Jose Mourinho takes his Real Madrid side to the Camp Nou on Thursday for the first leg of the Spanish super cup against FC Barcelona, and he has a couple of headaches to deal with.
The Portuguese international defendef Pepe has a real headache after being hospitalised due to a collision with his own goalkeeper Iker Casillas on Sunday. Pepe was released yesterday and will be alright, but not soon enough for Thursday’s match. With Barcelona racing out of the blocks with a 5-1 victory against Real Sociedad, the Madrid defence will be pushed to the limits and Pepe might be sorely missed.
Mourinho’s second problem is the form of Madrid’s talisman, Christiano Ronalso. The Portuguese star was off the pace in Madrid’s opening game against Valencia, which they could only draw 1-1. Ronalso took four shots during the match and they were all off target. This is, according to Marca, the first time since moving to Madrid that he has not registered a shot on target. Most players have bad games but Ronaldo has such high standards that it was noticeable.
The player himself acknowledged after the game that he is not 100 percent but that he expects to be fully ready in 10 days, in time for the return leg at the Bernabeu. Don’t be surprised if Mourinho sends his team out in defensive mode, hoping to keep it tight before unleashing Ronaldo in the second leg.