A Real disaster: Madrid gift Barcelona the title to leave Ancelotti on the brink - Goal.com
It's all over bar the shouting. Real Madrid's hopes of winning La Liga went up in smoke on a hot and humid Saturday evening as Carlo Ancelotti's side was held at home by Valencia. But it really shouldn't have come to this. Madrid's 2-2 draw against Valencia last season dashed dreams of claiming the Primera Division crown in Ancelotti's first season at the club and a repeat result this time around means Barcelona now needs only one win from its two remaining games to claim the title.
Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia: Hosts fall four points behind Barca despite late rally | Sky Sports Football
Two goals in seven minutes from Paco Alcacer and Javi Fuego put Champions League-chasing Valencia in the driving seat, while Real's misery was compiled when Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in a lively first half at the Bernabeu. Real regrouped in the second half as Pepe headed home to halve the deficit and a sensational long-range Isco strike drew them level in the closing stages but Carlo Ancelotti's side could not find a winner.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti expects La Liga strike action to be averted | Sky Sports
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says he expects strike action to be averted in Spanish football, after the prospect became very real this week. The LFP and Spain's football federation (RFEF) have been involved in a disagreement with the government on a new law on collective bargaining for TV rights.
Rafael Nadal tells Real Madrid fans: Stop blaming Casillas! - Goal.com
Nadal has now leapt to the defense of the club captain, insisting he deserves better treatment from supporters. "Iker is not to blame for the goals," the 14-time Grand Slam winner - who attended the clash after reaching the 94th final of his career at the Madrid Open - told reporters. "What seems to have happened is the public is just too demanding.
Casillas condemns Madrid fans? | Football Espana
The veteran goalkeeper was forced to bear the wrath of the Santiago Bernabeu faithful, who blamed him for both of Los Che’s goals and consequently sent jeers in his direction for over an hour. According to Cadena Cope, the 33-year-old was less than impressed with the fans’ conduct and raised his hand towards those behind his goal as a sign of irritation on a couple of occasions.
Madrid's Toni Kroos tells fans not to worry after injury - ESPN FC
Toni Kroos has played down fears that he could miss Real Madrid's Champions League semifinal second leg against Juventus at the Bernabeu on Wednesday after suffering an injury in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Valencia. Germany international Kroos was substituted after 25 minutes, leaving the pitch appearing to hold his thigh, and was replaced by Asier Illarramendi.
Gareth Bale will be better than Cristiano Ronaldo... once his Real Madrid team-mates start passing to him more - European - Football - The Independent
An intriguing excuse for Bale's below-par performances has been put forward by his agent Jonathan Barnett, which if resolved will make his client the best player at Real Madrid. "Real have to work with Gareth and pass the ball to him more," Barnett is quoted as saying in the Telegraph. "Give him more of the ball and let him show everybody what he's good at."
Atlético Madrid suffer blow in efforts to secure top three finish | Eurosport
Atletico Madrid suffered a blow in their efforts to secure a top three finish by failing to overcome a defensively stubborn Levante side. Diego Simeone fielded a full-strength side for the game in Valencia, with Antoine Griezmann partnering Mario Mandzukic up front, but found themselves behind after 32 minutes when David Barral scored the opener for Levante.
Spanish side Valencia ready to fight for Ghanaian youngster Bernard Mensah
Los Che were first linked with the 20-year-old in December last year and have submitted a proposal to bring him to the Mestalla Stadium at end of the season. But they must fend off competition from Manchester United, who sent scouts to watch him last week, Inter Milan and Monaco.
Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Deportivo | Sky Sports Football
Alberto Lopo scored with the last kick of the match as Deportivo La Coruna snatched a dramatic 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao which gives them a fighting chance of escaping the bottom three in the Primera Division. The visitors trailed to Aritz Aduriz's goal for much of the contest but Lopo's header three minutes into stoppage-time sparked wild celebrations among the visiting players.
Eibar 0 Espanyol 2: Sergio Garcia and Christian Stuani give visitors victory | Sky Sports Football
Sergio Garcia opened the scoring against the run of play for the visitors in the 29th minute after a frantic goalmouth scramble, before Christian Stuani wrapped up the win on the hour mark with a fine individual effort. Defeat means Eibar remain a point and a place above the drop zone with two games left, but they have now lost 15 of their last 18 matches since they were in eighth place on January 10.
Is former Manchester United boss David Moyes underachieving at Real Sociedad? | Football News | Sky Sports
The former Manchester United and Everton manager is now six months into the 18-month contract he signed when he succeeded Jagoba Arrasate at the Anoeta in November, at which point La Real were in danger of becoming embroiled in a relegation battle having taken just nine points from their first 11 games.