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Are Real Madrid favourites to win the Champions League?

1 April 2013 by

The Spanish giant ended last season’s champions league campaign in a disappointing defeat to Bayern Munich on penalties in the semi-finals. Having won the title in nine occasions and the most recent one was back in 2001, since then Real Madrid have struggled to get back in to their champions league form. Different coaches have tried to get the tenth title of the competition within the years of 2001 till date; the likes of Pelligrini, Fabio Capello and Juande Ramos have all tried and failed to deliver. Jose Mourinho was signed two year ago from Inter Milan and has shown great promises as he came very close last year.

Real Madrid's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho leaves the field at half time during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England on March 5, 2013.

Jose Mourinho : Head coach of Real Madrid

The beginning of this season was a one to forget for all Real Madrid players, fans and everyone associated to the club as they suffered to get their domestic form in the top flight and they now thrill 12 points behind the league leaders, Barcelona. But the domestic form is not affecting their European form as they emerged out of the group that is known as the group of death constituting, the German champions, Dortmound, the English champions, Manchester City and the Dutch Champions, Ajax. Loosing just a game from six and finishing second was not bad even though much was expected from them.

Manchester United was next for Real Madrid as they qualified for the next round, a lot of questions were asked as to who is going to stop the Dutch striker Robin Van Persie as well as the goal machine Christiano Ronaldo who has been reunited with his old team mates and of course his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson who branded Ronaldo the best player before the game. The last time these two teams met was back in 2003 were real Madrid became victor over the two legs. Jose Mourinho was also reunited with his colleague manager, Sir Alex from his time at Chelsea as they always have good contest in the English premier league

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Luka Modric of Real Madrid scores his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second leg match between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Old Trafford on March 5, 2013 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Luka Modric : scores against Manchester united

The first led ended in a stalemate as Ronaldo canceled Wellbeck’s strike at the Santiago Bernabeu with Real Madrid dominating the game but could not capitalize on that and Manchester united got the advantage as they go back to Old Trafford with an away Goal. United have made some good counter attacks as they look to defend their precious away goal and got a goal from the foot of Real Madrid’s captain of the night, Sergio Ramos. Moment later, a controversial decision from the referee saw Nani out of the game and Madrid took advantage of that to get a two goals from Modric and the ever-reliable Ronaldo.

The question is can Real Madrid win the champions league considering the form of the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus, Dortmound as well as bitter rivals Barcelona

 


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