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
Real Madrid faces not impossible odds for Mourinho's likely swan song
April 30th, 2013 12:11AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  germany, spain, uefa champions league

MOST COMMENTED

[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Real Madrid can take solace from the fact its 4-1 deficit against Borussia Dortmund is not as bad as Barcelona's 4-0 deficit it must make up on Wednesday against Bayern Munich and that Real has come back from three goals down before in Europe.

It recovered from a 4-1 loss at Derby County in 1975 featuring three goals from Charlie George -- the last hat trick it has given up in the European Cup until Robert Lewandowski's four goals for Dortmund last Wednesday -- to win 5-1 in the second round of what was then a straight knockout competition.

"The Bernabeu, if you light the match, burns everything," said Santillana, whose goal won the Derby series in overtime, of the Madrid stadium.

Still, Real Madrid is a decided underdog in large part because of its defensive frailties. It has allowed 18 goals in this season's Champions League -- the most of any team in the final four -- and it has recorded only one shutout.

“I feel this is the most important match in 10 years for Real Madrid,” said Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.

What he doesn't say is that it is his last season with Real Madrid. He is likely to return to Chelsea next season and be replaced at Real Madrid by Italian Carlo Ancelotti, the current coach of Paris St. Germain.



1 comment
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: April 30, 2013 at 9:22 a.m.
    RM face a tough climb. Nothing is insurmountable when soccer gods rule, yet, Dortmund is a fine squad and for RM to grasp victory would require the opponent to fiold or RM to play their best game of the current campaign.


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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Felix Magath    
"I merely suggested it could be worth trying the old wives' tale of applying quark cheese ...
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS Week 28] There's a new team atop the Power Rankings as the streaking LA Galaxy ...
NYCFC and Orlando City will draw for player slots    
[MLS EXPANSION] Representatives from New York City FC and Orlando City, the two 2015 MLS expansion ...
What They're Saying: Nasser Al Khater    
"The only question now is when, not if. Summer or winter, we will be ready." -- ...
D.C. United is on verge of clinching    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Preview] MLS's four U.S. entrants are all in action in the Concacaf Champions ...
Olsen is still MLS's youngest head coach    
[MAKING A LIST] Almost four years after being named D.C. United head coach, Ben Olsen is ...
D.C. United rewards Olsen with multi-year extension    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Head coach Ben Olsen, who survived D.C. United's horrific 2013 campaign, the worst in ...
Valeri volleys a golazo on the run     
[VIDEO PICK: MLS Goals of the Week] Portland's Diego Valeri looks set to garner his third ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] No. 6 Washington rebounded from allowing an early goal to beat USF, 2-1, in ...
Howard gaffes cost Everton dearly at home    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Everton's defensive troubles in the English Premier League continued as it dropped a 3-2 ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives