Its Malaga vs Real Madrid. This will be a nostalgia for several Malaga’s members like Manuel Pellegrini, the ex Real Madrid coach, Julio Baptista and Javier Saviola 2 former Real Madrid’s players. What will happen at La Roselada next Sunday? Will this be a david vs Goliath Case? Where Malaga will steal 3 points from the injured Galactico? Or will it be another day for the predator to kill their prey?
These 2 sides have shown a really different situation with their recent form. Malaga’s confidence is at the highest level right now because their recent form has been satisfying, 2 draws, 2 wins and 1 lose. They will welcome the Los Merengues confidently. While Real Madrid have 1 Lose, 1 Draw and 3 Wins in their last 5 matches. Well, Aren’t Real Madrid’s track looks a bit better than Malaga? Now let’s take a closer look at it, Malaga’s last 2 results is a win against Sevilla and a draw against Eibar at copa del rey. While Real Madrid? A lose against Celta Vigo the segunda division competitor, and a draw against Espanyol, plus the internal conflicts between Jose Mourinho and the board, Jose Mourinho and Benzema makes Real Madrid come to La Roselada with a lot of wounds, and the only thing that could help them is a 3 points.
Key players to watch & probable line-up
The host will try anything to defeat the visitor, defeating Real Madrid will be a great Christmas present for the fans, and Manuel Pellegrini would love to see a grin on everyone’s faces. So, without no doubt they will place their best XI against Real Madrid. With the 4-3-2-1 formation they will have Caballero as their reliable number 1 with the 4 defenders who will try to seal Real Madrid’s attackers. They are, Nacho Monreal-Wellington-Demichelis-Gamez. Then the 2 volantes, Iturra-Camacho to keep the balance on the midfield. Up front we have Javier Saviola helped by Eliseu-Isco-Joaquin.
And for Real Madrid, pressure is mounting on Jose Mourinho’s shoulder. 13 points is a way too much difference even for a team like Real Madrid. So, they couldn’t afford to lose another points, so he will really put his best team on the field. After Benzema’s condition is getting better, Morinho probably will put him back as Real Madrid only striker. Because after last match against Espanyol Mou know that Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t fit too well in that role. Supporting Benzema, Cristiano-Ozil-Di Maria will try to give him their best help. Di Maria and Cristiano are expected to make the Malaga’s defender busy with their pace and skill, while Mesut Ozil will try to give Benzema great passes to help him score. Behind the trio, we have Khedira-Alonso who played well against Espanyol last match. And the 4 defenders, Arbeloa-Ramos-Pepe-Coentrao helping Casillas to securing a 3 points.
Who to watch? Ignacio Camacho, the 22 years old defensive midfielder has been a really important figure for Malaga. He takes an important role as Malaga’s holding midfielder this season. When Jeremy Toulalan can’t give what Malaga needs in a holding midfielder, Camacho comes. 2 goals and 3 times man of the match is just a prove of how dependable he is. Besides, he has played 15 times for Malaga 1 time away from Isco who makes the most performance for Malaga. So, Ignacio Camacho might holds the key of this match, its the matter of “will he able to stop the passes before they reach the Crozmaria (Cristiano-Ozil-Di Maria) trio?”
In Real Madrid? Mesut Ozil is back! Scoring goal by goals for Real Madrid and coming back to its sense to pass a magical pass make him a player to watch for this match. If Manuel Pellegrini wants to get another 3 points, then he should know how to handle this germany wizard. Because, you just can’t let Ozil has the ball. Once he got it, he will pass, make a chance and someone will score or he himself will score. But don’t be too reckless on him, his free kick is no joke. After all, Ozil will be the center of Real Madrid’s play next Sunday.
A draw will be a fair result. Because I just can’t separate these 2 sides. They will go all-out and will play offensively. But, IF Benzema played good Madrid could make this game theirs and bring the 3 points home.
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