I know we face Juventus first, but I am more concerned about getting our league challenge back on track. Now we will see the character and strength of the team spirit at the club. How will we react after the Bilbao defeat? Barcelona travel to Soria two hours before we kick off in Galicia, so we could potentially be 10 points behind them and will have to handle the pressure of knowing the outcome of the Barca game. At this stage of the season, considering the fact Barcelona is breaking records in terms of points won, I think 10 points is too much to recover. Deportivo are having their usual inconsistent season, but the likes of Luque and Valeron can win a game in an instant so they can not be under-estimated.
Guti was very poor against Bilbao, and considering Deportivo are always fired up when Madrid come to town, I think we should definitely start with Gravesen in the middle.
Ronaldo and Raul would have recovered fully from their slight knocks, meaning Owen is once again set to start on the bench. Roberto Carlos returns after a one-match suspension to replace Raul Bravo.
Deportivo have won the last two meetings between the sides, and we haven't won in La Coruna for four seasons.
Time for revenge. :boxing:
Deportivo Home Record:
P12 W3 D6 L3
% of points accumulated at Home: 42%
Real Madrid Away Record:
P11 W6 D2 L3
% of points accumulated on Road: 61%
Deportivo LC: WDDWL
Real Madrid: WWWWL
03/10/2004: Real Madrid 0-1 Deportivo (Luque 45)
01/05/2004: Deportivo 2-0 Real Madrid (Tristan 29, Capdevila 69)
La Liga| Saturday, 26 February 2005| 21:00 GMT| Estadio Riazor.
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