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Mar 16, 2015

Ancelotti concerned by Real’s second-half stutter

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid will need to play with intensity for 90 minutes and not just the first half if they are to have a chance of beating Barcelona in Sunday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’, according to Real coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti praised his side for their performance before the break in Sunday’s 2-0 win at home to Levante but said he was concerned by the way his players relaxed and let the visitors off the hook in the second period.

Mar 16, 2015

Soccer-Ancelotti concerned by Real’s second-half stutter

MADRID, March 16 (Reuters) – Real Madrid will need to play with intensity for 90 minutes and not just the first half if they are to have a chance of beating Barcelona in Sunday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’, according to Real coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti praised his side for their performance before the break in Sunday’s 2-0 win at home to Levante but said he was concerned by the way his players relaxed and let the visitors off the hook in the second period.

Mar 16, 2015

Atletico struggling for goals before Leverkusen clash

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid will need to put an end to a recent goal drought if they are to have any chance of overturning a 1-0 deficit in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, second leg at home to Bayer Leverkusen.

Atletico, last season’s beaten finalists, have only scored once in their last four outings in all competitions and slipped nine points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate at Espanyol.

Mar 16, 2015

Soccer-Atletico struggling for goals before Leverkusen clash

MADRID, March 16 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid will need to put an end to a recent goal drought if they are to have any chance of overturning a 1-0 deficit in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, second leg at home to Bayer Leverkusen.

Atletico, last season’s beaten finalists, have only scored once in their last four outings in all competitions and slipped nine points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate at Espanyol.

Mar 15, 2015

Soccer-Bale answers critics with double for Real Madrid

MADRID, March 15 (Reuters) – Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale answered his critics in emphatic style when he ended a nine-game goal drought with a double for the European champions in a 2-0 La Liga victory against Levante at the Bernabeu on Sunday.

The world record signing, whistled by his own team’s fans during Real’s recent poor run, struck twice in the first half and came close to completing his hat-trick midway through the second period to leave Real a point behind leaders Barcelona.

Mar 15, 2015

Bale answers critics with double for Real Madrid

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale answered his critics in emphatic style when he ended a nine-game goal drought with a double for the European champions in a 2-0 La Liga victory against Levante at the Bernabeu on Sunday.

The world record signing, whistled by his own team’s fans during Real’s recent poor run, struck twice in the first half and came close to completing his hat-trick midway through the second period to leave Real a point behind leaders Barcelona.

Mar 15, 2015

Messi-inspired Barca riding high before City, ‘Clasico’

MADRID (Reuters) – Treble-chasing Barcelona are exactly where they want to be as they prepare for two matches this week that could make or break coach Luis Enrique’s first season in charge.

Barca have won 16 of their 18 matches in 2015, their only blemishes defeats to Real Sociedad and Malaga in La Liga, and are in with a chance of repeating 2009′s historic haul of Champions League and Spanish league and Cup.

Mar 15, 2015

Soccer-Messi-inspired Barca riding high before City, ‘Clasico’

MADRID, March 15 (Reuters) – Treble-chasing Barcelona are exactly where they want to be as they prepare for two matches this week that could make or break coach Luis Enrique’s first season in charge.

Barca have won 16 of their 18 matches in 2015, their only blemishes defeats to Real Sociedad and Malaga in La Liga, and are in with a chance of repeating 2009′s historic haul of Champions League and Spanish league and Cup.

Mar 15, 2015

Barca march four points clear at the top

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona ensured they will be at least a point clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga when they host their arch rivals in next weekend’s ‘Clasico’ after Lionel Messi struck twice in a 2-0 win at Basque minnows Eibar on Saturday.

Barca leapfrogged stuttering Real, who host Levante on Sunday, into first place last weekend and produced another dominant performance inspired by the talismanic Messi to move on to 65 points with 11 games left.

Mar 14, 2015

Soccer-Simeone confident of third despite La Liga stumble

MADRID, March 14 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid remain confident of finishing third in La Liga and securing a Champions League spot for next season despite being overtaken by Valencia, thanks to Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate at Espanyol, coach Diego Simeone said.

The draw for the champions in Barcelona was Atletico’s fourth straight game without a win and they have failed to score in three consecutive away games in La Liga for the first time since Simeone took over at the end of 2011.