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October 31, 2011
Posted by Nicholas Rigg on 10/31/2011

The early season romance of Levante's brilliant, table-topping start came to an end with defeat at Osasuna at the weekend - and with it, handing Los Blancos top spot in La Liga following the 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad in Anoeta on Saturday. It seemed like it was almost a nation in mourning following Levante's loss - but not in the Spanish capital, where Madrid moved to where Madridistas feel they belong - right at the summit.

I've got to start by applauding Levante, who aren't even the main team in their own city, and have the lowest budget in La Liga, as reports go. To start the season unbeaten, topping the table for the first time in their history and beating Madrid along the way is some great feat. It was never going to last, probably why Madridistas and those in Catalonia were allowing Levante their time in the limelight - "make the most of it".

October 27, 2011
Posted by Nicholas Rigg on 10/27/2011

I quote author Phil Ball in his brilliant read White Storm - "Within the trophy room at the Bernabeu, the spoils of a century's achievements provide indisputable evidence of football's conquistadores rubbing the world's noses in the dirt."

You don't need me to tell you that success is a word used pretty much in conjunction with Real Madrid. Finishing second is failure, not winning the Champions League is failure. Even failing to fully satisfy the demanding Bernabeu crowd, despite winning 3-0, is sometimes frowned upon, as was the case on Wednesday night when Madrid eased to victory against out-of-form Villarreal.

October 23, 2011
Posted by Nicholas Rigg on 10/23/2011

Four more goals, another hat-trick, another comfortable win and a spot at the top of La Liga in the process - not a bad day at the office for Jose Mourinho and his men at La Rosaleda on Saturday night.

Madrid romped to victory, with Cristiano ending his mini goal-drought with a stunning first-half hat-trick, while Gonzalo Higuain continued his fine form but had to content with just the one goal against a Malaga side who proved to be extremely disappointing, despite an improved second-half performance.

October 21, 2011
Posted by Nicholas Rigg on 10/21/2011

Los Blancos boss Jose Mourinho will go into to Saturday's Primera Division encounter at Malaga - arguably their toughest test yet this term - with a welcome selection headache in his striking department. So will hat-trick hero Gonzalo Higuain get the nod to start, or will the returning Karim Benzema get to win his place back following injury?

October 18, 2011
Posted by Nicholas Rigg on 10/18/2011

Hello again, and let me start by saying welcome to any new followers of this blog and of me on Twitter, I've noticed a wave of new followers since my first blog a week ago.

I'm writing this straight on the back of Madrid's 4-0 thumping of Lyon in the Champions League. You know, the Lyon that seemed be to Madrid's nemesis over the last few years, the Lyon that have been so strong in the Champions League recently. But Jose Mourinho and his men made the French side look extremely ordinary as goals from Karim Benzema, against his former club, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil (although the third has been given as a Lloris own goal) and Sergio Ramos put them to the sword in fine style.

October 12, 2011
Posted by Nicholas Rigg on 10/12/2011

Hello/Hola! My first post as ESPNsoccernet's Real Madrid correspondent and a bit of an introduction/match preview for this weekend's game against Betis. My name's Nick and I'm a sports journalist from Yorkshire, England (I'm guessing some of our non-English readers don't know where Yorkshire is - think Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday) - but more importantly I'm an ardent Madridista who's going to write passionate and, hopefully, interesting copy on all things Madrid.

October 4, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 10/04/2011

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