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Bernabeu Bites 12.13.12: La Liga is Back

Two weeks after the tremendous exhibition of Gareth Bale against Valladolid, which helped us to shorten the distance with Barcelona, we will be facing Osasuna tomorrow in El Sadar.

Denis Doyle
  • After a Copa del Rey weekend, La Liga is back. We play in Pamplona tomorrow against Osasuna, a rival that has usually caused us a lot of trouble when playing in their stadium. However, most of us also keep good memories of El Sadar, like this or this.
  • Since the match will be at 16:00 CET, today's training session will also be in the afternoon, and it will be followed by Ancelotti's press conference at 17:30. There, our coach will dispel the doubts on tomorrow's lineup. According to As, the main novelty will be the entrance of Illarramendi in the spot of Luka Modric, who suffered a small bruise against Copenhague last Tuesday.
  • This is Real Madrid, so there will always be rumours about players leaving the team. This time, it is the Spanish newspaper Marca who claims Bayer Leverkusen is interested in signing our striker Jesé Rodríguez, or maybe getting him on loan this winter. They also state that there is no chance of Jesé leaving before summer.
  • After qualifying for the next round of the Champions League with Chelsea FC, his current team, José Mourinho, our previous coach, spoke to the media about this competition. It is his opinion that Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern are the strongest teams in the tournament and the ones that are more likely to be in Lisbon next May.
  • Now that we are waiting for a rival in the Champions League Round of 16, which will be drawn on Monday, you can check the odds of all the possible pairings in this tweet published by the Spanish Human Database Míster Chip.

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