Goals from Koke and Diego Costa put the Rojiblancos level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga but their coach has warned his players to sustain their competitive edge
Saturday, November 30, 2013
With only one win in six, question marks have been raised over the future of coach Paulo Fonseca after Fernando Alexandre scored Academica's winner and Danilo missed a penalty.
The club official is confident the winger is capable of becoming ever better after his hat trick against Valladolid, but believes Cristiano Ronaldo remains los Blancos' finest.
A Gareth Bale hat trick and a Karim Benzema header handed Carlo Ancelotti's side a fifth consecutive league win to close the gap at the top to three points.
The Welshman bagged a treble and had a hand in another as the Santiago Bernabeu side kept in touch with the Liga leaders
The Albiceleste boss feels that the Barcelona attacker had a better 2013 than his Real Madrid rival, and is confident that the No.10 will be fully fit for next year's World Cup
Koke opened the scoring at the Martinez Valero before the Colchoneros made the three points safe with a goal from the in form Brazil-born forward.
The Argentine has made it clear that Barca will have to improve if the club is to get a good result against Athletic Bilbao.
The Blancos supremo does not believe that there is any chance of the Portugal international leaving Los Blancos, while he is also enthused by the arrival of Gareth Bale.
Carlo Ancelotti's side thrashed Galatasaray despite the absence of its star man and Sergio Ramos' red card, while the Catalans lost out to 10-man Ajax without Messi.
The Russia coach believes that the attacking midfielder would have been of added value, while he has backed Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d'Or.
The Blaugrana were defeated for the first time this season in midweek but, without Lionel Messi or Victor Valdes, they travel to the fifth-placed side seeking a 14th Liga win.
Friday, November 29, 2013
The midfielder believes his former boss created the best club side in the history of the game but has welcomed a change in style.
The Real Madrid star will not feature at the Bernabeu, while his coach has stressed that he does not have an issue with Sergio Ramos, who was sent off in midweek.
Cristiano Ronaldo sat out Wednesday's Champions League win over Galatasaray with a thigh injury and will not make his return to action this weekend.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
The defender admits the stars of the Liga giants have worked hard to put their differences aside in the past two years and claims he gets on perfectly well with Gerard Pique
The hosts missed the chance to qualify for the knockout stages after being beaten at the Liberty Stadium thanks to Parejo's first half strike
Dani Parejo slotted home in the first half to condemn the Swans to defeat, although victory in their final group game will still see them reach the knockout stages.
The coach is confident in his side's quality ahead of the World Cup next summer but insists the Spaniards must not allow arrogance to creep into their game.
The Barcelona star's recovery from a hamstring injury is on track as he goes back to his homeland, with club officials set to check his progress in December.