Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kaka & Cristiano Ronaldo Aiming To Make Real Madrid History

Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo want to help write a new chapter in Real Madrid's history books and believe that winning the Champions League this season would be a start.

The duo joined the club for a combined total of €161 million in the summer and are seen as the key sources of attacking flair this season.

Kaka was keen to remind Los Merengues that winning the Champions League is not a right and requires hard work and a little bit of luck.

"I am proud to be part of this team. We want to win and make Real Madrid history, but we must take things slowly and calmly," he told the club's official website.

"It isn't easy to win the Champions League. People are talking about it as if we had already won it; the team still has to grow and improve on many things. We dream about playing the final at our stadium."

Ronaldo agreed, telling fans that realism must play a part as becoming kings of Europe will not be easy.

"The fans' euphoria concerning the new project is normal, but just as Kaka has said, we have to take things slowly and focus on each match at a time," he explained.

"We want to win, but success doesn't come from one day to the next. We have to remain calm and build a proper team. I think we have chances to win, but we must take things slowly and work hard. That's what's most important."

Real are challenged at the Bernabeu by Olympique de Marseille in Matchday 2 of the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

Sevilla Must Put Rangers Before Real Madrid - Andres Palop

Andres Palop believes that Sevilla must forget all about playing Real Madrid at the weekend and focus only on beating Rangers at Ibrox in midweek.

The Spain international goalkeeper admits that the media and fans are talking about the match against Los Merengues, but he thinks that Champions League outing is more important.

Sevilla take on Rangers on Tuesday night and Pelop is desperate to help the Andalucian outfit secure their second win of the group stage.

"We must beat Rangers at Ibrox to ensure we get a foot in the knockout rounds of the Champions League," he was quoted as saying by The Daily Record.

"We know we are the favourites in our group but now we have to prove it on the field. We have two away games now - against Rangers and Stuttgart - and we expect to win both of them. Our mindset is to play a good game in Scotland. We will give everything and we are very motivated.

"We know the match will be difficult because Rangers are a team that presses the ball a lot. But we know how to cause them harm," he added.

"Everybody in Spain wants to speak about playing Real Madrid and it is a game we are relishing.

"But we don't play them until Sunday. Right now we are trying only to think about Rangers. As of Wednesday, we will have enough time to focus and prepare for Real, for Kaka and for Ronaldo.

"Just now it has to be Rangers, Rangers, Rangers. We have come to Glasgow to win and we don't want to go home disappointed."

Palop was a key figure in Sevilla's back-to back UEFA Cup wins under Juande Ramos and has particularly fond memories of beating Espanyol at Hampden Park in 2007.

"I consider Glasgow my second home, because it has so many special memories for me," he continued.

"I saved the crucial penalty in the shoot-out against Espanyol to help us win the UEFA Cup and that will live with me for the rest of my life.

"I'm so happy to be back here with the best Sevilla team in history. We are playing at an incredibly high level at the moment and the only thing on our minds is winning the match in Glasgow.

"Our recent results in La Liga have been fantastic, yet it is still possible for us to improve.

"I believe it is time for Barcelona and Real Madrid to start taking us seriously because we have already demonstrated we are just as good as them.

"Our first game of the season when we lost against Valencia was a blip but now you are seeing the real Sevilla. We have won five games in a row.

"It will take another exceptional performance to win at Ibrox. Rangers are poor when they travel to another city but they are very strong in Glasgow.

"But if we play to our top level then we will win the match. It's as simple as that."

Drenthe battling for Real Madrid stay

Royston Drenthe is battling for his future at Real Madrid.

The Holland international angered management with his ugly challenge on Tenerife's Marc Bertran in Saturday's win, particularly after all the publicity that came from Pepe's brain explosion last season.

Sport says both Real GM Jorge Valdano and coach Manuel Pellegrini do not regard Drenthe as a long-term prospect and his actions on the weekend will only hasten his departure.

Rummenigge: Champions League failure will mean total defeat for Real Madrid

Bayern Munich supremo Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says failure to win the Champions League this season by Real Madrid should be regarded as TOTAL DEFEAT.

“If they don't win the Champions it will be a defeat in every sense," said Rummenigge.

"Everybody knows how much they have spent and the players that are in that team, so Real are the absolute favourites in this competition."

Mystery sorcerer threatens fitness of Real Madrid star Ronaldo

A mystery sorcerer has been hired to use his powers to bring injury to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo!

Sport says the magician, who prefers to remain anonymous, has already made Real Madrid aware of the situation through a letter.

He told Sport: "I am not antimadridista. I have nothing against this great club. I am a professional and paid very well for using my powers.

"I've been hired to make Cristiano Ronaldo suffer a serious injury. I cannot say what the injury will be, but he will be sidelined for longer than he is playing.

"The person who hired me is personally acquainted with the famous footballer."

Real Madrid Star Kaka: AC Milan Needed To Sell Me

Real Madrid ace Kaka has given the reasons behind his summer exit from AC Milan.

The Brazilian maestro is enjoying life at the Bernabeu, and he talked about his San Siro exit claiming it was the club who were keen on the sale.

