Real Madrid vs Levante

Real Madrid will be out to avenge an embarrassing defeat to Juan Ignacio Martinez’s side earlier this season when they walk out at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Los Merengues boss Jose Mourinho has been handed a boost ahead of Sunday’s Primera Division clash with Levante, with key duo Sami Khedira and Angel Di Maria returning to full fitness.

Germany international Khedira has been missing from action since early January with an ankle injury, while Di Maria has been nursing a thigh problem and is yet to feature in 2012. Both players are expected to be named on the bench.

The game is likely to come too soon for left-back Marcelo, who has been struggling with a thigh problem, while Hamit Altintop (calf) is also out.

Levante duo Jose Javier Barkero and Asier del Horno could recover from injury in time to make the trip to the capital.

Defender Juanfran is struggling with a foot complaint and is unlikely to feature, while Xavi Torres is suspended.




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Granero, Alonso
Ozil, Kaka,

Venta, Ballesteros, Cabral, Del Horno
Iborra, Farinos
El Zhar, Barkero, Suarez



Arsene Wenger: Barcelona and Real Madrid are favourites to win Champions League

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dubbed Real Madrid and Barcelona as “super favourites” to win the Champions League.

The Frenchman does believe his Gunners side have the ability to win the trophy themselves but knows his team is no more than outsiders at the moment.

The current European champions Barca are three points behind Jose Mourinho’s Real domestically in La Liga, with the capital side also having a game in hand.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have already qualified from the Champions League group stage, and face Olympiakos in the final game on Tuesday night.

“At the moment I would say in Europe there are two super favourites – Barcelona and Real Madrid,” Wenger told his club’s official website.

“Behind them, everyone else can hope to win it and we will try to win.

“At the moment we are not one of the favourites but one advantage we have is that we have finished top of our group.

“From now it becomes a cup competition. The Champions League becomes different when you go in the last 16, it is more open. You need a bit of luck in the draw and you need to have your players available in the two games.” (

Sporting Gijon 0-3 Real Madrid

Goals from Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo were enough for Real Madrid to secure a 3-0 victory over Sporting Gijon in an ill-tempered La Liga game at El Molinon on Saturday evening.

The away side dominated the early stages of the game, with Lassana Diarra and Sami Khedira bossing proceedings from the centre of Madrid’s midfield, much to the vocal home support’s disdain.

Despite their early pressure, neither side created any chances of note in the opening quarter of an hour, although Ronaldo did begin to stamp his influence on the game, giving the Sporting wing-back Roberto Canella a fairly torrid time in the opening exchanges.

In fact it was Ronaldo who fashioned the first real chance of the game, finding space on the edge of the box but then shooting high and wide with his left foot.

Di Maria was then unfortunate to see his thunderous effort parried away by Juan Pablo after Marcelo had done well to pick out the Argentine on the edge of the Sporting box.

Marcelo was finding all sorts of joy getting forward from left-back as the half wore on with Sporting resorting to illegal means to stop the Brazilian at times.

The Uruguayan Sebastien Eguren was the first to find his way into the referee’s book, after scything down the left-back after 25 minutes, with Oscar Trejo and David Barral following him into Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez?’s book shortly afterwards.

Despite Gonzalo Higuain having a goal chalked off for offside Madrid did not have long to wait for their opening goal, just minutes later Di Maria robbed Damien Suarez of possession down the left before cutting inside and firing a cute finish past Juan Pablo from a tight angle.

Sporting perhaps should have equalised on the hour mark when Botia headed wastefully wide after Miguel de las Cuevas whipped an inviting free-kick to the back-post.

De las Cuevas then did well again to jink his way into the Madrid box, with the ball falling to David Barral just wide of the goal, but his tame effort was easily saved by Iker Casillas.

Ronaldo made it 2-0 to the visitors with 65 minutes gone, after he and Di Maria exchanged passes on the edge of the box. The Argentine winger then slid a perfectly weighted ball through to his Portuguese team-mate, who drifted past Juan Pablo before firing enthusiastically into an empty net.

A terrific save from Juan Pablo then denied Higuain from making it 3-0, after the forward had been played in by the in-form Ronaldo.

Sporting’s Sebastian Eguren was given his marching orders 10 minutes from the end, after receiving his second booking of the game.

Madrid did eventually add a third in injury time through Marcelo, after the Brazilian burst through on goal and fired a confident finish past Juan Pablo.

