While he is widely regarded as the best player in the world at the moment, Cristiano Ronaldo hasna t been able to convince former Barcelona player Eric Abidal of his talents. Abidal, who played for Barcelona from 2007 till 2013, feels it is his compatriot Karim Benzema who is actually the most important player at the club. The Frenchman, in fact, believes that if his former club are to make a move for any Madrid player it should be Benzi and not Ronaldo who is the reigning Ballon da Or winner. “Benzema is the man I’d sign from Madrid if I were at Barca,” he told Gol TV. “Definitely, because for me he is Madrid’s most important player right now. “If you take Benzema away from Real Madrid then they would continue scoring goals, but not as many as they do with Karim in the team. He’s a very complete player and other players well in Madrid when Karim is […]

Real Madrid returned to league action on Valentinea s Day as they hosted Deportivo La Coruna at home. Though the a All Whitesa were not at their brilliant best against a mid-table side, they did manage to secure three points, a clean sheet and a temporary lead of four points at the top of La Liga. Real Madrid managed to ward off the fears of yet another upset after the 4-0 disappointment against Atletico. The 2-0 win over Deportivo was exactly what Carlo Ancelottia s men needed a few days before their round-of-16 encounter against Schalke. First Half Analysis Real Madrid started the game very cautiously, trying to hold on to possession for as long as possible and not creating many chances at the beginning. From the start, it was quite clear that Ancelotti did not want his team to experience yet another nightmare. However, Real Madrid did not do a great job at the start as they tried to […]

Real Madrid managed to ward off the fears of repeating the Anoeta disaster against Real Sociedad. Real Madrid came from behind after conceding an early goal, not surprisingly from a corner kick, to win the game with a convincing scoreline. The absence of Ronaldo was largely covered by a sublime performance from Karim Benzema who got his name on the scoresheet twice. First Half Analysis The game started on a positive note for David Moyes as his side managed to grab the lead at the Bernabeu just 46 seconds after kick-off. Elustondo found himself free inside the box on a corner-kick and he made full use of the opportunity to break the deadlock. Real Madrid yet again displayed their vulnerability while defending early in the game and also their weakness with the set-pieces. Unsurprisingly, Sociedada s lead did not last for long as Marceloa s cross found James Rodriguez in the box, who headed the ball into the back of […]