"My sale was necessary for the club. I always left it up to the club in terms of whether to sell me or not," Kaka told Sky Sport Italia.

"When I returned to Milanello, all the fans cheered me, shouting my name. They understood the reason as to why I left. In the end, the truth always comes out."

The Rossoneri clash with Kaka and his Real Madrid team-mates on October 21 when they travel to the Bernabeu in matchday three of the Champions League.

Marseille Must Get Physical Against Real Madrid - Fernando Morientes

Marseille striker Fernando Morientes says that his side must be prepared to get physical with Real Madrid when the two sides meet in the UEFA Champions League at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

Morientes, who won the competition three times during eight seasons with Los Merengues, says he knows what it takes to win at the Bernabeu and insists his team-mates must not be fearful playing in front of an 80,000 strong crowd.

"Eighty per cent of our team doesn't know what it is like to play at the Bernabeu. That is the biggest disadvantage we have. We must erase this image, clear the mind of these details," the 33-year-old told AS.

"I know there are players who visited the Bernabeu and acknowledged an inferiority complex. I know they feel like they are in the skin of young soldiers when they face the Galacticos.

"We must impose our physical presence, put the foot in and make them respect us, that will complicate life [for Madrid]. It is assumed they have the best players in the world so when a team has so much talent you must resort to physical tactics to gain respect."
LONDON – After five wins in five league games, a 5-2 away victory in the Champions League and Cristiano Ronaldo's five goals in four games, it looks like Real Madrid's offseason spending spree was worth it.
The Spanish football giant went deeply into debt to sign Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso for about $360 million, figuring it was the most effective way to try to take both the domestic and European titles away from rival Barcelona.
Real Madrid's Kaka from Brazil, second left, is greeted by teammates ...

With UEFA warning that clubs that go heavily into debt to buy players might eventually be stripped of their licenses, Madrid's timing appeared ideal.
Even though it has seemingly bottomless credit limits from banks who dare not say "No" to one of the game's most famous clubs, Madrid has announced plans to reduce its debt on a steady basis over the next few years. It hopes it can eventually satisfy UEFA's insistence that clubs must break even on soccer-related business by 2012.
It is a calculated gamble, the sort Real Madrid has been famous for over 50 years of winning titles.
If Madrid gets close to that break even figure, surely European football's governing body wouldn't dare punish the club which has won its biggest competition the most times. While Real Madrid has done well out of the European Cup — now the Champions League — the Spanish club's tradition of buying the biggest stars has also lifted the profile of UEFA's own competition.
By 2012, Madrid hopes to have won at least one Spanish title and a Champions League to justify spending that director general Jorge Valdano says is just the Real Madrid way.
"Real Madrid is the world's richest club," Valdano said after one of the signings. "This is a team that can't aspire to be in the middle, it's a team that historically has always aspired to lead and it's impossible to aspire to lead without the best players in the world."
So far, the gamble appears to have worked.
Although the arrival of such big names inevitably put pressure on them and the club, Madrid has had a near perfect start.
The team is neck-and-neck with Barcelona at the top of the standings and only leads its rival by virtue of conceding one goal fewer. Both clubs have won their first five games and, although it is early, it's difficult to see the title going to one of their rivals.
On Wednesday, Madrid hopes to follow up its 5-2 victory at FC Zurich with another Group C victory over Marseille, this time at home. The triumph in Zurich also included two trademark free kick goals from Ronaldo, who moved from Manchester United for $131 million, a fee that broke the record Madrid had just paid for Kaka.
Although Madrid has sold Dutch players Arjen Robben, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Wesley Sneijder to reduce its huge squad, it still has plans to buy Franck Ribery from Bayern Munich if the German club ever decides to sell the France winger.
That transfer, if it happens, won't be before the January transfer window. By then Real Madrid should have a good idea where its season is going.
It should have reached the knockout phase of the Champions League and know its opponent in the last 16. It will be well aware what it needs to do to take the Spanish league title away from Barcelona.
If the first few weeks are a guide, then the big spending — no matter how outrageous it looks to clubs who struggle to stay in business — will satisfy the Madrid fans' clamor for titles.
And, while rivals will complain and say that Madrid is only buying those titles, they might also look on with envious eyes and wonder why they didn't take the same gamble.

Pepe: Real Madrid’s Ronaldo Is Better Than

Pepe believes that Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is a better player than Barcelona star Lionel Messi because he has more aspects to his game.
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With both Ronaldo and Messi constantly being compared in the Spanish media, Pepe has waded into the debate and sided with his fellow Portugal international."Cristiano Ronaldo is better because he is capable of scoring goals with his head, with both feet and from free kicks, as well as creating goals," he told Marca.
"He is a spectacular player, able to incredible things. He has a great desire to win and he his going to help us a lot."
Reflecting on his ten-match ban and the incident that led to the punishment, Pepe admits that he has learned from it.
"What I did was wrong, but I served my suspension and all I want to do now is work hard and help my team. I was happy to return and I am now eager to do my very best," he continued.
"My friends and family gave me their full support. They know what kind of guy I am and I am grateful. I know I have a lot to learn, but I have apologized for what I did."

