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In this week’s episode, we look back at that memorable clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City with Wayne Veysey, while we invite you to join in with our hashtag game, #footballwrestlers!
After the soaring high of Tuesday´s Champions League triumph over Manchester City, it is back to earth with a bump for Real Madrid as they visit Rayo Vallecano.
Their neighbours from the working-class district of Vallecas, in the south of the Spanish capital, will be desperate to pull off a shock against their infinitely more illustrious rivals and can be backed at 8/1 (9.00) with to do so. Madrid, meanwhile, are offered at 3/10 (1.33) with the draw available at 4/1 (5.00).
Last season Madrid won the corresponding fixture by a single goal to nil, with Cristiano Ronaldo´s impudent back-heel settling a tight contest. Yet of the 11 players that started for Rayo that day, seven have left the club. Their three main forward players, Michu, Raul Tamudo and Diego Costa have departed, with that trio accounting for 34 of the 53 goals scored by Rayo in the league.
Though they have made a decent start, the team from Vallecas have been fortunate in both their two matches at home this season, scoring an injury-time winner against Granada, and somehow earning a goalless draw against Sevilla, with the Andalusians missing two penalties.
Though the ground is compact and the atmosphere fierce, on the pitch Rayo are a far less intimidating prospect than they were last season. All this points to an away win and it should be more comfortable than many would have you believe. The price of 83/100 (1.83) for Madrid half-time/full time looks like an excellent option, with Madrid showing on Tuesday night just how capable they can be when they play with unity and determination.
For some slightly higher odds, back Los Blancos with a handicap of -2 at 23/10 (3.30), with Jose Mourinho’s men talented enough to hand out a thrashing by three goals or more.
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.
Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin has revealed that Real Madrid’s Kaka has already decided on his next move, suggesting that a January exit for the Brazilian looks likely.
Currently on loan at Liverpool, Sahin also claimed that Kaka, who has yet to feature this season, rejected a move to Turkey during the summer.
“I know he had an offer from Turkish football,” Sahin told NTVSport.
“And I know what decision he is taking in the winter market, but I cannot reveal that.”
The former Borussia Dortmund star then reflected on his own situation, explaining why he chose to join Liverpool.
“I went out on loan after three meetings with Mourinho. I chose Liverpool because I wanted to play at a club with a historical tradition,” he said.
“I have played at big clubs in Germany and Spain and now I play for the best team in England.
“Steven Gerrard is a fantastic player and captain. He looks after the younger players, especially Raheem Sterling. I can learn many things from him, it’s an honour to play alongside him.”
Real Madrid skipper Iker Casillas appeared not to celebrate Cristiano Ronaldo’s late strike against Manchester City on matchday 1 in the Champions League, images suggest.
Jose Mourinho’s side were losing to the English visitors five minutes from time until Karim Benzema levelled matters before Ronaldo popped up to drive home the winner and send the home fans into raptures.
And in the pictures taken by TVE, Casillas appears indifferent as the Santiago Bernabeu erupted and the reasons remain unclear.
In recent weeks much speculation has surrounded the Spanish champions, stemming from Ronaldo’s revelation of his apparent ‘sadness’. The former Manchester United player’s admission sparked off a media frenzy with question marks being raised regarding his relationship with certain team members, including Casillas.
Since then, however, Casillas has revealed that he was feeling sad during the game, due to the death of a young Polish football fan that he met during the summer. Marca suggests that this was the reason why he did not celebrate the goal.
The keeper expressed his grief on facebook, with a message stating: “My most sincere condolences to his family. Rest in peace, my friend”.
Real Madrid take on Ajax in Amsterdam next on matchday 2 of the Champions League group stage.
Real Madrid have condemned the actions of former Barcelona vice-president Alfons Godall after he launched a tirade of abuse towards Jose Mourinho on Twitter earlier this week.
The 50-year-old took to the social networking site to show his displeasure at Los Blancos’ 3-2 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League, calling Mourinho a “psychopath” a number of times during his public attack on the Portuguese manager.
The Spanish champions have responded to the outburst by releasing an official statement which threatens legal action against Godall.
“Real Madrid reject in the strongest disqualifications of the former vice president of Barcelona, Alfons Godall, toward our coach, Jose Mourinho, after the conclusion of Tuesday’s meeting between our team and Manchester City,” it reads.
“Real Madrid condemn this attack and has instructed our legal services to undertake legal action they deem appropriate.
“Real Madrid will not allow threats of this nature and will always act against those who violate the honour of those who are part of our club.”
Godall responded angrily to Cristiano Ronaldo’s last-minute winner in the Group D encounter on Tuesday and suggested Mourinho was compensating for his less-distinguished playing career by celebrating like a player as he slid on his knees following the winning goal.