After our brilliant win in the 150th El Clasico the title is one step closer within our grasp. The lead has been cut down to 6 points and we need to maintain the pressure at the top of the table. This game takes place three hours before they kick-off in the Nou Camp, so we could close the gap to just three points with victory in Valencia against Levante. No doubt Barcelona will feel us breathing down their necks, and without Pichichi, let's see how they can handle the pressure.
Samuel and Guti return after serving one-match bans respectively.
A question mark remains over the tactical line-up Luxemburgo will use in this match. Owen continued his good form with a well-taken goal against Barca, and Madrid in general looked like a completely different and dangerous team with Raul operating on the left behind Owen and Ronaldo. I think we should stick to the formation we used against Barcelona because we can blow teams off the park with that attacking blend of football. It gave us plenty of speed and pace upfront in the shape of Ronaldo and Owen, with quality wing play in the form of Raul and Beckham so we can exploit that pace upfront and Zidane pulling the strings from the middle. Figo won't be happy though, perhaps he should rotate with Beckham. I think that is the most sensible option available to us at this point in time.
P15 W6 D4 L5
% of points accumulated at Home: 49%
P15 W7 D3 L5
% of points accumulated on Road: 53%
28/11/04: Real Madrid CF 5-0 Levante UD (Ronaldo 42, Figo 50, Ronaldo 51, Beckham 54, Owen 86.)
La Liga| Sunday| 17 April 2005| 17:00 CET| Ciudad de Valencia.
Kanal 5 (DK)
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