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Real Madrid keen to continue good run

06 November 2014, 13:37

Madrid - Real Madrid are keen to continue their excellent run in the Spanish La Liga, with an eighth straight win on Saturday at home to modest local rivals Rayo Vallecano.

Los Blancos have not looked back since crashing 2-1 at home to Atletico Madrid in September. They have won their last 12 matches in all competitions, with Tuesday's 1-0 defeat of Liverpool their latest achievement.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti has to decide whether to bring back Gareth Bale now that the Welsh winger is fit again - and for whom. The two candidates to drop out are Isco and James Rodriguez, though they are both in formidable form.

One player Ancelotti will not consider dropping is Cristiano Ronaldo, who is top of the scorers' chart with 17 goals.

Also read: Real reach knockout round

"I want to be the best of all time, and I will try to make it happen," the Portuguese striker said.

"Everybody is saying that this could be the best Real Madrid side in history but we will only be able to say at the end of the season. If we don't win anything we won't be the best side but I am hopeful that we will win things this season.

"We are happy, things are going well, the manager knows the players better and I am on a good run."

Real are one point ahead of Valencia and Atletico. Valencia host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, with the aim of confirmning their best start since 2003.

"We are working hard and the results have been good," said Valencia's Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes.

"Also, the fans have really got behind us. Every day they are waiting for us to arrive for training, and that really gives us a lift."

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