BARCA STAY TOP

Barcelona has maintained its no. 1 ranking in the La Liga points table by playing a draw against the arch rival Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday. There was huge excitement in Spain about this all important encounter. 95,000 people were present in the stadium to watch the match and the supporters would have got their money’s worth. It was a thriller of a match. Both the teams scored two goals each and the match ended in a draw.

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CASILLAS EXCITED FOR BARCA MATCH

The goal keeper of Real Madrid, Iker Casillas, has said that he is desperately waiting for the match against Barcelona in the Supercopa Championship. Real Madrid will play against Barcelona on Thursday at Camp Nou.

NO PROBLEMS IF THEY STAY

Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has said that it would not be a problem for him if players like Kaka and Ricardo Carvalho stayed at the club even after the end of the transfer window.

The Brazil international Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo's Portuguese international team-mate Ricardo Carvalho have been linked with a move away from Real Madrid due to the lack of regular first team football.

DEL BOSQUE RULES OUT PRESIDENCY

Spanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque has ruled out the possibility of becoming the next Real Madrid president. There have been recent reports suggesting that Real Madrid would be willing to have Vicente del Bosque as the next president.

Jesus Navas is the surprise hero

Ahead of this game, Croatia had dropped striker Nikica Jelavic which left Mario Mandzukic isolated up front and that seemed to underline a declaration of intent as the game went on. After a frantic opening, the match settled into a pattern whereby Croatia looked to absorb Spanish pressure while hoping to nick anything they could on the counter attack.

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RONALDO WANTS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he wants to lift the 10th Champions League title for the club next season. Real Madrid are the most successful club in the history of European football having won the European Cup/Champions League an incredible nine times in their history.

REAL KEEN ON VIDAL

Spanish club Real Madrid have been showing a lot of interest in Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, but the Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has said that the player is not available for sale.

The Chilean joined Juventus only last season four £ 8.5 million, but it is thought that the Real Madrid are willing to pay up to at least £ 30 million for the player, who has been instrumental in Juventus closing in on the title this season. Juventus are only two victories away from sealing the title, which will be the first since the famous match fixing scandal in 2006.

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SANCHEZ WANTED DROGBA

Real Madrid legend Hugo Sanchez has said that he wanted Real Madrid to sign current Chelsea striker Didier Drogba more than 10 years ago.

Hugo Sanchez is one of the best players for Real Madrid over the years and he seemed to have identified the fact that Didier Drogba had all it took to become one of the best players in the world.

13 POINTS

A Cristiano Ronaldo double helped Real Madrid secure a 13 point advantage in the Spanish la Liga.

Real Madrid were coming into the match against Real Betis knowing that a victory could send them 13 points clear at the top of the table, as Barcelona were not playing until Sunday.

THE STRONGEST SQUAD

Real Madrid's director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno has said that this is by far the strongest squad Real Madrid have had in their history.

This comes as a major statement just ahead of the Champions League encounter with CSKA Moscow for Real Madrid.

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