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Ronaldo back for vital Real Madrid cup game against Valencia

Posted on January 15, 2013 by admin

Jose Mourinho knows that Real Madrid must win against Valencia in the Bernabeu tonight. It is only the first leg in the quarter-finals of the Copa Del Rey, but Valencia are a tough opponent at any time, and have already held the Spanish champions to a draw at home in the league this season. Valencia are in good form and are only seven points behind Madrid in the league table.

Mourinho has good news in the form of Christiano Ronaldo, who returns to the side after a one match suspension. The Portuguese striker will be raring to go and he knows how important it is to get a good result tonight. Real Madrid need to take a mental advantage from this game, because we face Valencia at the Mestalla stadium in the league at the weekend and then again for the second leg of the Spanish cup next week.

Mourinho has all his attacking options open to him, but he is still without his first choice centre backs Sergio Ramos and Pepe due to suspension and injury. Luka Modric has begun to show Madrid fans why Mourinho was so keen to sign him from Tottenham, while Mesut Ozil may be fresher after a little rest. Angel Di Maria is likely to start and needs to start playing well or he may not be a Real Madrid player for much longer.

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