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La Liga News: 19 November 2015; Luciano Vietto Set for Return, Espanyol Eyeing Victor Valdes

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Real Madrid feature: Ronaldo off form and Benitez under pressure - the season so far -
The first moment of reckoning has already arrived for Rafa Benitez at Real Madrid. After an unspectacular but steady start to the season, Los Blancos fell to their first defeat of the campaign at Sevilla recently and now need a reaction when it matters most - in the Clasico against Barcelona on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale miss out in stats-based El Clasico XI | Football News | Sky Sports
No Ronaldo. No Bale. So who does make the El Clasico combined XI according to the stats? There is arguably no bigger clash in world football than Real Madrid versus Barcelona, with the two giants of Spanish and indeed European football going head-to-head for the first time this season live on Sky Sports on Saturday.

Kun to replace Ronaldo at Madrid? | Football Espana
Real Madrid could look to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero if the Portuguese leaves Santiago Bernabeu, reports say. AS cites a story that appeared in Le10Sport that says Florentino Perez would attempt to realise his long-held dream of signing Kun if Ronaldo was to move on.

Navas expected back for Clasico | Football Espana
Real Madrid should have Keylor Navas in goal for El Clasico, although training sessions through the week will determine the goalkeeper’s fitness. Marca reports that the medical tests have been encouraging but not until Thursday will the Costa Rica international train fully.

Rafa Benitez under pressure at Real Madrid in Clasico - ESPN FC
Real Madrid host Barcelona for the season's first Clasico on Saturday. It's a pressure-cooker of an environment for players and coaches alike, but ahead of his debut match in charge of Los Blancos against their most bitter rivals, no one is feeling that heat more than Rafa Benitez.

Rafael Benitez under pressure at Real Madrid ahead of El Clasico | Sky Sports
Barcelona's first defeat of the season came on August 14th - an emphatic 4-0 Super Cup thrashing at the hands of Athletic Bilbao. Bayern Munich didn't even last that long. They were beaten in the German Super Cup on penalties by Wolfsburg on the first day of August. Chelsea lost the Community Shield to Arsenal the next day - the first of nine defeats so far this season for the English champions.

James dismisses fitness concerns | FourFourTwo
Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez has dismissed suggestions that he is not fully match fit ahead of this weekend's Liga showdown with Barcelona. The 24-year-old has featured just three times in all competitions for Madrid so far this term due to a muscular injury.

How James Rodriguez highlights Rafa's balance act predicament | FourFourTwo
A sizeable proportion of Real Madrid supporters are unhappy with Rafael Benitez. The local media have been heavily critical of the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss ever since his appointment in the summer, and Cristiano Ronaldo supposedly made his own feelings known to president Florentino Perez during the international break, with reports emerging on Monday that the Portuguese superstar had told the galactico-gatherer: "With this coach we will win nothing."

Tebas: Madrid right to ban Estelada | Football Espana
La Liga President Javier Tebas believes Real Madrid are right to ban Barcelona fans bringing Estelada flags to Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. The Estelada flag, a symbol of support for Catalan independence, has been a hot issue after Barca were fined for their display during Champions League games, and Madrid won’t allow them to be flown in the Clasico either.

Madrid scout Lucas Lima | Football Espana
A Real Madrid scout was present at Brazil’s World Cup 2018 qualification win over Peru with Lucas Lima the centre of attention, but it didn’t go to plan. The Santos midfielder is considered one of the best players currently in South America and AS reports Junior Calafat was present in Salvador for the 3-0 Brazil victory.

Luciano Vietto: Atletico Madrid return depends on Simeone - ESPN FC
Argentine forward Luciano Vietto said he is in form to play on Sunday for Atletico Madrid against Betis should coach Diego Simeone opt to use him. "I have found the rhythm and am up to the level of my teammates," Vietto said. "The rest will depend on the coach."

Deal close: West Ham set to sign Spanish goalkeeper | The Transfer Tavern
Spanish newspaper Estadio Deportivo state that following a trial the Premier League side will offer 17-year-old goalkeeper Pablo Vazquez a deal with the club. Vazquez has been plying his trade in La Liga side Sevilla and has been on trial with West Ham during the international break, where his impressive performances have given West Ham the opportunity to lure the youngster away from Spain.

Nolito ‘not re-signing until…’ | Football Espana
Nolito won’t confirm a new contract with Celta Vigo until an unnamed ‘detail’ in the deal is resolved, the Spain international has confirmed. Mundo Deportivo reports the forward, said to be on the January wish list of Barcelona Coach Luis Enrique, has made clear that the unspecified element is in effect a deal-breaker.

Valdes to Espanyol in January? | Football Espana
Victor Valdes could return to Spain after an unhappy spell at Manchester United with Espanyol touted as a possible destination. Valdes left Barcelona when his contract expired in the summer of 2014 and was carrying a serious knee injury at the time, eventually being given the chance by United manager and former Barca Coach Louis Van Gaal to sign up at Old Trafford.

Report: Barca scouting Stones | Football Espana
Barcelona reportedly had scouts in attendance at England’s friendly defeat to Spain, to watch Everton defender John Stones. The Telegraph claims the Catalans were represented in Alicante, but didn’t get to see the centre-back as he was left out and instead played at Wembley on Tuesday in the win over France.

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