"No one player is as good as the sum of the team." -- Alfredo Di Stéfano

Jesús greets his former teammates before kickoff | October 18, 2014

Training | October 17, 2014

Real Madrid 5-0 Athletic Club (October 5, 2014) | La Liga, MD7

  • Ronaldo - 2’ (Bale assist) | 55’ (Bale assist) | 88’ (Pepe assist)
  • Benzema - 41’ (Modrić assist) | 69’ (Ronaldo assist)

Match report | Highlights

Quotes: Ancelotti || Casillas, James || Ronaldo, Carvajal

News 

- Ronaldo’s hat trick brings him level with Zarra and Di Stéfano.

- Benzema hits 75 league goals.

- 25 goals in 7 league games; 13 from Ronaldo

- Kroos is best passer in La Liga (92.6 completion rate)

- Goal average of 3.57/game - the most in Europe’s top 5 leagues

Real Madrid vs Athletic Club (October 5, 2014) | Ronaldo 88’

Real Madrid vs Athletic Club (October 5, 2014) | Ronaldo 88’ [HD]

Training | October 4, 2014 

Ancelotti press conference Match preview Squad list

Absences: Coentrão, Jesé, Khedira (injury)

News

- Breathing techniques to regulate oxygen intake

- Updates on Coentrão’s and Khedira’s injuries

Kickoff vs Athletic Club (H) is Sunday at 9 pm CEST | 3 pm EDT.

Carlo Ancelotti press conference © | October 4, 2014 

- Pepe will return to the starting XI, so Varane will be rested; Ronaldo is completely recovered and in excellent shapehe, Casillas and James (in for Isco) will start.

- Jesé, Khedira, and Coentrão are the only players unfit. Coentrão sprained his knee and it bothers him every time he touches the ball; Ancelotti doesn’t believe he’s ready to play with Portugal.

- Khedira needs two more weeks to recover and will start training with the group after the international break.

- They’re concerned with dead balls and were working to fix it this morning.

- He asks all players to collectively help out in defense, not just Bale.

- He defended Zidane against Jémez and said the Castilla coach is taking a course in France to get his coaching badges.

Ancelotti pre-Ludogorets presser © | September 30, 2014

rotations: “I’m not thinking about planned rotations. If I see in today’s training session that any of those who played on Saturday are not available, I’ll rest them. Pepe is available to play but we’ll see whether I rest the central defenders. Only Coentrão, Jesé and Khedira are out. We have to monitor the level of recovery that they have made during these days.”

Ronaldo: “Cristiano Ronaldo is a very professional and disciplined player. He fights for the shirt he’s wearing and is a leader who doesn’t talk much, but the work he does is very important because of the example it sets. He has a coach who chooses a strategy so he can score more goals. It’s all down to me…”

formation: “4-4-2 is the best defensive system that exists, because it allows you to cover more of the pitch and press more up front. With a 4-3-3, you can’t press with the same balance up front. In our matches, we try to defend in a 4-4-2 and attack with the players on the wing.”

Bale’s shape: “There are times in the match when you’re not at 100%. He is having an excellent season, like his team-mates. He works, scores goals and I don’t have anything to explain to him. He knows very well what he has to do and I’m very satisfied with what he’s doing.”

Isco: “He lacks a coach who puts him on the pitch. At Real Madrid there is a lot of competition for places and he has to keep going as he is. He is an important player for the team and he doesn’t need me to show him that by putting him out on the pitch. He knows he’s very important. I can’t put more than eleven players out on the pitch.”

GK switch: “It’s possible. Anything is possible. In life, anything is possible.”

Cristiano Ronaldo launches FIFPro World XI vote © | September 29, 2014

how he chose his XI: “There are many criteria. They are what a player has done in the past season, the titles he has won at both the collective level and the individual level, and the start of this season too. It is about the players who are more consistent and who demonstrate a high level all through the year and also have obtained the most important titles, which in my opinion were the Champions League and the World Championship. I think those are the criteria that should count the most.”

Sofia arrival | September 30, 2014

The 20-man squad landed in the capital around 12:30. Carlo Ancelotti and Isco will meet the press at 17:30 before the team’s final training at Vasil Levski National Stadium.

Training | September 28-29, 2014 

Sunday: voluntary session; Pepe returned.

Monday: Coentrão and Illarra remained in the gym.

News

- Jesé received Gredos Award

- The club confirmed a December 30 friendly vs AC Milan in Dubai. [tickets]

- Return to Sofia 35 years later

- Ludogorets changed the stadium for the Wednesday’s match; it will also be partially closed for racist behavior.

- Representatives from the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) met with the team to vote for their FIFPRO World XI.

Highlights from Ancelotti’s presser (via Dermot Corrigan) | September 26, 2014 

[re: Cristiano | re: Vecchi]

Training | September 25, 2014 

Pepe and Coentrão remained indoors during Thursday’s training. Pepe is still recovering from his hamstring problem, but the club didn’t disclose the reason why Fábio didn’t go out on the training pitch. Reportedly, both players are doubts for Villarreal.

News 

- Mass memorial for Di Stéfano

- Jesé continued his recovery on the squad’s free day Wednesday.

- watch: Casillas and Isco in Mahou ad

- Ramos’ yellow card against Depor was upheld. [pdf]

- Bale runs over a Sevilla fan’s foot while leaving the training grounds; fortunately, it was a minor injury.

- The Ballon d’Or shortlist will be announced on October 28.

- Ronaldo is Twitter’s most followed athlete (30 million) and is 13th overall.

- According to The National, RM will play a friendly in Dubai the last week of December as part of the club’s winter training camp; Bayern Munich is a possible opponent.

- MD10 and MD11 kickoffs announced

- Bale debuted at El Madrigal

- Team photo shoot

- Ancelotti becomes ambassador for Swiss watch brand Cecil Purnell.

- articles worth a read: Illarra (by Lee Roden) | Ronaldo (By Nicholas Rigg)

Team photo shoot 14/15 | September 25, 2014

Team photo shoot 14/15 | September 25, 2014

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