18 September 2012
Tonight Real Madrid will stage their first performance in the Champions League. The Whites will embark on the race towards the Tenth playing at home, where they have attained six victories in the most important continental competition. This will be a show of the best of football. In fact, the team coached by José Mourinho will play an unprecedented duel in a European competition against Manchester City, which remains unbeaten after 11 official matches. The winner of the Spanish Liga and the Spanish Super Cup will face the winner of the Premier League and the Community Shield tournament to start off the toughest group stage in this edition of the Champions League and the only one in which all four teams have won their respective national championships The best opportunity for Real Madrid to show their courage and prove their worth when the season has just begun.
The time has come for the best prize-winning Champions team to enter the arena of the most important continental football competition. Real Madrid, included in the only group in which all four teams have won their respective national championships, will play against the German Borussia Dortmund team, the Dutch Ajax and the English Manchester City, which will be their opponent tonight at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
It will be a show of the best of football ever seen in Europe. Tonight Real Madrid which have scored in 13 consecutive Champions League matches will play at home where they have achieved 6 victories (24 goals, 4 per match) and have never lost any first Champions match. So far Real Madrid has obtained 40 victories and only 2 draws, which ratifies the symbiosis between the team and their fans.
► REAL MADRID’S CONVENED PLAYERS AGAINST MANCHESTER CITY
For this important encounter, José Mourinho has called on 21 players. The return of Fabio Coentrão, who has already been off the field in three matches fulfilling the four-game suspension imposed at Spanish competitions, is the main novelty on the Portuguese coach’s list.
A weighty rival that remains undefeated after 11 official matches
Premier League champion and a Community Shield winner, Manchester City is going through booming economic times, which is being reflected both on their list of winners and sports results. In fact, they remain unbeaten after 11 official matches, with 9 victories and 2 draws.
|MANCHESTER CITY IN A SPELL OF VICTORIES|
|15/09/2012||Premier League||Stoke City 1-1 Manchester City|
|01/09/2012||Premier League||Manchester City 3-1 QPR|
|26/08/2012||Premier League||Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City|
|19/08/2012||Premier League||Manchester City 3-2 Southampton|
|12/08/2012||Community Shield||Chelsea 2-3 Manchester City|
|15/05/2012||Premier League||Manchester City 3-2 QPR|
|06/05/2012||Premier League||Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City|
|30/04/2012||Premier League||Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United|
|22/04/2012||Premier League||Wolves 0-2 Manchester City|
|14/04/2012||Premier League||Norwich 1-6 Manchester City|
|11/04/2012||Premier League||Manchester City 4-0 West Brom|