The CONCACAF Champions League champion faces a tall task in the European champion, which is riding a 20-game win streak.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
COMMENT: Diego Simeone's side lost 1-0 at home to Villarreal on Sunday and is eight points down on this stage last season - more importantly, it is now seven off the pace.
The Mexican international continued his strong run of form with another goal for David Moyes' new side.
The Liga champion couldn't get past Villarreal.
The reigning Liga champions can go level with Barcelona in the title race with a win, but the Yellow Submarine are in top form and could prove tough to crack
Questions were raised about the condition of the pitch following Cruz Azul's extra-time win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, and FIFA confirmed the switch.
The Barcelona right back will miss the club's Copa del Rey match against Huesca on Tuesday.
The Barcelona captain rued his club's 0-0 draw with Getafe on Saturday.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The Barcelona coach is not worried by Real Madrid's four-point lead atop La Liga.
The Catalans' disappointing draw at Getafe leaves them four points behind Real in La Liga and they will need to improve greatly to have any chance of winning the title.
Real Madrid now enjoys a four-point lead atop the table after the visiting side was frustrated at Getafe.
The Blaugrana fell a further two points behind Real Madrid in the title race after failing to find the net as they labored to a goalless draw with the midtable Azulones.
The Spanish striker has been linked with a move back to the club he played for from 2001 to 2007.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti said the stop was a "decisive moment" in Madrid's 4-1 win over Almeria.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Carlo Ancelotti's side was uncomfortable until wrapping up the win at Almeria late on and now heads to Morocco on the best-ever streak in the team's history.
Though Almeria hung around for a while it couldn't overcome a streaking Real Madrid side.
Two late Cristiano Ronaldo goals secured the three points for Los Blancos after first-half strikes from Isco and Gareth Bale and a fine penalty save from Iker Casillas.
The Brazilian star will sit out Saturday's match with an ankle injury.
Cruz Azul attacking midfielder Christian Gimenez has compared the current Blancos XI with the expensively assembled Santiago Bernabeu squad from the early 2000s.
For former Man United great thinks the two stars should just split the award.