A moment of inspiration from the Frenchman allowed Madrid to go on and beat Getafe 3-0 on Sunday, but the Liga leaders are relying on individuals in the Croat's absence.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
The Frenchman showed some excellent skill to set up the Portuguese star for the opening goal and says the presence of the Ballon d'Or winner helps him to shine.
Carlo Ancelotti's men were dumped out of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, but the two forwards ensured they bounced back with aplomb.
Despite a lackadaisical first half performance, Los Blancos eventually net three to extend their lead at the top of La Liga to four points.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
The coach took a swipe at coverage of the Catalans, saying reporters relish the club's struggles.
The coach says the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos are fine playing regularly without a break.
The right back's agent says his client remains keen to leave despite starting in four of his side's last five matches.
Recent reports have suggested the player could be on his way to Real Madrid, but the BVB sporting director dismissed such talk.
Having been dumped out of the Spanish cup by Atletico Madrid in midweek, the European champions will be scrambling to find their feet on Sunday.
Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi are among the familiar faces set to make their return having been rested for the midweek Copa del Rey thrashing of Elche.
The club at the bottom of Spain's top tier is without a coach and will be up against it when it visits the Rojiblancos, who knocked Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey in midweek.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Former Real Madrid winger Amavisca urges the Welshman to raise his game as the European champion prepares a summer move for the talented German forward.
The coach will not be allowed on the sidelines for Liga games against Rayo Vallecano and Eibar following his antics at the Anoeta on Wednesday
The former Arsenal man is impressing on a season-long loan move from Barcelona, while Carl Jenkinson is also expected to stay in January.
Reports claimed the winger had agreed to join the Champions League winner in the summer, but both his club and representative have shot down those rumors.
The Norway teenage sensation has the pick of Europe's premier clubs, but he should consider the potential pitfalls of opting for the Champions League holders.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
The Catalans' coach feels his club is fit enough to push for more trophies, with the treble still a possibility.
The Madrid derby has become one of world soccer's most intriguing fixtures, but two Mexican forwards were almost completely sidelined in the most recent clash.
As los Blancos celebrated an individual award, Diego Simeone's side collectively put them to the sword for the fourth time a row - inspired by the club's very own golden boy.
Goals from Jeremy Mathieu, Sergi Roberto, Pedro and Adriano sets Luis Enrique's men up with a Copa del Rey quarterfinal meeting with Atletico Madrid.