MADRID, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Real Madrid will be without injured midfielder Lassana Diarra for the visit of Olympique Marseille in Champions League Group C on Wednesday. The France international has a shoulder complaint, joining striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and defenders Alvaro Arbeloa and Christoph Metzelder on the injury list. Coach Manuel Pellegrini’s main problem could be at right back because Sergio Ramos was named in the squad despite not being 100 percent fit. With Arbeloa ruled out, if Ramos also failed to recover, Raul Albiol could be asked to deputise in an unfamiliar position on the right of the defence. Group leaders Real, who face third-placed Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday, play Marseille at the Bernabeu on Wednesday (1845 GMT).

MADRID, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Real Madrid will be without injured midfielder Lassana Diarra for the visit of Olympique Marseille in Champions League Group C on Wednesday.
The France international has a shoulder complaint, joining striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and defenders Alvaro Arbeloa and Christoph Metzelder on the injury list.

Coach Manuel Pellegrini’s main problem could be at right back because Sergio Ramos was named in the squad despite not being 100 percent fit.
With Arbeloa ruled out, if Ramos also failed to recover, Raul Albiol could be asked to deputise in an unfamiliar position on the right of the defence.
Group leaders Real, who face third-placed Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday, play Marseille at the Bernabeu on Wednesday (1845 GMT).

Alonso: Real Madrid Can Win The Champions League

Xabi Alonso is confident that Real Madrid can conquer Europe this term and win the Champions League trophy for the tenth time in a final that will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The former Liverpool playmaker recognised that the path for Los Merengues will be tough because of the level of opposition that they are likely to face on the way.

Alonso believes that the squad will raise their game and the fact that the prize at the end would mean a party at home is even more of a reason to progress.

"I think we can win. It is very hard to win the Champions League because you always end up facing complicated opponents along the way," he was quoted as saying by the club's official website.

"I think it's possible for us to win if we stay focused and have a little luck. The fact that the final will take place at the Bernabeu motivates us even more."

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Olympique Marseille Defender Gabriel Heinze Nervous Ahead Of Real Madrid Clash

Former Real Madrid defender Gabriel Heinze has admitted that he has a tough task ahead of him on Wednesday night when Olympique Marseille face los Blancos at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Heinze will come up against Cristiano Ronaldo, with whom he played alongside during their time together at Manchester United, and the Argentine told the French club's official website that he cannot afford to lose his concentration.

"Cristiano is a player with so many qualities that it is difficult to talk about advice," he mused.

"I can be given all the advice in the world, but if you lose concentration for even a second against him, he will punish you."

It is not only those on the pitch that concern Heinze, as the defender has also witnessed the Bernabeu crowd on numerous occasions when he turned out for los Merengues. Now on the opposite side, he has warned his team-mates that the Madrid public will make it difficult for OM.

"There is always a good atmosphere - not only in the Champions League but also in the league. There is huge pressure on their opponents."


After Cristiano Ronaldo showed his frustration at being substituted for Real Madrid against both Tenerife and Xerez, his team-mate Gonzalo Higuain has explained that it was a spur of the moment reaction and the whole team understands the need for squad rotation.

"The coach [Manuel Pellegrini] is taking the decision to make changes, which is good in my opinion," Higuain told Marca.

"You suffer [physically] most at the end of the season, so he is doing them now because he has the squad to do so. Every player wants to play, but I haven't seen Cristiano angry."

Despite an impressive season last year, in which he scored 22 league goals, Higuain has not seen as much playing time this campaign as he would have wished. However, the Argentine is not worried and insists he is happy to be part of the squad.

"I'm fine, working in every training session with the desire to play. I'm one more [member] of the squad, I'm doing my best and I feel like I have the confidence of my coach and my team-mates. All I have to do is keep working in order to try and play more.

"We are all important. We are rotating a lot and we will all have our opportunities, so we must all feel wanted when our time comes."

Morientes: Raul Is An Institution At Real Madrid

Former Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes has stated in a recent interview that the Spanish club may never find another player of the quality of forward Raul.

The striker broke Los Blancos’ appearance record by featuring in the 3-0 victory against Tenerife on Saturday evening and Morientes, who has now joined Ligue 1 side Marseille, believes that his former club may never see another player of the class of the inspirational captain.
AS reports that the ex-Liverpool and Monaco striker said this of his former colleague, “Raul truly is the biggest Galactico. By what he means to the club and everything he stands for, he is an institution and a symbol.
“They should enjoy it, because another Raul is difficult to envisage.”
Furthermore, Morientes commented that the Spanish side has found the missing link of their line-up in the form of midfielder Xabi Alonso.
He said of his former team-mate, “I played alongside him and I know that he will give the club what they were missing, which is organisation and direction.”
Morientes faces Real Madrid with his new club this week, as Marseille travel to the Bernabeu in the Champions League.

