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Injury to Higuain forces Mourinho to play Ronaldo as Real Madrid striker

Posted on November 08, 2012 by admin

Jose Mourinho was left without a recognised central striker for Real Madrid after Gonzalo Higuain was forced to retire halfway through the Champions League match against German champions Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. Mesut Ozil saved Madrid’s blushes with a last minute free kick to rescue a point, but Mourinho now has to worry about an away game against Levante in La Liga.

Levante in Valencia is not a ground you want to visit without your strikers. The team have only dropped two points in their last nine games in the Spanish and Europa leagues. They have scored 17 goals and conceded just six in their seven home games in La Liga this season.

Add to that the fact that Levante beat Real Madrid at the Ciudad de Valencia stadium last season, and that Mourinho has never seen his side score there, and you have an uncomfortable prospect. Levante are only three points behind Madrid in the league, but more important is the possibility of Barcelona increasing the eight point gap at the top.

Enter Christiano Ronaldo, called upon to rescue Mourinho from this crisis. The Portuguese can score goals, we know that, but he is not used to playing in the central position. He is likely to have Callejon and Di Maria either side of him and Essien, Alonso and Ozil behind him. Mourinho has defenders missing as well but his main worry for Sunday is goals. If you don’t score, you can’t win.

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