Carlo Ancelotti, the Los Blancos boss, has insisted that the situation is not panicky in his camp at the moment despite a couple of recent defeats.
The men in white have been beaten twice on the bounce in the Spanish top tier and as a result, have slipped out of top 10 in the table.
The points’ gap between Real Madrid and their main title rivals Barcelona is 6 already and it can widen even more if Ancelotti’s boys don’t get some wins under their belt fast. Continue reading REAL WON’T PANIC
Spain captain Iker Casillas has said that there is no tension within the squad despite rumours persist that many members of the Spanish national team squad do not get along well.
The Spanish national team squad is largely based on players from Real Madrid and Barcelona. The rivalry between the two clubs is well known, but it has gone to new levels in the last couple of seasons following the unprecedented success of Barcelona. As a result, there is tension amongst the Real Madrid and Barcelona contingent within the squad. Iker Casillas, though, has dismissed any such suggestions by saying that it would have been a problem only last year, but not now.
Spain come into the tournament as the defending champions, but have been rocked by a number of injury problems to key players like David Villa and Carlos Puyol. Even though Iker Casillas concedes that it is a major blow for Spain to miss out on these two players, he has said that the national team has enough quality to replace them.
Spain will be starting their Euro 2012 campaign against Italy, which is possibly the toughest test in the group stages for the reigning champions. Spain are looking to become a record-breaking team by winning three major tournaments in succession.
“If the Euros had been in 2011, it [the Clasico rivalry] would have been a problem, but now we have a laugh about it. This tension is now gone and I think we should look on the bright side: we have moved on. I’ve seen videos of Italy and I think they a great team. They have many interesting players and they have been renovated. They have both veterans and hopeful youngsters, with a lot of players from Juventus. I have maximum respect for them,” said Iker Casillas.
Cristiano Ronaldo has reassured fans that his future plans for his professional career will be revolving around Real Madrid as he feels that he is quite comfortable over there and can see himself having great prospects in the years to come.
He goes on to say that the Spanish League is one of the best in the world as it manages to bring about and showcase a vast array of talents and skills.
Meanwhile the club’s coach, Jose Mourinho, differs in opinion with Cristiano Ronaldo – he has has mentioned and wants to go back to England once his contract at the Bernebeu expires. Then he plans to stay in England for a very long time, ideally at a big club.
Ronaldo is currently the world’s most expensive player after he was signed over for a transfer from Manchester United for a whooping 94 million Euros which was quite shocking. This six year contract with Real Madrid has also been quite fruitful for him as he is having fun and is also being able to perform to the best of his potential – which has led to many people tipping Portugal to be amongst the contenders at the Betfair Euro 2012 Championships.
He feels that a player should be able to relate to and feel comfortable in the club he plays for and now this is established there is no stopping the player from performing to the best of his capabilities. Cristiano Ronaldo has enjoyed life with Real Madrid so far and hence is pretty sure that he is not going to leave the club for a long time – and with Ronny currently in sparkling form, you could be forgiven for having a bet on Real Madrid that more silverware will follow this year.
Real Madrid are currently on the top of the Championship with a total of 40 points – enough to top the Primera Liga ahead of Barcelona with just half a season to go.
Inter Milan legend Ivan Zamorano has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best talents in the world, and believes that he has helped to lift the Spanish League to a new level.
Before Ronaldo appeared in the Primera Liga, Barcelona were winning the Copa Del Rey and the Liga on an annual basis, and its only now, with Cristiano fully settled in, that Real are starting to compete properly. They are currently top of the league by two points – putting pressure on Barca that the blaugrana simply aren’t used to.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is a true phenomenon” said the Chilean hero. “He just seems to be at least one step ahead of so many players. Real Madrid are really benefiting from his presence in the team.”
And its not just with hsi goals that the talented Portuguese striker is making a difference – according to Zamorano he has brought a winning mentaility to the team.
“He is making a real difference with his goals, but also with his attitude. He might be a bad loser, but that is what I want to see out on the pitch. As a fan, I love it when I see him chasing back and trying to help Real get back in control of the game. It isn’t easy to run for so long!”