Benzema is the seventh top scorer in the European Cup, tied with Filippo Inzaghi, in a list that is led by his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. His goals are divided between the 38 that he’s got with Real Madrid and the 12 he scored for Olympique Lyon. In the Champions League, he is the fifth top scorer, level with Henry.]]>
"We were aiming to finishing top, as always, but to win the Champions League it doesn't matter if you finish top of the group or second because ultimately you've got to beat everyone".
Criticism of his displays
"When I hear these things I have to improve and train harder. Playing here is difficult and if I work a lot in training then I will score".
Marcelo: "We have given them a real game"
"We have given them a real game and tried to play football, but we were unlucky as they equalised on the break. Now there are only very strong teams left, that is why they are in the last sixteen. We will wait to see who we play and try to play well in the first leg and again in the second leg”.
Lucas: "We did enough to get the win"
"We had a lot of chances in both the first and second halves but we lacked that bit of luck you need to put the game to bed. We did enough to get the win, but in the end they equalised and we didn’t have time to get another”.
"I think we had a good game, played with intensity, and it was a shame we didn’t win. We have to be happy with the performance and for the vibes the team is producing. We are Real Madrid and whoever we get in the last sixteen we must go out to win.
Navas: "The team fought hard to win the match"
"The team is on a positive streak and that fills us with confidence. We tried to win the match and the team fought hard, but we must learn from this for what is coming and we know that we must put matches to bed as soon as possible".]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/zidane-oversees-his-50th-game-as-real-madrid-coachth game in the Real Madrid hotseat. The French coach took over the reins on 9 January 2016 and has since gone on to record 37 wins and 11 draws, whilst succumbing to two defeats, with his side netting 141 goals and conceding 45 in the process. These results have seen the team secure two pieces of silverware: the Champions League and the club's third UEFA Super Cup.
The Whites' coach has a 74% win rate and after guiding his side to an unbeaten run of 34 games, he has equalled the longest undefeated record achieved by a madridista coach. The Whites are unbeaten since April and last tasted defeat in LaLiga back in February. Furthermore, Zidane's Madrid side are showing real attacking prowess, having netted in all 23 of their games this season.]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/zidane-we-gave-our-all-to-finish-topagainst Borussia Dortmund and the madridista coach had the following to say about the game: "We let them off a bit by not converting the chances we created. We managed to get a draw and they finish top and we're runners-up. We gave our all to finish top, but we didn't manage it. I'm very proud of the work put in by my players".
"We did some very good things out there, but you've also got to consider that you've opponents in front of you who can make your life difficult and they've got some good players. In the second half our intensity levels dropped off a bit, but we had chances to have scored. We lacked a little bit more focus in the last 10 minutes. Given what we've done so far in the competition, it's fair that they've finished top and us second".
"What we were looking to do was to do everything to go through as group winners. We did everything to have achieved that, but that's how it goes. We won't be dwelling on this. We finished second and we'll find out our opponents on Monday. What the players are doing isn't easy and they must be congratulated. We now have to rest up before Saturday's game".
"It's important for any striker to score twice in a game. I'm happy with the work he's put in and for the whole team performance. Karim was lucky enough that his teammates gave everything to pick him out when he was well placed".
"The players have to be congratulated. They're the ones out on the pitch, it's them who run, fight and dig in. We also have to thank the fans, who always get behind the team and support us. They've got to take some credit for what the team is achieving". ]]>
The draw will feature two pots: one which contains the winners of the group and another with the runners-up. No team can come up against one that they have already faced in the group stage or one from the same country.
We have to go back to April for the last time that the madridistas tasted defeat. Since then, the Whites' record reads 25 wins and nine draws. Zidane's charges have the chance to better the previous undefeated run and set a new record in Saturday's clash against Deportivo (8:45pm CET).
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/2-2-a-stalemate-and-through-to-the-last-16-as-group-runners-upReal Madrid drew against Borussia Dortmund in an entertaining game to qualify for the round of 16 as group runners-up. The Whites will now await to discover their fate in the draw for the next stage, which takes place on Monday 12 December. The hosts totally dominated the opening half hour and enjoyed all of the chances, with the exception of the game's first opening, which came on four minutes when Schürrle fired in an effort from the edge of the area. The host's first opportunity came on 10' when Casemiro regained possession and found Cristiano Ronaldo, who carried the ball up to the opposition's box and played a back-heel to Benzema, who took a touch to control and fired in an effort, only to be denied by Weidenfeller.