Sponsorship extended

Real Madrid extends shirt deal with bwin
Real Madrid and bwin announced on Monday the extension of the shirt sponsorship deal through 2013.
The event took place in the Presidential Balcony of the Santiago Bernabeu and was attended by club president Florentino Perez, Director General Jorge Valdano, Sporting Director Miguel Pardeza and several members of the team including Raul, Guti, Casillas and Sergio Ramos. Co-Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Executive Board, Mr. Manfred Bodner attended on behalf of bwin.


Florentino Perez:
"I am happy to announce that Real Madrid will have bwin as a partner for another three years. bwin is a loyal partner which understands sport and especially football, which values quality and singularity and which knows how to profit from the emotion generated by Real Madrid throughout the world."

Manfred Bodner:
"We are proud to sponsor the greatest football club in the world. bwin and Real Madrid are linked by much more than just a sponsorship commitment lasting several years. A huge passion for football and for sports in general are just a few of the points that form the basis for the lasting and successful collaboration between us. We are convinced that in the next few years Real Madrid will continue to add to its incomparable history with a tenth Champions League title."

Players warn of upcoming challenge

Benzema, Pepe and Drenthe are cautious of OIympique de Marseille
Several Real Madrid players commented on their upcoming Champions League opponent, Olympique de Marseille.
“It will be nice to play against a French team, especially one of the country's best.”
 Benzema, durante el partido

“Marseille players aren't well-known here, but I have told my teammates that they are all very good and that we have to stay alert. They have a new coach who signed a lot of good players and their defense is very solid.”

“Marseille are a tough, aggressive team that will try to leave Madrid with points. We must focus on our game if we are to win. We will have a lot going for us if we play like we did in Zurich.”

“I saw Marseille play last week and they have fast players who can create a lot of danger, but we get to play at the Bernabeu, where visiting teams don't have it easy.”

Good times for Higuain

“I'm very proud of being called-up by the national team”
Maradona has called-up Higuain for the first time. The Argentinean forward declared feeling proud of it but will remain focused on Real Madrid until his debut with the national team.
You’re not upset despite not enjoying many minutes of play. However, Cristiano doesn’t look very happy whenever he is substituted.
I take those things easy. Any player likes to play, but there’s no need to be upset.

How are you feeling?
I’m fine. I’m working as hard as any other member of the squad. I sense the coach and the team have confidence in me, so I have to keep on working hard to be able to play games.

You’ve finally been called-up by Argentina.
 I’m very happy. Right now I’m focused on Real Madrid games and then I’ll think about my national team. I am very proud. I’ve worked very hard to get there.

Real Madrid showcase tremendous fire power but their level of play isn't convincing. Why?
There are many new players, so it’s just a matter of time. The best thing is that we’re scoring many goals and that we aren’t conceding any. The rest will come in due time. This team has enough quality to showcase good football.

They say Florentino Perez has received a letter from a warlock.
I don’t believe in witches, so I’m not scared.

What’s your opinion on players making ugly fouls on Messi without being booked? And what about Drenthe receiving just a yellow card for his tackle? 
Those are decisions made by referees. I can’t intervene. It wasn’t Royston’s intention to injure anyone. It’s a pity because we are all colleagues. I hope he recovers soon.

Does Pellegrini want forwards to do anything special when defending?
Forwards are the first defensive line. He asks us to pressure the opponent's defense and to be mobile.

The four forwards overlapped each other against Tenerife. Isn't it better to postion one of them towards the midfield?
It seemed so in the first half. This is going to improve, but those are coaching decisions. We didn’t play as we intended, but at least we won.

Do you think you can be a starter?
We’re rotating a lot and we’ll all have our chance to feel important at some point or another.

The team trained after having the official photo taken
Real Madrid began preparations for Marseille on Monday after the official team photo was taken. Following Pellegrini's team chat, Arbeloa, Metzelder and Van Nistelrooy returned to the gym and were accompanied by Guti, Kaka and Lass. Real Madrid Castilla's Ruben Ramos was also on hand.

Ramos, Pepe, Benzema y Cristiano Ronaldo
Following their routine warmup jog, the squad was put through an obstacle course that began with hurdles and ended with ball drills desgined to improve control and passing. Rather than participating alongside their teammates, Pepe, Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema contiunued jogging around the training fields.

Arbeloa (sprained right knee), Metzelder (Grade I tear to the right soleus) and Van Nistelrooy (Grade I rectus femoris injury) worked out in the gym and were joined by Kaka, Lass and Guti.

Real Madrid 2009/10 official team photo

Cristiano Ronaldo y Kaká
A squad ready to make history posed at Valdebebas
Florentino Perez, Alfredo di Stefano, Jorge Valdano, coach Manuel Pellegrini and assistant coach Ruben Cousillas posed alongside the squad for the 2009/10 official team photo at Real Madrid City. The players and coaching staff also had their individual photos taken.

Guti was the first player to be photographed individually and Raul closed the session. In between, all members of the squad and coaching staff had their turn amidst smiles and jokes. Marcelo’s photo took a bit longer than the rest because Cristiano and Pepe kept teasing him. The new signings also had a photo taken with their new Madridista Fan Club Cards.

One of the highlights of the day was Alfredo di Stefano’s photo with Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo. The most solemn moment came when Florentino Perez arrived and took part in the official team photo. Raul posed to the right of the President, Guti to the left of Di Stefano and Manuel Pellegrini took the central spot. The photographer left aside the traditional ‘cheese!’ and asked them to smile for the Club's tenth European Cup instead.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Manuel Pellegrini Praises Kaka In Real Madrid Win

Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with the contribution from Kaka after his introduction at half-time guided Real Madrid to a 3-0 win over Tenerife at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos looked below-par in the first half but after the former AC Milan maestro's introduction, he imposed his influence on the match and also got his name on the scoresheet.

Karim Benzema had earlier notched a crucial double, and Pellegrini was quick to admit that influence of Kaka.

He said, "It is not a mystery that Kaka changes the way that the side plays. We tried to remove him from the side because we have Champions League fixture in midweek, but we did not play well in the first half.

However we played far better in the second period, we created space and had good chances. I am pleased with the win."

Pellegrini also admitted that he was happy with the current form of the players, but that his side will eventually lose, and that he is already looking forward to some of the bigger fixtures in the campaign.

He commented in the post match press conference, "Eventually, we will lose. We will see how the side responds against some of our stronger rivals."

Pellegrini post-match comments

"We net more than three goals on average per clash and we are the least scored-upon team"

Manuel Pellegrini was proud of his men's performance.

Cristiano and Granero seemed annoyed about being replaced...
It's not important. No player in the world likes to be replaced. The coach has to decide what's best for the team and the players must comply. It isn't a problem.

Why was there such a difference between both parts of the game? Was it because of the changes you made?
The first half was very bad in general and the substitutions naturally helped. Kaka and Guti are playing very well and it seemed logical that the team would score with them. We are playing too many consecutive games and we know Kaka influences our performances heavily, but we tried to resolve the match without him because we have a Champions League clash on Wednesday.

Is the Lass-Xabi Alonso pairing necessary? The team played better with Alonso on his own in that position...
There are many ways of playing a game; it all depends on the clash itself. It has nothing to do with individual players.

The fans seem to think the team's game should be better...
The team is still working on many aspects of the game. We are improving on many of them. We've scored 16 goals so far, more than three on average per clash. We are also the least scored-upon team. We have to improve on several things, but I think we are on the right track regarding others.

What did you think of Tenerife?
I thought they were a very good team. They've been playing together for a long time. I told my men they weren't going to focus simply on defending. We were better in the second half and I believe we deserved to win.
 the team's muscle injuries worry you?
Ramos shouldn't have played against Villarreal; his debut had been planned to be tonight, but Garay's injury complicated things. We knew Ramos could experience problems if he played two games in four days. I hope it isn't serious.

Pepe happy with his return "I wish to thank those who stood by me" Pepe was extremely happy with his return in La Liga.

I am very happy about making my debut this season. I wish to thank those who stood by me. Tonight's game was good. We did well and sentenced the match in the second half."

"We will play many games this season and the coach will allow all of us to play. Every player will be important. Things didn't work out in the first half, so the coach made two changes to help the team keep possession more. We should just think of our game and forget about Barcelona. Real Madrid is always the top team to defeat. Our opponents are always motivated against us. That's the main difference."

"We have quality players in attack capable of deciding a game. We are all happy with their goals. We should strive to always have a strong start to a match and keep the pace up throughout the entire 90 minutes of play. The better we attack, the better we'll defend."

"I'm still the same, aggressive player. I am very professional and I will defend Real Madrid until the day I leave the Club. I will always be excited about playing and will take every game very seriously. The support I received from my family, my wife and my friends was very important."

"I'd rather play as a centre back than as a central midfielder. I played in midfield a lot in Portugal and I do so on the national team, so the coach has now asked me to play in that position here. I'm not really used to it. The match against Sevilla will be difficult. It's a tough away clash following the one against Villarreal."

Ramos was strained in the game

"I have to take things easy after two games in order to be in optimum form for the Champions League game"

Sergio Ramos strained his left hamstring muscles in the match against Tenerife.

“My injury isn't very serious, but we have to be cautious. I missed most of the preseason, which makes it harder for me to catch up to the rest of the team’s pace. I have to take it easy after two games in order to be in optimum form for the Champions League match.”

”This was my second game. I was very happy to come back against Xerez. I am very happy about the new project and the fans prove their excitement and show their affection in every game.”

”It’s too soon to celebrate anything in La Liga because there are many games left, but we’ve had a phenomenal start, scoring many goals and conceding none. We will continue to improve and we’ll try to break records.”

"We should be happy because we've won all of our games so far"

Director General and Presidential Aide Jorge Valdano analysed the clash with Tenerife on RealmadridTV.

"We continue to defend well despite certain uncertainty we felt against Tenerife. The team is gradually coming together. We should be happy and optimistic because we've won all of our games so far, and we've played three in the last week. The team dribbles the ball well and the players have been playing together now for some time. You can tell they understand each other. We lost control of the game in the first half because of the exhaustion felt after so many consecutive clashes."

"Iker Casillas has saved many chances. He had hardly had a chance to do much until tonight, which is a shame because he is the best goalkeeper in the world. Kaka is an unusual player that boosts the team's quality. He makes it easier for us to score. Benzema has scored three goals in five games and his strikes against Tenerife deserve praise. They are typical of consolidated strikers and he is just 20 years old. He will surely make the fans very happy."

"Our next opponents are Olympique Marseille and Sevilla. Both games will be complicated and we will be even more concentrated in them. We will try to make progress."

real madrid vs tenerife highlights

Goal shower in fifth consecutive victory

Real Madrid 3-0 Tenerife

Fifth consecutive victory for the Whites in La Liga this evening by defeating Tenerife 3-0 at the Bernabeu. Benzema (2) and Kaka were the goal-scorers. Tenerfe fought hard and proved they may be an important side this year.

Manuel Pellegrini applied his rotation system again and benched Kaka in favour of Granero, given that the Brazilian was the only player who had been a starter in all of the team's previous games. Pepe returned to the starting lineup in La Liga after a ten-match suspension. Alonso also made his return after recovering from his recent injury.

Tenerife looked to keep possession from the start and tried to thwart the Whites' game. The locals found it hard to connect amongst each other in the first half despite Granero and Ronaldo's frequent ventures in attack. Drenthe had the first chance on goal with a hard shot from outside the box on the 2-minute mark. On the other hand, Tenerife grew increasingly dangerous and had several chances on Casillas' goal.

The visiting side always looked for striker Nino to finish off their plays, but they never managed to surprise pepe and Albiol in defence. Real Madrid began to prove dangerous half an hour into the game, when Cristiano shot on target from one of the far corners of the box. His shot was cleared by the keeper and Raul failed to finish off the play (27’). Benzema had a great run down the left wing and shot on goal, but the ball was cleared by the keeper.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Manuel Pellegrini calls up 19 men for Tenerife

El centrocampista podría volver a jugar ante el Tenerife este sábado
Shortly after holding Friday's press conference, Manuel Pellegrini made public Real Madrid's squad list for Saturday's match against Tenerife. Xabi Alonso has been called up after missing the last two league games due to injury and Pepe is back after serving his suspension. Not on the list are Metzelder, Van Nistelrooy, both of whom are injured, Van der Vaart or Antonio Adan.
Goalkeepers: Casillas, Dudek.
Defenders Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Drenthe, Albiol, Garay.
Midfielders: Gago, Lass, Diarra, Kaka, Guti, Xabi Alonso, Granero.
Forwards: Raul, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuain.

Real Madrid's Ronaldo: We're winning and I'm scoring goals

Ronaldo is delighted with how his career at Real Madrid has kicked off.

The £80 million man declared: "I'm happy in Spain, I'm adapting slowly. I wanted to come here for some time. People have helped me a lot at the club.

"Thank God things are going well. We're winning, scoring goals, especially me, so I have to thank my teammates."

On the barracking from opposition fans, Ronaldo shrugged: "'I'm used to whistles, these are things of football. I just want to do things better and help.

"I understand people, but it's my way of playing. I will not change."

Real Madrid Defender Pepe Returns After 10 Match Ban

One of the low points of Real Madrid's 2008-09 campaign was Pepe's monstrous behavior against Getafe back in April, when the Portuguese defender tackled Francisco Casquero in the penalty box and kicked him twice, then punched Juan Albin in the face before swearing at the fourth official.

Pepe then defied his red card by running back on the pitch to celebrate when Gonzalo Higuain scored the winning goal of the night. The referee gave the giant defender a total of four red cards, resulting in a ten match ban.

Now, five months after the incident, Pepe has finally served his suspension and is expected to make his league debut against Tenerife at the Bernabeu this weekend.

"I am grateful to the club who supported me at all times," quote Pepe as saying. "I must now prove what kind of a man, person, and player I am on the pitch.

"Not being able to play with my teammates was the hardest part, but it is now a thing of the past and I am not bothered. Now, I only look ahead to playing and helping my team."

The Portuguese international then spoke about the next Champions League clash against Olympique Marseille, where he will square off against his ex-defensive partner Gabriel Heinze.

"[Marseille] are a dangerous team, and their players are all very good. I know some of them from Porto, such as Lucho Gonzalez.

"I am not going to speak about Gabi [Heinze]. At Real Madrid he showed just how good he was and he has done the same for every team he has played for.

"He has to come play against his former club and will do his best to help his team," concluded Pepe.

With Garay unable to play because of gastroenteritis, Pepe will finally be given the chance to complete Pellegrini's favorite back-four alongside Ramos, Albiol, and Marcelo for the first time this season.

Friday, September 25, 2009

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Raul proud as he breaks Real Madrid appearances record

Real Madrid captain Raul has broken the club's appearances record after appearing in last night's 2-0 win at Villarreal.

Raul clocked his 525th appearance for Real, surpassing Manuel Sanchis, and said: "I'm happy, it was a major victory for the team and that is how we must stay. These are three important points at a difficult ground like the El Madrigal.

