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Galatasaray 3 Real Madrid 2 (Agg 3-5): Match Report: Didier Drogba gives Jose Mourinho a scare

Galatasaray 3 Real Madrid 2 (Agg 3-5): Drogba and Sneijder give Jose a scare as Spaniards make the semis

PUBLISHED:

20:42 GMT, 9 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 9 April 2013

Real Madrid progressed to the last four of the Champions League despite defeat on the night to a Galatasaray side whose second half comeback had Jose Mourinho's side in a panic.

Already three goals up from the first leg at the Bernabeu, the tie was seemingly put to bed by Cristiano Ronaldo's seventh-minute strike.

But an Emmanuel Eboue thunderbolt after 57 minutes brought Gala back level on the night, before Wesley Sneijder put the home side ahead after 70 minutes.

It's a Drogs life: Didier Drogba scored as Galatasaray won the second leg

It's a Drogs life: Didier Drogba scored as Galatasaray won the second leg

MATCH FACTS

Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue (Elmander 80), Zan, Kaya, Riera, Altintop (Amrabat 46), Felipe Melo, Inan, Sneijder, Bulut (Sarioglu 63), Drogba.

Subs Not Used: Iscan, Aydin Yilmaz, Balta, Kurtulus.

Booked: Sneijder, Eboue, Amrabat.

Goals: Eboue 57, Sneijder 71, Drogba 72.

Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Essien (Arbeloa 31), Pepe, Varane, Fabio Coentrao, Khedira, Modric, Di Maria, Ozil (Albiol 81), Ronaldo, Higuain (Benzema 73).

Subs Not Used: Casillas, Marcelo, Callejon, Morata.

Sent Off: Arbeloa (90).

Booked: Arbeloa.

Goals: Ronaldo 8, 90.

Attendnace: 52,000

Referee: Stephane Lannoy (France)

Seconds later Did Drogba reduced the aggregate deficit further and although Real substitute Alvaro Arbeloa saw red late on, Ronaldo notched his second in injury time, as Madrid's quest for a 10th European Cup continued.

The visitors started quickly and just three minutes were on the clock when Fernando Muslera rashly came out to clear, his effort falling to Angel Di Maria, who shot wide.

Four minutes later they were on the scoresheet. Sami Khedira was allowed to cross from the right and in came Ronaldo, who got to the ball before the home defender to shoot past a helpless Muslera from three yards out.

The tie looked finished as a contest and Ronaldo could have doubled his night's tally moments later when the home side backed off, but from 25 yards the Portuguese shot straight at Muslera.

Drogba went close to converting a Sneijder shot after 20 minutes in Gala's first meaningful attack, before Madrid almost went two-up.

A delicious back-heel pass from Ronaldo played in Di Maria, but his angled effort was well tipped over by the Gala stopper.

Keeping the dream alive: Drogba celebrates after making it 3-1 on the night

Keeping the dream alive: Drogba celebrates after making it 3-1 on the night

All going wrong: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain react after conceding their third goal

All going wrong: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain react after conceding their third goal

Mourinho was forced into his first change after 31 minutes when Michael Essien had to be replaced by Arbeloa due to a leg injury.

Sneijder forced Diego Lopez into his first save after 38 minutes in what was a lacklustre first-half display from the hosts.
Madrid missed another chance to go two up 11 minutes after the restart when Ronaldo somehow missed from eight yards out – scuffing his effort with the ball trapped under his feet.Moments later and the home side were level thanks to a tremendous goal, albeit from an unlikely source. Sneijder's hopeful cutback found a sprinting Eboue who from the edge of the box powered an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

And just three minutes later they should have gone ahead. Drogba's strength caused all sorts of problems for the Real defence with the ball falling to Sneijder.

However with just Lopez to beat and from 12 yards out he screwed his shot wide of the far post.
Eboue's goal had, however, galvanised the home side and with the Ataturk Stadium firmly behind their side Gala took a deserved lead.

Sneijder showed a turn of pace more associated with his best days at Inter, nutmegged Rafael Varane before side-footing into the corner.

And moments later it was 3-1 when Drogba got in front of his defender to flick a cross into the corner of the net.

