Jose Mourinho has never been one to keep his opinions to himself, but this past week he’s excelled himself.
He’s complained about everything and everything following Real Madrid’s 2-0 defeat by Barca in the first leg of this Champions League tie and his mood is unlikely to have improved following Real’s 3-2 defeat against Real Zaragoza on Saturday.
Real went 3-0 down in that game before battling back to 3-2 and similar defending against Barca would see them ripped apart by Lionel Messi and Co.
Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t even feature in that defeat after being dropped – allegedly because of comments he made about Mourinho’s tactics in the first leg against Barca.
Basically, not much is going right for Real at the moment and it’s unlikely to change at the Nou Camp – despite Barca’s 2-1 defeat at Real Sociedad at the weekend.
For Real to progress in 90 minutes, they would need to win 3-0. The last time the Catalan side lost by that score at the Nou Camp was in a 2002 La Liga game against Sevilla. However, if you like your odds a little longer, a 3-0 win for Real can be backed at at a massive 66/1.
There is more bad news for Real – no side has ever progressed from the Champions League knockout stage after losing the first leg 2-0.
This promises to be another tight and tense affair with Barca content to pass the ball around and make Real work for every scrap of possession.
With Barca not needing a goal, backing the draw at 3/1 looks to be well worth a punt.
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