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Real Madrid 'crisis' talk is overblown,
plus: Mourinho stung by his own words

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the latest action throughout La Liga, where Real Madrid remain atop the league but may be without Cristiano Ronaldo in the Madrid derby following his red card against Cordoba.

According to Spanish daily newspaper Marca, Real Madrid are at DEFCON 2.

On the surface, it might seem a bit excessive given that they are still top of La Liga with a game in hand. But there are a number of fires to put out, despite the 2-1 away win to Cordoba, which was arguably as bad a performance as Madrid have displayed this season.

Cordoba, two points above the drop zone, are (on paper) one of those designated punching bags La Liga's critics like to highlight. Their team is stuffed with...

Lucas Silva's arrival at Real Madrid could lead to changes in the midfield

Real Madrid's latest signing, Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva, is unveiled by the Spanish club at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Sir Alex Ferguson once said that to stay at the top in football, "you can't stand still."

Further explaining his point, he added, "There was a lot of thinking about being a step ahead, looking forward."

Ferguson's comments came after Chelsea clinched the Premier League title in 2010 and perhaps ring true with regard to Real Madrid's latest signing: Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva.

The 21-year-old arrives at the Santiago Bernabeu having been a key cog in Cruzeiro's back-to-back Brazilian championships....

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Real Madrid, Manchester United battle for Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains the reported move of Gabriel Paulista to Arsenal, where the 24-year-old defender would prove to be a valuable additional to the Gunners' defence.

The winter window is now open, and that means the LIVE transfer blog swings back into action. Find out the latest news, gossip and deals here.

- Transfer Window Chat with ESPN FC insider Tor-Kristian Karlsen (15.00 GMT / 10.00 ET)

TOP STORY: Real, United to battle for Bilbao's Laporte

Manchester United have been linked with young Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane due to his struggles for first-team football at the Bernabeu. Even though Real Madrid have one defender struggling to find time,...

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#FCtalkingpoints: Cup upsets, Messi and Neymar, Ronaldo, money league

Bradford came back from two goals down to win 4-2 to send the Blues out of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

Manchester United dominated possession but could manage only a goalless FA Cup draw with Cambridge United. Chelsea and Manchester City also endured embarrassing defeats in their FA Cup matches, while Arsenal survived a scare of their own vs. Brighton Hove and Albion.

What was the most surprising FA Cup result this weekend?

Financial advisors Deloitte released...

 By Rob Train

Bale winner saves Real Madrid and Ronaldo sees red

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno recaps a physical game between Cordoba and Real Madrid.

Real Madrid maintained their lead at the top of La Liga with a 2-1 victory over an inspired Cordoba side that deserved at least a point from a tetchy encounter at the Nuevo Arcangel.

Carlo Ancelotti insisted before the match that he does not need to rotate his team but performances so far in 2015 present compelling evidence that the Italian should reconsider his stance, especially with sterner examinations against Sevilla and Atletico on the horizon.

Real Madrid were disjointed and jaded and Cordoba...

Chicharito would be best served by leaving Real Madrid

Chicharito Hernandez has made just one appearance for Real Madrid since the new year.
Chicharito Hernandez has made just one appearance for Real Madrid since the new year.

The hoopla at Real Madrid over the recent signing of Norwegian starlet Martin Odegaard might have brought a pang of woe for another striker on the squad, Mexico's Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez. Not so long ago, the forward enjoyed the celebratory buzz as one of Manchester United's most promising young players. Now that fanfare has died away, ahead lies an uncertain future for Hernandez.

Though only 26, at what should be the prime of his athletic career, Hernandez has been reduced to playing...