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HOW WILL MADRID COPE WITHOUT RONALDO?

Real Madrid are already working on playing without their star man Cristiano Ronaldo after almost a decade. The Spanish side is expected to struggle a bit but it would be nice to see how they setup when the season resumes later this month.

They recently won their third straight Champions League in May. While they were still celebrating Coach Zinedine Zidane quit the team. Bale and Ronaldo made ‘heavy’ comments but it was Ronaldo that acted on it to leave the club after four Champions League titles and two league titles. He is the leading scorer for the club at 451 goals in 438 games. It would be hard for the club to cope without such a monumental player but Madrid must.
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RAMOS: GARETH BALE IS UNSTOPPABLE

Real Madrid star, Sergio Ramos says his team mate, Gareth Bale, is unstoppable. This comes ahead of the team’s UEFA Champions League match against English side, Manchester City. The Wales centre forward returns back to England for the first time as Real Madrid dream of their 11th Champions League title.

Gareth Bale joined the Spanish club for a world record fee of 85 million Pounds in 2013. This season, the talisman has 18 goals form 26 games to his belt. Real Madrid captain, Ramos, says the player is unstoppable due to his frightening form.

“Gareth is in frightening form at the moment

“The way he is playing he looks unstoppable.”

Real Madrid’s superstars have flown into Manchester ahead of their Champions League encounter with Manchester City. The club goes into the game with a doubt for star player, Cristiano Ronaldo but he stopped to sign for fans and showed no signs of the injury – a thigh strain – that kept him out of Real’s weekend clash with win against Rayo Vallecano as a precaution. Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, with real injury scares recently, were also present.

Benzema limped out of Madrid’s 3-2 win over Rayo Vallecano at the weekend, leaving coach Zinedine Zidane waiting to see if he will be fit to play.

Zidane said earlier: “I hope it’s nothing and that he can play on Tuesday, but we don’t know yet.”

“Here, of course, he has experience of playing against Manchester City, many of their players, and at their stadium.

“But in a game like this it can be about a bit of individual quality, which he is more than capable of producing.

“The attacking players we have are very special, but we defenders are going to have to do a big job in Manchester,” Ramos added.

Bale Ability On Artificial Pitch In Doubt

The coach of the Wales national football team, Chris Coleman has cleared up all the rumors that were being launched concerning whether or not Gareth Bale was going to be featured in the Euro 2016 qualifying match against Andorra which will take place on September 9.

Not too long ago, Carlo Ancelotti told the public that some of his players cannot perform at the optimal level if they play on an artificial pitch and Gareth Bale was one of those players that he mentioned.

Chris Coleman has gone on saying that if Gareth Bale is fit then he will play against Andorra.

We’ve got to pick our strongest team. He’s Bale has to be in that and Madrid understand that. I always say we look after the players. We make sure we try to send them back in the condition where they’re going to be fit to play. This is a different type of pitch, if this goes ahead, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to pick Gareth. If Gareth’s available he’s going to play in the team.”

When Wales completes their match against Andorra they will also be locking horns with Bosnia-Hercegovina and Cyprus on October. All of these are qualifying matches for the 2016 Euro’s which will be hosted in France.

Along with Gareth Bale, the Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has also been selected in Chris Coleman’s 23 man squad that are expected to play from the beginning of the match as they are some of the more recognized players in the team and that are playing in high pressure leagues and clubs such as: Real Madrid and Arsenal.

Wales was pitted in Group B of the Euro 2016 qualifying rounds and the group consists of: Andorra, Cyprus, Israel, Belgium, Wales and Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Spurs Has Slow Transfer Season

While some clubs have been going through a really busy transfer window, the same cannot be said for Tottenham who have not sold any of their players and only had Jake Livermore entering the club.

Mauricio Pochettino took over the managerial position at White Hart Lane as he replaced Tim Sherwood but so far it seems like he has had a very quiet transfer window which is disappointing considering that the supporters of the Premier League club want to battle in the European tournaments in the next season as well as make a charge at the top of the English league.

On August of 2013, Tottenham offloaded €26 million in order to sign Roberto Soldado from Valencia but the Spanish forward has failed to live up to his price tag as he only managed on scoring 6 goals in 28 league appearances.

The Togolese forward Emmanuel Adebayor had a much better campaign as he scored on 11 occasions but even though it’s a larger amount of goals, Tottenham are still in need of a consistent striker that the squad can depend on.

