to lift the league title for the first time in three seasons last season, but they will be facing an even greater challenge from Barcelona in order to retain the same this time around. However, the defender Sergio Ramos has said that he is confident that Real Madrid will be able to retain the title due to the small, but influential signings they have made in the transfer window.

Real Madrid have been closely linked with the Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, who is expected to become the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle for the manager José Mourinho. He has already indicated that winning the Champions League will have a preference over winning the league title. The defender Sergio Ramos, however, has said that Real Madrid have the quality to win both titles because of the strength in depth within the squad. Real Madrid will be returning to the la Liga action after a successful pre-season tour in the United States. Sergio Ramos was one of the standout players for Real Madrid in the pre-season.

“I think this was a good game to tune up the team before the season. It will start with a title at stake [the Supercopa] against Barcelona. We already want La Liga to begin. These tours are helpful because we can have some experiences as a team that we cannot have during the season. We have to be thankful for that. It’s notorious the way people react to what Real Madrid mean in the football world and we have to give thanks for that,” said Sergio Ramos after the completion of the US pre-season tour.


Real Madrid midfielder Granero has said that he feels that the Spanish club is the biggest in the world due to the number of trophies that they have won during the illustrious career and also the fan base.

Real Madrid is undoubtedly one of the most successful clubs in the world after they have lifted nine Champions League titles alone.

This is extremely far ahead comparison with Barcelona, who have just for Champions League titles. This makes Real Madrid one of the best clubs in the world according to the midfielder Granero, who played an influential role for the club in helping them lift the la Liga title.

The 25-year-old still has two seasons left on his current contract and has said that he does not want to think about leaving the club. The Santiago Bernabeu has been the host to many major success over the years and Granero has said that he wants to be part of some more. It was initially thought that the midfielder would be used as a makeweight in the deal that could see the arrival of the Croatian midfielder Luka Modric. However, the Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has made it a priority to keep the Argentine midfielder at the club.

“Before, only the people of Madrid went to watch the club, the Real Madrid fans. Now, thanks to our president, who has worked hard on this, the club is the biggest in the world. They have a worldwide impact, everyone around the world knows about Real Madrid. As a Real Madrid fan I could never play for Barcelona, neither in the best of conditions or for all the money in the world. I could not because of my principles. I would be incapable of doing so,” said the Argentine midfielder Granero in a recent interview.

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