This victory cements Madrid’s position in first place of La Liga regardless of Barcelona’s result later on this evening, while Sporting remain in the relegation zone with just 12 points from 14 games. (

Xabi Alonso: “We have made a step forward”

Xabi Alonso feels that Real Madrid have made a step forward this term and is eager to keep up their good run of form.

Madrid have impressed in the opening months of the 2011-12 campaign and currently sit atop the Primera Division table with 34 points from 13 games, three points ahead of Barcelona with a game in hand.

“I’m very happy because the team have taken a step forward. We are making progress and the team are playing very well. We don’t want to stop now because the season is far from over,” Alonso was quoted as saying on the club’s official website.

“We feel fine and we’re having a fantastic run. We’re earning very good results and also playing very well. We’re concerned about doing a good job. If we do, we’ll have a greater chance of winning our games.

Alonso is also fully aware that with more than half the campaign to go, there’s a lot of potential for slip-ups.

“The season is long and there will be room for many more thrills and some upsets, but we hope the latter are few.”

Ronaldo de Lima: “I hope Real Madrid will win La Liga & Champions League”

Former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo hopes that the Santiago Bernabeu side will win both La Liga and the Champions League in the 2011-12 campaign.

The Spanish giants currently sit top of the Primera Division table with 34 points from 13 games, while they qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League from Group D without dropping any points.

Ronaldo is hopeful they can keep up their good form, but declined to give his opinion on whether Jose Mourinho’s side have finally caught up to Barcelona.

“I can’t say whether Real Madrid and Barcelona are of the same level or whether Madrid play even better than Barca. I can only say that I hope Madrid win La Liga and the Champions League, and beat Barcelona as well,” Ronaldo said to AS.

“I try to follow La Liga as closely as possible. I didn’t have the chance to see the derby, but I know that Madrid won and are in great form. I think that they can achieve great things this season.”

Ronaldo wore the Real Madrid jersey from 2002 until 2006 and won one league title as well as the Intercontinental Cup and the Spanish Supercup during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu. (

Iker Casillas: “Our 13 victory streak is spectacular”

Iker Casillas was paid tribute to before the derby kicked-off for earning his record 127th caps with the Spanish national team. The goalkeeper analysed the match for the media once it was over.

“The match wasn’t all good for us at the start. Atletico scored early on. They defended fiercely and it isn’t easy for us to play that way at the Bernabeu. Courtois’ red card was key because it forced them to make greater efforts and Di Maria’s goal made them advance their lines more.”

“We now only think about our match against Sporting Gijon. It’s been difficult for us to win at their stadium in the last few years and we should use this week, in which we’ll play no other games, to prepare well for it. Our 13 victory streak is spectacular and we must keep up the good work.” (

Mourinho: “We didn’t want a rough game!”

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has praised his side for managing to overcome city rivals Atletico Madrid in a professional manner, after they rallied from behind to earn a 4-1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Adrian Lopez gave the visitors the lead after just 15 minutes but a double from Cristiano Ronaldo and further goals from Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain sealed the three points for Los Blancos against their nine-man opponents.

The 48-year-old says his team’s all-round display during the derby meeting could not be faulted and he was happy not to see his players react negatively towards Atletico’s rough challenges.

“My team wanted to win,” Mourinho told the club’s official website. “My men didn’t want to play an ugly or rough game. We wanted to win. We played to win and won, despite a little bruising.

“Luckily we had carbon fibre shin pads that work really well. We did our job. We played with discipline and only received one yellow card in the entire 90 minutes. We remained calm, concentrated and didn’t react to anything.”

Madrid were dealt with some good fortunate early on as Atleti goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was sent off for a challenge on Karim Benzema in the box, and Mourinho is of the opinion that the decision made by referee Mateu Lahoz was a correct call.

“The challenge on Benzema was worthy of a penalty and a red card. The goalkeeper had to decide either to tackle the player or concede an unstoppable goal,” he continued.

“I tell my keepers that I’d rather they concede a goal in these situations than give the opponent a penalty and therefore see a red card. Atletico’s goalkeeper decided to take a risk and the penalty was clear.”

Mourinho then concluded by emphasising the need for his side to continue with the status quo, as they go into next week’s clash with Sporting Gijon on the back of a 13-game winning run.

“My team always played well. It was ambitious and motivated. It was also emotionally controlled. We must now be patient and keep our vision. Our streak will eventually come to an end,” said the former Inter boss.

