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BBC bombard fit-again Keylor Navas

Real Madrid underwent their penultimate training session at the Valdebebas training ground prior to their forthcoming clash with rivals Barcelona. For the first time in a long while Rafa Benítez had the entire squad at his disposal, with James Rodríguez and Raphaël Varane among the last to rejoin the rest ...

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Bullet-proof Bernabéu

Maximum alert, zero tolerance and everything under control. These are the conclusions reached after a meeting of all parties involved in the security for next Saturday’s match at the Bernabéu. La Liga’s ‘El Clásico’ is always the centre of attention of the sporting world, but after Friday’s events in Paris, ...

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BBC to the rescue

After a spectacular start, the injuries to Bale and Benzema have prevented the BBC keeping the sublime stats going. In Real Madrid’s three matches with the three of them on the pitch, Benítez’s men swept their opponents away. Five goals against Betis, six against Espanyol and four in their fixture ...

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Benítez has already used 24 players this season

22 of the 23 members of the first-team squad have featured, as well as academy players Llorente and Mayoral. With Real Madrid’s first 15 competitive fixtures of the season under their belt, Rafa Benítez has now already used 24 players. The Whites’ coach has on several occasions stressed the importance of the ...

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Seven Real Madrid players on international duty

James scored in the draw against Chile. Varane started in the win against Germany. Seven Real Madrid players are on international duty with their national teams. To get the action started, James scored against Chile in the opening match. Kovacic will be involved in a qualifier for the 2017 Under-21 ...

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Rafa Benitez: We couldn’t manage the situation

Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez says his players didn’t manage the situation when they were leading against Sevilla. Los Blancos let a one goal lead slip at the Sanchez Pizjuan to lose 3-2 – their first defeat of the season and one that leaves them three points behind rivals Barcelona ...

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Rafa Benitez regrets not killing the game off

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez said his team’s and inability to manage difficult situations was to blame for Sunday evening’s 3-2 La Liga defeat at Sevilla. Madrid looked in control when Sergio Ramos headed in against his former club midway through the first half, although the club captain re-injured his ...

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Match Preview: Sevilla vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid will look to extend their reign in La Liga and keep the first position in the table as they pay a visit to Sevilla, one of the strongest sides in the competition. The Andalusians are not in their best state of form, but they have one of the ...

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Real Madrid give backing to Karim Benzema

Real Madrid have released a statement in support of beleaguered striker Karim Benzema. The French striker was questioned this week at a police station in Paris over an alleged blackmail plot against fellow Les Bleus team mate Matieu Valbuena over a sex video. He was released on Thursday but a ...

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We weren’t able to build on first half – Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez says he is happy with the win over Las Palmas but knows the players will need to keep up their intensity over 90 minutes when they face tougher tests in the coming weeks. Los Blancos raced into an early two-goal lead at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon ...

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