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Casemiro’s message to Real Madrid fans ahead of Champions League Final

Casemiro’s message to Real Madrid fans ahead of Champions League Final

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has called upon Los Blancos’ fans to be at their most passionate during the Champions League Final at San Siro, on Saturday.

The Brazilian hailed the Madridistas’ contribution to the Santiago Bernabeu victories over Wolfsburg and Manchester City that booked their place in Milan during an interview for bwin’s Extra Time segment.

Having nailed down his place in the Real squad this season after an impressive loan campaign at Porto in 2014/15, the 24-year-old is utterly committed to pulling off the club’s second victory in three seasons.

Zinedine Zidane’s men are 29/20 for victory in normal time, with the draw 21/10 and a win for Atletico Madrid 21/10.

Meanwhile, Los Blancos are 3/4 to lift the Champions League by any means, while Atleti are 11/10 to do.

One of the principal figures standing in the way of Casemiro and his colleagues is that of Los Colchoneros’ goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

The Slovenian stopper kept a stellar 24 clean sheets in 38 Primera Division games this term, but the Real midfielder is confident that he will be beaten, telling Extra Time:

“Cristiano [Ronaldo], [Gareth] Bale, [Karim] Benzema…and all our players are there to score. I’m sure they will score against him [Oblak].”

The trio are 13/10, 9/4 and 2/1 to find the net any time during the opening 90 minutes respectively in Milan, with the Frenchman the most recent Merengue to notch against Diego Simeone’s side.

Real Madrid v Sean Garnier's S3 Freestylers

Real Madrid v Sean Garnier’s S3 Freestylers

Sean Garnier’s freestylers are lauded across Europe, but are their skills silky enough to upstage Real Madrid’s trickiest talents?

Blancos trio Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez and Jese Rodriguez were out to prevent that happening when Garnier’s group paid a visit to Ciudad Real.

The freestylers faced the pros in a series of duels: the first a simple one-on-one, skill-showcasing battle, a foray into the a game that amalgamates elements of both football and tennis, called ‘football-tennis’ followed, before the two teams’ free kick-taking mettle was tested.

Want to know who came out on top? Check out the video above.

This contest came amid Real’s preparations for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Roma.

Los Blancos are all but assured a place in the quarter finals after claiming a 2-0 first-leg win in the Italian capital and are considered one of the likeliest trophy-lifters come the end of the season.

The odds masters at bwin1921.com have Zinedine Zidane’s men down as 11/2 third-favourites to be crowned kings of the continent for an 11th time in 2015/16.

Gareth Bale discusses Real Madrid form ahead of El Clasico

Gareth Bale discusses Real Madrid form ahead of El Clasico

Real Madrid still have ‘gears to go up’ despite an excellent start to the 2015/16 campaign, according to Los Blancos’ Welsh forward Gareth Bale.

Bale’s admission came during a wide-ranging interview with bwin’s extra-time segment, in which he discussed the team’s form, his own fitness and the upcoming Clasico against Barcelona.

Los Blancos are 6/4 favourites for victory over their great rivals at Santiago Bernabeu, with the Catalan side 17/10 for the win and the draw priced at 13/5.

The 26-year-old’s suggestion that Real have yet to hit top gear is an ominous one for their opponents, after what has been a very positive start to the season.

Los Merengues have won ten of their 15 games so far, losing just once and keeping a rock-solid ten clean sheets that speak volumes for their defensive stringency under manager Rafa Benitez.

It’s 17/5 that Real can shut out the Blaugrana for the first time since the 2011 Copa del Rey final on Saturday and 17/4 they can do so as part of a win to nil.

Bale’s injury troubles have meant that he hasn’t played any part in eight of Real’s last 11 fixtures, but the world’s most expensive player tells bwin he is “ready for the battle” after returning to action in the 3-2 defeat to Sevilla earlier this month.

The Welshman famously scored the match winner against Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey Final and revealed to bwin the goal was among the best he has ever scored.

Bale told bwin he is well aware that his pace and power scare defenders and there could have been no greater demonstration than that strike, which came after an incredibly defiant run from inside his own half.

