Rafa Benitez isn’t boring – he’s actually doing better than Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid - Eurosport British
On the face of it, Real Madrid’s decision to sack Carlo Ancelotti and appoint Rafa Benitez was a bemusing one. The Italian boss landed the club’s 10th European title and took them to within two points of their 33rd La Liga title in his final year at the helm, scoring more goals (118) than any other side and the most in a single league season since the 2011/12 campaign, a record set by Madrid (121). However, a failure to land any silverware effectively cost Ancelotti his job at the Bernabeu.
Benzema in Real Madrid squad for Clasico - Benitez - Goal.com
Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez confirmed Karim Benzema is fit for Saturday’s top of the table La Liga clash against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu. The French striker has been missing since sustaining a hamstring injury while on international duty in October, but trained with his team-mates on Thursday.
Cristiano Ronaldo centre-forward role for Real questioned - ESPN FC
Former Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster says that Cristiano Ronaldo's current position as a centre-forward makes it easier for opposition defences to control him. Ronaldo has 13 goals in 15 games for Madrid this season, but has not yet hit the heights of previous campaign, and failed to find the target in poor recent Blancos performances against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and Sevilla in La Liga.
Cristiano Ronaldo at right age to consider options - Laporta - ESPN FC
"I am not surprised by all that is happening," Laporta said. "I think that Cristiano is at his peak and so these questions should come up. "The market is at a very good moment because of all the money that has come into the Premier League and that could attract even more sponsors.
Navas stars as Bale struggles: Real Madrid's best & worst so far this season - Goal.com
Real Madrid hit a stumbling block before the international break as it lost to Sevilla 3-2 at the Sanchez Pizjuan. It was the first defeat of the Rafa Benitez era and leaves Los Blancos three points behind Barcelona ahead of the Clasico clash at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.
Gareth Bale 'fit and ready' for Real Madrid v Barcelona | Sky Sports
Bale has been struggling with a calf problem since October; a recurrence of an injury which had sidelined him earlier in the season for nearly three weeks. The Wales international has played in just seven of 15 matches for Madrid this season due to the ongoing problem, which saw him miss his country's friendly with the Netherlands last week.
Report: Atleti back in for Gaitan | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid will resurrect their interest in Benfica’s Nico Gaitain next summer, it’s claimed, and Guilherme Siqueira could go the other way. AS cites a report from Cadena SER which says Diego Simeone hasn’t forgotten about Gaitan, having wanted him for this season before Benfica’s price tag saw Atleti back away.
Manchester City fan gets 2-year ban for violence vs. Sevilla - ESPN FC
Spanish authorities say they have moved to ban a Manchester City fan from sporting events in Spain for two years after he attacked a police officer in a Champions League game this month. Spain's anti-violence commission said on Thursday that the fan, who was not immediately identified by authorities, will also be fined €6,000 ($6,400) for his actions at the Nov. 3 group-stage match in Sevilla.
Usami in, Yoel out at Valencia? | Football Espana
Goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez has left Valencia to join Rayo Vallecano on loan while Los Che are linked with Japan midfielder Takashi Usami. AS reports Yoel’s move to Vallecas as cover for Tono, who has suffered a long-term injury.