January 06, 2013 by
There will be just one of the regular first choice defenders on the pitch when Real Madrid attempt to get the Primera Liga campaign back on track against Real Sociedad today. Alvaro Arbeloa is the only one who is not injured or suspended for this vital game, and he will probably play out of his normal position.
Because both left backs, Marcelo and Coentrao are not fit to play, Arbeloa will play in that position. Essien may be called upon to fill in at right back, as he has done for Mourinho before. Pepe and Albiol are also injured, while Ramos is suspended, so the youngster Varane and the veteran Carvalho will be the central defenders. ......Read more...
March 24, 2012 by
After the avalanche of cards against Villareal, the team must be reorganised for tonights visit of Real Sociedad to the Bernabeu. A week ago this match was not seen as important, but after dropping four points and losing key players it is vital for Madrid to stop the rot and get all three points.
Pepe was banned for two matches for his post match comments in the tunnel. Faria, the trainer, also got a two match ban, while Mourinho and Ozil were banned for one game each. Somehow Sergio Ramos escaped a ban due to an error in the referee`s report. Lass also misses a match as he picked up his 5th yellow card. ......Read more...