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Starting XI:

Casillas,Carvajal,Pepe,Varane,Marcelo,Lucas Silva,Kroos,Isco,Bale,Benzema,Ronaldo

Not that i oppose,but Carlo better rotate against Schalke a little at least. Tough game today,we need another stable performance. Hala Madrid!
The reason English media pisses me off so much.

Di Maria considered too ugly for Madrid.

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/561191/Man-Utd-Real-Madrid-Angel-Di-Maria-Move
In an interview with CATALAN outlet Regio7, former BARCELONA and Spain winger Carles Rexach revealed that Real president Florentino Perez considered Di Maria 'too ugly' to fit the bill as a required Bernabeu superstar.

After that first paragraph, I stopped reading!
Some good football from him on an otherwise ugly pitch.

Martin Ødegaard vs SD Leioa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4wSIlyTPcM

He looks to be settling in still. He loves cutting in from that right wing and sending in balls to runners in behind. Also a simple body feint and he gets past his player with ease. Promising stuff.
He is going to be the most fouled player on the pitch very soon if he isnt already, couple of times they almost took out both his legs, cause he waits till the last split second beofre moving the ball beyond the tackler, pretty funny to watch when they get nothing but air but the follow through is usuallly going to catch his legs.
Haha yes, that's what happens to players that do that. Messi a while ago and Isco are good examples.
So many good games on today. Arsenal vs Everton was poor but we have chelsea tottenham and sevilla atleti and real villareal
kinda nervous bout this game.... we need to be sharp in both attack and defense... especially in defense.... Villareal is a very dangerous team
Villareals history suggests they have never won at the Bernabeu and there should be no reason that trend changes today.

However they are a team with a lot of quality who move the ball around the pitch with relative ease, certainly not to be underestimated this game with players like Vietto, Cheryshev(even though he can't play against us),Bruno and Dosantos, could get difficult especially if we go down a goal early.

Lets hope we come out tight in defense and blistering on offense, Hala Madrid.
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Villareal won't be able to field Cheryshev against Madrid , they will have to pay penalty if they do .
"I'm not thinking about making rotations," said Ancelotti. "We need our strongest team out there."

"Coaches who don't rotate, like me, are criticised as are those who do. I don't know what I can do to avoid being criticised," he said.

I hate to sound as if I know better than Ancelotti, I don't, but he has got to realise to win the league rotation is absolutely necessary. Looking at his record, he isn't exactly famous for his league success, more so for his cup successes. Perhaps his lack of rotation is why.

In his years as manager, he has won the league once in Italy, once in England, once in France. Just 3 times in his years as a manager, the same number of times he has won the Champions League.

You need to have different players all comfortable with each other, build chemistry. It doesn't work when you rotate out of necessity and the players look lost, having never played together much. We have squad players who are ready to get minutes, should have gotten minutes, but instead have sat on the bench occasionally getting minutes at the end of the game.
You guys keep saying Carlo should use a lot more substitution, but can you name me a single player on the bench that can replace anyone on the starting 11? I know it's hard to except this but we have a weak bench compared to Chelsea, Barça and certainly Bayern. When Luka comes back I'm sure we will see a little rotation between Isco, Modric and Silva, but honestly that's the only rotation I see from now until the end of the season.

I get that there are other players on the bench like Jese and Chichartio that deserve to get a little bit of playing time, but it's not like we've been playing amazingly in 2015. All the matches that I can think of off top my head we have struggled a little bit. Carlo is it very cautious man, he's not going to rotate anyone with the position that he is in at the moment.
I also think Ancelotti should use the bench alot more.. But I thio without James and modric on the pitch, we would be risking alot rotating right now.

Our bench is not weak realfan. The diference is moat of those players on the bench already have there position covered by considerably better players than them.

But seriously, for the sake of fatigue, we need to use our bench more and through that, our stronger players will be better fit not always playing like tired legs
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I agree with Hikmat. I am not claiming I know better than Ancelotti either, but he's got to rotate players often. He rarely makes a three-men substitution during matches. I remember during the Mourinho Era. First substitution automatically comes at 60th minute, then second sub comes in followed by a third sub. And they were very tactical. Normally Higuain comes in for Benzema. But if we were down a goal, Mourinho would keep Benzema and add Higuain together. Mourinhio was also strategic with his squad selection. He promoted Morata and Jese, Varane and Nacho. He got Di Maria to join Higuain. Ozil and Khedira, Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altıntop (fail) Nevertheless he was the one who selected Modric. And he was the one who gave Callejon minutes. He also got Diego Lopez, Coentrao and Essien. I still want to see Ancelotti making those quality decision subs. Where the subbed player makes a difference. Or a strategic tactic-switch in mid game that would change the result from being one goal down, to winning 2-1 or something like that...
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Realfan: Are you seriously saying madrid has a weak bench? Rotations are not about "replacements". They offer time for your main players to recuperate and get over fatigue. Barca's bench has bartrA. Your bench has varane. Barca's bench has rafinha. Your bench has james/isco, kroos/ modric/silva depending on who's fit or in form. we have Adriano/montoya/Douglas as our fullback option you have arbeloa/cOentrao. We don't have a fallback option at striker. You have chicharito.

