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Real Madrid

Will Mourinho bring the Holy Grail(CL) back home?


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Bish

Registered User
I think Wenger has every right to be a bit bitter. It was different at Chelsea as he was there for 2 years but he was with us for just 4 months and expected first team football immediately.

I'm sure he'll go on to become a great player though.
 

Figо10

Ace in the Pack
He's probably more bitter at the transfer fee Portsmouth got. Brings back memories of Anelka's transfer to Real, but this time it's Portmouth getting the 20mil instead.
 

Highway Penguin

Registered User
Raul has become Madrid's all-time highest scorer, with 309 goals in tonight's 4-0 win over Sporting Gijon. Goals from Raul, Hunterlaar, Marcelo, and then Raul again with solid play from Pepe and Cannavaro in the middle and swift attack from Ramos, to the defensive solidarity as well as creativity of Gago and Lass lead to a clean victory. Higuain, Hunter, and Raul were able to combine very well with Higuain getting two assists on the night. Higuain had some impressive shots on goal as well, one of which lead to Raul's second of the night. It is a shame Raul was not able to celebrate this evening in the Bernabeu to receive a standing ovation from our fans there, but I believe something special will occur to celebrate the feat.

Hala Madrid!

Next up is Liverpool on the 25th. Robben is unsure for the match, which is slightly discomforting, but after this display, I believe we will play well against Liverpool without him. He, however, will be needed for the second leg of the tie.

The lineup is up in the air but maybe:
Casillas
Ramos - Pepe - Cannavaro - Heinze
Robben/Faubert - Lass - Gago - Marcelo/Parejo/Guti
Raul - Higuain

Personally, I'd like to see...
Lass - Gago
Guti
Higuain - Raul - Faubert/Bueno/Saviola

Then again, not sure. We'll see. Guti may not be completely fit to start, so Juande may do something different or a variation of today's lineup, which is what I put first. Much of it depends on Robben as well, because Faubert could be a more stable out on the left rather than Marcelo.
 

Billy Minof

La Decima
Here we go again. lol

Real sure they'll capture Ronaldo

Real Madrid president Vicente Boluda has reiterated the club's confidence that they will sign Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Ronaldo saga dominated European football last summer when Real tried, but in the end failed, to land the Manchester United star following Euro 2008.

Real have never given up on their desire to land Ronaldo and reports from Spain in recent weeks have suggested not only that finances are in place - but a pre-contract is done.

United have always stood firm over Ronaldo, but comments from the Spanish capital are likely to irk the Old Trafford camp further.

Speaking on Cadena Ser's El Larguero programme, Boluda admitted the club remain confident of landing Ronaldo.

When asked about the United star, Boluda replied: "I am convinced we will see him at the Bernabeu."

Boluda inherited the top job at Real when Ramon Calderon was forced to step down last month.

He will not be standing for election in the summer, when former chief Florentino Perez will be amongst those battling for the top job at the club, but he admits he is hoping the presidential candidates may allow him to extend the deal of coach Juande Ramos.

The former Spurs chief took charge in December after Bernd Schuster departed the club and has impressed during his time at the club.

"I want the candidates to allow me to renew the deal of Juande," he said,

"He is a great coach and I will authorise his stay, if I can - I would love him to continue."

Boluda also confirmed the departure of the club's chief director Miguel Angel Arroyo.

"He wanted to retire, and I believe that position in the organisation was not necessary and it was a good opportunity for the club to save money as he waived his 50 per cent compensation available to him," he said.

But he was quick to rule out the departure of sporting director Pedrag Mijatovic.

"I count on him, he used to play here in Madrid, was a champion, and knows more about football than anyone - he helps the dressing room," he said.

"He is a person who brings stability to the club."
 

Figо10

Ace in the Pack
Finally the gap is down to ten points, some way to go yet though.

Missing Arjen Robben and still beating Sporting 4-0. Huntelaar's opened his account :D

Real should actually be optimistic about going to Liverpool now. Chances are they'll get a good result, including an away goal or two to take back with them to Madrid.
 

lpoolfan

Registered User
Finally the gap is down to ten points, some way to go yet though.

Missing Arjen Robben and still beating Sporting 4-0. Huntelaar's opened his account :D

Real should actually be optimistic about going to Liverpool now. Chances are they'll get a good result, including an away goal or two to take back with them to Madrid.

I'm sure the 1st Game is in Madrid and the 2nd leg is in Anfield, so knowing rafa he will be happy to come away with any kind of draw from Madrid and hoping Real die in the heat that is Anfield on a European Night. Has all the makings of a cracking tie though.
 

Figо10

Ace in the Pack
I'm sure the 1st Game is in Madrid and the 2nd leg is in Anfield, so knowing rafa he will be happy to come away with any kind of draw from Madrid and hoping Real die in the heat that is Anfield on a European Night. Has all the makings of a cracking tie though.
Oh yeah, slipped my mind fer a moment. Which means we'll probably have to take a two-goal or so lead to take to Anfield, knowing very well chances are we might concede a goal or two. I'm not too confident of us scoring at Anfield so that better be the case.
 