Loic Remy is in the radar of Tottenham but they will face competition from Arsenal as well as having to convince QPR on letting him go to direct rivals in the Premier League.

The defensive division of Tottenham is another segment that has been shown weaknesses throughout the entirety of the previous season as Tim Sherwood had find a make shift left-back position player between Danny Rose who was usually injured and Jan Vertonghen as the Belgium centre-back could never really adjust playing in the left-back position.

A number of other significant problems have stopped Tottenham on reaching for higher spots in the Premier League but with the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino, supporters started to believe that there was hope but with such a quiet transfer window, doubts are starting to emerge once more.

SPURS HAVE A CHANCE

The Premier League is being tightly contested with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all separated by a few points and according to Tim Sherwood, the top 4 spots will go down to the wire.

“We are happy we are amongst it and leap-frogged Everton, and now we’re chasing Liverpool,” said Sherwood.

Tottenham claimed a vital 1-0 triumph against Everton with the Togolese forward Adebayor scoring the only goal of the entire encounter but it was just enough for Sherwood’s side to claim all 3 points and get into a higher spot in the English league.

“You won’t win games three or four nil all the time,” said Sherwood after seeing his sixth victory from nine league games in charge. We had to dig in there today. If you want to get where we want to be you’ll have to sometimes win without playing well.”

They are attempting to secure a Champions League spot for the upcoming season and Adebayor is one of the driving forces that is pushing the team ahead and helped placing Tottenham at their current position.

Sherwood will have the support of the French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris by his side after the shot-stopper shut down claims and reports which were linking him to make a move to Arsenal.

According to Olivier Giroud, the player of Arsenal stated that he has talked with Hugo Lloris and the goalkeeper said that he would like to join the club guided by Arsene Wenger but Lloris reacted quickly and said that he is only focused about playing well with Tottenham.

Lloris told Spurs’ official website: “I heard about Giroud’s interview. I think maybe some words were twisted, but it is embarrassing. I don’t think that, I’m very focused on Spurs’ ambition and I am very pleased to play for Spurs’’.

BOSS WANTS MORE

A few days ago, Carlo Ancelotti said that he expected more from Gareth Bale in the coming seasons. The Welsh international was signed from Tottenham for a world record fee of £ 86 million. After initially struggling for form and fitness, the player is starting to come good for Real Madrid in recent months. Despite this, Ancelotti said that Bale is displaying only half of his potential because it is his first season at the club. He is expecting more from the 24-year-old once he settles completely at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The former Tottenham star showed his quality in the recent 5-0 win over Real Betis. He scored the second goal of the game, as Real Madrid managed to move level on points with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. The top three teams have 50 points each right now, although Real Madrid have played a game more than their rivals. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 10th minute, while Karim Benzema, Angel di Maria, and Alvaro Morata scored the goals for the club in a convincing victory.

Ancelotti said after the match that he was very happy with the performance of Bale, who not only scored, but also created chances for his teammates. Prior to the match, he confirmed that Morata will not be allowed on loan to Arsenal.

“Bale performed well. But so did everyone else in the team. There was big pressure in the beginning. But everything went well, so we have to be happy. When we scored the first goal, the game changed. We had more spaces – it’s normal that Betis attacked trying to get a draw. All the team played well, we had lots of chances to score – it was a great match from our point of view,” said Ancelotti, whose team are slowly coming back to a good run of form.

HATRICK HERO

Gareth Bale recently scored his first hat-trick for Real Madrid in the 4-0 win over Real Valladolid. The Wales international was signed for a world-record £ 86 million in the summer, but he has so far been poor. However, he has been showing signs of returning to the form he showed last season with Tottenham. He came into the match on the back of an impressive scoring run, but he managed to outshine Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since moving to Madrid by scoring a hat-trick in the match. Ronaldo was absent from the team due to a thigh strain.

After the encounter, he said that this was certainly not the best performance he has put in and has said that fans can expect more from him in the coming weeks. Bale has also stated that the reason behind his poor performance at the start of his Madrid career was due to lack of fitness after missing pre-season with Tottenham and Madrid. Bale now has seven league goals, which is significantly better compared to Barcelona’s summer signing Neymar. The Brazilian has only four goals in the league until now.