The Whites continued to pour forward, much to the delight of the locals. With eight minutes on the clock, Ronaldo produced a superb piece of control inside the box and found James with an exquisite pass, but the latter was unable to get the better of the visitors' goalkeeper. Two minutes later, the Colombian was once again in the thick of the action, as his effort from the edge of the area was gathered in by Weidenfeller. With the impressive Casemiro pulling the strings in the middle of the park, the madridistas were playing with incisive triangles, as the forays into the opposition's box became frequent.
It appeared just a question of time before the hosts would make the breakthrough and it duly materialised just before the half-hour mark. With 28 minutes played, Casemiro sprayed the ball out to Carvajal and he shaped a cross into the area, where Benzema lost his marker to slot the ball home. It was a just reward for Madrid who were producing a fine performance. However, Borussia looked to claw themselves back into the game on set pieces. Schürrle struck a free-kick on 39' which bounced up just in front of Keylor Navas, who produced a fine reflex save to parry the ball behind for a corner. ]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/1-3-under-19s-slip-to-dortmund-defeat-in-last-matchday-of-youth-leagueLlario was on target for the youth side, who will discover their knockout-stage opponents in the draw which takes place on 13 February.
Against a strong German outfit who played with high intensity, the madridistas adopted their passing game right from the first whistle, as they imposed themselves in the opposition's half, particularly in the wake of Mangala's 27th-minute dismissal. The Whites posed a constant threat on Bansen's goal, who was in inspired form and had to be at his best to deny efforts from Llario and Toni. Just minutes later, Llario opened the scoring in first-half injury-time when he fired home after Alberto's excellent pull-back from the by-line.
Given that Borussia had to claim maximum points, they poured forward after the restart as they looked to stage a comeback. Baxmann levelled matters when he struck from inside the area on 52' and Amenyido was on hand to complete the comeback shortly afterwards when he slotted home after Luca had parried a penalty. As the Whites pushed on in attack, Kopacz struck on 82 minutes to secure victory.
1-Real Madrid: Luca, Cobo, Álex, Soti, Tati, Seoane (Gori, 68’), Valverde, Toni (Martín, 57’), Alberto, Mario and Llario (Ousama, 74’).
3-Borussia Dortmund: Bansen, Passlack, Kiliena, Pieper, Beste, Mangala, Burnic, Amenyido (Wanner, 93'), Baxmann (Kopacz, 82'), Bruun Larsen and Kyeremateng (Laukart, 46’).
1-0 (min. 49+): Llario.
1-1 (min. 52): Baxmann.
1-2 (min. 68): Amenyido.
1-3 (min. 82): Kopacz. ]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/laso-given-how-well-theyre-competing-zalgiris-have-proved-to-be-the-surprise-packageth game with a win against Zalgiris, but not so much for that reason, more on account of the importance of the game. I'd sign up right away for another 400 games because that would mean that things have gone really well".
"These are tough games and we play host to opposition who are playing really well, they're very physical, are able to rotate their roster and are a real threat from the three-point line. For me, they've been the surprise package in this season's EuroLeague in terms of how they're competing and we'll have to perform well if we're to win the game".
Strong all-round team
"They're a side with two tough, athletic centers (Javtokas and Lima) and players in the middle like Jankunas, Ulanovas and Milaknis who are strong shooters. They're a strong all-round side and they've made good signings, with the likes of Pangos, Westermann and Lima, who have added a lot of solidity to the existing roster and I think that Jasikevicius is doing a good job".]]>
Real Madrid line-up
1. Keylor Navas
7. Cristiano Ronaldo
17. Lucas Vázquez
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/real-madrid-are-unbeaten-at-the-bernabeu-against-borussia-dortmundMorientes and Karembeu scored the goals in this win (2-0), which proved decisive on the way to winning la Séptima.
The following two matches came in the group phases of the Champions League, in February 2003 (2-1) and November 2012 (2-2). In the 2012/13 campaign, they met again in the semi-finals (2-0). The last time they played was on the road to la Décima, with Bale, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo getting the goals in the quarter-final victory (3-0).]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/top-spot-at-stake-as-real-madrid-take-on-borussiaEuropean champions aren't interested in the permutations and will simply be going all out for victory over Borussia Dortmund to ensure that they win the group and take their place in the round-of-16 draw as a seeded side. The Whites head into the final matchday two points behind the German outfit and requiring a win to achieve their objective. The home fans are well aware of the importance of the clash and are set to generate an atmosphere befitting such a high-profile fixture.
