Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk: Preview - ESPN FC
Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez is relishing the attacking options at his disposal as he prepares to launch the club's latest assault on Champions League glory. The Spaniards welcome Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk to the Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday evening in their opening Group A fixture, with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo in particular in the mood to terrorise opponents.
Real Madrid to join hunt for John Stones if Varane leaves - ESPN FC
Last week, Transfer Talk brought you the news that John Stones was happy to sign a new deal at Goodison Park, but only if a £38 million release clause was built into the new contract. That was clearly a move that would pave the way for the England international to make his much awaited move to Chelsea. Right?
Rafa Benitez: Cristiano Ronaldo may not be my best ever - Goal.com
"Ronaldo is an excellent player. One of the best players in his position," Benitez said. "I can't say if he's the best, because I coached a lot of good ones. But he's my player and at the moment he's the best in the world. I was lucky to see Di Stefano on the pitch, in person. He was a winner, as is Raul. And Ronaldo is a winner. If we look at the statistics, you can see the similarities."
Koke: We're prepared to play in a hostile enviornment - Inside Spanish Football
In his pre-match press conference alongside manager Diego Simeone, Koke feels that anyone could come out of their group as they are all quality team but feels that the atmosphere could give players such as Wesley Sneijder and Lukas Podolski a boost.
Valencia hosts Zenit in reunion of Mourinho students | Soccerlens
Andre Villas-Boas and Nuno Espirito Santo both experienced victory at the highest level under former boss Jose Mourinho. Now the Portuguese managers of Zenit St. Petersburg and Valencia will face off as their teams start their Champions League campaigns on Wednesday. Zenit's Villas-Boas was an assistant to Mourinho when the current Cheslea manager guided FC Porto to the Champions League title in 2004.
Match Report - R Vallecano 1 - 3 Deportivo | Sky Sports
Striker Lucas Perez wrapped up a comfortable first Primera Division victory of the season as Deportivo la Coruna brushed 10-man Rayo Vallecano aside. Lucas struck just after the hour to cement a 3-1 win at the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas after Celso Borges and Luis Alberto had scored for the visitors either side of Adri Embarba's equaliser before half-time.