Pound for pound madrid is loaded with better experienced options on the bench. Hikmat is right about needing rotations in league play. When you have a full schedule you cannot play the same team again and again and expect them to deliver each time. Pep believed in using a thin squad but rotating them all year so everybody has match practice and stays fresh. But he kept bringing in la masia players every now and then as well. Carlo has a lot of pressure to not just deliver results but also with style. So he picks his best 11 most of the time.
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Agreed with all arguments, unfortunately Carlo lost his main players at a time when their loss caused us to lose shape, confidence and the air of fear from the opp. Right now we all are saying and believing the same that subs are very necessary but I think Carlo hasn't done so is because he lost Modric at a crucial time and for a long time at that and Illara hasn't lived up to expectations and then James went down. Now we have Silva looking the part and with that our want for subs may be answered very soon as if Silva can truly deliver until both James and Modric returns we will then see a more balanced team and with a coach who now has the returned confidence of making substitutions.
I tried staying away from this topic because I knew most of the Madridista's don't agree with me. Since we are here, I might as well get everything off my chest...

I said our bench is weak compared to the top teams in Europe; Chelsea, Bayern and Barcelona.

When everyone is fit, this is Chelsea's bench (most of the time)
Cech, Luis, Ramires, Mikel, Cuadrado, Drogba, Remy. They also had Schurrle and Salah but they moved on.

When everyone is fit, this is Barcelona's bench.
Xavi, Bartra, Pedro, Rafinha, Adriano, Montoya and sometimes Rakitic.

Its hard to figure out Bayern's bench because they have had to deal with an insane amount of injures, but if everyone is fit I think this is their bench.
Bernat, Rafinha, Badstuber, Ribery. They had Shaqiri but he moved on.

Now, this is our bench...
Illara, Chicharito, Khedira (forever injured) Fabio (forever injured) Navas, Jese, Nacho, Arbeloa.

Chelsea, Bayern and Barcelona have game changers on their bench...we don't.
With everyone fit, we would have one of Isco, James, Bale, Modric, or Kroos benched. There's your game changer. I do however think you are right because for much of the season that hasn't happened, injuries have hurt us. First Bale and Jese, now James and Modric.
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Realfan: If you take BBC as absolute starters you have kroos, modric, james, isco, khedira, illara and now silva to choose from for the remaining 3 positions In the midfield. Of course you have had some injuries but when everyone is fit you have very good options there With two world cup winners and three world class players not counting silva and Illara.

We had Iniesta and rafinha out for a month or so each. Suarez was out for 4 months. Lucho compensated or rather experimented with HaddadI, Sandro and a few other kids from la masia to make up for that loss. See at the end of the day if you could field your best 11 at their best health and energy levels every game you could possibly win the treble every year. But that's not possible even for players that perform like machines.

Honestly I think cfc and madrid bench runs super deep without injuries. Bayern is probably very close to you guys. Other than rakitic/Iniesta bench swaps I dont know whom you consider a game changer? Xavi is surely past his prime and pedro is a good contributor but when was the last time you saw him tear up a side?
Pogba is an immense talent but seriously now who will Carlo bench for him to play? Isco? James? Modric? Kroos? who?

Ans with the knowledge that right now all 4 players mentioned are undoubted starters for any team.
Sell Isco to use for $3.14 million, buy Pogba for $150 million. Problem solved.
Sell us Isco, we'll even throw in Douglas in return
^^^^^^ LORD DOUGLAS
@St1or buy Isco for 60mil = both Iniesta + Xavi combined and you've got a deal.
Since we are sending you DOuglas in return I expect us to get an additional 60m, not the other way around
Carlo is expecting Modric to be ready for Schalke,and if not,then for Athletico certainly. The question is,for how much will he be ready in the Clasico? I would say he starts on the bench,and get's to play the second half only if needed. He's been away from the field for way to long,he will need time to get to his best.
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I didn't know Benzema was into hockey, he chose a good team to support haha

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/11041810_10152604203226496_2573338722491094122_n.jpg?oh=0fbe4ac16a3ac5e895109635e6f85f75&oe=55885DFF&__gda__=1433864320_72bfbfdd31eba16a26231a83f8db761b

Speaking of hockey, the Leafs have got everyone in Toronto facepalming. So bad it's pretty funny haha.


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Primera División Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
60
52
22
74
4
0
20
24
1
59
55
15
70
4
2
19
25
2
53
28
22
50
5
2
17
24
3
53
24
21
45
4
5
16
25
4
45
12
30
42
7
3
14
24
5
44
16
22
38
6
5
13
24
6
41
0
29
29
8
5
12
25
7
32
-4
36
32
11
5
9
25
8
31
1
24
25
9
7
8
24
9
30
-9
31
22
11
6
8
25
10
29
-15
43
28
14
2
9
25
11
27
-8
36
28
10
9
6
25
12
27
-9
34
25
12
6
7
25
13
26
-13
35
22
13
5
7
25
14
25
-18
38
20
12
7
6
25
15
24
-17
39
22
13
6
6
25
16
23
-23
44
21
13
5
6
24
17
22
-27
48
21
13
7
5
25
18
19
-24
40
16
12
10
3
25
19
18
-21
39
18
13
9
3
25
20
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Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
22

UEFA Champions League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
18
14
2
16
0
0
6
6
1
7
-1
8
7
3
1
2
6
2
5
-4
9
5
3
2
1
6
3
4
-9
14
5
4
1
1
6
4

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