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  1. Bale strike silences critics in starting stakes

    Nicholas Rigg

    For 70 minutes Jorge Valdano's quotes seemed to have affected Gareth Bale. The Welshman was pretty much non-existent in what eventually became a comfortable afternoon for Real Madrid against Elche; missed chances, little threat and an apparent desire...

    Blog | February 22, 2014
  2. International bumps and bruises for Blancos

    Nicholas Rigg

    A potential season-ending injury, a not-so-serious ankle knock, a 1-up in the superstar-going-to-Brazil stakes, a wacky transfer story and a Finnish beating. Oh for a return to the bread and butter of La Liga, and the international football's not eve...

    Blog | November 18, 2013
  3. Ballon d'Or battle adds heat to Clasico frying pan

    Nicholas Rigg

    No explanation is needed when discussing just what is at stake when Barcelona and Real Madrid lock horns. The first Clasico of the season takes place at the Camp Nou on Saturday night, and pride, politics, bragging rights and three crucial points ...

    Blog | October 24, 2013
  4. A low-stakes Clasico before high-stakes trip

    Nicholas Rigg

    Question: When is a Clasico not a Clasico? Answer: When Madrid have thrown the towel in on La Liga and a crucial Champions League clash with Manchester United awaits just three days later. Rarely can you describe a Clasico -- the match the world ...

    Blog | March 01, 2013
  5. Super-sub Callejon stakes claim for Madrid starting role

    Nicholas Rigg

    Jose Maria Callejon is Jose Mourinho's kinda guy. He isn't one of Real Madrid's 'Galactico' stars - he never will be. He doesn't moan when he doesn't start matches - he's very much a squad player. A player who will not play week-in, week-out but is c...

    Blog | December 07, 2012