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 By Rob Train
3 hours ago

Plenty for Ancelotti to consider as Real prep for Basel

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno believes Carlo Ancelotti needs to focus on the bigger picture for Real Madrid rather than have Cristiano Ronaldo chase a goal-scoring record.

Real Madrid travel to Basel on Wednesday as one of the six sides already qualified for the knockout stages of this season's Champions League. The defending champions have little at stake in the St Jakob Stadium -- avoiding defeat by four goals or more will secure top place in Group B for Carlo Ancelotti's side -- while Basel have it all to play for. If the home side is victorious, and Liverpool fail to beat Ludogorets, the Swiss league champions will qualify themselves.

On current form, the...

4 hours ago

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti not planning to rest players vs. FC Basel

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno believes Carlo Ancelotti needs to focus on the bigger picture for Real Madrid rather than have Cristiano Ronaldo chase a goal-scoring record.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has suggested he will start all his superstars -- including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale -- in Wednesday's Champions League game against Basel, even though his team have already all but secured top spot in Group B.

With a 100 percent record from their first four games Madrid are now fully in control of the group, with Basel battling for second spot alongside Liverpool and Ludogorets.

While some reports have said that some key players could be rested given Madrid's...

5 hours ago

Five accomplishments and five challenges ahead for Real Madrid

After securing yet another win in La Liga, this time over Eibar, Carlo Ancelotti wants his Real Madrid team to carry on their rich vein of form.

Right now, Real Madrid look like the cream of the elite. League leaders in Spain, breaking records left, right and centre and prime candidates to become the first team to retain the Champions League. They're perhaps even in a group of only three, at best four, sides -- with Bayern, Chelsea and perhaps Barcelona -- capable of lifting that famous trophy next June in Berlin.

But they ran out of gas domestically last season, right at the crucial point of La Liga, and there have always, always been...

8 hours ago

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Asier Illarramendi returned to training to hand Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti a boost ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League Group B clash with Basle.

The 24-year-old defensive midfielder has been sidelined since suffering a groin injury earlier this month and has not appeared for the Spanish giants since the 4-0 Primera Division victory over Granada on November 1.

However, he has been named in Ancelotti's 20-man squad and is eyeing a comeback in Switzerland.

Illarramendi joined up with the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
8 hours ago

Clasico boasted Europe's most expensive lineups, study reveals

Javier Tebas, the President of the LFP says he is looking at ways to distribute money from TV rights more evenly across the clubs.

Real Madrid's meeting with Barcelona at the Bernabeu last month saw the most expensive collection of players on the field of any match in Europe this season, according to a CIES Football Observatory study.

The clasico in October saw talent worth 690 million euros take to the field, despite the absence of the injured Gareth Bale, who was reported to have cost Madrid 100 million euros when he joined from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.

Additionally, Barcelona did not pay fees for Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta,...