Assistant coach Aitor Karanka admitted Real Madrid face an uphill battle in the Champions League after tough matches against Barcelona.Real followed Tuesday's 3-1 Copa del Rey win over Barcelona at Camp Nou with a 2-1 La Liga triumph against the same opponents at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
Real Madrid had the measure of Barcelona once again, with a 2-1 victory in Saturday's El Clasico in La Liga at Santiago Bernabeu.The great rivals squared off just four days after Madrid's 3-1 Copa del Rey win at Camp Nou, but for the vast majority of the game, the tone could not have been any more different, with both sides reluctant to over-exert themselves with Champions League fixtures on the horizon.
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes could face a lengthy ban for verbally abusing referee Miguel Angel Perez Lasa in Saturday's El Clasico.Valdes was furious at the official's decision not to award a late penalty in their 2-1 loss to Real Madrid, following a challenge from Sergio Ramos on Adriano.
Kaka believes a Real Madrid victory over Barcelona on Saturday would be ideal preparation for their Champions League tie with Manchester United.Jose Mourinho's men dumped Barca out of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday and face them again in La Liga on Saturday, though the match is considered of less importance due to Barca's dominance this campaign in the top tier.
Xabi Alonso says Real Madrid are a more direct side than Barcelona, and do not require as much possession.Real impressed in midweek when they recorded a 3-1 win over their arch-rivals at Camp Nou, and Alonso has stressed that they always aim to get to their opponents' goal as soon as possible.
Real Madrid will be aiming for two wins in the space of five days over arch-rivals Barcelona when they host the La Liga leaders on Saturday.The reigning Spanish champions stunned Barcelona 3-1 at Camp Nou in their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg on Tuesday with Real advancing to the final 4-2 on aggregate.
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