As well as aiming to clinch top spot, this game presents Zinedine Zidane's charges with the added motivation of being able to equal the club's best-ever unbeaten streak, which is currently held by Leo Beenhakker's side from the 1988/89 campaign and stands at 34 games. All of this comes just four days after Saturday's Camp Nou stalemate, a result which ensured that Madrid maintain their cushion at the top of LaLiga.
Zidane welcomes players back
In terms of team news, there are notable returns for Toni Kroos, Álvaro Morata and Danilo, who all missed out on El Clásico. The trio take their places in the 19-man squad named by Zidane for the encounter. The Whites' coach, who tonight celebrates his 50th game in charge, was categorical when commenting on how his side will approach the game: "We shalln't be overthinking things, we'll just go out to play the game and perform with intensity, as we try to finish top".
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/the-team-join-up-for-final-preparations-ahead-of-the-borussia-dortmund-clashBorussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabéu (8:45pm CET). The players departed from the stadium and made their way to Real Madrid City, where they will rest at the first-team residence until a few hours before the clash against the German outfit.]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/borussia-train-at-the-santiago-bernabeuBorussia Dortmund took to the Santiago Bernabéu pitch to complete the last training session ahead of their Champions League Matchday 6 group-stage encounter against Real Madrid (8:45pm CET). The coach of the German side, Thomas Tuchel, had all 19 of the players named in his squad list available to him.]]>
"The good thing about finishing top is that it proves that you've been capable of winning the group. If we want to go through as leaders we'll have to draw or win tomorrow. It's all about having confidence in yourself and finishing top isn't something that can be used to gain an advantage in the next round".
"Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are two different sides. Madrid are more fluent in attack. The middle third is key and we don't want to be giving them a lot of space in that area because they'll make us suffer. We'll have to fight hard to counter the pressure and quality of Modric and Kroos. We must be organised and play with aggression and be quick. We'll have to perform with intensity and we're going to need to display all of our quality".
"He's been suffering with a cold since yesterday. He's not currently 100% and we'll have to take that into consideration. Ideally he would be able to start the game, but we won't be making a decision on that until tomorrow. He's an exceptional player".]]>
REAL MADRID SQUAD:
Goalkeepers: Navas, Casilla and Yáñez.
Defenders: Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Varane, Danilo and Marcelo.
Midfielders: Kroos, James, Casemiro, Modric, Asensio and Isco.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Morata and Lucas Vázquez.
NEXT TRAINING SESSION:
Thursday, 8 December at 11am at Real Madrid City (behind closed doors).]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/ramos-our-priority-is-to-win-against-dortmund-and-finish-firstBorussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabéu (Wednesday, 8:45pm CET). The captain spoke about the Whites’ final game in the group stage of the Champions League: "As football lovers we like to know the results, but our priority is to win tomorrow and finish first. We have a very important game and we know what we are going to come up against, but with our fans we are going to try to have a great game. Then wait to see who we get in the draw".
"We got an important point on Saturday in a difficult stadium and against a big rival. As the goal was scored at the end it seems like it was worth more, but the league is open and we are forced to fight for everything. We’re not talking about a treble because from the first day the madridista DNA forces you to fight for all titles regardless of the outcome of the other day.
11 years after his first goal
"It's one of the most beautiful moments in my career. It was a wide free kick, which I think Raul Bravo took. A lot has happened since then, but it is a joy and I’m proud to still be here and remember it".
His miracle goals
"The more I work the luckier I get. You always have to search for luck. Raul was always there due to his belief. Hope is the last thing you should lose and in these last few years there are these beautiful memories to show my child on video".
"I am a defender and I must try to keep a clean sheet. If we can then take advantage of set pieces, one of the virtues of this team, then that’s a bonus. Since I was a little boy on the beach, I was up against my father in the air, that's why I’m god in the air. If I scored again tomorrow in the 90th minute it would be amazing. The important thing is that the team wins and we continue going in this direction".
Cristiano Ronaldo and the ballon d'or
"He had a great season and won the Champions League and the Euros, that speaks for itself. He must win the ballon d'or. He motivates the group, he is a born motivator and he is the most important player in the history of Real Madrid".]]>
]]>the game against Borussia Dortmund. The Real Madrid coach spoke about the final match in the Group Stage of the Champions League: "We are going to play it like a final, a group final. We’re playing at home and we want to have a great game tomorrow. We will not over think things, just play the game with intensity and try to finish first. We will prepare the game well and see how to cause them problems".
