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SPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓN

2015/2016 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
2 Barcelona 2 0 0 6
3 Real Madrid 1 1 0 4
4 Villarreal 1 1 0 4
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James Rodriguez quickly returned to form for Real, says 'delighted' Benitez

It seems Real Madrid have fully recovered from the goal drought they experienced last, with braces by both Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.
ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik breaks down Gareth Bale's importance to Real Madrid in attack citing the teamwork betweek James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale to be the key contributing factor in their 5-0 win.

Rafael Benitez hailed the class of James Rodriguez after he played a starring role in Real Madrid's 5-0 demolition of Real Betis on Saturday.

Rodriguez scored twice and had a hand in two more goals while Gareth Bale also had a brace to add to a goal from Karim Benzema.

"James came much later than the rest of the group after the Copa America but is quickly catching up," Benitez said after the game.

"His quality is not a matter of debate. When he has to play, he'll play."

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo reveals fear of dying young

Lionel Messi edged out Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo to be named the UEFA Best Player in Europe for the 2014-15 season.
Lionel Messi collects the UEFA Best Player in Europe award as Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is forced to look on.
For the first time since 2013, both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi failed to find the net in their respective season openers.

Cristiano Ronaldo has told Spain's Libero magazine that his greatest fear is dying at a young age.

Ronaldo, 30, said he wanted to live into his 80s or 90s and explained that his inspiration in life came from the people around him.

"My greatest fear is dying young," he said in quotes reported by Marca. "I don't want to die young. I want to die an old man, at 80 or 90 years old.

"The people around me always spur me on. They are a source of good vibes and positive energy, and that's the most important...

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Rafa Benitez agreed West Ham job before going to Real Madrid - Sullivan

Rafa Benitez says James Rodriguez is currently behind his teammates after not playing for Real Madrid in recent matches.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was asked about Diafra Sakho's mental state after the striker was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and witness intimidation this week.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop discusses the end-to-end Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth, where it was the Cherries who took all three points via a Callum Wilson hat trick.

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has told the London Evening Standard that Rafa Benitez was "within three hours" of becoming the new manager at Upton Park before taking charge of Real Madrid instead.

West Ham parted company with Sam Allardyce at the end of last season and had hoped to bring in Benitez as his replacement after the Spaniard decided to leave Napoli.

However, the former Valencia, Liverpool and Chelsea manager then took the job at the Bernabeu and the Hammers appointed former Croatia...

Sizing up La Liga title contenders

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno gives his take on the slow starts for both Barcelona and Real Madrid and believes there should be more concern at the Bernabeu than at Camp Nou.

For the first time ever, La Liga will have five teams in the group stage of the Champions League. Of course, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are the big names, while Europa League champions Sevilla and former Champions League finalist Valencia are also in the competition.

While there is an argument to be made that all five teams could very well advance into the knockout stage in Europe, the argument would not be as convincing when talking about all five teams having a chance of winning La Liga this season. With all due respect to Sevilla and Valencia, they will get an honorable mention and a participation certificate but will not do enough over the course of the season to challenge for the title. Breaking news: La Liga will be all about the big boys!

Here's a look at all three teams, including their strengths and weaknesses, and why they will or won't win the La Liga title.

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