Raul Albiol replaced Mesut Ozil as Mourinho looked to arrest his team's slide, but they had to play out the final moments with 10 men after Arbeloa saw red after receiving a second yellow card for dissent.

There was still time for a fifth goal on the night when Ronaldo scored in injury time.

Wayne Rooney and Kaka video interview ahead of Manchester United v Real Madrid Champions League second leg

Rooney and Kaka share their thoughts ahead of Tuesday's crunch Champions League second leg at Old Trafford

By
Sunni Upal

PUBLISHED:

17:00 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:11 GMT, 3 March 2013

Manchester United and Real Madrid will go head to head at Old Trafford on Tuesday night in the second leg of their mammoth Champions League last-16 tie.

Cristiano Ronaldo's header for the Spanish champions has left the tie delicately poised at 1-1, after Danny Welbeck gave United the lead in the Bernabeu last month.

In an exclusive interview for Sportsmail – courtesy of bwin – Wayne Rooney and Kaka share their thoughts in the build-up to Tuesday's mouth-watering match.

Scroll down for the exclusive video interview

Head to head: Wayne Rooney and Kaka talk to bwin ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie

Head to head: Wayne Rooney and Kaka talk to bwin ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie

Head to head: Wayne Rooney and Kaka talk to bwin ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie

Both men are searching for their second Champions League crown this season and they reflect on their best moment in the competition as well as the best goal of their career.

The battle between Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho will be almost as big a talking point as the match itself and Rooney and Kaka each justify why they think their manager is the best in the world.

Rooney described the draw at the Bernabeu as 'a good result' for United and Kaka suggested there was a feeling of an opportunity missed for Real.

Winner: Rooney in Moscow in 2008

Winner: Rooney in Moscow in 2008

Champion: Kaka in Athens in 2007

Champion: Kaka in Athens in 2007

Breath-taking: Rooney's stunning overhead kick against Manchester City in 2011

Breath-taking: Rooney's stunning overhead kick against Manchester City in 2011

Brace: Kaka scored two goals at Old Trafford during Milan's Champions League winning season in 2007

Brace: Kaka scored two goals at Old Trafford during Milan's Champions League winning season in 2007

Brace: Kaka scored two goals at Old Trafford during Milan's Champions League winning season in 2007

Kaka also highlighted Rooney as a danger and someone he respects but, embarrassingly, when the English forward was asked the same question there was no mention of the Brazilian.

Real head into the clash after two Clasico wins within a week including an impressive 3-1 victory at the Nou Camp in the Copa del Rey semi-final.

The Spanish champions must score at Old Trafford but the match at the Nou Camp highlighted the counter-attacking threat that Mourinho's side pose.

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Brazilian star Kaka should make summer move to United States, says his brother

Brazilian star Kaka dreaming of summer move to United States, says his brother

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20:13 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:43 GMT, 28 February 2013

Real Madrid outcast Kaka has set his sights on a move to America, according to his brother Digao.

The former AC Milan playmaker has
been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in the summer after the
Rossoneri failed to re-sign him in the January transfer window due to
financial reasons.

American dream: Real Madrid's Kaka could be on his way to MLS

American dream: Real Madrid's Kaka could be on his way to MLS

Kaka has expressed interest in moving to the MLS and younger brother Digao, a defender with the New York Red Bulls, has been taking steps to persuade him to join him.

'It's hard to say. Football changes very rapidly. It is a dream that he has, to come and play in the USA, and hopefully it will come true soon,' Digao told Goal.com.

'I think he's been very curious about football in the United States and New York and about my experience living here.

'I've been relaying good things to him. He's expressed his interest in one day playing in the United States.'

Cristiano Ronaldo v Gareth Bale – a comparison

Bale v Ronaldo… but how do the Spur of the moment and the Real deal compare

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Gareth Bale
Cristiano Ronaldo
Appearances
22
22
Minutes on pitch
1934
1866
Goals scored
13
24
Minutes per goal
148.8
77.8
Total shots
80
126
Shots on target
45
74
Shots/Goals %
16.25
19
Shooting Accuracy
56.25
58.7
Assists
4
1
Chances created (inc assists)
50
35
Dribbles
108
82

So, while Bale is the best player in the Premier League at the moment – certainly the best of British – he has some way to go before he catches Ronaldo.