"We must concentrate, paly with intensity and look for an early goal. We play every three days and it’s important to me that all the players are ready to play. Everyone is focussed and it will be a game that will take a lot out of us physically. The important thing is to have a great game".
Does it matter to you finishing first or second?
"We can’t think about the possibilities. We have an important match and it’s always our objective to finish first in the group".
Your work as a coach
"It's true that I'm very lucky because I do something that I like every day and I'm lucky to be in this great club. I like football, the work and the passion that I have in my profession is also important".]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/the-foundation-student-share-a-day-with-the-basketball-teamadapted basketball schools (people with severe psychical disabilities) were the stars of a get-together organised by the basketball section within the framework of the Euroleague One Team project. The boys and girls were able to practice their favourite sport with their favourite players, those of the first team, in what was a magical day.
The players shared the court with the more than one hundred students who were waiting for them in the Real Madrid City basketball arena. Watched by their parents, who filled the stands, for about an hour the students of the 10 adapted basketball socio-sporting schools were photographed with their idols.
A morning to enjoy, in which different games were played across the three courts in the arena before the session finished with a match, with each team having some new, special teammates, the players of the first team who took part.]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/cristiano-averages-a-goal-a-game-in-the-champions-league-with-real-madridCristiano Ronaldo's numbers in the Champions League are simply astonishing. Since arriving at Real Madrid, the Portuguese man has averaged a goal per game in the competition, having scored 80 times in his 80 appearances for the madridistas. This has seen the forward become the tournament's all-time leading goal scorer with 95 goals, if we include the 15 he netted during his time at Manchester United.
Cristiano notched his first Whites' goal in his Champions League debut for Real Madrid in the 2009/10 season, beating FC Zurich away from home (2-5). Since then, he has gone on to average a goal per game, his most notable efforts being his four-goal haul against Malmö (2015/16) and his four hat-tricks in the competition: against Ajax (2012/13), Galatasaray (2013/14), Shakhtar Donestk (2015/16) and Wolfsburg (2015/16).]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/doncic-named-endesa-league-player-of-the-round-for-matchday-11Doncic has been named the Endesa League Player of the Round for Matchday 11 after his sterling performance in the victory over Montakit Fuenlabrada, in which he posted 23 points, 11 assists, four rebounds and a PIR of 34. This showing saw the point guard clinch several Endesa League records as the youngest player to have achieved a double-double and to have dished out over 10 assists.
This game also saw the Slovene register his best points return for Real Madrid and this accolade represents the third time that a madridista has scooped the Player of the Round award after Sergio Llull took the accolade on Matchdays 2 and 10. ]]>
The Whites, including Castilla's Enzo, completed various control, passing and ball circulation drills. The madridistas then split up into two teams to work on possession and pressure exercises, before carrying out a drill involving crosses and shots on goal. Cristiano Ronaldo trained indoors, whilst Gareth Bale continues with his recovery.]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/zidane-has-now-given-every-player-in-the-squad-some-game-timeRubén Yáñez, who came on for Casilla in the game against Cultural Leonesa. It was that game that also saw the Castilla players Odegaard, Enzo and Tejero make appearances. This means that 27 players have featured so far this season.
Now that the first 22 official games have been played, two defenders, Varane and Carvajal, top the list of total minutes played with 1560 and 1539, respectively. Behind them on the list are Cristiano Ronaldo, Kroos and Bale. The three have all played over 1300 minutes. Marcelo, Kovacic, Sergio Ramos, Keylor Navas and Benzema have also played over 1000 each.
Taking the number of games played into account, Lucas Vázquez is the player who has participated in the most (19). Varane and Carvajal have featured in one game last.]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/doncic-the-whole-team-have-helped-me-to-become-a-better-playerwin over Montakit Fuenlabrada, as he smashed several records: including best PIR, most assists and he is now the only one to score a double-double at his age. Furthermore he scored his highest ever points for Real Madrid: “Things are moving quickly for me and I'm happy because I love playing basketball. We have some great players in the squad and they have all helped me to become a better player. This has been my best game in the Endesa League”.
“I always say that you must keep working and looking forward. I am very happy with the win. We worked hard and needed to get back on track after losing to Fenerbahçe. We came out focussed and aggressive and he team have recovered quickly after the other day. We mustn’t let this slip as any team can punish you”.
