Tennis star Rafael Nadal has backed Real Madrid to come back from 2-0 down in the Champions League semi finals
The Blancos fan was quoted in AS as stating that he has not given up his dream of watching the side he supports progressing past this round. Nadal, whose uncle Miguel represented Barca with distinction, declared that "although it is difficult, anything can happen in football."
"The outlook for the semi-final second leg is not the most positive for Real Madrid, because when you lose 0-2 at home [it] is very difficult to overturn. [However] in sport anything can happen," the 24-year-old commented.
Of the events that marred the first leg, the Majorca-born superstar put the controversy down to nerves and the importance of the occasion.
"This is not good for either side, nor for the fans by the image that is given. The best thing is that everything is serene, [goes] back to normal and the rivalry is between the clubs, but in the sporting arena," Nadal concluded.
El Clasico number five takes place on Tuesday night in the Catalan capital with the tennis player's club the underdogs.
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