But if he keeps on playing like he is, you never know. The Spur of the moment could indeed become the Real deal.

VIDEO: Watch Bale double up… but Ronaldo goes one better

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Nuri Sahin set for Liverpool exit after Borussia Dortmund call press conference

Sahin completes Anfield exit as Dortmund re-sign Kop flop

, but will now spend the rest of the campaign with Borussia Dortmund, the side with whom he won the 2011 German championship.

'The Real Madrid man made a total of 12 appearances for the Reds, scoring three goals – including a match-winning brace against West Brom in the Capital One Cup.

'Everybody at LFC would like to wish Nuri all the best for the future.'

Heading back: Sahin won the Bundesliga title with Dortmund

Heading back: Sahin won the Bundesliga title with Dortmund

Sahin, 24, never made the impact Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was hoping for and has not played in the Premier League since early November.

He alienated Rodgers by complaining that he was being used out of position, and from that point on, Liverpool were looking for ways to get him off their wage bill.

Dortmund were happy to oblige and have put together a package that has reunited Sahin with coach Jurgen Klopp, who brought the best out of him during their first stint at the Westfalenstadion.

Luka Modric linked to Manchester United, City and Chelsea

Man City, United and Chelsea consider move for 33m Madrid flop Modric

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

08:17 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:24 GMT, 6 January 2013

Real Madrid flop Luka Modric is reportedly considering a swift switch back to England after failing to light up La Liga.

The former Tottenham midfielder was voted the worst Spanish signing of the season last month having scored just once since his 33million summer move.

And the Premier League’s top clubs are on red alert should he decide to cut his stay in the Spanish capital short, reports the Sunday Mirror.

Flop: Luka Modric has failed to live up to his billing since moving to Real Madrid

Flop: Luka Modric has failed to live up to his billing since moving to Real Madrid

Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are all thought to be monitoring the 27-year-old’s situation with the European champions eyeing him as a replacement for Frank Lampard.

The England midfielder looks set to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires at the end of the season.

City boss Roberto Mancini has previously expressed his admiration for Modric and while the Croatian is unlikely to move in the January transfer window, he could leave the Bernabeu in summer.

Ahead of Madrid’s clash with Real Sociedad tonight, he has started just eight games for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Big fan: Roberto Mancini has spoken of his admiration for midfielder Modric

Big fan: Roberto Mancini has spoken of his admiration for midfielder Modric

Waiting: Sir Alex Ferguson has also been an admirer of Modric since the midfielder's time at Spurs

Waiting: Sir Alex Ferguson has also been an admirer of Modric since the midfielder's time at Spurs

Mourinho would be loath to give up on Modric, who Real had tracked for months before finally making the big money swoop.

But the Croatia playmaker has struggled to force his way into the Portuguese manager's plans after an impressive debut. The likes of Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil have kept the Croatian out in the cold.

Along with former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, who moved to Barcelona in the summer, Modric was voted the worst signing of the season by readers of Spanish daily newspaper Marca.

Modric managed to gain 32.2. per cent of the vote, having scored just one goal in 19 games for Real.

Disappointed Jose Mourinho signed Modric from Tottenham last summer

Disappointed Jose Mourinho signed Modric from Tottenham last summer

In the cold: Modric has struggled to compete with superstars such as Xabi Alonso (right)

In the cold: Modric has struggled to compete with superstars such as Xabi Alonso (right)

Speaking to Sportske.net, Modric said: 'This is Real Madrid, I know the huge media pressure on transfers.

'I'm not looking for an alibi, I'm not that guy, but it's very demanding to adjust to a huge club like Real Madrid.

'I have had a number of solid performances, I failed in some but overall I proved I can offer something.'

Replacement Modric may be lined up at Stamford Bridge if Frank Lampard were to leave

Replacement Modric may be lined up at Stamford Bridge if Frank Lampard were to leave

Ashley Cole: Real Madrid and PSG in frame for Chelsea defender

Real Madrid and PSG in frame with new Chelsea deal for Cole yet to materialise

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UPDATED:

12:14 GMT, 30 December 2012

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has been targeted by BOTH Real Madrid and PSG for a big-money move.

The Spanish and French giants will lead the European battle for Cole's signature, according to the Sunday Mirror, although he could keep his options open.

