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Real Madrid's Courtois: Atletico boss Simeone criticises us 'to be popular with his fans'

Alejandro Moreno and Dan Thomas reflect on Real Madrid's nervy 1-0 over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.
Karim Benzema's goal in the 13th minute was all Real Madrid needed to put away Rayo Vallecano at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and secure three points.
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Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has accused Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone of criticising Real "to be popular with his fans."

Earlier this month, Simeone claimed former Chelsea keeper Courtois had won FIFA's The Best Goalkeeper award only because he plays for Real.

The Atleti coach also said star forward Antoine Griezmann should have won the Ballon d'Or ahead of Real midfielder Luka Modric, with Modric accusing him of having "a need to undermine" Real.

Speaking after Saturday's...

Real Madrid boss Santi Solari plays down supporters' whistles and boos

Karim Benzema's goal in the 13th minute was all Real Madrid needed to put away Rayo Vallecano at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and secure three points.
Alejandro Moreno and Dan Thomas reflect on Real Madrid's nervy 1-0 over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.

Real Madrid coach Santi Solari proclaimed himself very satisfied with his team's performance and form despite whistles from a frustrated Bernabeu crowd and anger from local media after Saturday's uninspiring 1-0 La Liga win at home to Rayo Vallecano.

Karim Benzema's well-taken early strike was enough for the three points versus a Rayo team struggling against relegation, with Madrid having just four shots on target all game, and Blancos goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois making a double save in added time...