He is 2/1 to score at any time against Barca, 19/4 to do so as part of a victory for his side and 8/1 to net the game’s final goal.

Interview: Gareth Bale on Real Madrid’s chances in El Derbi madrileño

Interview: Gareth Bale on Real Madrid’s chances in El Derbi madrileño

Real Madrid are gearing up to land their third win in a week when they face Atletico Madrid – bwin caught up with Gareth Bale to get the inside track.

Los Blancos are 6/4 favourites to gain revenge for their Copa del Rey exit at the hands of Diego Simeone’s men in their latest meeting.

Atleti, meanwhile, are 19/10 outsiders for victory in front of the Vicente Calderon partisans and a second consecutive draw between the two sides is a 12/5 bet.

Having played in numerous north London derbies during his time at Tottenham, Bale is vastly experienced in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of a high-profile bragging-rights battle.

Despite being in just his second season at Santiago Bernabeu the Welshman has already racked up an enormous nine meetings with Real’s Madrid rivals.

He only played Arsenal once more during six campaigns as a Lilywhite.

Gareth Bale strikes for Tottenham against Arsenal

Bale will be keen to add to the one goal he has struck against Los Colchoneros in last season’s Champions League final and can be backed at 7/4 to do so, while it’s 4/1 he bags in a Real win.

Sign up for a new account at bwin1921.com today for a £30 free bet that turns a £120 profit if the 25-year-old scores in a Real Madrid win.

The Welshman also found time to praise the recent form of Karim Benzema who has recently surpassed Fernando Hierro in the club’s all-time scoring list.

Raphael Varane and Marcelo congratulate Karim Benzema on his scoring against Real Sociedad

Benzema is 6/4 to net his 18th of the season in the derby.

Conversation eventually turned to the prospects of Bale’s first Primera Division title for Los Blancos, but he wouldn’t be drawn on the subject, instead insisting that the side won’t be looking beyond the next game in their quest for the championship.

Real are currently 9/25 favourites to win the league, with Barcelona second in the betting at 5/2 and Atletico Madrid third at a distant 20/1.

Casillas sets Real Madrid historic treble target

Casillas sets Real Madrid historic treble target

Iker Casillas is hoping that Real Madrid can emulate the likes of Manchester United and Celtic by winning a historic treble this term.

For all their success down the years, the Spanish giants have never managed a clean sweep of both domestic trophies and the Champions League in the same season.

However, under the shrewd guidance of Carlo Ancelotti, Los Blancos are three points clear at the top of La Liga, into the final of the Copa del Rey and strong favourites to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Schalke.

Casillas has won almost every club trophy available since making his debut for Real in 1999 and also captained Spain to two European Championship wins (2008 and 2012) and World Cup glory in 2006.

But the legendary stopper is hungry for more silverware and is desperate to see Madrid join a seven-strong band of treble-winning teams that includes United’s class of 1999 and Celtic’s 1967 ‘Lisbon Lions’.

“I’d like the last piece of news for this season to say that Real Madrid had won the treble,” said Casillas.

“That on May 24th, Real Madrid won the first treble in its history.

“We know it is difficult because there are other teams that also want to win titles.

“But we are where we want to be right now, which is fighting in all three competitions.”

In an exclusive interview with bwin, which you can watch by opening the player at the top of this page, Casillas also discusses the favourite moment of his career, who he considers to be Schalke’s danger man, his love of padel, and more.

Real Madrid are currently priced at 2/5 to build a first-leg lead over the Bundesliga side in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday night, with the draw available at 15/4 and the hosts rated as 23/4 outsiders.

In addition to United and Celtic, the five other teams to have won the treble are Ajax (1972), PSV (1988), Barcelona (2009), Inter Milan (2010) and Bayern Munich (2013).

EXCLUSIVE: Watch Gareth Bale shock Madrid team-mates with AMAZING skills

EXCLUSIVE: Watch Gareth Bale shock Madrid team-mates with AMAZING skills

Real Madrid may have paid Tottenham Hotspur a world-record transfer fee to sign Gareth Bale for his incredible skills with a football, but we’ve got exclusive evidence that he is equally special when it comes to kicking a rugby ball.

