Celta Vigo added to struggling Levante’s woes with a 3-0 victory at Balaidos that lifts them to within a point of fourth-placed Valencia ahead of this weekend’s fixtures. Joaquin Larrivey opened the scoring in the 27th minute and the Argentinian made it 2-0 with seven minutes to go, taking his league tally for the season to six.
Substitute Alex Lopez then wrapped up Celta’s biggest league win since April with a late third following a glaring mistake by visiting goalkeeper Diego Marino, leaving Levante – who this week sacked Jose Luis Mendilibar and replaced him with Lucas Alcaraz – stuck in the bottom two on five points.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he would like to finish his career at the Santiago Bernanbeu. The Italian took charge at Real last summer and successfully led the team to La Decima as they won the European Cup for a record tenth time.
Ancelotti is relatively young for a manager who has won three UEFA Champions League titles in a 19-year career, he does not turn 56 until next summer, but he is already eyeing retirement in the Spanish capital.
When asked by Spanish radio station Cadena SER if he would like to emulate Sir Alex Ferguson, who spent over a quarter of a century at Manchester United, Ancelotti said:
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Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has confirmed that Luis Suarez will make his debut during El Clásico at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.
The clash between Barça and Real Madrid has always been the biggest event on the Spanish calendar but Suarez’s return from his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at last summer’s World Cup adds extra spice to an already highly-anticipated encounter.
The manager now has a decision to make as to whether he starts his marquee signing on the bench or goes with a three-pronged attack with Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi.
Cristiano Ronaldo has played down the significance of his personal duel with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi after helping Real Madrid to a morale-boosting pre-Clásico triumph at Liverpool.
The Portugal forward broke his six-match duck at Anfield with a superb opener to edge within one goal of club icon Raul’s all-time UEFA Champions League goalscoring record on Wednesday, with Karim Benzema’s brace wrapping up a 3-0 win before half-time. The result kept Carlo Ancelotti’s side perfect in Group B and allowed them to turn their full focus to Saturday’s mouthwatering first clash of the season with arch-rivals Barça.
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has acknowledged there is much more than just three points at stake in Saturday’s first Clasico of the season at the Bernabeu. Luis Enrique’s unbeaten side head to the Spanish capital top of the Spanish La Liga and knowing a win would open up a seven-point cushion over arch rivals Real Madrid nine games into the season.
Iniesta accepts victory would provide a big psychological boost.
“It’s not just any other game – it never is. If you win, it makes you feel great,” the Spain international was quoted as saying at a press conference on Thursday.
Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone has been shortlisted by the Spanish Football League (LFP) for the coach of the year award.
The Argentinian, who won the honour after the 2012/13 campaign, is up against Athletic Club boss Ernesto Valverde and Rayo Vallecano’s Paco Jemez. UEFA Champions League-winning coach Carlo Ancelotti and Unai Emery, who steered Sevilla to Europa League glory, have not been included on the list.
Simone guided Atletico to their first league title since 1996, a championship that was secured when Los Rojiblancos drew 1-1 at Barcelona in May on the final day of the campaign. The South American also led Atletico to the Champions League final where they lost to Real Madrid.
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique lauded the quality of strike duo Lionel Messi and Neymar after both were on target as the Catalans maintained their 100 per cent start to the La Liga season with a 5-0 win at Levante.
Messi fired a first-half penalty off target, but teed up Neymar and Sandro Ramirez to take his tally of assists to six in just five games this season and finally got his goal as he rounded off the scoring 18 minutes from time.
“With Leo Messi we are talking about a unique, special player. His team-mates know well that when he has the ball, he can not only beat players but assist them magnificently,” said Enrique.
Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti will switch his focus to improving the European Champions’s defence after seeing his attack click into gear in stunning fashion over the last week.
Real had come in for criticism following a disappointing start to the season which saw them lose two of their opening three La Liga games, having also been beaten by Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa. However, 13 goals in their last two matches, trashing Basle 5-1 and Deportivo La Coruna 8-2, suggests Real’s star-studded forward line is beginning to fire on all cylinders.
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, while Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez both scored twice as Real Madrid ran riot against Deportivo La Coruna at Riazor. Although Los Blancos needed around 30 minutes to break the deadlock through Ronaldo, once Carlo Ancelotti’s side had got the first goal they went about mauling their hosts and buried the memory of last weekend’s defeat to local rivals Atletico Madrid by blitzing the Galicians 8-2.
While Ronaldo, Bale and substitute Hernandez contributed the majority of the goals, James Rodriguez also scored his first goal in the Spanish La Liga, while Haris Medunjanin and Toche replied for the hosts.
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