Tuesday night’s clash between la Liga Champions Real Madrid and English premier League champions Manchester United is being relished by City boss Roberto Mancini after their rapid rise to the top since billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour to charge of the club four years ago this month.
The game at the Bernabeu represents just how far the club has come in such a short time with manager Mancini saying: “If you play against Real or Barca, you are up against 100 years of history. Continue reading Man City looking to upset Real Madrid
Barcelona will be without their Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez for the match against Getafe today after suffering a minor leg muscle tear during international duty midweek for Chile during a friendly that they lost to Ecuador 3-0.
The Blaugrana will be looking to maintain their five point lead over rivals Real Madrid who entertain Seville at home.
Manager Jose Mourinho is expected to rest a few of his top players for this match so watch for new signing Luka Modric getting his first start for Los Blanco’s.
Also missing for Barca will be star midfielder Andres Iniesta who is suffering from a leg muscle strain that he picked up during Spain’s World Cup qualifier against Georgia last Tuesday.
Iniesta is expected to be out for between 10 – 15 days while Sanchez could be fit for next Wednesdays Champions’ League Group G match at home to Spartak Moscow.
Ronaldo now back in Madrid following international duty for Portugal has little time to spend being as he put it sad knowing that his team face an important match away to Seville.
Already five points behind leaders Barcelona who are expected to win their match against Getafe this weekend Jose Mourinho’s team know that they cannot allow the gap to get any wider than it already is for them to have any chance of regaining the title.
“I would like to reaffirm, without being concerned about contracts, that my focus is solely on winning every game and every available trophy with the essential company of my teammates and all Madridistas,” Ronaldo said in a statement on Wednesday, when he trained with his teammates.
Wayne Rooney has reviled I a new autobiography that former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo cannot help looking at his reflection. The Manchester United striker said: “In the time I’ve been playing with Ronnie, the one thing I’ve noticed about him is that he can’t walk past his reflection without admiring it, even if we’re about to play a game of football.
“Every match, before the team goes out for the warm-up, he runs through the same routine. The kit goes on, the boots go on. Not long after, Ronnie turns to his reflection and stares, psyching himself up for the game.”
“In the tunnel that leads to the stadium there are mirrors and Cristiano would stay looking at himself for several minutes,” Rooney wrote, according to the publication.
“I played with him and realized that he couldn’t walk by (mirrors) without admiring himself.”
One of the jokes doing the round about why Ronaldo was sad was because someone in the dressing room had stolen his hair Gel, which is not something that Wayne Rooney will ever have to worry about.
Barcelona is sitting on the top of La Liga after a gritty win over a Valencia side that were unlucky to go home without a point.
The Catalans can thank Brazilian defender Adriano for his brilliant strike from over 20-yards-out which proved to be enough for the win while also providing the 27-year-old with his first goal at the Nou Camp.
New signing Alex Song from Arsenal, made his first appearance for Barcelona playing alongside Xavi, and Fabregas in midfield. Continue reading Getafe v Barcelona Sunday 16/9/12
Cristiano Ronaldo could be on the brink of leaving Real Madrid, and boss Jose Mourinho behind.
Reports out of Spain suggest the Portuguese striker has told club president Florentino Perez that he wants to leave the Spanish champions.
It is widely reported that Ronaldo had a meeting on Saturday with Perez, director general Jose Angel Sanchez and his agent Jorge Mendes.
One Spanish radio station claimed that Ronaldo, who scored 46 league goals last season, cited a falling out between certain members of the team and did not feel as if the club valued him as a player. Continue reading Could Ronaldo be leaving Real Madrid?