Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Game to Watch: Spain champ hosts EPL winner
by Samuel Charles, September 17th, 2012 2:35AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Money, talent and egos will collide on Tuesday in Madrid as EPL champion Manchester City opens group play at the Bernabeu against last season's La Liga winner Real Madrid ...

TV: Real Madrid-Manchester City (2:45 pm ET, Fox Soccer Channel.)

In their respective league play so far, Premier League champion Manchester City is unbeaten against a soft early schedule, while Real Madrid is in crisis mode, as the reigning La Liga champion is already eight points behind Barcelona.

Every point will be crucial in this formidable Champions League group that also features champions from Germany and the Netherlands, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.

Manchester City’s 1-1 tie at Stoke on Saturday featured debuts from three new players: Scott Sinclair, Maicon and goalscorer Javi Garcia. Coach Roberto Mancini also expects former Atletico Madrid star Sergio Aguero back from injury against Real, but he will be more concerned about his defense. After conceding at Stoke, Joe Hart has yet to register a shutout four games into an EPL schedule that included visits by Southampton and QPR. Man City’s defense must be sharper to earn even a point in Madrid.

Real Madrid is chasing a record 10th Champions League trophy, after setting La Liga records for points and goals last season. Real Madrid beat Barcelona over two legs in August’s Supercopa but is desperate for good news. After two weeks of speculation regarding Cristiano Ronaldo’s “unhappiness,” a disappointing 1-0 loss at Sevilla on Saturday prompted harsh words from Real Madrid’s coach Jose Mourinho.

“More than the points, I am worried that in this moment I don’t have a team,” Mourinho said. “There are very few minds who are committed and concentrated, and who have soccer as the priority in their lives.”

Mourinho said Ronaldo isn’t the only issue, including himself among the culprits, “I’m the coach, and the responsibility is mine”.

One thing is certain. There will be ample discussion about whether Cristiano is smiling, or smirking, against Manchester City on Tuesday.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Johnson assists on winner that hands Bayern title    
Alejandro Bedoya scored his third goal of the season in Nantes' 1-1 tie at Toulouse, and ...
USL: Richmond and Louisville remain unbeaten    
Richmond and Louisville City both remained unbeaten with shutout wins on Saturday. The Kickers defeated FC ...
NWSL: Press makes it four goals in two games    
Abby Wambach is sitting out the season. Alex Morgan has yet to play as she rests ...
NASL: Sellouts and Tsiskaridze bomb highlight weekend play    
There were sellouts at Indy Eleven (10,524), Minnesota United (9,233) and Atlanta (5,511) for a trio ...
MLS Week 8: Fireworks break out on Saturday    
MLS went into Saturday averaging just 2.15 goals a game, but the four games produced 20 ...
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati    
"I don't know what Don was asked specifically, but frankly, I wouldn't have said some of ...
Guzan howler costs Aston Villa against Man City    
Brad Guzan gifted Manchester City a goal in the third minute when he mis-hit a pass ...
MLS Week 8: Blunder extends NYCFC's doldrums    
Ghanaian international David Accam took advantage of a blunder by stand-in New York City FC keeper ...
What They're Saying: Bob Lilley    
"Rochester was ahead of the curve in the late 1990s and the rest of the country ...
SoccerGrlProbs takes first in venture tournament    
SoccerGrlProbs, started by a trio of Fairfield University's women's player, took first place in the for-profit ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives