Real Madrid 2 – 1 Viktoria Plzen | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid 2 - 1 Viktoria Plzen | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid put in a dubious performance as they edged over Czech side Viktoria Plzen with an unconvincing 2 – 1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.


From the start, there was a visible hunger from the Los Blancos to respond and put their recent crisis to bed. This was evident in the first five minutes when skipper Sergio Ramos‘s header, from a Toni Kroos corner, rattled the bar.

Madrid sustained an early scare when Roman Hubnik‘s precarious pass drifted past makeshift right-back Lucas Vazquez, and Milan Petrzela fired two efforts on goal. His first strike blocked by Keylor Navas while his second grazed the side netting.


However, within a matter of seconds, Vazquez managed to find Benzema at the far post, who then found the back of the net through a precise header in the 11th minute of the game. With this goal, the French striker, who has been many a centre of controversy, becomes the outright fourth top scorer in Champions League history with 57 goals overtaking Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Benzema also became only the third player to score in 14 consecutive Champions League campaigns, following Raúl and Lionel Messi.

The goal appeared to set the tone, yet Plzen were still persistent going forward. Limbersky, who was the first player to go on the book, shot just wide of the post from close range. Just a couple of minutes later, Kroos found Bale who fired a strike into the bottom corner and the fans went wild, but the party was cut short when the linesman raised the flag up for the goal to be disallowed.

Julen Lopetegui replaced Isco with 20-year-old debutant Federico Valverde after the break, who made quite an introduction for himself at the Bernabeu as he found Gareth Bale, who set up Marcelo for the second goal of the match in the 55th minute. Real seemed to have control of the match but were disallowed another goal, as Benzema tapped in what he thought was his second of the night, the linesman claiming Modric was offside.

In the 78th minute of the game, Hrosovsky slotted past Navas to bring the game back to life. However, Real held on thanks to some sturdy defending from Nacho.

The result sees Madrid retain top spot in Group G with six points in the bag, alongside AS Roma. Be that as it may, the performance failed to relieve any pressure on the under-fire manager Julen Lopetegui.

Real Madrid now head to the most awaited fixture in the world of football on Sunday, 28th October, a customary El Clasico meeting with Barcelona.

Real Madrid VS Atletico Madrid – Combined XI | La Liga

Real Madrid VS Atletico Madrid - Combined XI | La Liga

Real Madrid host bitter rivals Atletico in tonight’s high stakes La Liga encounter where the two Madrid teams will go head-to-head at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Match Preview

Here, we pick the Combined XI from the stars of Real Madrid & Atletico Madrid for their upcoming La Liga fixture.

Formation 4-3-3

GK – Jan Oblak (Atletico) 

Jan Oblak has kept 3 clean sheets in 6 La Liga matches for Atletico. The 25-year-old Slovenia international gets the nod ahead of Thibaut Courtois who has just kept 1 clean sheet since joining Los Blancos.

RB – Alvaro Odriozola (Real)

The 22-year-old fullback has just played a single match for Madrid since joining earlier this summer. Alvaro Odriozola will have a grand stage to impress against Atletico this weekend.

CB – Diego Godin (Atletico)

Atletico stalwart Diego Godin is one of the best defenders in the world right now. The Uruguayan will be crucial to stopping the likes of Bale and Benzema.

CB – Sergio Ramos (Real)

Real skipper Sergio Ramos has played in all the matches in the La Liga for Madrid this season. The 32-year-old has already scored 2 goals, taking over penalty duties since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

LB – Lucas Hernandez (Atletico)

A major part of the French World-Cup winning side of this year, Lucas Hernandez is just getting better with every game.

DM – Casemiro (Real)

The Brazillian midfielder has been crucial to Real Madrid’s success in the recent years. Casemiro has proven time and again that he will do anything for his side to come up with a win.

CM – Saul (Atletico)

The young Spanish midfielder is a master on the ball. Saul is considered as one of the best centre midfielders in the world right now.

CM – Luka Modric (Real)

FIFA & UEFA Player of the Year, Luka Modric is just stepping into the field after one of his most successful seasons yet.

RW – Gareth Bale (Real)

The Welsh Dragon has been in blistering form since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. Gareth Bale will lead the Real Madrid attack against their city rivals this weekend.

LW – Antoine Griezmann (Atletico)

Another World Cup winner in the side and one of the most crucial players for both his club and country, Antoine Griezmann will be hoping to take his side to victory against their neighbors.

Karim Benzema (Real)

Karim Benzema seems to have gotten his scoring boots on after netting 4 goals in the La Liga this season.

Real Madrid vs Roma – Combined XI | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid vs Roma - Combined XI | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid start their defense of the UEFA Champions League title for the third consecutive time on Thursday, with last year’s semi-finalists AS Roma visiting the Bernabeu for a Group G clash of the proverbial titans.

Match Preview

Here, we pick the Combined XI from the stars of Real Madrid & AS Roma for their upcoming UEFA Champions League fixture.

