Bale blow for Real

And they will also be present at the Bernabeu as guests of the club for the La Liga clash with Granada on Saturday.


Spanish football club Real Madrid invited the family over to their home stadium for a match on Saturday.

Reminded in the mixed zone of his coach Rafa Benitez having stated recently that he needed to score more, Isco said he was confident he could improve that area of his game. For Granada, Ruben Perez is inactive due to a knee sprain, which will keep his out for two to three weeks.

Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez has claimed his relationship with Steven Gerrard during his time together at Liverpool “was good” despite the club legend claiming the opposite.

Bale’s injury, alongside James Rodriguez’s on-going absence, could mean a first Madrid start for close-season signing Mateo Kovacic, while Pepe and Nacho replaced Varane and Ramos against Shakhtar.

“We’re obliged to play good football, but what matters the most are the three points”.

Ronaldo had eight shots during the game, including a few free-kicks in promising territory, but did not really trouble visiting goalkeeper Andres Fernandez. “We practice free-kicks in training every now and then and Ronaldo finds the net plenty of times”, Benitez said at a press conference. “It is developing, and at the end of the season we could pay €10m more than we sold him for (around €22m)”.

Granada forward Youssef El Arabi feels the referee was wrong to disallow his goal for offside as they were beaten 1-0 at Real Madrid. This shows everyone is together, doing things well.

The young man received applause from the Santiago Bernabeu crowd even as the players wore T-shirts supporting the thousands of refugees fleeing to Europe from the Syrian war.


“I feel very proud and happy with this moment”, Ronaldo said after his latest impressive performance. “I know we have to win and play well, but when the game doesn’t go as you wish, to win and get the three points is very important”.

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