After a string of poor performances, Real Madrid returned back to form with a bang after beating Granada 9-1 at the Santiago Bernebeu. The victory eases a lot of pressure on manager Carlo Ancelotti, who has come under fire in recent weeks following a string of bad results.
The Croatian midfielder Luka Modric is one of the key figures who has fighting and trying to get back in shape after being hit with injury but it has now been announced by the Spanish club that Modric has already been playing with the rest of his teammates on a few training sessions as Modric is close to returning to full fitness.
James Rodriguez, Fabio Coentrao, Sergio Ramos, Sami Khedira and Pepe are all of the players who have been trying to deal and recover from injuries.
Russell Slade, the boss of Cardiff City, was quite annoyed by the performance of his boys versus Brentford last weekend.
According to Slade, the Bluebirds’ main problem at the moment is their inconsistency. They just don’t play consistent football for the full one and half hours.
In that Brentford game, Cardiff played wonderfully in the second half, but, it was not enough to make up for their lethargic showing in the first half. Going into the break, they were trailed by 0-3 and the frustration level of the fans had reached the maximum by that time.
Carlo Ancelotti and his squad continue their fine form after defeating Malaga in a narrow 2-1 victory which sealed the 16th consecutive triumph for Real Madrid and this is a milestone for the Spanish club as it has established a new club record for most successive wins which was set in the 1960-61 season.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has branded Real Madrid as the best team in the world ahead of the Champions League showdown between the two teams at the Santiago Bernabeu.
This is the second meeting between the two teams in the group stages and one that will go a long way into deciding the progress Liverpool have made. The Premier League outfit come to Spain in search of a victory in order to preserve their objective of reaching the next stage of the Champions League. The defeats against FC Basel and Madrid in the previous rounds have put them on the bank of exit.