Real Madrid have opened up a six-point gap at the Primera Division summit, after Barcelona lost 1-0 to Getafe in Saturday’s late kick-off. (

Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid

The Spanish capital is painted white after goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain earned Real Madrid a 4-1 victory over Atletico Madrid on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After the visitors controlled the early stages of the contest, the home side managed to respond to secure the three points to ensure they remain top of the table after 13 rounds.

The rivalry got off to a cracking start just 15 minutes in and it was the visitors who took the lead when Adrian Lopez worked a quick combination on the right side before being sent into the box by Diego, where the young Spaniard punished Iker Casillas with a simply finish at the front post, bagging his fifth league goal of the season.

The home fans were silenced, but it would only be temporary as Los Blancos responded just six minutes later. Di Maria filtered a soft pass into the box, ultimately finding Karim Benzema, and the former Lyon man took a touch past Thibaut Courtois, who brought him down with his outstretched arms as a penalty kick was awarded in addition to a red card brandished to the on-loan shot-stopper.

Sergio Asenjo came on to replace Thibault as Diego was sacrificed. Ronaldo took the spotkick for Madrid, faking out the goalkeeper before finishing inside the left post to level proceedings.

There were no further goals in the first half but just three minutes into the second, Di Maria put Jose Mourinho’s side in front. Ronaldo darted down the left side into the box to draw out Asenjo, before sending in a low ball that found the quick Argentine alone in the middle of the area and he finished well into the top of the net with an open goal.

In complete control, the home side extended their advantage in the 65th minute after Higuain chased down a ball that Diego Godin failed to clear as he strode into the box before making a move past the goalkeeper and finishing into the open net.

It went from bad to worse for Atleti with 10 minutes to go as they were reduced to nine men. Diego Godin was given his marching orders when he brought down Higuain inside the box which resulted in another penalty kick. Ronaldo stepped up again and sent his shot into the same side of the goal to wrap up the 4-1 win.

With the numerical advantage, the home side had a few more chances as the game reached its end and were able to control the Atletico attack to ensure the points to Jose Mourinho’s team.

With the victory, Real Madrid now have 34 points and remain in first place in La Liga, while Atletico Madrid sit mid-table with 16.(

You can see the goals on the page Videos

Malaga 0-4 Real Madrid










Real Madrid C.F. demonstrated their power in the match against Malaga. Everything was resolved after 38 minutes of play.

Galacticos recorded as their sixth consecutive victory at La Rosaleda (in all competitions) with an impressive goal-difference of 25:3 and this caused an ambitious Malaga this season’s first home defeat, and the second in a row.

Everything was solved in the first half, so that in the score in the 38 minute turned out it’s going to be the final score 0-4 in favor of the royal club. Gonzalo Higuain scored the first goal, and continued to dominate in the 11th minute of the match. After that Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals  (hat-trick) in 15 minutes.

Malaga played much better in the second half, but they didn’t score any goals. Real Madrid is now 1. in La Liga, with 19 points, Barcelona is behind by 2 points, and Levante is third with 17 points, and they are goinf to play a match today against Villarreal.

Real Madrid 4-2 Getafe









Real Madrid C.F. beat Getafe in a hard match with 4-2. The royal club took the advantage of Barcelona slip.


Real Madrid prooved to Getafe that it will be hard for them to “rip off” a point of the Galacticos when Karim Benzema scored in the 14th minute of the match. Real Madrid 1-0 Getafe

Getafe played very offensive after that goal and that payed off for them. Miku scored a goal in the 39th minute of the match. Real Madrid 1-1 Getafe


Real Madrid just couldn’t “break” Getafe’s defense but then Ronaldo was fouled, and CR7 scored the goal from the penalty in the 60th minute of the match. Real Madrid 2-1 Getafe

Karim Benzema played a great match and he prooved that when he scored his second goal in the 69th minute of the match. Real Madrid 3-1 Getafe.

Miku made Real Madrid players nervous when he scored his second goal on the match in the 74th minute. Real Madrid 3-2 Getafe.

Gonzalo Higuain scored the “match decider” in the 88th minute of the match and brought Real Madrid an important win.


Real Madrid is now ahead of Barcelona by 2 points. You can see the goals in the page videos.

14′ [1 – 0] K. Benzema
21′ C. Ronaldo J. Valera
39′ [1 – 1] Miku
45′ F.J. Casquero
60′ [2 – 1] C. Ronaldo (pen.)
68′ R. Carvalho
69′ [3 – 1] K. Benzema
74′ [3 – 2] Miku
83′ X. Alonso
85′ M. Torres
89′ [4 – 2] G. Higuain