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper – Thibaut Courtois (Real) 

Real Madrid’s Goalkeeper scenario is presumably stronger than any other side in Europe. With two world-class keepers in Keylor Navas, the UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the year, and Thibaut Courtois, FIFA World Cup  2018 Golden Glove winner. Both of them are considered leagues above the new Roma stopper Robin Olsen.

Right Back – Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) 

Despite Roma performing below average in the start of this season, their wing-back Alessandro Florenzi has been excellent, registering a goal and an assist in just 3 matches this season. He gets the nod ahead of experienced Spanish fullback Dani Carvajal.

Centre Back – Kostas Manolas (Roma) 

Greek veteran Kostas Manolas is considered as one of the best defenders in Europe since the last 5 years. The 27-year-old gets picked ahead of Raphael Varane simply due to his transcendent experience.

Centre Back – Sergio Ramos (Real)

The skipper has taken over penalty duties since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. The 32-year-old defender still retains his position as one of the best in Europe. 

Left Back – Marcelo (Real)

Often considered the best left back in modern football, Marcelo is yet to find the net for Madrid this season and based on his attacking style of play, the Brazillian must be desperate for a goal.

Right Midfield – Gareth Bale (Real)

Gareth Bale has been in blistering form recently. The Wales international has scored 3 and assisted 2 in his opening four La Liga appearances this term.

Centre Midfield – Toni Kroos (Real)

Toni Kroos forms 1/2 of the best midfield in the World beside his Real Madrid partner Luka Modric.  

Centre Midfield – Luka Modric (Real)

The other half of the best midfield duo in the World and the UEFA Midfielder & Player of the Year and FIFA World Cup 2018 Golden Ball winner, Luka Modric is key to Real Madrid’s success.

Left Midfield – Marco Asensio (Real)

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The talented Spaniard is yet to open his account for Madrid this season. Marco Asensio will hope he can score when it matters, in the biggest competition in Europe.

Striker – Edin Dzeko (Roma)

Edin Dzeko remains one of the star names in the Roma team sheet. An effective striker when provided adequate service, Dzeko will be key to finding the net against the Spanish giants. 

Striker – Karim Benzema (Real)

Karim Benzema seems to have found his feet early this season. The French striker has scored 4 goals in his 4 games in the La Liga this season.

Real Madrid 4 – 1 Leganes | La Liga 2018/19

Real Madrid 4 - 1 Leganes | La Liga 2018/19

Real Madrid maintained their unbeaten start to the La Liga season with a 4 – 1 victory over Leganes at the Bernabeu on Sunday.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made his Real Madrid debut while Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale continued their excellent goalscoring form since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

Gareth Bale scored in his third consecutive game to give the hosts the lead in the 17th minute but Leganes equalized with a penalty as debutant Thibaut Courtois failed to stop Guido Carillo from scoring in the 24th minute.

Benzema headed a goal shortly after the interval in the 48th minute. This goal was only given after the referee consulted the video assistant referee (VAR) to check if the French striker had committed a foul. Benzema then secured his fourth goal in two league games in the 61st minute from an extraordinary pass using a backheel by newly-crowned UEFA Midfielder of the Season & Player of the Year, Luka Modric.

The Frenchman had the chance to complete a hat-trick when Madrid were given a penalty after an energetic winger Marco Asensio was felled by Unai Bustinza, however, captain Sergio Ramos took charge for the spot-kick and scored a goal for the second game in a row from the spot.

Real boss Julen Lopetegui said: “We are getting to know each other better, we are training more and we have managed to get the team playing like a true team. They understand what is being asked of them and they have the ability to make it happen.”

Julen Lopetegui‘s side are at the top of their table with 9 points and are the only team to win their opening three La Liga games, although current champions Barcelona can match that excellent start if they manage to win against La Liga debutants Huesca on Sunday.

Real Madrid faces Athletic Bilbao next Sunday, 16th September after the international break.

Mariano Diaz – Lyon striker returns to Real Madrid

Mariano Diaz - Lyon striker returns to Real Madrid

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Dominican striker Mariano Diaz from Lyon for a fee around £33 million on a 5-year contract, a year after selling him for £7.2 million.

A statement from the club’s official website read: “Real Madrid C. F. and Olympique Lyonnais have agreed a deal for the player Mariano, who will be with the Whites for the next five seasons. The player will be presented on Thursday 31st August, at 1:30 pm CEST in the Santiago Bernabéu presidential box. Mariano will then take to the Santiago Bernabéu pitch wearing the Real Madrid C. F. kit. He will then speak to the press in the press room.”

Mariano Diaz returns to Real Madrid after producing his most prolific spell at Olympique Lyon where he scored 18 goals in 34 appearances in Ligue 1 last season. The 25-year-old striker understands the philosophy and system of Real Madrid perfectly as he spent his career from 2011 to 2017 at the club. 

