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Apr 27, 2015

Real battling hard to thwart Barca treble charge

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid have never won the Spanish treble and are fighting tooth and nail in La Liga to prevent arch-rivals Barcelona scooping Champions League and domestic league and Cup titles for a second time.

Barca became the first, and so far only, Spanish side to achieve the feat in 2009 and with coach Luis Enrique in his first year at the helm are well placed for a repeat performance with five matches left in La Liga.

Apr 27, 2015

Preview: Real battling hard to thwart Barca treble charge

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid have never won the Spanish treble and are fighting tooth and nail in La Liga to prevent arch-rivals Barcelona scooping Champions League and domestic league and Cup titles for a second time.

Barca became the first, and so far only, Spanish side to achieve the feat in 2009 and with coach Luis Enrique in his first year at the helm are well placed for a repeat performance with five matches left in La Liga.

Apr 27, 2015

Soccer-Real battling hard to thwart Barca treble charge

MADRID, April 27 (Reuters) – Real Madrid have never won the Spanish treble and are fighting tooth and nail in La Liga to prevent arch-rivals Barcelona scooping Champions League and domestic league and Cup titles for a second time.

Barca became the first, and so far only, Spanish side to achieve the feat in 2009 and with coach Luis Enrique in his first year at the helm are well placed for a repeat performance with five matches left in La Liga.

Apr 27, 2015

Hernandez making strong case for permanent Real move

MADRID (Reuters) – Javier Hernandez gave another boost to his chances of making his loan move to Real Madrid permanent when he followed up his match-winning Champions League performance midweek with a La Liga double on Sunday.

The Mexico striker known as ‘Chicharito’ (little pea) struck a late winner to earn a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in Europe’s elite club competition on Wednesday before helping Real to a 4-2 success at Celta Vigo that kept them hard on the heels of leaders Barcelona with five matches left.

Apr 27, 2015

Soccer-Hernandez making strong case for permanent Real move

MADRID, April 27 (Reuters) – Javier Hernandez gave another boost to his chances of making his loan move to Real Madrid permanent when he followed up his match-winning Champions League performance midweek with a La Liga double on Sunday.

The Mexico striker known as ‘Chicharito’ (little pea) struck a late winner to earn a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in Europe’s elite club competition on Wednesday before helping Real to a 4-2 success at Celta Vigo that kept them hard on the heels of leaders Barcelona with five matches left.

Apr 23, 2015

Celta keen to make life difficult for Real

MADRID (Reuters) – Celta Vigo have secured their place in Spain’s top flight for another season and Real Madrid’s La Liga visit on Sunday is another chance for them to show they can compete with the nation’s wealthy elite.

A well organised side who play attractive football under Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo, Celta surprised champions Atletico Madrid 2-0 at their Balaidos stadium in February and held out until 17 minutes from time at home to leaders Barcelona this month before falling 1-0.

Apr 23, 2015

Soccer-Celta keen to make life difficult for Real

MADRID, April 23 (Reuters) – Celta Vigo have secured their place in Spain’s top flight for another season and Real Madrid’s La Liga visit on Sunday is another chance for them to show they can compete with the nation’s wealthy elite.

A well organised side who play attractive football under Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo, Celta surprised champions Atletico Madrid 2-0 at their Balaidos stadium in February and held out until 17 minutes from time at home to leaders Barcelona this month before falling 1-0.

Apr 23, 2015

Atletico focus turns to securing Europe spot for 2015-16

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been a constant thorn in Real Madrid’s side this season but Wednesday’s Champions League clash at the Bernabeu was a bridge too far for the Argentine and his overachieving side.

Atletico had a chance to eliminate the team who beat them in last season’s final but after holding Real to a 0-0 draw in last week’s quarter-final, first leg at the Calderon they barely threatened in the return at the Bernabeu.

Apr 23, 2015

Soccer-Atletico focus turns to securing Europe spot for 2015-16

MADRID, April 23 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been a constant thorn in Real Madrid’s side this season but Wednesday’s Champions League clash at the Bernabeu was a bridge too far for the Argentine and his overachieving side.

Atletico had a chance to eliminate the team who beat them in last season’s final but after holding Real to a 0-0 draw in last week’s quarter-final, first leg at the Calderon they barely threatened in the return at the Bernabeu.

Apr 23, 2015

Ramos tactical shift key to victory, Real’s Casillas says

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to deploy defender Sergio Ramos in central midfield was the key to Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, according to captain Iker Casillas.

Ramos, who normally plays as a centre-back, was in the thick of the action throughout the quarter-final, second leg at the Bernabeu before Javier Hernandez struck two minutes from time to send holders Real through to the semi-finals for a fifth straight season.