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A rejuvenated Madrid 0

Posted on July 26, 2013 by admin

Real Madrid drew 2-2 with Olympique Lyon at the Stade de Gerland. The French side took the lead in the 20th minute when Grenier’s outstanding volley found the back of the net. Lisandro López then made it 2-0 before Ancelotti brought on Morata who pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 78th minute. Casemiro headed home Real’s second of the game in the 84th minute following a mistake from Lopes in the Lyon goal.

Real Madrid’s youngsters led the come-back when the Spaniards were 2-0 down and they avoided defeat on the night. Ancelotti brought on his youngest players in the second half when the game was all but lost, and they lifted their team. Morata scored from the spot and Casemiro equalised late on.

The only negative note on the night was an injury to midfielder Illarramendi on his debut in the starting XI. He went off with some discomfort in the 35th minute and was replaced with Casemiro.

Without Özil or Benzema, Real Madrid reacted after the break with the introduction of Modric and Khedira. Some outstanding play from the Croat which ended with a shot hitting the post marked Madrid’s change in fortune. Gonalans fouled Cherysev inside the box and Morata fired home from the spot, before Di María floated in a ball from the corner and Casemiro headed home to equalise.

CR7 strikes out in number 9 role 0

Posted on July 26, 2013 by admin

Whatever the reason – perhaps with one eye on accommodating Gareth Bale – Carlo Ancelotti used the Lyon match to try out several different combinations. One such experiment saw Cristiano line up in the number 9 position, as an out-and-out striker. The test proved more or less a total washout: the Portuguese ace was subbed off with the scoreline at 2-0 having made virtually no impact going forward, something that cannot often be said of CR7.

Pre-season is all about finding the right formula, and Carletto used the Gerland as a testing ground, tinkering with several pieces of his puzzle. Di María was surprisingly deployed infield, ahead of Illarramendi (who was replaced by Casemiro) and almost in line with Isco. The Argentine’s usual spot on the right went to Özil, while Cristiano was absent from the left and Benzema was given free licence to roam. The idea was to capitalise on the element of surprise, but the trick backfired.

Though Cristiano was given the number 9 when he joined Real (Raúl was still at the Bernabéu), he is not used to leading the line. Ultimately, playing up top made him easier to track for the Lyon defenders, who were able to mark the Portuguese star out of the game as ‘Los Blancos’ found themselves crowded out through the middle. The expression on his face when he was substituted – just after Lisandro doubled Lyon’s lead – tells its own story. Cristiano is more effective when unshackled and with more wiggle room, although he could be forced into a more central role if Bale is whizzing down the right. No one can say Ancelotti isn’t preparing for such an eventuality.

“I’m no metrosexual; that’s more Beckham’s thing” 0

Posted on July 26, 2013 by admin

The next edition of French magazine ‘Surface’, which hits shelves on Friday, offers readers a chance to learn a little more about Neymar.

In an interview with the publication, the Brazilian denies being a diver: “If I jump like that it’s to protect myself and to stop myself getting hurt by defenders”.

The mercurial forward also offers an insight into his off-the-pitch tastes: “Yes, it’s true that I like to go out and buy new clothes, nice perfumes and hair products. I also shave my legs for example, but I don’t consider myself a metrosexual. That’s more Beckham’s thing – he’s more stylish”.

On a different note, Neymar posted a video on social media yesterday showing himself undergoing a rigorous training programme to ensure he is in tip-top shape ahead of joining up with his new club next Monday.

Bale to Levy: “Keep your word and negotiate” 0

Posted on July 26, 2013 by admin

“You made me a promise. You promised me if we didn’t qualify for the Champions League and a good offer turned up you’d listen to it. Well that offer has arrived and I want to play for Real Madrid. So keep your word and negotiate”. Daniel Levy, who is famed for being a hard business man, discovered the hard way that 24 year-old Gareth Bale doesn’t beat about the bush. Accustomed as he is to tough meetings, the one Levy had with the player last Wednesday in London was a real eye opener.

Bale was just as direct in his approach to the Chairman as he is when he plays on the pitch of White Hart Lane. The Welsh forward left little room for doubt: “I’m not interested in Manchester United or any other club. I only want to play for Real Madrid.” Bale is under contract at Spurs until 2016 but his agent, Jonathan Barnett, struck up a deal with Florentino Pérez and José Angel Sánchez in a meeting held in Madrid on 25th June. Should the deal be accepted, Bale will spend the next six seasons at the Santiago Bernabéu, where he stands to earn between €9 and 10 million.

The clock is ticking and although there has been no official response to Real Madrid’s initial offer as yet, which amounts to just over €60 million, at Tottenham an air of resignation is seeping in as they are beginning to accept the inevitable. It is clear that where Bale would really rather be next week, rather than in Hong Kong, is in LA…and dressed in white.

Mourinho and Ferguson had told each other their plans months ago 0

Posted on June 16, 2013 by admin

Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson have always shown respect and mutual admiration. Their relationship is a good friendship, to the point of sharing their concerns and interests. The Portuguese coach has revealed himself knew for months that Ferguson would not be coaching. Secret for secret, he also confessed that he would sign for Chelsea.

Ferguson discussing plans with Mourinho

Ferguson discussing plans with Mourinho

“I imagine that only his inner circle knew and assumed a great responsibility for me to know. Know why? Because we’re friends. If I am your friend to know that is going to retire, he is also my friend to know that the club that I want to train in England is Chelsea. told you, of course, “said Mourinho in words that collects on Sunday the British press.

His return to Stamford Bridge takes it as a difficult challenge. “This is my costume.’s The stadium where I have never lost a match.’s My office, which has the same table. But from a professional point of view is no different to reach a new club. I have the same ambition. Do not want people think that it is comfortable for me.’s difficult. And that’s what I want, “he says.

Chelsea return to work on July 8. It was from then that decide the future of any of the players in the squad. Among them solve the Fernando Torres, who plans to give it a try. “Someone could expect from him for what he has done in the past. But not as bad as people sometimes try to say,” said Mourinho.

Real Madrid are counting down the hours to sign Carlos Ancelotti 0

Posted on June 16, 2013 by admin

Ancelotti has just a few hours to announce his move to Real Madrid. And their wish may soon come true, in the last few days the white club has taken a giant step in the efforts to incorporate the Italian to the bench at the Bernabeu.

Ancelotti on the brink on signing

Ancelotti on the brink on signing

Jose Angel Sanchez, general manager of Madrid, has been three days in Qatar meeting with the PSG owners to unlock once and for all Ancelotti output of all ties.

The coach is optimistic and hopes that tomorrow will be the day in which the he signs for Madrid as he remains detached from the French club.

This week, through his agent Ernesto Bronzetti, he has returned to contact the leaders of Madrid to announce that it is ready to come now. Carletto has nothing more to talk with PSG.

Ancelotti understood that his decision to leave was to convey the President of PSG Leonardo. He did and that has created more confusion to his decision to leave.

In Leonardo PSG have ordered efforts to expedite the signing of new coach and sporting director insists on hiring Guus Hiddink, current coach of Anzhi Russian.

Ancelotti will come to Madrid making less money than Mourinho. To break his contract with PSG will pay 4 million euros

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