The Italian coach has warned his men not to underestimate a supposedly weakened Atleti outfit ahead of their Champions League clash on Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Portugal international will miss Wednesday's encounter due to a thigh injury, while the Madrid coach has stressed that the Turkish champion should not be underestimated.
The Turkish side knows that it will more than likely slip out of an automatic qualification spot should it lose in the Spanish capital.
Jagoba Arrasate's men need to pick up all three points at the Donbass Arena to keep their qualification hopes alive, but their hosts are also desperate for a victory.
Monday, November 25, 2013
The Villarreal attacker knows his former international teammate would have plenty to offer El Tri should he decide to return.
The back-up goalkeeper's current deal expires at the end of the season, but he insists he is not viewing his run in the Blaugrana lineup as a chance to earn an extension
Barcelona will make it 21 games without defeat if it claims a positive result against Ajax on Tuesday, but its Argentine coach is solely driven by winning silverware.
The Porto boss will be hoping the in-form Spanish side will be able to do his side a favor against Zenit, despite resting its key players after sealing top spot in Group G.
The Dutchman has warned of the quality throughout the Blaugrana side and insists his side will look to play on the attack in Tuesday's Champions League clash
The Real Madrid coach feels the prolific attacker has proven to be a team player, while he has voiced his satisfaction with Gareth Bale's start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Barcelona is in fine form, but it will have to make do without injured duo Lionel Messi and Victor Valdes, as well as the suspended Alexis Sanchez.
The Bayern Munich chairman has insisted that the club has no plans to make a move for the prolific attacker and believes Barcelona would never sell its star player.
Several sides are on the cusp of qualification for the knockout stage ahead of this week's Champions League action.
A series of medical tests have revealed the problem, and the Real Madrid forward is unlikely to feature against Galatasaray in the Champions League.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The 38-year-old stepped in for his injured teammate in the 4-0 win over Granada on Saturday and says he did not view it as a chance to claim the spot permanently.
The Welshman says he sought advice from the former England stars, as well as Steve McManaman and Jonathan Woodgate, before moving to the Spanish giants.
Real Madrid's director of football Miguel Perdaza is hopeful the Portugal captain's injury will not prove serious after he continued his exceptional goalscoring form on Saturday.
The Portuguese looked in some discomfort as he was withdrawn through injury at Almeria and, while it may have been just a precaution, Real must take care of its star forward.
The Welsh forward sang the praises of the prolific Portuguese attacker and insists there is no rivalry between them.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The 28-year-old opened the scoring before being forced off with a thigh problem, but goals from Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Isco and Alvaro Morata secured an emphatic win