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Real Madrid hit back at Barcelona president Joan Laporta over ‘regime team’ claim

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Joan Laporta’s press conference on Monday was summoned to discuss the issue of Barcelona’s links in the Negreira case, the payments made for the former vice-president of the referee’s committee, and the allegations of manipulating on-field decisions.

As the Barcelona president’s interview progressed, however, it became clear that his emphasis was on Real Madrid and the obsession with calling them a favoured institution.

Laporta’s comments repeatedly stressed the point that Los Blancos have been given an easier route to titles and accolades and were the true club ‘backed by the regime’.

The Catalan club president’s statements have not gone down well in Madrid, and the Merengues have instantly hit back with an unexpected weapon.

Through a short video of fewer than five minutes posted on their social media, Real Madrid have slammed Barcelona with evidence from the past depicting that it was them who always remained the pampered team.

The video on Twitter was centre around Francisco Franco, the military general who led the Nationalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and subsequently served as Spain’s dictator for over 35 years.

“Barcelona awarded the insignia of gold and brilliants to Franco. Barcelona made Franco an honorary member in 1965. Barcelona was saved 3 times from bankruptcy with 3 reclassifications by Franco.”

The video also highlighted how the league was designed to be won by Barcelona at that time, making it virtually impossible for the Madrid-based club to win any accolades.

“Barça won 8 La Liga’s and 9 Cups during Franco’s tenure. Real Madrid went 15 years without La Liga during that time. During the Civil War, Real Madrid players were m*rdered, detained or exiled.”

The Spotify Camp Nou, to this date, is synonymous with FC Barcelona and stands as their home ground and symbol. Florentino Perez’s masterstroke took a deadly shot that the stadium took with a revelation.

“The Camp Nou was inaugurated by the General Minister of Franco.”

The video ended with a famous quote from Santiago Bernabeu, the pioneer of Real Madrid who also fought alongside Franco in the Civil War, that took a big dig at the Catalan President’s accusations.

“When I hear that Real Madrid has been the regime team, it makes me want to sh*t on the father of the one who says it.”

It would be fair to say that after yesterday’s events, the relationship between the two clubs will no longer be the same. It will be interesting to see if Laporta & co. respond to Real Madrid’s

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  1. Chris

    April 18, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    All it takes is a history lesson about Spain’s history. It is clearly shown that Madrid was favored by Franco. Presidents murdered, headquarters bombed, forcing games to be lost so that Madrid can win. I don’t want to hear any of this bs. It just has to come out all of this crying when barca are first in the league. This is absolutely disgusting even in sporting standards.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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