Sid Lowe's Notes from Spain: critics sharpening their knives for boring Benitez | WorldSoccer
Madrid had sat back and looked for the chance to counter-attack, although the truth was that they didn’t even do that very well, and they had been caught. Benzema and Isco had made way for more defensive players but it did not help. Many considered the draw a deserved outcome. Worse still, others thought it inevitable, confirmation of their prejudices, their rejection of Rafa.
Philippe Coutinho not joining Real Madrid - agent - ESPN FC
Philippe Coutinho is not set to leave Liverpool for Real Madrid, according to the Brazil international's agent. It has been reported that La Liga giants Real are keen on Coutinho, who signed a new contract at Anfield in February, as well as Barcelona.
Sergio Ramos 'relaxed' over Rafa Benitez fall-out - ESPN FC
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has played down any idea of a fall-out with Blancos boss Rafa Benitez. Benitez has come in for criticism in the wake of his apparently cautious tactics during Sunday's 1-1 La Liga derbi draw at Atletico Madrid.
Are the big teams’ struggles self inflicted or because of stronger competition? | Eurosport
As yet another international threatens to spoil the general football fan’s weekend, it’s worth casting a look at the La Liga table and analysing why none of last season’s Top 5 appear to be hitting top gear - some less so than others, it has to be said. Is it because of a drop in quality from the main charges or have the chasing pack upped their game?
Celta confident of Nolito deal | WhoScored
Nolito, 28, currently has an €18m (£13.2m) release clause and has been strongly linked with a return to Barcelona as they seek a replacement to Pedro when their transfer ban is lifted in January. Celta will reportedly offer the Spain international a new one-year extension that will tie him down until June 2020 and increase his release clause to €25m (£18.4m).
Carlos Martinez: David Moyes has Real Sociedad's backing - Goal.com
Real Sociedad has "complete faith" in under fire coach David Moyes, according to defender Carlos Martinez. Moyes and his future has been brought into question as Sociedad only hovers above the relegation zone on goal difference after seven matches in La Liga this season.
Tebas: La Liga games played abroad | Football Espana
LFP President Javier Tebas has revealed plans to play Copa del Rey and Primera fixtures outside Spain in the future. Tebas was speaking at an event in London, the Sports Business Summit, and confirmed that while there’s not yet a mechanism that allows for League games to be played in a foreign country, it is something he would like to explore.