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Are there prizes for dreamfooty?
Yes , you get fame , hot girls / boys and unlimited fan following .

and this also ( but only if you're Pro member ) " 1st place $250, 2nd place $125, 3rd place $75, 4th - 25th $25 "

Its a long season my friend ;)
@Malik.. 4th-25th?? really.
i think i have falling into that category twice but i didn't get sh*t

I'm 4 places behind you though @Malik
I'm prob going to end up 1st so :)
Why cant we rather start isco in the midfield, the dude wina alot of balls... juat from the minute he entered the game he was like a work horse till the end,

I think after isco does all the hardwork alongside modric, then rosriguez can come in and scorw goals; aince its basically what we saw and signed him.
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Being a starter and playing well and coming on as a sub and doing well are two completely different things.
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Realfan..

Still missing the point. I am talking about stability in the centre midfield role which we clearly lack from di maria and alonso departure..

In the last ucl finals, isco came on and our midfield looked very deadly attack minded and at the same time defensively (winning the ball) and remember alonso didn't play that game, d reason we were suffering till isco came on..
In this last game, I saw a lot of it when he came on and equally creating assists in the process..

Its not so much defensive our midfield has been lacking but the fact that they don't win balls that much in comparison to last season or rather, close down opponents.

That is why I say, if isco is pretty good at it and equally a threat, y not he start. It has nothing to do with being a substitute or a starter.

If he doesn't play well then, carlo can take other decisions
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Barcelona look strong. Seems like they've solved their defensive problems.
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Reminds me of the last season. We started badly and Barca won the first 8 games in a row. It's a long season,we'll see how will it pan out.
Pejvl... they are actually playing really well. A bit more direct still dorminating possession. And their young fellas are really solid.
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Yes they are,Im not denying that at all. Just reminding that's it's to early to come to conclusions yet.
Their result against Villarreal could have gone either way, and they had a pretty difficult time against Athletic Bilbao too. As impressive as their results have looked so far, I'm still not convinced with their defending.
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well... we better hope their defense goes to sh*t pretty soon because with all those clean sheets, we wont be getting any closer to them... Especially because we love to mess ourselves up at some point in the season
Asasiyun, well despite a few struggles that we had against the teams that you mentioned our defense looks the strongest at the moment. You have to take into consideration that we have new goal keepers and Mathieu who has never played for us before. We still have a few things to adjust defensively but currently, we are pretty happy. Especially since Madrid and Atletico have struggled when it comes to defending. But as time goes, I'm sure all three teams will find more stability at the back.
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Utd vs leicester what a game. United needs two actual cbs
Failing that, Van Gaal has to make sure he doesn't play 4 out and out attackers.. what do you expect with Adm, Rooney, Falcao, RVP on the pitch at the same time?
Goals, haha
Man utd's defence is pure comedy..

- blacklett can't close down players in the box
- they bought 2 left backs when they needed 2 centre backs
- there is clear need to sign 2 cbs or else they will always loose games easily like this regardless of how much effort their attack produce
@Danny lol :P
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actually both evra and buttner decided to leave so we needed 2 left backs.

anyways, rojo can fill in at CB, that's where he will be playing next week when shaw comes back. he has played CB for the last two seasons at sporting.

people criticizing our transfer policy we bought a cm, a cdm/lb, a cb/lb, a lb/lwb and loaned a striker. i think utd did the best they could do at the time. not many top CB on the market.
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Mate, no one said united didn't sign decent players or did make good transfer but they still didn't solve their major problem which is defence especially,

- their attack without falcao could have still won the league. Falcao only makes it certain that united has d best attack in epl and one of the best in the world.

- united would have still been fine by just signing luke shaw or rojo, not both... even smalling is pretty good at lb as well

- now take a look at ur options in defence and tell me if that is not the position united should not spent more on.
Tyler blacklett, j. evans, phil jones (injury regular) and they sold vidic... certainly if united signed 3 solid world class cbs, I think they'll prob the topping the table right now.

