What a way to start the new season of the champions league .The best team of Spain taking on the best team of England on the opening day of the champions league to decided who is better .Real Madrid after continuing their dismal run in the LA LIGA will love to start their champions league campaign with a win or a positive result .
Real Madrid at the moment is struggling and battling with some dismal form .They have already sustained two painful loses in their title defense and are 8 points behind Barcelona .Their form graph in last five games is
|15-Sep-12||Sevilla 1 – Real Madrid 0||LIGA|
|2-Sep-12||Real Madrid 3 – Ciudad de Murcia 0||LIGA|
|29-Aug-12||Real Madrid 2 – Barcelona 1||ESPS|
|26-Aug-12||Getafe 2 – Real Madrid 1||LIGA|
|23-Aug-12||Barcelona 3 – Real Madrid 2||ESPS|
Whereas on the other hand Manchester city are enjoying some good form, currently they are undefeated in the last five games and are showing some impressive from although their draws against Southampton and Stoke were tough ones but they still not yet have tasted defeat .Their form graph is
|15-Sep-12||Stoke 1 - Manchester City 1||EPL|
|1-Sep-12||Manchester City 3 - QPR 1||EPL|
|26-Aug-12||Liverpool 2 - Manchester City 2||EPL|
|19-Aug-12||Manchester City 3 -Southampton 2||EPL|
|12-Aug-12||Chelsea 2 - Manchester City 3||FAC|
There are no injury concerns for Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho .Real Madrid has a complete fit squad and is devastated after their defeat of Sevilla .However rumors are still echoing that Ronaldo is still unhappy at the club and is continuously dissatisfied from the current situation .
Although there no new fresh injury concerns for Manchester city but Sergio Aguero is making a surprise return after sustaining a horrible knee injury at the opening day of the premier league against Southampton.It is surprising because Ageuro has recovered earlier than it was expected.
However about the health of Aguero Mancini said that
“Sergio will travel with us. He worked with the team in the last three days before the Stoke game.”
“We didn’t want to take any risks with him , but maybe he can be ready for Madrid.”
“Will he start? I don’t know. After Stoke he has two days working with the team so I think he will have a chance.”
Facts and Stats
Real Madrid are the record 9 times champions of the Champions league and Madrid is the only team who has achieved this accolade .However the Spanish champions last won this prestigious title 11year ago in 2001-02 under Vicente del Bosque.
However interesting fact is that Roberto Mancini never won a European Glory during his four year spell at Inter Milan whereas his counterpart Jose Mourinho took only two year to lead Inter Milan to Europe and treble Glory.