The 32-year old's contract is due to expire at the end of the season and both Manchester City and Manchester United will be keeping tabs on his situation.

On the move Cole's Chelsea future remains undecided

On the move Cole's Chelsea future remains undecided

Cole only has to wait until Tuesday until he can begin talks with overseas clubs, and if Cole is angling for a move away from Stamford Bridge, can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign outfit or wait until the summer when he can negotiate his own terms, on a free transfer.

Its thought both La Liga champions Real and cash-flushed PSG will offer Cole three-year deals.

He has stayed tight-lipped on his own future but is thought to be prepared to consider an offer if Chelsea can improve on their one-year extension, which was snubbed.

Wanted man: PSG and real Madrid are tracking Cole's position

Wanted man: PSG and real Madrid are tracking Cole's position

Cristiano Ronaldo linked with Manchester United return after rejecting Real Madrid deal

Manchester United on red alert as Ronaldo snubs fresh contract at Real Madrid

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UPDATED:

11:40 GMT, 28 December 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to sign a new deal with Real Madrid and could be targeted for a dramatic return to Manchester United.

The Portuguese striker has indicated he will snub Real’s offer on the table, and plans on seeing out the final two years on his contract. In doing so, the Galacticos could stand to lose their 80million star for free, in 2015.

The likelihood of anyone matching what Real snapped him up from Old Trafford for in 2009 is slim, which could force a cut-price sale.

Moving on Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to sign a new contract at Real Madrid

Moving on Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to sign a new contract at Real Madrid

Paris Saint-Germain and their seemingly limitless transfer funds are leading the race to sign the 27-year old, believed to be willing to part with up to 90m. It would break transfer world records if it went through, although there are few indications this will happen.

The Ballon d’Or finalist has been offered a contract extension until 2018, increasing his salary by 50 per cent to a whopping 15m a year, but reports of his increasing dissatisfaction in Madrid suggest he will be ready to leave as soon as the end of the season.

Interestingly, despite scoring 23 goals in all competitions for the La Liga champions, his image in Spain has taken a few dents.

He blamed those within the clubs for him feeling ‘sad’ in the capital, claiming they have not provided enough support for him.

Thumbs up: Ronaldo is still a firm favourite with fans at Old Trafford

Sir Alex Ferguson recently revealed he would love to re-sign Ronaldo for Manchester United

Thumbs up: Sir Alex Ferguson recently revealed he would love to re-sign Ronaldo for Manchester United

United meanwhile, will certainly keep close tabs on his touted movements. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confessed he would ‘love’ to bring Ronaldo back one day, but talk is already circulating of him returning along with Madrid coach Jose Mourinho to succeed Fergie, in the coup of the decade.

Ronaldo is still good friends with with former United team-mate Patrice Evra, who said: “He’s done amazing things in Madrid, but has not received the respect he deserves.”

Real defender Raul Albiol, however, hopes it is nothing but speculation, before referring to lingering unrest at the Bernabeu.

‘I don’t know if he’s going to renew his contract or not,’ he told reporters.

‘But Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the world and we want him by our side as long as possible.’

Albiol has appealed for the club to move on from the controversy caused by Mourinho’s decision to drop stalwart goalkeeper Iker Casillas for deputy Antonio Adan.

‘After 10 years as a starter, the day that Casillas was a substitute surprised everybody. But I think the controversy was too much. Even Iker said that.

‘We must forget these things that happen outside the club and do our best to win things in 2013. Mourinho took the decision and that’s that.

‘We will continue training to be at our best level. We must be united. We all want the best for Real Madrid.’

Champions League draw: Guide to British clubs opponents

Champions League guide: The lowdown on Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus

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UPDATED:

13:32 GMT, 20 December 2012

Manchester United, Arsenal and Celtic have been handed tough draws against Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus respectively in the last 16 of the Champions League.

As players, managers and fans alike begin preparations for the two-legged ties to be held in February and March, Sportsmail tells you everything you need to know about the British clubs' opponents…

Kings of Spain: Real Madrid face Man United in a mouth-watering tie

Kings of Spain: Real Madrid face Man United in a mouth-watering tie

Key info

Name: Real Madrid (Spain)

Opponent: Manchester United

Fixture dates: Real Madrid v Man United, February 12, 2013; Man United v Real Madrid, March 5, 2013

Previous meetings: P8, Man United W2, D3, Real Madrid W3

How they got here: Won the Spanish title for the first time in four years last season, ending Barcelona's recent dominance. Qualified second in their group behind Dortmund after picking up four points against United's great rivals Manchester City.