It was a day of records for Luka Doncic. He is the youngest player to achieve a double-double in the Endesa League (23 points, 11 assists), the youngest to give 11 assists, and furthermore, this was his points scoring record (23)for Real Madrid- In addition it was his highest PIR (34) as a madridista.]]>
“We have a few injuries with some players but we are capable of rotating. Draper was not fir to play. Llull had a niggling knee issue and Doncic had to play a lot of minutes. Every player added something and we got the win which keeps us top of the ACB league”.
“His progress since arriving at Real Madrid aged 13 he been great. The work that he has done in the youth team with all the different coaches, with Alberto Angulo in charge, means that we now have a 17-year old who is capable of playing in the first team, and that is him. He has many different skills, making him the total player. He tries to improve a little bit each day”.
“As his coach I make him focus on certain aspects. He is player with great stats and i always try to get more out of him. He played well today and knew how to get past the defense. He was capable of playing for a long time today and he is always productive within the team”.
“He is doing a bit better. He is training but it was too risky to play him today. He is still not at one-hundred percent.]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/92-76-doncic-sensational-against-montakit-fuenlabradaDoncic had a spectacular game as he scored (23 points, PIR of 34) and beat his own personal records. On Thursday the team will face Zalgiris Kaunas (9:00pm CET).
Real Madrid came out strong (7-0 in 1:24) which threw Montakit Fuenlabrada off balance and forced Jota Cuspinera to call for time out. The Whites had some excellent minutes in the paint thanks to Ayón (5 rebounds) and Reyes (2).The first quarter saw eight of the home side´s players score and the duo of Maciulis-Llull led the way, scoring five. Real Madrid had the advantage and would not let it slip all game (23-12).]]>
Zidane is now the 22nd Real Madrid manager to manage this feat. Of all of the managers, the Frenchman has the best average. Only Ancelotti comes close to this average as his Real Madrid side scored 222 goals in 76 games (2,92). ]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/real-madrid-welcome-fuenlabrada-in-another-madrid-derbyDecember. The league leaders welcome a Montakit Fuenlabrada side to the Palacio who have picked up 3 league wins so far, only one away from home, while they have suffered 7 defeats. It's another home match in the league before hosting Zalgiris Kaunas on Thursday.
Despite the Whites' being under intense physical pressure as a result of such a strenuous season, Pablo Laso reflected on his thoughts about his team in the build-up, saying he sees them growing. Real Madrid top a league table (8-1) in which they're also the leading offensive power, averaging 90.1 points per game. Attacking prowess which has seen them net 94 points a game at the Palacio.]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/1-1-nine-man-castilla-draw-with-navalcarneroJavi Sánchez got the only madridista goal.
Castilla demonstrated once again what a tough side they are to beat at home. Disciplined in defense, the Whites took charge of the centre of the park and posed a real threat on both wings thanks to the fantastic attacking contributions of wide players Achraf and Cobo, who made his Segunda División B.]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/zidane-this-teams-spirit-has-clinched-us-an-important-pointa draw that maintains their lead at the summit of La Liga: “We have to highlight the spirit shown by this team yet again, the way we worked together and the belief we showed until the end to clinch this important point. I don't know whether or not it's fair, but it's the way it's gone. It's a point, we keep picking them up, and in the first half we had chances to hurt them".
"They scored their goal in the second half, we let up a bit and they grew in confidence. It's a point but it doesn't feel like a win. We can be very happy with how we played against a very tough opponent. Now we have to rest up because we've got another match in no time at all”.
Blow to morale
“I don't think so. We've got a six-point advantage, but that won't change anything. This is a long-run thing and we have to work hard until the end. We're pleased with the point but we know that La Liga will be tough right to the finish”.
It's always Ramos
“It doesn't surprise me anymore. It's the way he is. He's got real personality and you can always count on him in these games. He never lets his head drop and he's motivated until the final minute. It's great for us”.
“It was a real collective effort. It's not an easy place to come and we were under pressure, but it's difficult for anyone. I'll underline the team's hard work. At the end, as always, Ramos is there to score and I'm happy for him, and we've managed to get something thanks to our belief until the final moment”.]]>
“It was a hard-fought clash and both teams wanted to keep the ball. Perhaps we had more chances in the first half but we lacked a clinical edge in front of goal. The points difference is reward for the hard week we’ve been doing since the start of the season. We mustn’t get carried away because there’s still a long way to go in La Liga, but it’s better to have it in our own hands than to depend on others.”
