Real Madrid have not had the best of seasons so far, and Jose Mourinho knows that only a miracle will help to retain the title of Spanish champions. All the focus now is on the Champions league, though, and the visit of Manchester United to the Bernabeu tomorrow. Madrid have not lost a home game in any competition this season, and Alex Ferguson will be well aware that his best chance of overcoming Mourinho will be at Old Trafford.
Real Madrid, however, must resist the urge to attack too much. An away goal by United could put us in real trouble, and United have the players in Rooney, van Persie and Giggs who can hit teams on the break. I expect United to try to frustrate us, especially Ronaldo. They will hope to keep Madrid from scoring long enough for us to commit too many players forward and hope to spring a surprise.
I would not be surprised if Ferguson details one of his players to try to mark Ronaldo out of the game. He did the same at the weekend by putting Phil Jones on Everton’s main man Marouane Fellaini, and it worked for him. If he does the same with Ronaldo, however, he is taking a risk. With players like Ozil, Di Maria, Benzema and Modric. Madrid have plenty of players who can take advantage of the extra space.
Also, Ronaldo is not that easy to keep quiet. Any player marking him will have a tough enough job on his hands, and will be running the risk of being sent off. I am sure that Mourinho and the players will be well fired up for the game, but they must also be disciplined and patient.