Partido; Real Madrid - Sevilla
Estadio; Santiago Bernabéu
I know it is a bit early for this match thread but I just want to look forward to the next game. It is the first of a four-match stretch against direct rivals. Realistically, to stay in the hunt we need to take all our points at home. At the moment we are six points behind Barca who are also facing a difficult stretch of games... so the gap can be closed very quickly - or it can widen just as rapidly. It is unthinkable to comprehend us nine points behind the leaders this time next weekend, the pressure heading into El Clasico would be immense. The return of two key players in Higuain and Robben should alleviate some of our offensive woes - although in the case of Robben it may be at a smaller capacity if he is not able to start. I would start him though, surely he can't do much worse than Drenthe and Saviola as regards actual impact on the game.
Sevilla are having a very good season and still play with very much the same style of the Juande Ramos team. Barcelona outclassed them in their last game so they'll be looking to respond here which makes things complicated.
More than ever, this game requires maximum effort, focus, passion, belief and commitment. The Madridismo shirt is special and must be defended in defining moments like this.
Torres - Ramos - Pepe - Marcelo
Gago - Guti
Higuain - - - Robben