“It was high intensity. It was a high-risk game and we played to our limits. On top of all that you always have to show sportsmanship. Now we have to keep working and rack up the points, turn our attentions to the Champions League and soon we’ll have to focus on La Liga again”.
Lucas: “Both teams had good chances”
“Over the course of 90 minutes I think it was a fair result. Both teams had good chances and in the end a draw was fair. We lacked a bit of accuracy up top, but in the end we were able to snatch a draw thanks to Ramos’ goal and that’s bad. This is a difficult ground to come to, we knew how to suffer and we did everything to get the draw”.
Controversial moment in the first half
“I thought at the time that it was a penalty. The ball was there to be won, I went in and Mascherano upended me, it was a clear penalty”]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/1-1-the-league-leaders-earn-a-draw-in-el-clasico-with-a-goal-from-ramosSergio Ramos always steps up. The name of the Real Madrid captain should forever be associated with the spell between the 90th minute until the referee blows the final whistle. Real Madrid didn't deserve to lose this evenly matched Clásico and they didn't thanks to his wonderful headed effort in the last minute. The Whites have now gone 33 games unbeaten and keep the gap at 6 points from Barcelona, while they are 7 ahead of Sevilla.
The first half belonged to the Whites as it was played at an incredible pace, though few real chances were created. The best opportunities fell the way of the madridistas, particularly in the final stages. In the 3rd minute, the referee refused to blow for a penalty as Mascherano upended Lucas Vázquez in the area. A very solid-looking Real Madrid controlled the centre of the park with Modric, Kovacic and Isco all faultless, not allowing Barcelona to pose any real threat to the madridista area.
The league leaders, however, upped the pressure in the final moments of the half, and had a chance to score with 37 on the clock, but Cristiano Ronaldo's left-footed strike was pushed behind for a corner by Ter Stegen following a moment of individual quality. The same players linked-up just one minute later as a Modric long ball found Lucas Vázquez, who combined with the Portuguese man. He took just two touches to bewitch the Barcelona defence, a nutmeg on Mascherano for good measure, but could only find the hosts' goalkeeper with his shot.
The Whites' threat didn't end there though, and in the 44th minute they had a double opportunity. Benzema swung in a dangerous cross and Piqué, at full stretch, sent the ball out for a corner. Isco took the kick and Varane's header ended up in the arms of Ter Stegen.]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/laso-“were-happy-with-the-results-and-how-the-team-is-growingbuild-up to Real Madrid-Montakit Fuenlabrada (Sunday, 12:30pm CET): “We have to recover from the match, from the strenuous trip and especially physically. We did a little bit of recovery yesterday to get back to normal. We trained well today and looked at how Fuenlabrada play. We have to show them respect like we do all our opponents and take the game seriously from the off so we don't have to overexert ourselves”.
“First off we have to stay top of the league and we've got a game against a team who plays a very open, fast paced game and where Jota Cuspinera has fostered a style at Fuenlabrada. They've got some injured players back, like Wear and we have to stay solid and see how our boys are, Draper is a doubt”.
“The team has been improving gradually and in a physical respect we've had few injuries, which has allowed us to carry on the way we wanted. We're in good shape in the league and the Euro League but we know every game is important and that we've got a long way to go, but in terms of results and how the team is growing, we've very happy”.]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/florentino-perez-greets-the-team-ahead-of-el-clasicoClásico to be played at the Camp Nou (4:15pm CET).]]>
Real Madrid line-up
1. Keylor Navas
7. Cristiano Ronaldo
17. Lucas Vázquez
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/cristiano-ronaldo-unstoppable-away-from-homePichichi table in La Liga, the Portuguese man has scored 5 times in the last two matches (3 against Atlético and 2 against Sporting). His numbers are particularly impressive on the road, where he has 7 goals in his last 3 clashes away from home for the Whites.
The run began on matchday 8 at the Benito Villamarín when Cristiano Ronaldo rounded off the 1-6 win over Betis. Two weeks later, he shone in Vitoria, netting a hat-trick in the 1-4 victory. Then in his most recent away clash he led the way once again, with another hat-trick at the Vicente Calderón.
