Real Madrid vs. Deportivo La Coruña  5 - 1


Benzema still full of confidence

30 September 2012 15:00

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema insists he remains as confident as ever and is happy at the progress he is making.

The France international has only started two of Real's five La Liga matches so

far, but the striker said he was working hard to push for a regular berth in

the squad.

"Is it necessary for a striker to score goals for the season to go well? I

felt very well in recent games," Benzema told AS

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"I feel that I'm making progress and my legs are getting better. I'm very

happy. Admittedly, I was happy to play 90 minutes twice with France (against

Finland and Belarus).

"It is important to play several games in a row. Besides, I'm working hard

to get ready.

"I've never lost confidence. I've always been sure of myself and my game.

When you don't score, the environment tries to contaminate you, but that does

not affect me.

"I'm a striker and I love to score, but everybody knows that I (also)

enjoy it when I can give assists."


Marchena keen to see ´perfect´ Deportivo

29 September 2012 19:26

Deportivo La Coruna will need to produce a perfect performance if they are to beat Real Madrid, according to defender Carlos Marchena.

The 33-year-old former Spain international highlighted the importance of not conceding an early goal in a bid to stop Real from getting comfortable.

"We will need to play a perfect game to win and Madrid will have to be slightly imperfect," Marchena told AS.

"We must be determined not to let them score early on because if they do then they'll feel comfortable and start to play as they can.

"Right from the start we must do things right to try and win although from then on, depending on how the match is going, a draw would not be a bad result."

Marchena went on to speak about his admiration for Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and also the pleasure he has taken from watching his career go from strength to strength.

"I knew Mourinho when he started out with Benfica, but not for long. He took over from (Jupp) Heynckes and we won almost every game until he left," he said.

"He taught me a lot and I only have good words to say about him. I'm glad how things have turned out."


Every point vital for Mourinho´s Real

29 September 2012 05:51

Jose Mourinho says Real Madrid cannot afford to give away any more points after their worst start to a league season in more than 10 years.

Real will hope they have turned a corner after tasting victory in their last two outings - a 2-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano and a 3-2 comeback win against Man City in the Champions League.

"We've given everything we had to give away," the coach told Maisfutebol.

Real's next game comes in the form of a home clash with Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, a team nicknamed 'the Portuguese' for their large Seleccao representation.

"Why (are they called the Portuguese)? Are there many (Portuguese players) or do the Portuguese like Depor?," joked Mourinho, who also said he would "love" to see Deportivo's Evaldo Fabiano on Sunday, having worked with the left-back at Porto.

"We have to win. We have to find a way to get back-to-back victories and not just (one) isolated win, and that includes beating Deportivo, having done the same with Manchester City and Rayo Vallecano."

And when quizzed about Barcelona's Champions League tie with Benfica on Tuesday, Mourinho said: "Jorge Jesus knows how to build a team capable of creating difficulties to Barcelona."


Oltra wary of Ronaldo threat

28 September 2012 18:00

Deportivo La Coruna coach Jose Luis Oltra believes Cristiano Ronaldo's unhappiness has not affected his performances for Real Madrid.

Oltra takes his team to the Santiago Bernabeu with a chance of surpassing their opponents on the table, if they can take home all three points.

But the 43-year-old has admitted he does not understand Ronaldo's feelings despite Real's disappointing start to the season.

"I see their statistics, their parties, and I see no sorrow," he told Oltra told

"He did not celebrate a goal, which is sad, but I have to respect him because I don't know the reasons. If he is sad we have not noticed it in his performance."

The former Tenerife coach still feels the Portugal international is a major threat and believes his side will have to work especially hard to nullify him.

"We must try to minimise our chasing, track back, do a lot of covering and support each other. We must find the right balance," Oltra said.

The newly promoted side have won just one of their five league matches so far, but have also only been defeated once compared to the the two losses suffered by Real.

These respective records have given Oltra and his side confidence ahead of their trip to the capital, and he hopes they can get the better of Jose Mourinho's men.

"Going to the Bernabeu is always a challenge. Madrid have gone 18 home matches without losing and Mourinho teams are always very strong at home," he said.

"It is certainly not the best place to go to recover after losing, but we will fight for the victory."

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +75 100
2 38 +61 85
3 38 +34 76
4 38 +21 66
5 38 +13 65
6 38 +3 57
7 38 +1 56
8 38 -16 53
9 38 +4 50
10 38 -14 47
11 38 -17 46
12 38 -21 45
13 38 -9 44
14 38 -9 43
15 38 -17 42
16 38 -17 39
17 38 -15 37
18 38 -29 36
19 38 -23 35
20 38 -25 34