Open the player above to watch the £86 million man size up a chipped cross before hammering an astonishing volley from the edge of the area straight into a water bottle placed on the angle of crossbar and post by former Spurs team-mate Luka Modric.

Just to reinforce the point, Bale then unleashes a drop-kick with the kind of unerring accuracy that even countryman Leigh Halfpenny, the famously dead-eyed full-back for the Wales rugby union team, would be proud of.

Both pieces of fancy footwork draw audible gasps of amazement from Real colleagues Modric, Karim Benzema and Jese, who also show off some fancy footwork with the oval-shaped ball, plus a squash ball and an exercise ball.

Bale’s impressive training ground display serves as a timely reminder of his talents ahead of the first El Clasico of the season this weekend, for which he could return to the Madrid starting line-up after recovering from a thigh injury.

Home advantage sees Barcelona as the current 39/50 favourites to win the battle of La Liga’s two behemoths, with the draw available at 14/5 and Los Merengues ranked as 3/1 outsiders.

But regardless of what happens at the Nou Camp on Saturday, if you like what you see in the video, be sure to keep a close eye on news.bwin1921.com/en/ and the official bwin YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels.

Bale and his Bernabeu buddies were strutting their stuff for the first instalment of a brand new initiative, the bwin Skills Series, so there will be plenty more where that came from in the coming months.

Through our partnerships with Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Marseille and Anderlecht, we will be challenging stars who regularly grace the Champions League to show just how good they really are with our range of technique-based assignments.

The results, as already shown by our quartet of galacticos, are likely to be spectacular.

EXCLUSIVE: Higuain tips Real to inflict Copa capital punishment

EXCLUSIVE: Higuain tips Real to inflict Copa capital punishment

Gonzalo Higuain is backing Real Madrid to end a troubled season on a high by winning Friday’s mouth-watering Copa del Rey final clash with bitter rivals Atletico Madrid.

Los Blancos surrendered their La Liga crown to Barcelona and were bundled out in the Champions League semi-finals by Borussia Dortmund, leaving only the domestic cup as potential silverware.

But far from being underwhelmed by the prospect of lifting the least prestigious of those trophies, Higuain is relishing the Bernabeu showdown and reckons Jose Mourinho’s men will emerge victorious.

“It’s going to be a thrilling battle between two eternal rivals,” said the Argentine striker in an exclusive interview with bwin.

“Of course I’m betting on us winning. I hope that’s the case and that we are all happy.”

The question of Mourinho’s future aside, much of the build-up has focused on the battle between Cristiano Ronaldo and Radamel Falcao, who have scored 87 goals between them this term in all competitions.

Higuain admitted that both players could play a crucial part in the outcome, but also emphasised that Real must show unity to ensure they prevail in the capital clash.

“Yes, [Ronaldo and Falcao] are going to be important, but the key is that the team is at its best and that’s what we are looking for,” he said.

“If that’s the case then we have a great chance of winning the cup.”

With home advantage to call upon – even if the fans will be split 50-50 – Real are unsurprisingly made 53/100 favourites to win inside 90 minutes and 1/4 to lift the trophy by any means required.

And for all Falcao’s undoubted qualities, if Atletico are to spring a surprise, their solid defence, which has conceded just 30 goals in La Liga, is sure to be the foundation.

Higuain will, of course, be in direct opposition to Diego Simeone’s miserly rearguard at the Bernabeu, but the 25-year-old suggested that they are far from impregnable.

“If they have [conceded] the lowest number of goals in the league, it’s because they are doing well,” he said.

“But our idea is to look for their weak points, which they do have, and I hope that’s reflected on Friday and we win.”

Atletico can be backed at 17/4 to win in normal time and 51/20 to lift the trophy by any means necessary, while we will refund selected losing single bets if both teams score in the first half.

See this offer, and all our other Copa del Rey final markets, by clicking here.

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