Current domestic league position: 3rd (13 points adrift of Barcelona in 1st)

Manager: Jose Mourinho – widely considered the best manager in world football, Mourinho is no stranger to English fans having won back-to-back Premier League title with Chelsea in 2005 and 2006. Has won this competition twice already, with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.

Captain: Iker Casillas – 31-year-old goalkeeper also captains Spain, and has lifted the World Cup and two European Championships doing so. Was in the Real side the last time they won the Champions League in 2002.

Key player:
Cristiano Ronaldo – like his boss and fellow Portuguese Mourinho, Ronaldo needs little introduction. Won the Ballon d'Or in 2008 and would surely have won a few more by now had he not been playing at the same time as Lionel Messi. The lightning quick forward won this competition in 2008 with United, who he faces for the first time since leaving Old Trafford in 2009.

Style of play: Mourinho's preferred system is a 4-2-3-1 though he has always been willing to chop and change systems to suit opponents. The attacking trio of Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria are as good as any in world football.

The gaffer: Mourinho is going in search of his third Champions League title

The gaffer: Mourinho is going in search of his third Champions League title

Away day info

Distance from stadium to stadium: 902 miles

Flight time: 2 hours 40 mins

Stadium (capacity): Santiago Bernabu (85, 454)

Travelling from airport to stadium: The easiest route is via the metro. Line 8 will take you from the airport to Nuevo Ministerios and from there it’s only one stop on line 10 to the stadium.

Currency: Euro

Time difference: +1

Tourist attractions: Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas.

Local beer: Mahou

Local delicacy: Gulas – eel foetuses.

Captain marvel: Casillas lifts the European Championship earlier this year

Captain marvel: Casillas lifts the European Championship earlier this year

Key info

Name: Bayern Munich (Germany)

Opponent: Arsenal

Fixture dates: Bayern Munich v Arsenal, February 12, 2013; Arsenal v Bayern Munich, March 5, 2013

Previous meetings: P4, Arsenal W1, D1, Bayern W2

How they got here: Finished
second in the Bundesliga last season – eight points adrift of winners
Dortmund – but still qualified automatically for the group stage.
Comfortably advanced from a weak group with 13 points despite a shock
3-1 loss to Belorussian minnows BATE.

Current domestic league position: 1st (nine points clear of Leverkusen in second)

Manager: Jupp
Heynckes – returned to Bayern for a third spell as manager in the
summer of 2011. Agonisingly missed out on Champions League glory at the
Allianz in May as Chelsea recorded a famous victory.

Captain: Philipp
Lahm – outstanding both defensively and going forward, the tireless
Lahm is just as comfortable playing in either full-back position. The
29-year-old is rated as one of the best defenders in the world.

Key player:
Franck Ribery – in a star-studded side, the 29-year-old french winger
best sums up the ethos of Heynckes' Bayern, which is skill and pace in
abundance married with a willingness to work hard and press.

Style of play: Like
Mourinho at Real, Heynckes uses the popular 4-2-3-1 formation. With a
wealth of options Heynckes is able to chop and change his starting XI
without weakening his team too much or need to alter his system.

Star-studded: Heynckes coaches an expensively assembled squad

Star-studded: Heynckes coaches an expensively assembled squad

Away day info

Distance from stadium to stadium: 570 miles

Flight time: 1 hour 55 mins from Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted

Stadium (capacity): Allianz Arena (71,137)

Travelling from airport to stadium: Less
than 18 miles, so a taxi will take less than thirty minutes. It is easy
to reach the City Centre from the airport via the S-Bahn (S8), which
will take about 40 minutes. When you reach Marienplatz, change over to
the U6 and it will take you to Frttmaning.

Currency: Euro

Time difference: +1 hour

Tourist attractions: Marienplatz, St. Peter’s Church, Olympiapark.

Local beer: Helles

Local delicacy: Munich Weisswurst – a Bavarian sausage made from finely minced veal and pork bacon.