I only give kudos to van gaal for capturing di maria... and ander too is a really good addition. In january, I am sure they'll make d necessary signing... even rooney is trying better than blacklett in defence.
firstly our attack needed some pace and creativity, so di maria was necessary

secondly, falcao deal happened last minute, and is only a loan unless we want to buy next summer.

the defenders we wanted (other than shaw) were not available or chose other teams. we went after vermaelen and hummels, one went to barca one signed a new contract and was made captain. we signed rojo because we needed a LCB and he can double as a LB so it made sense. instead of signing lesser quality we decided to strengthen elsewhere and we will go back for another CB and cdm in the future.

seriously, how many teams bought a top cb? the only one out there was benatia and we would not be able to fend off bayern anyways given no CL.
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marca saying real madrid is selling its stadium name rights. i dont like it when an amazing club such as madrid would go down that road. how do you guys feel about it
It is real because it is Marca.
^ sarcasm?

Marca is often way off the truth and likes to spread crap within our club, I still don't know why people see them as the mouthpiece of Real Madrid.

The stadium rights may be true, as Emirates were interested a while ago.
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Obviously it would suck. But, the amount of money we'd get in return from Abu Dhabi would cover the cost of expanding and re-modelling the stadium, which is a big plus.

Prioirities lol...
Emirates isn't Abu Dhabi.
Top post there franky4fingers

Emirates are one of the contenders for the sponsorship,
As are IPIC from Abu Dhabi.

It hasn't been confirmed by the club who they've chosen
Football clubs are moving more and more towards a reality which makes identifying with your club more complex and difficult. This is probably due to the financial demands of the modern day world and the weight it holds over football.

The club isn't exactly selling its naming rights. 'Bernabeu' will still be a part of the venue's name, but it will also include a part of the sponsor's name too.

An example:

'Fly Emirates Bernabeu'

I still don't like it. Real Madrid should look forward to modernizing itself, but it shouldn't do so at the expense of some of its more traditional aspects lest they forget who they are.
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Details... Emirates is from Dubai, etihad is from Abu Dhabi. That's all i was saying. From what I've read emirates are going to take it if madrid do rename their stadium.
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I think Carlo will play this kind of set up once Khedira is 100%

-----------Casillas-----------
Carvajal--Varane--Ramos--Marcelo
-----Modric--Khedira--Kroos---
-------------Jame-------------
---------Bale---Ronaldo-------

I didn't make this set up from thin air. He tried it against Basel and again today. I love it! I think it will be really effective against the very best like Atletico and Barcelona.
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I cant say I disagree its a great formation adding some more defensive stability with Sami to anchor and allowing Kroos to move forward more where we can really use more shots on net, not withstanding today's match.
Benzema is great, but James can do what he does and more. I think this will be our starting XI against the strong teams.
LOL some may really not like the link man being sidelined like that.
Benzema won't be sidelined though because he adds balance. CR7 & GB11 have a free role, and do like to drift to the centre forward position, and when they do Benzema switches with them and can still make himself useful if he's on the wing or in midfield.

I don't see CR7 or GB11 exclusively playing up front. So when they occupy other areas, and you take Karim out, who's gonna do it? They subbed him off today to rest him because the game was finished.
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^ agree that formation won't work Bale and ronaldo need benzene to make room for them win the middle. if yo have khedira and modric in the middle u dnt need james yo can put kroos #10 his favorite position as he played their in World cup.
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Benzema has already basically been playing as a CAM,so this formation could work perfectly. Like RealFan said,James can do the same and more.

