Spanish Paper Talk: Carlo Ancelotti Asks Gareth Bale To Do More Defensively

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Welshman scores more and has more shots but doesn’t retrieve the ball as much…

All the latest headlines from the newspapers in Spain as Gareth Bale is ready to return but he must do as much as Isco and James Rodriguez defensively.


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– Lightning returns.

– Carlo Ancelotti has asked Gareth Bale to copy Isco and James Rodriguez and get involved more in defensive work. Although the Welshman has five goals and has had more shots at goal, Isco has retrieved three times as many balls.

– The BBC reunited on the pitch again a month later.

– Jemez’s masterclass. “With Bale they are explosive. Ancelotti is the man Madrid lacked”.

– Today, La Roja squad announced. Jose Callejon for the national team. Vicente Del Bosque will call up the ‘Scudetto’s’ top scorer, give Isco a leading role, and look after Costa.

– Gerard Pique debate: Out of form or punished?

– Supporters clubs, veterans, presidential candidates and journalists analyse the central defender’s situation.

– Villarreal succumb in a streetwalk.

– Reyes rounds it off for a good Sevilla.


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– Iker Casillas: Whistles swapped for applause.

– He has reversed the situation. His save from Messi marked the beginning of the change. Two goals in eight games.

– Ancelotti: Three games away from Munoz and Mourinho’s record of 15 consecutive victories.

– Atletico don’t change their plan to go to La Peineta despite the delay in the date for the work to be finished.

– Spain has the most equal League in Europe: two points separate five teams at the top.

– Luis Enrique leaves Pique out because of indiscipline: he hasn’t played since the alleged use of a mobile phone on the bench.


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– Mes71.

– And tomorrow, for Zarra’s record. Leo is the top goalscorer in the Champions League, alongside Raul, but is only 27 years of age.

– The Madrid legend had got 48 goals and Cristiano 44 when they were Messi’s age.

– Messi: “The record wasn’t the most important thing,” said the star after surpassing Raul.

– Cristiano: “I want to be the best ever,” asserted the Portuguese after collecting the Golden Boot.

– Bartomeu: “It’s not true what Laporta and Sala Martin are saying”.

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