Billy Minof

La Decima
Finally the gap is down to ten points, some way to go yet though.

Missing Arjen Robben and still beating Sporting 4-0. Huntelaar's opened his account :D

Real should actually be optimistic about going to Liverpool now. Chances are they'll get a good result, including an away goal or two to take back with them to Madrid.

10 points to go mate, easy peasy. lol.
Nice to see Huntelaar open his account with a well taken goal.
I am not too worried about Liverpool at Anfield.

I'm sure the 1st Game is in Madrid and the 2nd leg is in Anfield, so knowing rafa he will be happy to come away with any kind of draw from Madrid and hoping Real die in the heat that is Anfield on a European Night. Has all the makings of a cracking tie though.

The Heat at Anfield is only reserved for small clubs, when a bigger and better team comes to town the Heat gets turned off, yes ye will try hard but Madrid will overcome ye at Anfield and win it 2-0 or 3-1.

Oh yeah, slipped my mind fer a moment. Which means we'll probably have to take a two-goal or so lead to take to Anfield, knowing very well chances are we might concede a goal or two. I'm not too confident of us scoring at Anfield so that better be the case.

Draw at the Bernabue, we will quieten them at Anfield then.;)
 

AgentZero

Registered User
Billy a supposed bigger club in Juventus came and felt the heat (god i feel dirty). Anyways out of the two evils you lot would be the lesser, so id be gunning for madrid to finally pass the last 16.
 

Billy Minof

La Decima
Billy a supposed bigger club in Juventus came and felt the heat (god i feel dirty). Anyways out of the two evils you lot would be the lesser, so id be gunning for madrid to finally pass the last 16.

I just feel that the Anfield factor wont be as strong, most of the pressure on Madrid comes at the Bernabeu and if you can handle the heat there you can handle it anywhere.
BTW, we are not evil. :innocent:
 

Figо10

Ace in the Pack
On current form it's hard to see Real collasping at Anfield, although our away form is not the best definitely. We'd do much better protecting a first leg lead rather than trying to turn over a deficit.

Anyway, onto van der Vaart:
Martin Jol Hints At Hamburg Return For Van Der Vaart​

The Hamburg boss admits he knows the midfielder is not happy...

Rafael Van der Vaart could be on his way to back to Hamburg this summer, according to reports in the Spanish press today.

AS believes that Van der Vaart, who has struggled since joining Real Madrid last year, could move back to Germany, and Martin Jol has not dismissed the idea.

The Hamburg boss told Welt am Sonntag that they are aware of how the Dutchman is progressing in Spain.

"We know how he feels, because he likes to play," he mused.

"He should not be happy, and we are waiting for a sign to see what we can do. There is no doubting his footballing ability.

"One thing is clear; if he decides to return to Germany, there will be no other club for him than Hamburg."

Van der Vaart joined Madrid last summer for a fee of €16 million and even though he had a good start to his spell, he has not continued.

He has failed to hold down a starting place with the Primera Division team and Jol thinks that it was a mistake for him to leave Hamburg.

"Here he was a star, and at Real Madrid he is just one more player," he declared.

"If he had stayed he could have become a legend at the club alongside the likes of Uwe Seeler and Kevin Keegan."
 

Billy Minof

La Decima
Anyway, onto van der Vaart:


I read this the other day, hard one to call, if he does leave he should go back to Hamburg but I cannot see him leaving until after the new President/Manager is in place, then he will know if he has a future at the club, he is definatly getting fitter and stronger and I would like to see him play in his prefered position although I know its hard with Raul playing there, maybe send him out on loan next season then when Raul retires bring him back as his replacement. As I said, its a hard one to call.
 

Billy Minof

La Decima
Aznar out of Real running

Former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar has revealed he will not be able to stand in Real Madrid's presidential elections this summer.

Aznar, a lifelong Madrid fan, had been widely tipped as one of the favourites to succeed Ramon Calderon, who resigned from the role last month.

However, the 55-year-old has ruled himself out of the running for the elections which interim president Vicente Boluda has called for the beginning of July.

"I became a Real Madrid member when I was only seven years old, but afterwards I didn't renew and now I have only had it for five years and the rules demand a minimum of 10," Aznar told radio station Cadena Cope.

"No-one has suggested to me forming part of a bid, but if they did, I would think about it.

"But it won't be easy at all."

Florentino Perez is another hotly tipped for the post, despite the former president not yet having revealed whether he will stand.

Perez stepped down as the Bernabeu chief in February 2006 after almost six years in charge, citing the need for a change with the Spanish giants having failed to win any major silverware since clinching the league title in 2003, but Aznar believes Madrid fans would love to see him back in charge.

"To become Real Madrid president is a temptation you could give into," he said. "Even if it's for a second time, you give into it.

"Over and above being a great person, Perez is a great Real Madrid president.

"He left an important mark. I don't know if he wants to return or not, but I am sure that if he returns he will be very well received."

