The latest Real Madrid v Real Betis live streaming news as Los Blancos kick off a new La Liga season at the Santiago Bernabeu with a new man in charge following the departure of Joe Mourinho.
Real Madrid will look to put the disappointment of a trophy-less 2012/2013 season behind them when they welcome Real Betis to the Bernabeu.
Under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, Real finished 15 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, lost to fierce rivals Atletico in the Copa del Rey final and were well beaten by Borussia Dortmund in the semi-final of the Champions league. The failure to lift a trophy not to mention a strained relationship with some of the clubs biggest stars, including Ronaldo and captain Iker Casillas saw Mourinho leave for Chelsea.
The appointment of former PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement during the summer has raised hopes of a 33rd Spanish title.
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The saga that is the Gareth Bale transfer aside it has been a relatively quiet transfer window with Isco and Asier Illarramendi the only major signings.
Former Real Sociedad midfielder Illarramendi is a doubt for the clash with Betis and looks set to join a number of established stars on the side-lines with Xabi Alonso, Pepe, Raphael Varane and Fabio Coentrao all struggling to be fit for the season opener.
One man who is set to feature is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star has been the sub-ject of interest from Manchester United but looks set to stay in Madrid for the foreseeable future after indicating his happiness in the Spanish capital.
The 28 year old scored 34 league goals last season and with Gonzalo Higuain leaving for Napoli the pressure will once again be on Ronaldo to deliver in front of goal.
Betis meanwhile will be hoping to build on a stellar campaign last time out that saw them finish 7th and claim a Europa league qualifying spot.
The club have signed new fewer than 13 players during the summer the most high profile of which is Getafe midfielder Xavi Torres although with Benat Etxebarria leaving for Bilbao and last season’s 18 goal top scorer Ruben Castro out with a hamstring injury Betis face a battle on their hands if they are to cause an opening day shock.
The absence of star players aside Betis will also have to overcome history if they are to pull off a shock with Madrid running out 3-1 winners in the same fixture last season to add to the 10 goals they have scored in previous 2 meetings. Real also boasts an impressive home record and are currently unbeaten at the Bernabeu since a 3-1 defeat to Barcelona in De-cember 2011.
This one kicks off tonight at 20:00 GMT.