Just let Ronaldo and Bale drift a little bit more than the classical strikers to the wings. James is there to act as a playmaker and a false 9 to some extent as well.
Seem's like a good formation to counter attack teams willing to attack Madrid. But not what i would go with if your desperate to get a goal. When your chasing games you need Benzema in the middle to pull defender's away or link up with Ronaldo and Bale
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some nice goals in there, you guys scored more today than 18 la liga sides have scored all season so far. not bad.
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They've also conceded the second most :P

Offense was great nonetheless, quite efficient today, and nice to see Chicharito open up his goalscoring. Offense picked up where last season left off
Wait thought it was 19?
celta vigo has scored 8 so i excluded them. they would be the 19th if i said "madrid today scored more than or equal to" instead of just "more than"
Atleti played 2-2 with Celta at Calderon. And both goals they scored were from headers after set pieces. The scores were,of course, Godin and Miranda,their CB.
This is why I love football. They beat us (deservedly) but then go on to lose in the CL and drop points today. Ha!
Atletico have no creativity in attack at all this year, They still have the best defense just like last year,but in attack they are massively weaker that the last year.
They can kill big teams, but when they are given the ball and the task of creating chances they struggle.
Damn my dreamfooty will be looking awesome tomorrow.. ronaldo and bale making me happy; dortmund disappointed me though
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Unsurprisingly, no one has mentioned Asier Illarramendi.

Even when Real Madrid were 3 goals up at the Riazor, the same problems they've encountered in midfield were on display against the Galician's. They were easy to hit on the break, left too much space open to be exploited, and didn't provide the back four with adequate support. It wasn't until Illarra was introduced into the game when Real Madrid's midfield started taking shape.

From then on Real Madrid effectively neutralized Depor and eradicated any sense of a possible comeback from them. The spaces closed up, transitioning became a lot more fluid, and you could start to see 'balance' within the team.

I genuinely believe Illarra is the long-term solution to this midfield problem.
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I will mention that I was impressed with the willingness of James Rodriguez to work all across the pitch. It's even more impressive when you realize he was played in an advanced role and still put in work at the back (usually the left flank). That's progress.
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Actually we were struggling until Bale scored the forth goal. After that they were done. I didnt see much from Illarra today,defensively nor offensively. I think Khedira will be much more vital this season. Shame we loand out Casemiro before we knew Xabi is leaving.
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Well i did watch closely and i didn't see any change in play when Illarra came in. We were still under pressure,and Deportivo was attacking,looking very motivated and dangerous. It was like that until the moment when Isco stole the ball in their half and found Bale for the forth goal witch then killed them mentally,and piratically gave up after that.

Now as for the Khedira and Illarra debate,do you think Illarra could bench any of these 3 midfielders playing right now? I don't like the set up of Kroos,Modric and James,there is almost non defensive responsibility there.We need at least one more defensive minded player there. With always silent performances like this,Illarra has no chance of proving him self to Carlo. Khedira has a much better odds of being the defensive substitution when matches like this happen.

Right now,as strange as it sound,Isco is the most balanced(defensively and offensively) midfielder we have. I think even Carlo is troubled that he doesn't know how to integrate him into the starting XI.
Despite being 3 goals down, Deportivo still had meaning in their movements. The Real Madrid midfield still allowed far too much space for Depor to work and didn't properly shield the back four. The Madridista's would be complaining if it weren't for the amount of goals scored before the break.

If anyone was impressed with the way the midfield performed then they'll be in for a rough surprise against the better sides, unless of course something changes.

Watch the match again and pay close attention to the way the midfield reacts with and without Asier Illarramendi. Pay attention to the way they respond to Deportivo as a unit, not as individual players.

Depor were done as soon as they found it difficult getting by Real Madrid's midfield. From then on, Real Madrid found it easier to transition and to outnumber Depor in key positions.

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As for Sami Khedira, I don't see him being an extremely vital component of Carlo Ancelotti's plans. For one, he's more of a CM than a DM. The fact that he's defensively competent and isn't active offensively for Real Madrid fools a lot of people into thinking he's a natural DM.

Second, Ancelotti is looking to maintain a possession-oriented dynamic. Khedira doesn't offer much in this regard. In such a system there simply shouldn't be any comparisons made to someone like Illarra, who'd thrive under this system (refer to his performances for Real Sociedad and U21 Spain, and even Real Madrid). Casemiro would be a better fit than Khedira even.