Heartbreak: Bayern were beaten on penalties in last season's final

Heartbreak: Bayern were beaten on penalties in last season's final

Key info

Name: Juventus (Italy)

Opponent: Celtic

Fixture dates: Celtic v Juventus, February 12, 2013; Juventus v Celtic, March 5, 2013

Previous meetings: P4, Celtic W2, D0, Juventus W2

How they got here: Juventus
qualified for this year's Champions League having gone last season
unbeaten to win the Serie A title for the first time since the
Calcioppoli scandal that rocked Italian football in 2006. A win and a
draw against Chelsea helped them top a tough group from which Shakhtar
Donetsk also qualified.

Current domestic league position: 1st (seven points clear of Inter in 2nd)

Manager: Antonio Conte – a former Juventus midfielder and Italy international, Conte won the Champions League with the team he now manages back in 1996. Has just finished serving a four-month touchline ban for his part in a match-fixing scandal while he was managing Siena.

Captain: Gianluigi Buffon – a World Cup winner in 2006, the 34-year-old has long been regarded as one of the best goalkeepers on the planet. Has been at Juventus since 2001, when he was signed from Parma for 32.6million – still the record transfer fee for a goalkeeper.

Key player:
Andrea Pirlo – the veteran Italian international playmaker is showing
no signs that he is in decline despite having won pretty much everything
there is to win. Celtic will have to starve his supply line if they are
to stand any chance of overcoming the Old Lady.

Style of play: Conte
operates with a 3-5-2 system, with the wing backs and two of the
central midfielders working hard to allow Pirlo room in front of three
uncompromising centre backs.

Star man: Pirlo is one of the world's finest playmakers

Star man: Pirlo is one of the world's finest playmakers

Away day info

Distance from stadium to stadium: 911 miles

Flight time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Stadium (capacity): Juventus Stadium (41,000)

Travelling from airport to stadium: The stadium – opened only last year – is 15 miles from Turin airport, so you could splash out on a
taxi. Alternatively, on match days there is a special tramline service
between the stadium and Bernini – a metro stop you can get to from
either Porta Susa or Porta Noava stations. A shuttle bus from the
airport will give you access to both of these stations.

Currency: Euro

Time difference: +1 hour

Tourist attractions: Piazza San Carlo, Santuario Basilica La Consolata, Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama).

Local beer: Birra di Primavera

Local delicacy:
Chocolate-making began in Turin, so visitors should definitely take the
opportunity to sample the ‘gianduiotto.’ The city's most celebrated
chocolate sweet, it is made from a cocoa-hazelnut paste.

New home: Conte is welcomed back at the Juventus stadium after his ban

New home: Conte is welcomed back at the Juventus stadium after his ban

Jose Mourinho concedes defeat to Barcelona in title race

Unlucky for some! Mourinho admits 13-point gap is too much as Real Madrid boss concedes defeat to Barca in title race

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UPDATED:

10:54 GMT, 17 December 2012

Jose Mourinho has given up on winning the Spanish title after watching his Real Madrid side fall 13 points behind Barcelona.

Real were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Espanyol at the weekend as their great rivals Barcelona hammered Atletico Madrid 4-1.

Mourinho said: 'Thirteen points is too big a gap for us to make up but what we have to do is play every game. We mustn't concern ourselves with being first, second or third. We have to be stronger.

Up against it: Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho watched his side struggle against Espanyol

Up against it: Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho watched his side struggle against Espanyol

'I've never been in a position like this, losing so many points. We'll try to finish the season the best we can. We will fight for titles but the league seems impossible. We have to keep going because we are Real Madrid.'

The former Chelsea boss added in Marca: 'Just the name Real Madrid makes you fight for every game.

Realistic: Mourino admits there is too big a gap to table-topping Barcelona

Realistic: Mourino admits there is too big a gap to table-topping Barcelona

'You have to get on with it without
any cheap philosophising or silliness, with the personal pride of
wanting the best for yourself and for your club.'

Lionel Messi scored two goals for the seventh consecutive match he has started as Barca took advantage of Real's slip.

The Catalans are nine points clear of Atletico at the top with Real back in third.

Goal machine: Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has scored 90 times in 2012

Goal machine: Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has scored 90 times in 2012