Christiano Ronaldo was the star of the show as Portugal beat the Czech Republic 1-0 to go through to the semi-finals of Euro 2012. It took Madrid’s goal machine until 12 minutes from the end of the match to score tho winner, but it was worth the wait.
It had begun to look like it was not going to happen after Portugal created a host of chances without finding the back of the net. Ronaldo himself had already hit the post twice and must have been getting frustrated.
He was determined to make his mark, though, and his movement and powerful header from a great run and cross by Joao Moutinho finally gave Portugal the lead they deserved.
Without Tomas Rosicky from Arsenal pulling the strings in midfield, the Czech Republic had to be content with containing their opponents. Petr Cech of Chelsea made some good saves and Portugal struggled to find a breakthrough until Ronaldo finally registered.
Fabio Coentrao had a fantastic game at left back and looked more like a left winger for most of the match. Maybe Jose Mourinho should only play him for Real Madrid against teams that will sit back, because he was involved in most of Portugal’s attacking play.
Pepe was solid and reliable as usual and is becoming one of the best centre backs in the world. He has controlled his aggression very well so far in the competition and hopefully will carry on next season for Madrid.
It has become well known that Jose Mourinho would love to add 26-year old Spanish international David Silva to the Real Madrid squad. The versatile and creative midfielder has been impressive at Euro 2012 so far and is seen as the perfect replacement for Kaka.
Kaka has been hinting that he wants a move away from Madrid, and Mourinho is ready to let him go. The Madrid boss had been insistent that he would not sell Kaka, but he has fallen out of favour and will need to be replaced.
Silva’s dynamic style and goalscoring ability make him the number one target for Madrid. President Florentina Perez and the fans are in favour of signing the Manchester City man, but Roberto Mancini is adamant that he will not sell him. Silva is being urged to request a transfer and force Man City to put a price tag on the player, AS reports.
Real Madrid and Perez have pulled off this kind of move before with Luis Figo, Zidane and Ronaldo. Silva has previously declared that he is happy in Manchester and would stay with the club for years but you can never be sure in football.
Italian Tuttosport have reported a proposed deal with AC Milan involving a player plus cash deal with Kaka rejoining Milan and Kevin Prince-Boateng joining Madrid.
There will be a new look to the Real Madrid midfield in the coming season. Jose Mourinho is in the market for a creative and attacking midfielder and, according to The Sun, he is about to offer 37 million euros for Manchester City player David Silva.
Silva told the press earlier this year that he was happy at Man City and planned to stay their for many years but Mourinho is determined to at least try an approach. Roberto Mancini regards Silva as one of his best players so would be loath to lose him.
Kaka has dropped hints while back in his native Brazil that he will not be playing at Madrid next season. This has alerted his former club AC Milan as well as Chelsea and Tottenham about a possible transfer, according to AS.
Another player on Madrid’s radar is Tottenham and Croatia playmaker Luka Modric. Mourinho is a big admirer of the player, who is known to want a move to a bigger club and they don’t come much bigger than Real Madrid. His performances at Euro 2012 have confirmed that he is at home on the biggest stage and former Madrid star Davor Suker has been talking up his chances of a move.
Tottenham may prefer to sell him to another country, rather than to an English rival. There are some rumours that Madrid are preparing a large bid for him as well.
Portuguese newspapers seem to think that 23-year old Belgian international Axel Witsel will soon be transferring from Benfica to the Bernabeu for around £30 million. Earlier this week Benfica denied that there was any contact between the two clubs, so we will have to wait and see.
Jose Mourinho has not given up on his two main targets for adding to Real Madrid’s attacking line up. Manchester City and Spain midfielder David Silva has been brilliant at Euro 2012 so far and Real Madrid would love to add his qualities to the squad.
Brazilian midfield starlet Lucas Moura is the other major target for Mourinho. The 19-year old has been in sparkling form for Sao Paulo and Brazil, nut Madrid face strong competition from Chelsea and Inter Milan for his services.
Neither of these players will be easy to acquire, however, even for Real Madrid and the special one. Sao Paulo have already rejected a bid of around 40 million euros from Chelsea, according to Talksport, and his advisers are trying to convince him that he would be better off staying in Brazil for another year or two.
Silva has just won the English Premier league with Manchester City and he is a key player for them. Roberto Mancini will do anything he can to keep his mercurial playmaker, and Silva seems happy and settled at the club.Last year he told Spanish radio, “Madrid and Barcelona are great teams, but I’m happy here and I’d like to stay here for many years.”
During his tour of Asia, Jose Mourinho has complained about the press coverage of Spain at Euro 2012. He believes the five Madrid players do not get enough credit and stated that Spain and Barcelona are two different entities.
Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez apparently said that Jose Mourinho “would not go down in football history.” The Real Madrid has responded by urging the Spanish midfielder to stick to what he knows, namely “playing football.” In a subtle swipe, he also claimed that Xavi did not need to be a nice person to be an idol at Barcelona.
There is a crazy story that claims that AC Milan may be preparing a 200 million euro bid for Christiano Ronaldo. The money would come from the Sheikh of Dubai who wants 25% of the club, according to Corriere dello Sport.
Poland’s coach Franciszek Smuda has told the press that Borussia Dortmund and Poland right back, Lukasz Piszczek will be going to Madrid. The fee is thought to be around 10 million euros.
Marca reports that Mourinho has identified Marouane Fellaini of Everton as the player he wants to add steel to the Madrid midfield, if he cannot persuade Bilbao to release Javi Martinez.
Roma have offered 3 million euros for Gago but that is not enough, and now Inter Milan may get involved. Gago impressed in Serie A but Roma are pleading poverty and may now lose out to their league rivals.
Finally, Hamit Altintop has still not signed for Galatasaray in Turkey and is believed to be demanding better personal terms.