“I scored three goals but I hope to do better. I want to keep improving and working hard during the matches and training. I’m very happy here. I needed time to adapt after not having a pre-season but I’m improving now. Everything I hoped for has come true. The fans and the club are incredible,” said Bale to the official site of Madrid. “He is a very important player for us. I think his period of adaptation is over. He is doing well, he is confident and is very important for us. He did very well,” said Carlo Ancelotti.

Aside from scoring three goals in the match, Bale also provided an assist for Karim Benzema. Madrid still remain three points behind leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

BOOST FOR FANS

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has given a huge boost to the fans, who have been waiting to see Gareth Bale make his debut at the Santiago Bernebeu, by confirming that the midfielder could start against Atletico Madrid. This could be one of the important matter derbies in recent years because Atletico come into the encounter after having taken seven straight victories, while Madrid have already dropped two points. In order to respond to the Barcelona’s signing of Neymar, it is believed that Florentino Perez went out and secured the contract of Gareth Bale for a world record transfer fee of £ 86 million.

This is in addition to the wages of more than £ 300,000 per week. However, the Wales international has been unable to make an instant impact at the Santiago Bernabeu due to persistent injury problems. He did not have a proper pre-season with Tottenham because he was involved in the transfer embargo. Instead of giving him time to settle, Ancelotti gave his debut in the 2-2 draw with Villarreal. Bale played 60 minutes of football in the match and he has not been perfect ever since. He did score on his debut, but persistent injury problems have taken the shine out of the star name.

Ancelotti, however, expects Bale to be on the starting line-up for the visit of Atletico Madrid.

“I think he will be ready for Saturday no problem. He was a bit sad after the Getafe game but changed quickly because he started to think about Saturday’s game,” said Ancelotti ahead of the crunch match. Meanwhile, Florentino Perez has said that the £ 86 million paid to Tottenham for Bale is very cheap. “The signing was cheap. It was shown with Figo, Zidane, Beckham and Ronaldo. Even though they were very expensive, we went from losing money to making money,” said Perez.

BALE MISSES CL

Tottenham star Gareth Bale has sensationally claimed that he does miss the experience of playing in the Champions league on a regular basis. The 23-year-old has been linked with several clubs including Real Madrid over the last few years. Real Madrid are thought to be actively pursuing the player with president Florentino Perez keen to make the Galactico for this year. Bale has been on a real good run of form in recent years, but last season saw the emergence of the Welshman into the real star.

He managed to win both PFA awards for the first time since Cristiano Ronaldo. The coveted players who have achieved this feat include the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry. This incredible achievement has increased to his value in excess of £ 50 million, but Real Madrid are thought to be ready to offer this amount. Tottenham have made it clear that the player is not for sale at any price, but the player could ultimately force a sale like some of the players in the past. He has only three years left on his current deal and it is thought that Tottenham are preparing a new offer for him.

However, he has hinted that he may leave Tottenham in order to get Champions League football.

“When you play in the Premier League, say you’re playing against a lower-end team, they set up to defend all the time, they set up to block you off. But when you play in the Champions League, all the other teams are used to winning every week, so it’s more of an open game, it’s more attacking, end-to-end. No one’s used to defending, everyone’s used to attacking and trying to win games, so it’s just all against all,” said Bale, who helped Tottenham finish in the fifth position just behind Arsenal.

PLAYING IN PAIN

Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, has said that he is playing through the pain barrier in order to help Tottenham finish in the top four this season. Tottenham are currently battling along with Chelsea and Arsenal to finish in the top four of the Premier league, which will give them the ability to play in the Champions League group stages next season. Tottenham have been in the group stages once in the history of the competition. It is seen as a vital need for the club to keep players like Gareth Bale.

The Welsh winger, who is amongst the six nominated for the PFA player of the year awards, was recently injured in the Europa league encounter against FC Basel. Tottenham were knocked out of the competition in the quarter-final stage, thus leaving them with only the league to concentrate in the remaining two months of the season. He has been having one of the best seasons with Tottenham. Signed from Southampton for around £ 5 million, Bale has scored 23 goals in all competitions for the club.

He has also managed several assists along the way as well. The ankle ligament damage suffered against Basel is causing him problems, but he is playing through the pain according to the player.

“It was touch and go whether I was going to play – but thankfully I got through it okay. It was a bit sore in the first half but I got more confident in the second half. It hurts but it’s just about managing it and carrying on. All three goals were important. The first gave us belief, the second killed them and the third one just sealed it so it was a great comeback. We showed great character and hopefully we can carry that on in the last five games,” said Bale.

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