Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has defended fellow teammate Gareth Bale, who was booed by Los Blancos fans for the second game in a row.
The Wales international bagged two assists in the 3-0 Champions League triumph over APOEL Nicosia, but he still received a chorus of boos from the club’s supporters.
Bale was substituted in the 82nd minute to be replaced by Borja Mayoral, and he was met with by a cacophony of whistles, although his teammates tried to silence them with a round of applause. Following the game, a number of Los Blancos players came in the Welshman’s support with Casemiro insisting that the attacker remains influential to their style of play.
Speaking to Marca, he said: “He was a very strong player for us and I hope he continues to be so. We try to protect the players we have. We are always defending our own. It shows that we are a family. I defend my team-mates as if they were my family and I am with them until the end. With the quality he has, things will be going well for him one day.” Continue reading Real Madrid star Casemiro defends Gareth Bale after boos from fans
Kylian Mbappe is one of the most sought out youngsters in the world of football as the French attacker is only 18 years old but has already been highly praised for what he has done with his current club As.Monaco in the previous 2016-17 season.
It was during that season when Mbappe managed to showcase his skills as he scored 15 goals and provided his teammates with 8 assists which is impressive for a player that is 18 years old.
The 2016-17 season of Ligue 1 reached it´s end on May 20 of 2017 and from there on out, clubs began to show interest in signing the rising star. Real Madrid, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are the top clubs that have been attempting to secure the services of the French player who has already been compared to the likes of his retired country mate Thierry Henry. Continue reading Is Kylian Mbappe, the successor of Bale in Real Madrid?
The manager of Wales men’s national team advises his team to reach the level of Real Madrid star forward Gareth Bale.
Bale joined the team after resting for a while to recover from the stress of the UEFA Champions League.
The manager said he wanted the players and even himself to get as close to Bale’s level as much as possible as the challenge in France was a big one. The Welsh team have not won a game since Bale’s last appearance for his country in October and still couldn’t pull off a victory when they took on Sweden n their last warm-up game ahead of their first Euro 2016 campaign.
The winger still has a fitness challenge going into the competition even though he has declared himself fit. Bale also has off field distractions as the father of his long term girlfriend faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in the US to his role £2 million ‘boiler room’ scam. Martin Rhys-Jones pleaded guilty to the charge putting strain on his daughter, Emma, who has two children already for Bale. Continue reading CHRIS COLEMAN WANTS TEAM TO REACH GARETH BALE’S LEVEL AT EURO 2016 DESPITE LOSS TO SWEDEN
Roller coaster is the word for the Madrid fans at the moment as the Whites seem to be defying the odds quite consistently.
The improbable Barcelona victory and then, the improbable Wolfsburg loss, now that’s a bit too much to take over a period of just 5 days.
A 0-2 loss at the Volkswagen Arena yesterday hurt Madrid’s hopes of reaching the Europe semis big time.
The Madrid players actually might have been carrying the hangover of that Barcelona victory with themselves as they lost the game within first half an hour itself.
The defence was so relaxed and complacent as if they just did not assume Wolfsburg to attack so vociferously in the initial moments.
As Steve McManaman said, and it would sound very true to those who would have seen the proceedings, it was no better than a school boyish defence from Madrid.
They did wake up after a point, but, only to find out that it was all too late. Wolfsburg was always going to park the bus with that sort of advantage.
It’s not the end, not with the unpredictability that Madrid has shown in the recent weeks. There’s got to be immense effort from the Blancos when they meet Wolfsburg at their fortress come Wednesday. But, there can’t be anyone disagreeing to the fact that this is a big low for them, losing the first leg this way, especially coming from that Camp Nou result. Continue reading Madrid may reach Europe semi’s this time
Rafa Benitez has tried to defend winger Gareth Bale for his performances after he was heavily booed by his own supporters during a recent friendly match. Madrid were taking on Fenerbahce as part of the pre-season preparations.
The season is about to start for the Spanish teams and the los Blancos are very keen on recapturing the league title from the clutches of Barcelona. The Catalan club have dominated Spanish and European football for the last 12 months and it is starting to hurt the pride of Madrid. Last season, Bale was directly targeted by the supporters for the poor performances of the team.
Former managers and players have criticised this direct attention towards the Welshman, who is the world’s most expensive player at £ 85 million. It was expected that the abuse would die down at the start of the season. However, this has not been the case since the hatred towards the 25-year-old does not appear to have slowed. Despite managing a 2-1 win over Galatasaray in the friendly match, Madrid supporters were not happy with the way the team played. Bale also came under direct criticism once again, but new boss Benitez said that the movements of the Welshman have indirectly helped Madrid.
“If you analyse Bale’s movements, you’ll see they give the team respite.If he had scored against Galatasaray, people would be saying what a great game he had.Logically there will be debate over Isco, Gareth and James. We are looking to forge an understanding between them.Isco and James elaborate play between the lines, but not Gareth. He creates spaces and looks to makes runs behind the defence,” said Benitez. Madrid start the new campaign with an away match against Sporting Gijón this weekend. They have so far been inconsistent during pre-season under Benitez.