Spanish Paper Talk: James Rodriguez ‘Is The Man’ In Cristiano’s Absence

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Colombian international has to step up as CR7 is rested…

All the latest headlines from the newspapers in Spain as Carlo Ancelotti calls for Real Madrid reinforcements while Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested.


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– SOS Carlo.

– Carlo Ancelotti requested reinforcements: Has the thinnest squad in a decade. “The signing of Kroos was to improve, he was going to be put next to Xabi”. It remains to be seen what Los Blancos do in the final days of the transfer window, but it is clear that Ancelotti feels he has lost a lot in Di Maria and Alonso.

– 2-1. Atletico-Eibar. The champions playing chess. Two goal strategy bends against a superior Eibar.

– 3-0 Athletic-Levante. 1-1  Cordoba-Celta. 1-2  Espanyol-Sevilla.

– 19.00 Villarreal-Barca.

– Cheryshev: “Madrid’s cantera is as successful as Barca’s”.

– Diego Costa. Leads Chelsea with a 3-6 win over Everton.

– Xabi debuts at Bayern with a draw.


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– In the absence of Cristiano.

– James is the man. The Colombian assumes the protagonists role without Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso.

– Madrid rest the Portuguese. He’s not in a good physical state but club deny bigger fears over injury.

– Atletico asked. Eibar didn’t shrink when it was 2-0 and had options until the end.

– Neymar reappears in El Madrigal.

– Luis Enrique contradicts Vicente Del Bosque. ‘Gerard Pique is fine’.


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– MD interviews Josep Maria Bartomeu.

– ‘Barca do not play for money. There is a lot of talent and if we add strength it’s the perfect cocktail’.

– ‘It’s not about winning one title, but we hope to win them all’.

– Barca-Villarreal.

– A serious test with Pique and Neymar back.

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