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/league-leaders-head-into-el-clasico-with-a-six-point-cushion-at-the-summitfirst Clasico of the season, which also marks the last one before 2016 is out. The world is set to come to a standstill to take in all of the action at the Camp Nou as the previous two European champions go head-to-head (4.15pm CET). Real Madrid go into the game as leaders of LaLiga and quite possibly in their best form of the campaign, after having chalked up five wins in the final stages of the calendar year, including victory at Vicente Calderón in the side's last away assignment in the league.
The Whites, who are riding a 32-game unbeaten run and have netted in their last five league visits to the Camp Nou, head into this clash with a clear objective: to increase their cushion over the Azulgranas to nine points, which would see the Whites maintain, at the very least, the advantages that they have on the chasing pack (Sevilla are also sitting six points off Madrid, whilst Atlético are nine points off the pace).
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/on-this-day-real-madrid-lifted-the-clubs-third-intercontinental-cupninth European Cup and a first-ever UEFA Super Cup - in brilliant fashion. Ronaldo, who was named Man of the Match in the showpiece, soon set Real Madrid on their way as the Brazilian fired home to make it 1-0.
The Whites weren't able to double their advantage until after the break, when a Guti header sealed victory and ensured the club added to their international honours. The final was staged in Yokohama, where 14 years on Real Madrid will bid to lift the club's second Club World Cup.
2-Real Madrid: Casillas, Salgado, Hierro, Helguera, Roberto Carlos, Makelele, Cambiasso (Pavón, 90’), Figo, Raúl, Zidane (Solari, 86’) and Ronaldo (Guti, 82’).
0-Olimpia: Tavarelli, Isasi, Zelaya, Pedro Benítez, Jara, Orteman, Cáceres, Enciso, Córdoba (Báez, 65’), Benítez (Caballero, 81’) and Hernán López.
1-0 (min. 14): Ronaldo.
2-0 (min. 84): Guti.
Stadium: International Stadium Yokohama (Japan).]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/twenty-seventh-anniversary-of-fernando-martins-passingFernando Martín was cut short in a road accident. The legendary player was heading to the Palacio de los Deportes to attend the game between Real Madrid and CAI Zaragoza when the tragic accident took place. He was only 27 years old but had already established himself as a Real Madrid legend.
Not only did Martín excel on account of his outstanding inside play, but his personality and spirit made him an on-court leader and a icon for the Real Madrid faithful. During his time at the club he lifted four league titles, three Copas del Rey, two Cup Winners' Cups, one Korac Cup and a Club World Cup. As a tribute to Martín, the club retired his number 10 jersey.
Recently the 30th anniversay of his NBA debut was marked. Indeed, Martín was the first Spaniard to ply this trade in the US league. Amongst his other career honours, he won a silver medal with the Spanish national team in the 1983 European Championships and another silver at the 1984 Olympic Games.]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/keylor-navas-and-casemiro-sign-autographs-in-barcelonaKeylor Navas and Casemiro. The two Real Madrid players displayed their friendliness as they posed for photos with the members in attendance, whilst also signing shirts, posters, scarves and footballs.
At the end of the event, which was attended by the goalkeeper and midfielder, one fan enthused, "I'm delighted to see Real Madrid here in Barcelona and I'm certain that we'll win at the Camp Nou, which will see us tighten our grip on top spot".]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/real-madrid-receive-great-welcome-in-barcelonamadridista expedition was offered a warm welcome to the city. Nearly a thousand fans were awaiting the Whites' arrival and the players repaid supporters by signing autographs and posing for photos. The madridistas then transferred to the Hotel Fairmont Juan Carlos I, where they will remain until tomorrow's Matchday 14 clash against Barcelona (4:15pm CET). Álvaro Morata is part of the travelling party. ]]>
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/special-clasico-featureAzulgranas as you're reminded of the displays of madridista legends, enjoy the best goals and savour some big Madrid wins. Through these videos and photos you'll travel back through almost nine decades of Clásico fixtures and will be brought right up to Saturday's clash.
Click HERE to enjoy all of the magic of El Clásico.
- http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2016/12/cristiano-ronaldo-finalist-in-fifas-‘the-best’-award-for-best-player-of-2016The Best award, for the Best Player of 2016. The madridista forward is up against Messi and Griezmann for the prize. The winner will be announced at a gala which will take place in Zurich on the 9th of January.
The winner of the award is chosen in a vote by captains and international team coaches, which accounts for 50%. The other half is composed of a public vote via the internet and the choices of more than 200 specialist journalists from all over the world.]]>