The view from Spain

Madrid feeling the heat

August 20, 2012
By Dermot Corrigan, Santiago Bernabeu
Even after Sunday evening's 1-1 draw with Valencia at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, there was a feeling that Real Madrid's title defence had not really begun yet. A game that kicked off in sizzling temperatures and was played in front of a cranky crowd ended with Madrid hoping that they had not lost more than just two points in the battle with Barcelona.

This year's La Liga season is kicking off a week earlier than usual, and many MadrileƱos are still at the beach - some city centre shops ...

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