Perez's previous stint at Madrid was characterised by the famous 'galacticos' policy which saw the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Ronaldo and David Beckham snapped up for big-money fees.

Speculation has been rife that he could go all out again for the likes of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The latter would certainly be hard to tempt away from bitter rivals Barcelona, but Aznar does not believe it would be impossible.

He added: "Everyone would feel good in white and Messi too. At the moment, Leo Messi is the best player in the world."

Madrid have resurrected their season of late and have pushed up to second in the Primera Liga table since the sacking of coach Bernd Schuster and the short-term appointment of Juande Ramos.

They are still 10 points behind leaders Barcelona but Aznar is hopeful their bitter rivals could start dropping points when the Champions League resumes again next week.

"They are doing so well that, even if they have a slump, they will continue doing well," he said. "But it's difficult to maintain the same level all year and win three trophies."
 

Jake Small

Registered User
Yeah, I would love to see VdV playing as a forward mid, right in the middle.

He was WAY too amazing for Hamburg for Real to afford not giving him this chance IMO.


On the topic of dutchies, I thought Huntelaar looked quite good in your last game. A few times he didn't get the service he deserved, but if he and Higuain can achieve an understanding......
 

Billy Minof

La Decima
Yeah, I would love to see VdV playing as a forward mid, right in the middle.

He was WAY too amazing for Hamburg for Real to afford not giving him this chance IMO.


On the topic of dutchies, I thought Huntelaar looked quite good in your last game. A few times he didn't get the service he deserved, but if he and Higuain can achieve an understanding......

VdV has come out today and said that there is no way that he will even consider leaving Madrid, he knows that he has to wait for his chance.
As for Huntelaar, he is only going to get better and better, he took his goal nicely and his fitness seems to have improved since his injury, with the CL resuming next week I expect to see Huntelaar playing more regular and it will then be up to him to keep his place.

... Second place will be Madrids.

Maybe, but we will fight till the end for first.
 

Billy Minof

La Decima
Ramos - Barca are best

Real boss acknowledges achievements of rivals

Juande Ramos believes that Real Madrid are only behind in the Primera Liga title race because the current Barcelona side is the best in the Catalan club's history.

Real's coach is delighted with the way his squad have responded since he replaced Bernd Schuster before Christmas and his only regret is the continued fine form of their closest rivals.

While there will always be comparisons between how Real and Barca play, Ramos thinks that his side are not that far away from Pep Guardiola's outfit.

"Since I arrived we have won just one less point than Barca. They have had a goal difference of plus 20, while we have plus 18," he said.

"Without doubt we are playing some brilliant football and are not so far away, but we are talking about the best Barcelona team in history."

With a 10-point gap between themselves and Barcelona in the league, many are tipping Real Madrid to focus all their efforts on the UEFA Champions League, but Ramos does not see that.

"If someone were to ask me which is easier to win then I would say the Champions League. There are less games and we depend upon ourselves," he continued.
Solution

"Making Barcelona play badly is not among my powers. But I do not agree that we have spent the last two months preparing to play in the Champions League.

"Within the squad there is a great satisfaction because of the way that we are playing. Nobody is thinking about Barca because our only aim is to improve the way that we play.

"I have been asked to resolve a short-term solution. I think that the team let in too many goals to achieve the objectives that they had.

"The players all agreed and they have worked hard to find a solution and I think that the results have been very positive."

Ramos' contract runs out at the Santiago Bernabeu in June, but it will be automatically renewed if he wins a trophy, and with presidential elections being prepared for the summer, he does not know what will happen.

"On 30th June I will be free and if anyone can advise what the best beach in Sardinia is then that is where I will be waiting to hear about news from Real Madrid without any anxiety," he explained.

"Even if we win a trophy I will have no problem going if the new president has other ideas."
 

Usul

Registered User
The list of admirers keeps growing, even among the ranks of the enemy, yet Billy Minof still refuses to show some respect. :lol:
 

Figо10

Ace in the Pack
Seems like they like having Perez in and outta here, then in again.
Roberto Carlos: Only Florentino Perez Can Sort Out Real Madrid

According to the club's former favourite, Roberto Carlos, Real Madrid can only be straightened out by one man: Florentino Perez.

Florentino Perez has received a ringing endorsement from former Brazilian international Roberto Carlos, who believes that the former president is the only man to turn things around at Real Madrid.

With the presidential election at the Spanish giants due in the summer, predictions are being made about who will run. Perez, the man who created the ‘Galactico’ era, has been strongly tipped for a return to the hot-seat.

While he has yet to confirm whether he will stand or not, Perez has the support of many and Roberto Carlos is in no doubt that he would be the right man for the job.

"There is no rival to Florentino Perez," Marca quote the former Real Madrid wing-back as saying.

"He has a style but he has to do what he wants; to be able to form the team he wants and to sign the coach that he wants.

"The only person that can fix Real Madrid's current problems is Florentino Perez."

The media have already linked several high profile former players to roles at the club should Perez win, doubtless aiding his campaign before it has even started.
 
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