Madrid ready for assault on Camp Nou

November 27, 2016

1. CRISTIANO IN TOP FORM

 

He’s back. The Pichichi has 12 goals this season, eight of which have come in the last month. The Camp Nou is one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s favourite away grounds where he has already celebrated 10 goals. Another could help Real’s title tilt – as it did in 2011/12.

2. 31 GAMES UNBEATEN

 

 

 

 

 

The injury curse has in some ways been a blessing to Zidane because he has had to utilise his whole squad. Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Nacho and Isco have all caught the eye. Real may not be able to field a first choice XI in Barcelona but Zidane has faith in his squad, which is prepared.

4. NO DOUBTS AFTER CALDERON CLASSIC

Real’s leadership credentials were questioned for weeks, but not since their best performance of the season at the Estadio Vicente Calderon. The blow Los Blancos dealt to near neighbours Atletico has almost certainly ruled them out of title contention.

5. RAMOS AND PEPE RETURN

After two months, Zidane has his best centre-back pairing – with the greatest of respect to Raphael Varane and Nacho – fit and ready. Sergio Ramos and Pepe stormed the Camp Nou last year with a towering performance and both the Sevillian and Portuguese will provide solidity from MSN.

6. THE DOUBLE PIVOT OF MODRIC AND KOVACIC

The double pivot continues to grow and improve. The magic of Luka Modric allied to the hard yards put in by Mateo Kovacic will be indispensable if Real want to get a good result from the Camp Nou.

7. ZIDANE TAKES THE BLAME

It’s true that Real aren’t the most exciting team at present, but Zidane must be doing something right if Real have gone 31 games without losing. He already knows how it feels to win at the Camp Nou but will take the blame if the Blaugrana hand out a footballing lesson.

8. A WEEK OF REST

With their cup tie already resolved, Zidane can afford to give his starters a week of rest until the game against Barcelona. Before the most important game of the season, that’s a luxury indeed.

9. LEADERS EVEN IF THEY LOSE

Whatever happens, Real will visit Barcelona with less pressure than usual. No matter what happens, Zidane’s side will end the game as leaders. However, the motivation to end their opponents title challenge will be foremost in their minds.

10. REMEMBERING THE LAST TRIUMPH

Real’s last game at the Camp Nou was triumphant. A comeback victory that made up for the 4-0 defeat earlier in the season under Rafael Benitez. With that in mind, Zidane’s troops have nothing to fear.

EDITED FROM: marca.com


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