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My Mallorca Players Are Motivated To Defeat Real Madrid - Coach Michael Laudrup

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Mallorca coach Michael Laudrup reckons his team are hugely motivated to defeat Real Madrid in their Primera Division clash on Sunday evening.

Los Blancos head to the Islanders to commence their 2010/11 La Liga campaign, in Jose Mourinho’s first competitive match in charge.

In a press conference this afternoon to discuss the encounter, the Dane warned the capital club that his players are relishing locking horns with Madrid.

He said, “I trust my team and I know my players will try their best to win. To encourage the team has not been necessary.

“That is one of the problems big teams face – their rivals always take the field very motivated, and I say this from experience.”

Laudrup also passed comment on Madrid’s Portuguese duo of Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo, adding that the coach has a number of good players available, but won’t single anyone out for special treatment.

He concluded, “He [Mourinho] needs time to allow five or six new players to settle, but he has so many quality players that any one individual could win the match.

“I do not like to use a player solely to make a member of the opposing team, for one simple reason, when we cannot retrieve the ball we are forced to defend with ten men, giving the opponents an advantage.”

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