Live Real Madrid Blog: Vinicius Junior continues to make case for first team action

Sport360 staff 17/09/2018
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Hola Madridistas. And welcome to Monday’s Real Madrid blog.

Niall and the rest of the Sport360 team will be here throughout the day, bringing you the latest Los Blancos news, views and gossip.

As ever, get in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook.

13:00 – Bale was ‘angry’ at being Champions League final substitute

Gareth Bale revealed he felt “quite angry” to have been left on the Real Madrid bench for last season’s Champions League final against Liverpool, before coming on to score a brilliant overhead kick.

Wales forward Bale found himself among the substitutes in Kiev, eventually being called upon by Zinedine Zidane just after the hour and then helped turn the match around with a second-half double.

Within three minutes of his introduction, Bale had converted an acrobatic bicycle kick from Marcelo’s floated cross to put Real Madrid ahead and later added a long-range second past Loris Karius to help seal a 3-1 victory.

Read what he had to say here.

10:00 – Vinicius Junior continues to make a case for first-team debut

Vinicius Junior continues to make a case for first team action after scoring another goal for Real Madrid Castilla at the weekend.

The Brazilian teenager, who arrived from Flamengo over the summer, has scored three goals in two games as Castilla climbed to the top of the Segunda Division table.

His strike at the weekend was a gem, bending a superb free kick around the wall to earn Castilla all three points against Unionistas CF.

But for all his dominance for the club’s second team, senior boss Julen Lopetegui is yet to consider the 18-year-old for selection as he wants him to play more minutes and get used to the style of play in Spain.

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Marcelo will miss the crucial Madrid derby on Saturday.

Real Madrid left-back Marcelo says Cristiano Ronaldo is not the only former great being missed at the Santiago Bernabeu in the wake of the team’s first dropped points of the season.

Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, slipping two points behind early La Liga leaders Barcelona. Iker Munian gave Bilbao a first-half lead before Isco came on from the bench to equalise.

The Brazilian admitted the result was disappointing but downplayed the effect Ronaldo’s summer departure for Juventus has had on the side.

“I think supporters also often remember Raul, [Zinedine] Zidane… Not only Cristiano,” Marcelo said after the game.

The 30-year-old added that a win would have been a fairer reflection of the team’s performance, and that Los Blancos are “firing on all cylinders” despite the result.

“The draw is a bit disappointing,” he said. “We were hoping for a fairer outcome, which would have been to win the game.

“We gave it our all to do so and we improved in the second half but we have to move on from this game and think about the next.

“We had a lot of the ball and created chances but it just wouldn’t go in for us. We’ve got a fantastic team, we played well, but we couldn’t win the game.

“We didn’t want to drop any points here.

“We also lacked a bit of patience. After going behind, we tried to get on top quickly, but that’s the way things go in football.

“We came very close to getting the three points. We’re firing on all cylinders right now.”

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Live Real Madrid Blog: Julen Lopetegui wants Los Blancos to be more clinical

Sport360 staff 16/09/2018
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Hola Madridistas. And welcome to Sunday’s Real Madrid blog.

Niall and the rest of the Sport360 team will be here throughout the day, bringing you the latest Los Blancos news, views and gossip.

As ever, get in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook.

15:00 – Ronaldo not the only former great to be missed, says Marcelo

Real Madrid left-back Marcelo says Cristiano Ronaldo is not the only former great being missed at the Santiago Bernabeu in the wake of the team’s first dropped points of the season.

Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, slipping two points behind early La Liga leaders Barcelona. Iker Munian gave Bilbao a first-half lead before Isco came on from the bench to equalise.

The Brazilian admitted the result was disappointing but downplayed the effect Ronaldo’s summer departure for Juventus has had on the side.

“I think supporters also often remember Raul, [Zinedine] Zidane… Not only Cristiano,” Marcelo said after the game.

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13:00 – Isco understands Lopetegui’s decision to leave him out of starting XI

He may have been left out of the starting line-up, but Isco proved to be the hero as Real Madrid stumbled to a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao.

The substitute scored the equaliser at San Mames just minutes after replacing Luka Modric, but admits he understands Julen Lopetegui’s decision to leave him out of the starting XI.

“It’s not only me in the team, there are teammates who might be better than me and that’s why the coach chose this team,” he said.

10:30 – Lopetegui wants his side to be more clinical

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui conceded his side were “not clinical enough” after they lost their 100 per cent start to the new La Liga season in a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao.

Los Blancos were up against it for much of the match, with Iker Muniain sliding the home side in front in the 32nd minute at the San Mames before substitute Isco saved Real’s blushes in the second half.

The visitors had a handful of chances to snatch the three points with Bilbao keeper Unai Simon making a series of good saves, but ultimately the hosts proved good value for their point.

Read what he had to say here.

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