Mariano Diaz began his career at Espanyol and later moved to Real Madrid in 2011. After progressing through the u-19 and Real Madrid C squads, he advanced to Castilla in 2014. Just a year later, he became the top scorer in the Segunda División B, scoring 27 goals with the youth team.

In the 2016/17 season, Diaz finally became part of the first team, winning the UEFA Champions League, La Liga, Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. The forward made his debut in a 2-1 win over Celta and scored his first goal against Cultural Leonesa. In that season, Mariano Diaz scored 5 goals for the first team. In the summer of 2017, he joined French side Lyon and became a key player for the club.

A pacy & powerful striker with an eye for goal, Diaz will hope he can continue his lethal form in front of goal for Los Blancos.

Real Madrid faces Leganes in their next La Liga fixture on Sunday, 2nd September.

Real Madrid 4 – 1 Girona | La Liga

Real Madrid 4 - 1 Girona | La Liga

Real Madrid beat Girona 4 – 1 as Benzema found the net twice on Monday to take Los Blancos to the top of the league.

A second-half brace from striker Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid maintain their perfect La Liga start, beating Girona 4 – 1 in the post-Ronaldo era. Sergio Ramos converts from the spot while Gareth Bale scores in his 2nd successive game.

Real found themselves behind after Borja Garcia put the home team in front with a wonderfully drilled finish into the net. Real were grateful to a number of excellent saves from Keylor Navas, who was chosen as the no.1 yet again ahead of new signing Thibaut Courtois.

However, Real soon equalised through a calmy chipped panenka penalty from Sergio Ramos in the 39th minute after Marc Muniesa downed Marco Asensio in the box with a clumsy tackle.

After the score was leveled, Los Blancos ran riots against Girona. Benzema fired a couple of shots at the Girona stopper Bono but was denied repeatedly. But when Asensio won another spot-kick after he was coarsely brought down by Pere Pons. This time it was the French striker who decided to take the spot kick which he coolly converted in the 52nd minute.

Real were a regular menace on the counter after they took the lead. Gareth Bale gave a flash of his exceptional pace when he caught a through ball by Isco to find the net twice in two games this season. The pacy Welshman then made a brilliant run down the right and delivered an inviting cross to Benzema who tucked in his second of the game in the 80th minute.

Speaking after the match, Lopetegui said: “We were trying to force things in the first half attack-wise and misplacing too many passes. Of course, you play better when the scoreboard is in your favour. 

“Girona pressured us in the first half, making life difficult for us and the side showed their collective mentality to come through it. The side is functioning and when they do so, goals come. The important thing is that we score goals, not who scores them.”

Real Madrid face Leganes at the Bernabeu in their next La Liga fixture on Sunday, 27th August.  

Real Madrid VS Atletico Madrid – Combined XI | Super Cup

Real Madrid VS Atletico Madrid - Combined XI | Super Cup

Real Madrid faces their local rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup tie at 12:30 AM, 16th August.

The classic Super Cup tie between the winner of the UEFA Champions League (Real) and the UEFA Europa League (Atletico) is set to be an absolute thriller as the local rivals square up. The term ‘Clash of the Titans’ has never fit better. 

Here we pick a combined eleven of the best players from the clash between Los BlancosLos Rojiblancos.

 

Goalkeeper – Jan Oblak (Atletico)

Jan Oblak is tipped as the best goalkeeper in the La Liga. The Atletico stopper has unquestionably proven himself as one of the best in the world. 

Left Back – Marcelo (Real Madrid)

Marcelo is the best left back in the world. Period. The skilful Brazillian is a constant threat from the left flank in the Real shirt. 

Centre Back – Diego Godin (Atletico)

Coming after a strong World Cup campaign with Uruguay, Diego Godin is set to put in yet another solid year for Atletico

Centre Back – Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

One of the first names on any team sheet, Real skipper Sergio Ramos is always ready to do whatever it takes for his side to lift the trophy.

Right Back – Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)

Returning from an unfortunate injury that forced him to miss the World Cup, Dani Carvajal is set to make a strong return for Real.

Centre Midfield – Saul Niguez(Atletico)

Saul Niguez, a true gem in the heart of midfield, has established himself as one of the most consistent performers for Atletico at the age of just 23.

Centre Midfield – Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

1/2 of the best midfield duo in the world. The German engine, Toni Kroos is considered simply the best at what he does the majority of football fans.

Centre Midfield – Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

The other half of the best midfield duo in the world. Luka Modric returns after winning the Golden Ball in the World Cup with Croatia.

Left Wing – Isco (Real Madrid)

Treasured by new Real boss Julen Lopetegui, Spanish maestro Isco is set to flourish in a Ronaldo-less squad in the coming season.

Right Wing – Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Gareth Bale has always been under the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo; it will be fascinating to witness the Welsh winger shine this year.

Centre Forward – Antoine Griezmann (Atletico)

Antoine Griezmann returns as a World Cup winner with confidence at an all-time high. The French forward is extremely lethal when he is at his best, and this year seems to be his best year yet.