"I'm happy because there are three games per week and we are playing at a good level.

"On a personal level I am satisfied with this record - to become the player to have worn the white shirt the most number of times - and happy, but with my mind on the next match."

On Cristiano Ronaldo, who celebrated his goal by rushing to hug Raul on the Real bench, the skipper added: "Cristiano is in great form and hit a great goal. Again, I'm happy with how things are going for him.

"He's a good kid."

Pellegrini: Real Madrid approach very different to Barcelona

Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini says they're the complete opposite to Barcelona.

The Chilean explained: "Real Madrid's objective is to win, it will always be the most important, and also to play some good football, so people leave the stadium happy.

"I do not mean that Real Madrid plays like Barcelona. They are two different teams, two different institutions, two different audiences and two quite different ways of approaching their football."

Real Madrid intensify push for CSKA Moscow winger Dzagoev

Real Madrid are closing in on CSKA Moscow winger Alan Dzagoev.

Sport-Express says Real Madrid are laying the foundations to launch a bid for the 19 year-old Russia international in January.

After being convinced of his talent in recent months, Real GM Jorge Valdano has now posted scouts to watch Dzagoev in every game leading up to the winter market.

Ironically, since former Real coach Juande Ramos' arrival, Dzagoev has thrived, having been voted man-of-the-match for the past three games.

Real Madrid make Kaka Brazil's highest ever paid

Real Madrid have made Kaka the top earning Brazilian in football.

While overall Kaka ranks only eighth in the footballer salary stakes, in terms of Brazilians, he becomes the highest ever paid in history.

Interestingly, despite the massive amount of Brazilians playing in Europe, the top earners' list is dominated by veterans like Rivaldo and Roberto Carlos.

Top ten Brazilian earners:

1. Kaká – Real Madrid/ESP - €9 million

2. Robinho – Manchester City/ENG - €7.65 million

3. Diego – Juventus/ITA - €7 million

4. Ronaldinho Gaúcho – Milan/ITA - €6.5 million

5. Deco – Chelsea/ENG - €6 million

6. Rivaldo – Bunyodkor/UZB - €5 million

7. Roberto Carlos – Fenerbahçe/TUR - €4.5 million

8. Cris – Lyon/FRA - € 4.2 million

9. Dida – Milan/ITA - €4 million

10. Doni – Roma/ITA - €4 million

Everton target Van der Vaart urged to leave Real Madrid

Holland coach Bert van Marwijk has urged Rafael van der Vaart to leave Real Madrid in January.

Everton boss David Moyes, having missed out on Van der Vaart in the final week of the summer market, is keen to sign the Dutchman in the winter market.

And Van Marwijk warned Van der Vaart: "Rafael has a significant position in the Oranje, but if things continue like they are at Real, it becomes a problem for him to be selected."

Real Madrid's Gago: Boos help me improve

Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago insists he has no problem being booed by his own fans.

After victory at Villarreal, the Argentine said: "Football always gives you another chance. I've had one and I'm happy.

"Criticism suits me, it always forces me to improve. When they say I had a great game I do not believe it and when I am criticized for not doing well, it keeps me grounded."

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Free-scoring Real Madrid ace Ronaldo: Kaka rightful penalty taker

Cristiano Ronaldo insists he was happy for Kaka to convert his penalty in Real Madrid's 2-0 win at Villarreal last night.

Ronaldo had struck the opener and there was speculation in the press box that the Portuguese was upset with Kaka taking the spotkick as he wants to beat Barcelona star Lionel Messi for this season's Golden Boot.

"It was Kaka's penalty," said Ronaldo. "The coach ordered that Kaka be our penalty taker. My goal is not to be top scorer.

"Yes, I don't care if I score or not, what matters is winning."

The former Manchester United star added: "Things have gone well, the team is winning and improving, scoring many goals. We must continue like this, I'm in good form."

Spain coach Del Bosque: My son wants me to recall Real Madrid's Raul

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque admits he's being lobbied by his own son to recall Real Madrid captain Raul to his squad.

Real fans would love to see Raul earn a return to the Spain team and play in South Africa next year.

Del Bosque, back at Real yesterday for a club function, said: "My son tells me that I must include Raul in the selecao, among several others."
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The two goals conceded by Real Madrid are the fewest in the league

Plenty has been said about the fire power displayed by Real Madrid in the first few weeks of the season, but team's defense deserves credit as well having conceded just two goals in four matches, the fewest by any team in La Liga.

Real Madrid has scored 13 goals in four matches and is averaging 3.25 per game, but the defense has also stepped up to the plate and conceded just two goals, both of which were scored in the first match of the season against Deportivo Coruña. Casillas and company have held the last three opponents scoreless and average 0.5 goals conceded per match.
Pepe excited about his return

"I must now prove what kind of man, person and player I am on the pitch"
Arancha Diaz / Translation by

Five months have passed since Pepe played his last league match. The defender’s suspension is now over and he is looking forward to turning the page and proving that the incident that took place has nothing to do with what the real Pepe.