Third, one of Khedira's best attributes is winning the ball back and disrupting opposition play. Why would Real Madrid need to rely on such a player when they'll likely have the majority of possession anyway?

I like Khedira, but if Real Madrid are going to continue playing the way they do, than I don't think Khedira is as vital as the other midfielders. It would still be great to have him physically and mentally fit though. Depth is important.
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I didn't watch the game cos I lost track of time but from the commentary I read is was said that real madrid were shaky defensively and with their performance in that position, they would definitely suffer against stronger opponents.... deportivo had little or no threat attack wise and that is why they suffered so much becos it even gave room for players like arbeloa and marcelo to destroy them..

So as for illarramendi.. I know he didn't start which is wrong considering he is d only true defensive midfielder we have but he is still clearly nowhere close to real madrid quality or a long term solution to that position. But he needs to play regardless unless someone better is signed.
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It's really shame that you guys can't see how well illara performed.imo once he was on the pitch,team looked much calm n assured.and one of your scape goat,benzema played extremely well too.may be you guys will tell,chicharito should be the starter because he scored two goals.I will be very happy,if your manager also think same:)
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@Asasiyun, I think your thinking about it too much. I remember when Kaka was in Madrid, no matter how he preformed, I found the positives. I think your doing the same with Illara.

Illara is a passer. He likes to play it safe (hence why most of his passes are side ways) He's like Tom Cleverley. Illara is not Madrid material.
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I'm not thinking about it too much. Its just so blatantly obvious. One doesn't need to think hard about whether or not Asier Illarramendi can help fix Real Madrid's midfield problems.

If anyone pays even a little attention to the way the Real Madrid midfield responds and operates, and if one already has an understanding of Illarra's strengths (not simply echoing what the majority spouts), than it becomes clear what should be considered in order to improve and address any lingering frailties.

If Real Madrid's match against Deportivo wasn't able to demonstrate the team's midfield woes and Illarra's contribution in providing structure and integrity, than quite frankly I don't think some Madridista's want to believe in Illarra. It's as though they've already made up their minds, and for one reason or another are afraid of acknowledging a truth contrary to their own. Its actually pretty common in the real-world setting too.

Realfan, I'm not simply looking for positives. In addition to viewing his performances live (as well as the rest of the team's) I also pay attention to his statistics, which offers a complementary reference when assessing his overall contribution.

Speaking of statistics, this myth about Illarra's passing mostly being sideways/backwards is, well, just a myth.

The following numbers are his average per game from the 2013/2014 La Liga season.

Asier Illarramendi:

Minutes played: 1394

Forward passes: 22.24
Backward passes: 14.86
Percentage of forward passes: 60%

Average pass length: 16.97m

Now let's look at Toni Kroos' numbers, as an example, for his 2013/2014 Bundesliga season with Bayern Munich. Also averaged per game.

Toni Kroos:

Minutes played: 2058

Forward passes: 48.03
Backward passes: 25.62
Percentage of forward passes: 65%

Average pass length: 19.14m

* Numbers obtained from Squawka.com

Keep in mind the substantial difference in minutes played. Also worth noting is that these numbers are only reflective of a general opinion since many factors weren't taken into consideration when recording them (e.g. the contrast in styles between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid). Most of Illarra's appearances were also from the bench.

This is not a comparison intended to determine which of the two players are superior to one another. I made this comparison to shed some light on common myths regarding Illarra.

It's also important to note that Kroos' numbers include him playing as an AM (the majority of his performances were under the AM position), increasing the percentage of forward passes due to his role's demands.

Now, after having looked over those statistics, and the numbers I pulled comparing Illarra to Xabi Alonso a few days ago as well (which was ignored), does anyone still think Illarra should be ignored?
+1
Illara has become a scapegoat, and even if he scored a hat trick and kept a clean sheet some of us here would give the credit to other players and the hate to him.
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