Real Madrid Vs Rayo Vallecano: A threat from the neighbours Gareth Bale didn't participate in Friday's training and has been left out of Real Madrid's squad list for the game against Rayo Vallecano due to injury. The Welshman sustained an ankle problem after coming on as substitution in Los Blancos' 3-0 home defeat against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday. Nacho Fernandez, Sergio Reguilon, Casemiro and Mariano, were also excluded from the squad list by Santiago Solari, as they are yet to fully recover from their fitness setbacks. Academy product Javi Sanchez has been left out, while Sergio Ramos and Dani Ceballos have returned to the list, after having been given a rest against the Russian team. Real Madrid's squad list against Rayo Vallecano: Courtois, Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla, Carvajal, Odriozola, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Vallejo, Marcelo, Marcos Llorente, Kroos, Modric, Fede Valverde, Ceballos, Isco, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius and Benzema. … [Read more...] about Real Madrid to host Rayo Vallecano without Gareth Bale
Florentino Perez asks Solari to love Isco again Bale misses training ahead of Rayo clash Following their home defeat to CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid aim to close their LaLiga Santander calendar year with a win against Rayo Vallecano. A victory over their lowly neighbours will ensure the tranquillity of the team, which subsequently will travel to Abu Dhabi for the Club World Cup. Santiago Solari is looking to retain or even close the gap to Barcelona on Saturday and is eager to re-establish his first-choice starting line-up for the match. While Isco is set to return to the bench, Marco Asensio may take the place of Gareth Bale, to accompany Karim Benzema and Lucas Vazquez upfront. Although Casemiro has fully recovered from his injury, Marcos Llorente will feature in Los Blancos' midfield, along with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. With two games coming up for Madrid to secure another title in 2018, the Argentine coach has placed his confidence in Sergio Reguilon and Alvaro Odriozola, with … [Read more...] about Real Madrid Vs Rayo Vallecano: A threat from the neighbours
Simeone: It is crazy that being second is not good enough After their last four away games against Real Madrid, Villareal, Leganes and Girona ended in a draw, Atletico Madrid will seek an away victory against Real Valladolid on Saturday. The two teams have faced each other four times in the past and Los Rojiblancos triumphed on each occasion, accumulating four straight wins against their upcoming opponents. Valladolid are part of a list, consisting of another 22 teams - including Sant Andreu, Cordoba, Hannover, Guijuelo, Lokomotiv, Besiktas, Milan, Copenhagen, Lazio, Porto, Monaco, Reus, Rostov, Austria Wien, Malmo, Lleida, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Jaen, Galatasaray, Marseille and Huesca - against which Diego Simeone's side have managed to prevail. In fact, La Pucela's current coach Sergio Gonzalez has only achieved a draw in three meetings against Atleti, while on the bench of Espanyol, as his former team couldn't even score against Cholo's side. Adding up the teams that have never won … [Read more...] about Real Valladolid vs Atletico Madrid: Exorcising the ghosts of the past
Isco has been here before. The Real Madrid midfielder may not previously have been booed by his own fans at the Santiago Bernabeu as he was on Wednesday night, but the 26-year-old is once again finding it difficult to get into the Spanish side. For one of the world's most talented footballers, it is a strange situation. Yet it is also nothing new: Isco was frustrated in his first season at a lack of starts for Carlo Ancelotti's side, then again under Zinedine Zidane and now, the pattern is repeated with Santiago Solari. Fans of other clubs would want him in a heartbeat and he would surely be a starter for almost every club in the world. If he becomes available, there would be a long line of top teams interested in his signing. Perhaps even Barcelona and Manchester City. So why is he continuing to find life so difficult at Real Madrid? The arrival of Julen Lopetegui in the summer seemed like great news for Isco. The … [Read more...] about Why is Isco so often not first choice Real Madrid?
A problem for Keylor Navas Keylor Navas' difficult summers Though he turns 32 on Sunday, Keylor Navas is in no rush to leave Real Madrid, despite being relegated to Copa del Rey duties at best. Away from the pitch since the arrival of Santiago Solari, his mood is lower than ever. Now he can't even get a game in 'dead rubbers,' like the one from last Wednesday against CSKA. His last substitution has given rise to all kinds of speculation about his future at the club in the short term, but the Costa Rican will endure things until the end of the season and in the summer will take the best decision for his future. He won't leave Real Madrid in January for several reasons. At the beginning of February he will be a father again, which slows down his desire to leave the city of Madrid, where he has been living with his family since 2014. He wants to continue with his life after retirement in Madrid, so a change of team now, doesn't fit into his plans. Another reason that is hindering … [Read more...] about Keylor Navas won’t leave Real Madrid in January