Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America 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
TV Report: EPL Breakaway set for New Year's Day    
NBCSN will present its first-ever Premier League Breakaway --  a special two-hour show featuring RedZone-like live ...
MLS Trade Central: Monday's deals    
The Chicago Fire signed Indiana University defender Patrick Doody as the club's sixth Homegrown Player. In ...
No time to end the one thing I love to do    
Taylor Leach, a two-time first-team All-SEC defender, led the University of South Carolina to the quarterfinals ...
The Good, the Bad and -- holiday greeting cards    
Europe in a nutshell: A goal of the month volley from Italy, a dive of the ...
Gall and Gooch lead U.S. U-20s past Honduras    
The U.S. under-20 national team wrapped up its trip to San Pedro Sula with a second ...
Brazil captures women's tourney ahead of USA    
Brazil won the Torneio Internacional da Brasilia when it tied the USA, 0-0, before 11,000 fans ...
Claudio Lopez returns to Rapids as director of soccer    
Claudio Lopez, who played for Argentina in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, has returned to ...
What They're Saying: Tim Howard    
"I think the MLS have probably made their own problem. New York is owned by Manchester ...
Video Pick: A keeper gaffe for the ages     
The record will show that Lierse defender Arjan Swinkels scored an own goal in Saturday's 6-0 ...
U.S. Abroad: Weekend Hot (and Cold) List    
Brad Guzan made eight saves as 10-man Aston Villa earned a 1-1 tie with Manchester United. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives