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Alba won't take place for granted

Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba stated that he's willing to prove his worth after making the step up to join one of the big two sides in the La Liga this summer. Alba, 23, is a resident of  L'Hospitalet, a small town near Barcelona, and said he was "honoured" to gain a chance to play for the Catalan side and join the list of illustrious stars such as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Gerard...Full Story »

Real ready for tough challenge - Karanka knows it will hard to enjoy successful season

Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Sky Sport

Aitor Karanka: Urging players to keep working hard to ensure success Assistant coach Aitor Karanka admits Real Madrid must find their best form immediately as they prepare for a difficult season ahead. Real ended Barcelona's recent dominance last term by winning the Primera Liga title but the challenge now is to defend their crown. The UEFA Champions League also promises to be keenly conteste...Full Story »

Llorente won't sign Bilbao deal - Llorente eyes Bilbao exit

Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Sky Sport

Fernando Llorente: Won't sign new deal at Athletic Bilbao Athletic Bilbao club president Josu Urrutia has confirmed that Fernando Llorente has told him he will not sign a new contract and wants to leave. Llorente has just one year left on his current deal at San Mames, and Bilbao had hoped he would sign an extension. However, after returning to Spain following his involvement in Euro 2012, he...Full Story »

Alonso ready for new season

Posted Sunday, August 12, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso stated that the club's unbeaten pre-season campaign has made the side confident for the new La Liga season. The Madridistas in the United States were treated to four friendlies with the highlight being a match-up between Serie A giants AC Milan and the La Liga champions. Los Blancos comfortably won that match as well as their most recent friendly against Cel...Full Story »

Vilanova pleased with Villa return

Posted Sunday, August 12, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has hailed the return of David Villa to the side after eight months on the sidelines. The Spanish international fractured his tibia during last season's Club World Cup and made his long-awaited return as a 73rd minute substitute during Barcelona's 2-0 friendly win over Dinamo Bucharest. "Last year we missed him (Villa) because he's a player that guarantees goals...Full Story »

'Real Madrid hungry for more success' - Karanka hails squad unity after United States tour

Posted Sunday, August 12, 2012 by Goal.com

Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka is satisfied with his side's preparations for the new season, following the Spanish champion's successful tour of the United States. Speaking in Jose Mourinho's stead after defeating reigning Scottish champions Celtic 2-0 in Philadelphia, the former Blancos defender outlined his hopes for the season ahead. "With the player's we have in our team, it i...Full Story »

Fabregas confident of finding form

Posted Sunday, August 12, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted his form faded towards the end of last season but expects both he and his club will be back with a bang. The former Arsenal man rarely completed 90 minutes for the Catalan giants in the closing stages of a campaign which saw his side fail to retain both the Champions League and La Liga titles. Following Pep Guardiola's departure, Barcelona have...Full Story »

Real ease to Celtic friendly win

Posted Sunday, August 12, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Real Madrid won 2-0 against Scottish champions Celtic at the Lincoln Financial Field with goals by Jose Maria Callejon and Karim Benzema. Callejon opened the scoring in the 22nd minute as he gathered the rebound and placed it into an empty net after Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska failed to save his shot from close range. Benzema ensured the win midway through the second half as a cross-fi...Full Story »

Messi, Afellay ensure win in Romania

Posted Sunday, August 12, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Lionel Messi and Ibrahim Afellay scored in Barcelona's final pre-season friendly win against Dinamo Bucharest at the Arena Nationala on Saturday night. Messi scored within four minutes of the start as he picked up a pass inside the penalty box and lashed it low towards goal. Affelay's goal came with the final attack of the game and had a touch of the Argentinean's fondness for the spectacul...Full Story »

Mourinho praises Real Madrid team spirit

Posted Saturday, August 11, 2012 by Goal.com

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho believes that strong bonds between players in the squad have been a key factor in his team's success. Since the former Chelsea boss arrived in the Spanish capital, Los Blancos have won one Copa del Rey and stormed to Liga glory last season, posting a record 100-point tally. And the 49-year-old feels that his squad have become a strong collective over the last ...Full Story »

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