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Real Madrid’s women win the Madrid Derby!
Read Om Arvind’s detailed Immediate Reaction.
¡Victoria en el derbi gracias al tanto de @JakobssonSofia!— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadridfem) March 14, 2021
¡La ́ del partido! #HalaMadrid
Getting ready for Atalanta
The Royal Whites face Atalanta at the Alfredo Di Stéfano on Tuesday (16:00 EST / 21:00 CET) for the second leg of the round of 16 knockout stage. Real Madrid have a 1-0 lead from Ferland Mendy’s right-footed golazo from outside the box.
Unique view of Ferland Mendy's winner! @ferland_mendy | @realmadriden | #UCL https://t.co/iR7nL09AnO pic.twitter.com/7BPSaKqaZZ— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 1, 2021
After a straining 2-1 defeat of Elche on Saturday, Los Blancos returned to Real Madrid City for training on Sunday.
@Atalanta_BC pic.twitter.com/GRQ4eP6rjO— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) March 14, 2021
✨ All eyes on the @ChampionsLeague!#RMCity pic.twitter.com/WzdLB7F0lB— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) March 14, 2021
Zidane’s post match press conference
The Real Madrid boss discussed the team’s consistent struggling against teams that load the area around the 18 yard box with bodies.
Elche defend well and are physically very strong. It was difficult for us. The teams that sit back make it very difficult. That’s not going to change. We have to find ways of getting through against a team that defends deep. In the end, we found the gap with patience and tempo.
In the first ten minutes of the first half we had two or three chances and also at the start of the second half. We increased the intensity and played patiently which allowed us to create openings. It’s tough when you play against two banks of defenders. But you can’t lose faith. You have to look for a gap, but not go crazy at the same time when teams defend so deep.
A new La Liga Diaries is out
Check out a behind-the-scenes view of Rodrygo and the crew doing their prep work and winning the Elche match.
Bayern reportedly eyeing Fede Valverde (HT: NeRO)
How to rate Bayern’s chances at landing that one?
Real Madrid are not exactly experiencing a wealth of riches in midfield depth.
Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde is the subject of interest from Bayern Munich, according to Marca pic.twitter.com/i9wYRisJmK— Goal (@goal) March 14, 2021
Romano reports on CR7 transfer rumors (HT: Shuvo091)
Juventus director Fabio Paratici to Sky Sport about Cristiano Ronaldo-Real Madrid rumours: “Cristiano will be the future of Juventus, absolutely. I’m sure about it. It's a privilege to have Cristiano. We enjoy him, and we're very happy to have this kind of champions with us”.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 14, 2021