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Match Preview Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Real Madrid will be making their first appearance at the stadium. Arena Lviv will be the setting for the clash between Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid on matchday five of Champions League Group A, in what will be the Whites’ first ever fixture at the stadium. Shakhtar have been playing ...

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Bale on elusive goal trail

Now completely recovered from injury, Gareth Bale has another challenge ahead of him: to rediscover his previous goalscoring form. The Welshman has only scored eight times for Real Madrid in 2015. Bale’s numbers are a million miles from the feats that catapulted him on to the world football stage. So ...

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The Kovacic mystery

Mateo Kovacic has mysteriously vanished from the scene. The Croat, who was as good as Rafa Benítez’s 12th man earlier in the season, has only played nine minutes since picking up an injury before the game in Paris on 21st October. The midfielder sustained a muscle strain in training ahead ...

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A line-up laced with intrigue

To shake things up or leave things be? That is the question Rafa Benítez faces ahead of his team’s Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk. Florentino Pérez’s public vote of confidence has given Benítez the mandate to field the starting XI he chooses, but doubts may still pray on his ...

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Isco starting to get fed up

It was harsh for Isco to be named a sub for the Clásico. He wasn’t expecting it. On Friday, he believed he would be playing and that the one left out would be James. But things turned out to the contrary and Isco in some respects feels betrayed by Benítez. He ...

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“Florentino out!”

The Santiago Bernabéu faithful made their feelings plain during and after Real Madrid’s humiliation at the hands of bitter rivals Barcelona. The fans let rip with cries of “Florentino out!” at half-time and when the game came to an end. The drubbing and the poor performances all over the pitch by Rafa ...

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Modric: “We didn’t play as a team”

Luka Modric rued Real Madrid’s ‘Clásico’ washout: “We haven’t learned from our mistakes; we didn’t play as a team. This isn’t the first time that’s happened to us. We played poorly. Very, very poorly”. “We deserve the criticism. We need to show character and pick our heads up. We’re Real ...

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Ramos: “It’s too soon to talk of failure”

Sergio Ramos lived up to his role as captain in front of the media: “I don’t want to single anyone out or lay the blame at anyone’s feet. When things don’t go well is when we really have to pull together. We can’t point the finger at anyone in particular. ...

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Marcelo apologises

The Brazilian full-back Marcelo talked about the harshness of the ‘Clásico’ defeat. “It hurts a lot because we were at home and then to play a game like that… We tried, but we didn’t do a good job. We have to face the music and ask the fans for their ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo ready to serve out the humble pie

Cristiano Ronaldo literally cannot wait to silence his critics, and he is well aware that there is no better stage to do so than that provided by the ‘Clásico’. The former Manchester United wizard is out to prove to his doubters that he’s still capable of delivering, and that he is ...

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