Deportivo travel to the Bernabeu on Sunday to face a Real Madrid side that will be desperate to win and are starting to show some of the form that saw then wrest the Spanish league title from Barcelona last season. Jose Mourinho has an almost complete and fit squad to choose from and could spring a few surprises in his team selection.
30-year old Brazilian midfielder, Kaka, nearly left Madrid in the summer and was told by Mourinho that he would struggle to get any playing time this year. The arrival of Luka Modric from Tottenham seemed to have sealed Kaka’s fate until Mourinho spoke to the player and agreed to give him one last chance.
Kaka seized upon his chance with a hat-trick and an impressive display in the Bernabeu trophy. He has been selected for the next two Brazil friendlies after not playing for his country in over two years and he is ready to re-start his Madrid career. With the World cup being held in Rio in two years, Kaka would love to be part of the international team again but knows that will not happen if he is sitting on the Madrid bench or playing in a weaker league. Mourinho may start to use him more often as long as Kaka continues to do his part.
Fabio Coentrao is free to play after serving a four match ban for verbally abusing the referee on August 26th during the match against Getafe. Marcelo will consider himself unlucky to lose his place as he has done well, but Mourinho is a big fan of Coentrao. Another Portuguese defender, Ricardo Carvalho, featured in the game against Millionares and seems to be back in the coaches good books.