MADRID — Spanish football champions Real Madrid will be looking for revenge tomorrow when they visit bogey team Levante.
Report by Reuters
The whites have picked up just one point in their last two visits to Levante’s small Ciutat de Valencia Stadium, but this time they cannot afford another slip-up.
Jose Mourinho’s team are third, eight points behind runaway leaders Barcelona, and cannot afford to drop further points.
“This is a really important game for Madrid,” said Radio Marca. “They have to win in a stadium where things have gone wrong for them recently.”
Eternal sub Jose Callejon, who had a goal controversially disallowed in Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw against Borussia Dortmund, will probably make a rare start because Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema both have muscle injuries.
Cristiano Ronaldo and company lost 1-0 at Levante last season and were held 0-0 two years ago.
Levante, the oldest team in La Liga, are currently sixth and their defence has conceded just one goal in four games.
However, before tomorrow’s clash they have had to travel to Enschede for an important Europa League game against Twente.
Midfielder Juanlu, one of their many veterans, said that they had not yet started to think of tomorrow.
Earlier tomorrow, Barça will visit out-of-sorts Mallorca, who have lost their last four games.
Gerard Pique will be finally ready to return to the Barça defence, though Carles Puyol, Adriano and Thiago are still injured. Barça have won on their last three visits to Palma, without conceding a single goal.
Also tomorrow, Atletico Madrid will be trying to get back to winning ways after a 2-0 meltdown at Valencia. Atletico are second, three points behind Barça, but five ahead of Real.