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La Liga News: 5 November 2015; Valencia Shocked by Gent, Karim Benzema Appears Before Judge

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Madrid rides its luck - but will have to defend much better in the Clasico -
Talk about riding your luck. Real Madrid was so outclassed in the first 45 minutes against Paris Saint-Germain that it could have been three or four down at the break. Instead, however, Madrid went in a goal up and held on for what had looked an improbable victory. Against Barcelona in the Clasico, it will need to do better than this.

Benzema ‘admits Valbuena involvement’ | Football Espana
Reports from France claim Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has admitted to a judge his involvement in alleged blackmail of Mathieu Valbuena. SportYou cites French publication L’Equipe as reporting Benzema confirmed in court he was involved in attempts to extort money from fellow France international Valbuena.

Real Madrid have offered 40 million for Biglia - agent |
Real Madrid have offered 40 million euros to sign Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia, according to the player’s agent, Daniel Piconcelli. Biglia has been a Los Blancos target since he was playing at Anderlecht. The Argentinian spent some successful years in Belgium and became one of the most sought-after defensive midfielders in Europe.

Inter send scout to watch Real Madrid starlet - GazzettaWorld
Inter’s interest in Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez remains concrete after the Nerazzurri sent a scout to watch the Spaniard on Tuesday night. The 22-year-old started for Los Blancos as they secured a 1-0 victory over PSG in the Champions League, a result that sees them secure a place in the knockout stage of the competition.

Angel Di Maria says he was sold by Real Madrid 'to cover costs' | Football News | Sky Sports
Angel Di Maria says Real Madrid sold him to Manchester United to cover their costs after signing James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos last summer. The Argentine, now at Paris Saint-Germain, was signed by Louis van Gaal for a British-record £59.7m, but struggled at Old Trafford before a £44.3m sale this summer.

Gent beat Valencia to claim historic first win -
Gent claimed a famous first victory in the UEFA Champions League to move to within two points of second-placed Valencia in Group H. In a section dominated by a Zenit side who qualified tonight, Hein Vanhaezebrouck's spirited competition debutants made their mark thanks to Sven Kums's cool-headed penalty four minutes into the second half.

Nuno angry after Valencia suffer Champions League defeat to Gent | Sky Sports
A 49th-minute penalty from Sven Kums secured a first-ever victory in the competition for the Belgians and kept them in contention to qualify from Group H. Valencia could have booked their place in the last 16 with victory but managed just one shot on target in a below-par performance.

Torres out, Xhaka in at Atleti? | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres is reported by the Turkish Press to be the ‘top priority’ transfer for Galatasaray. AS cites reports from Fotomac that claim Gala want to partner Torres with Lukas Poldolski, and are encouraged by the fact that Torres’ current Atletico deal ends next summer and there’s been no movement towards a renewal.

Villarreal travelling party to Minsk announced - Villarreal USA
I am expecting to see Iñiguez and Ruiz in central defense, maybe with Jokic and Rukavina; Barbosa in goal; and some combination of Nahuel, Samu C, Samu G, Soldado, Trigueros and Pina ahead of them.

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