Your suspension is finally over. How have you spent you time?
I am grateful to the club for supporting me at all times. I must now prove what kind of man, person and player I am on the pitch.

What was the hardest part?
Not being able to play while watching my teammates work. All that matters is that I am good to go, ready to prove who I am on the pitch and ready to defend this shirt.

Have you reflected on what took place against Getafe?
I am not bothered by it. I only look ahead to playing and helping my team.

What have you learned from this?
It is now a thing of the past. The hardest part was not being able to participate, but I saw my suspension through and am ready to play and prove who I am.

What are your thoughts on Olympique Marseille?
They are third in the French league. I know several of their players and they are all very good. Many of them played for Porto and I also know Lucho Gonzalez. They are a dangerous team, but Real Madrid must always seek the three points.

What kind of reception did you get during preseason matches in Spain?
People in Seville yelled my name in a show of support. I haven’t been criticized anywhere. People know that it is something that can happen. I learned from it and it will never happen again.
Pellegrini: "We did well tonight"

"I am pleased with the win and with the way the defense played"
Carlos Cristobal / Translation by

Manuel Pellegrini was much happier with his team's performance on Wednesday night. The Real Madrid coach pointed out the how well his defense played and the team's scoring capabilty in post-match comments from El Madrigal.

“It was an important win on a difficult pitch, but we were the better side even when it was eleven against eleven. We had to work hard and we had trouble sealing the deal.”

“Once they were down to ten men, we individually tried to knock them off-balance, but our defense was great. We will begin playing more naturallly and with more agility.”

“I don't think Cristiano Ronaldo is motivated by what Messi does in his match. I think he challenges himself. He shows his stuff match after match. Kaka and Cristiano are responsible for taking penalty kicks, so they decide amongst themselves who takes it.”

“The crowd's acknowledgement was spontaneous. I hold a special place in my heart for this club despite the fact that I am now coaching another team. I am sure Villarreal will soon climb the table despite the start they have had.”

“Winning was all that mattered. I am pleased with the win and for having defeated Villarreal at home. We visit the five strongest teams in the first half of the season. I like how well the defense played and am happy with how many goals we are scoring. We did well tonight.”
Cristiano makes Real Madrid history

The Portuguese star is off to the hottest start ever seen by Madridistas

Cristiano Ronaldo put his name in the Real Madrid history books on Wednesday as the first Madridista to score in the first four matches of the season. His five goals on the season put him in a three-way tie with Messi and Villa as the top scorers in La Liga. When his two goals against Zurich in the Champions League enter the equation, Cristiano is the top scorer in Europe.

Players of the likes of Rial, Pepillo, Valdano, Hugo Sanchez and Sneijder scored in the first four official matches as Madridistas, but not in the first four league matches.

More impressive is the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo is also the top scorer in all of Europe thanks to his two Champions League goals against Zurich. The Portuguese international is ahead of his former ManU teammate Wayne Rooney and Udinese’s Di Natale, both of whom have six official goals apiece
Cristiano and Kaka make it four straight

Villarreal 0-2 Real Madrid

Carlos Cristobal / Translation by
Real Madrid needed a win at El Madrigal to maintain pace with the top of the table and they did just did. It was a hard-fought match between both sides with eye-popping football giving way to maximum concentration on the pitch. Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the second minute of the match and Kaka knocked in his first of the season to give the Whites their fourth straight league win and fifth overall.

Pellegrini was forced to make a change prior to kick-off after Garay, who would be replaced by Gago, was injured in the pre-match warmup. The Argentine took position in the midfield, Sergio Ramos moved into a center back slot and Lass retreated to right back. There was also a tactical change that saw the more frequent 4-4-2 changed to a 4-3-3 with Granero and Guti accompanying Gago, Cristiano Ronaldo glued to the left wing and Kaka along the right half of the pitch.
Not two minutes had ticked off the clock when Real Madrid displayed its fire power once again. Cristiano Ronaldo had his second early goal in as many matches (on Sunday he scored against Xerez 50 seconds after opening kick-off) after receiving the ball on the left. After a give and go with Sergio Ramos, the Portuguese swerved through defenders and from 25 meters out blasted a powerful shot towards the right post that beat Diego Lopez.
Villarreal never caved in and did their best to seek an equalizer, but the Whites’ back line held its ground and didn’t budge. Real Madrid threatened on several counterattack occasions and took control of the ball. Higuain was unlucky on 22’ and Ronaldo nearly completed a brace on 34’ after Gonzalo was sent off for a second booking.
Neither side had momentum in the second and the ball had trouble escaping from the midfield. A man down, Villarreal never had clear ideas on how to reach the adversary’s box. Real Madrid tried to dictate tempo and on 70’ managed to nail the coffin shut when Mejuto Gonzalez pointed to the penalty spot following a handball by Angel. Kaka was given the honor of taking it and scored his first goal of the season.
Real Madrid are now four-for-four and host Tenerife on Saturday at the Bernabeu.

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 Marcano 78'
 Pires 67'

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 Diarra 83'
Goal 74'
 Van der Vaart 77'
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