The reconstruction works currently taking place at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu not only affects the stadium's facilities, but also Real Madrid's relationship with the stands after a disappointing home record last season. It was at the Bernabeu that Madrid said goodbye to their hopes of winning silverware: losing to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey and to Ajax in the Champions League, while their form at home in LaLiga Santander meant they were never really in the title race. Therefore, work is being undertaken at the Bernabeu in all sorts of ways. For Zinedine Zidane, returning to competitiveness in LaLiga Santander is essential and his goal is to once again turn the Bernabeu into a fortress. From their 19 games at home, Los Blancos finished with a record of 13 wins, one draw and five losses. That is 17 points that they missed out on at home alone. When Zidane won LaLiga Santander in 2016/17, Madrid lost just one game at home and that must be the mentality this season too, as they look … [Read more...] about Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid: The works at the Bernabeu
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Gareth Bale looks set to keep his place for Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane's side host Real Valladolid in the second round of La Liga on Saturday, but Luka Modric misses out through suspension. Bale was a surprise starter for Madrid away to Celta Vigo last Saturday and set up Los Blancos' opening goal for Karim Benzema en route to a 3-1 victory at Balaidos. With Eden Hazard still sidelined after suffering a thigh injury on the eve of Real's big kick-off last week, Bale should start and it will be interesting to see how the fans receive the winger at the Santiago Bernabeu, where he was booed on a number of occasions last season. Benzema and Vinicius Junior look likely to keep their places in attack as well, but Modric misses out in midfield after he was sent off at Balaidos and Zidane could hand a start to either Isco (a substitute at Balaidos) or James Rodriguez in the Croatian's absence. Uruguayan youngster Fede Valverde is another alternative if Zidane opts for more steel in … [Read more...] about How will Real Madrid line up vs Real Valladolid?
Real Madrid vs Real ValladolidLaLiga 2019-20Santiago Bernabeu Real Madrid are looking to make it two wins from their opening two LaLiga games as Los Blancos welcome Real Valladolid to the Bernabeu for for their first home clash of the 2019-20 season. Zinedine Zidane's side ensured a chaotic summer on and off the pitch, but kicked off the new campaign with a routine 3-1 win at Celta Vigo last weekend - a result which was made all the better by Barcelona's shock defeat at Athletic Bilbao. That early-season advantage should serve as the perfect tonic for Zidane's men to try to build a winning run. Real Madrid team news Just a few weeks ago it seemed certain that Gareth Bale would be sold by Real, but the Welshman could now prove to be a key player this season. Bale started last week at Celta and, with Eden Hazard out for around four weeks, a starting role is now his to lose. Zidane will need a midfield rethink after Luka Modric's red card in the last match, which could open up a chance … [Read more...] about Real Madrid vs Valladolid: La Liga preview and predictions
It has been announced that there isn't a single ticket left available for the clash between Celta Vigo and Real Madrid which will open both team's respective LaLiga Santander campaigns. Tuesday morning saw Celta Vigo announce that the match was a sell-out, the first of the campaign, and supporters without a ticket by this point would ultimately be left disappointed. Some 5,000 tickets were put up on general sale and they were snapped up almost immediately. However, whether or not the stadium will be completely full for the visit of Zinedine Zidane and Eden Hazard depends entirely on season ticket holders. Around 22,000 fans hold season tickets at the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos, and if they all attend the fixture then it will be a complete sell-out. However, recent history shows that even when Celta Vigo sell all available tickets, there are often gaps where season ticket holders haven't attended. … [Read more...] about Tickets sold out for Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid clash
Real Madrid travel to Roma for their final pre-season friendly and one last chance to prepare for the LaLiga Santander season. With Celta Vigo hosting Los Blancos in less than a week, Zinedine Zidane will likely field a team which as close as possible to his starting XI for the Balaidos trip. It's expected that Zidane will go with a familiar line-up, though Keylor Navas, Nacho, Valverde, Lucas Vazquez, Jovic, Odriozola, Bale and Vinicius will all get a chance to play. Real Madrid probable XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Miitao, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos; Modric, Hazard, Isco; Benzema Roma probable XI: Pau Lopez; Florenzi, Fazio, Mancini, Spinalozza; Zaniolo, Cristante, Diawara, Under; Dzeko, Perotti … [Read more...] about Roma vs Real Madrid: Probable line-ups