LA LIGA

Mission impossible begins for Real

Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid
Jose Mourinho is coming under fire after Real Madrid fell so far behind Barcelona
Share This Story

   
 

MADRID

Real Madrid will start what many believe to be mission impossible when the Primera Division restarts for them on Sunday.

POLL

  • Should Real Madrid fire Jose Mourinho?
    • Alan Pardew, Newcastle
    • Paul Lambert, Aston Villa

Jose Mourinho's side take on Real Sociedad with the gap between them and leaders Barcelona standing at 16 points.

For even the most ardent Madrid fan, a successful title defence would appear to be impossible, with the Champions League now the primary focus.

According to defender Alvaro Arbeloa, though, they just have to carry on as normal.

"Real Sociedad are in their best form and it is going to be a difficult match, but we will go into it with desire and belief.

"I just want to win all of our matches from now until the end of the season."

One sideshow will be who Mourinho starts in goal. There was uproar before Christmas when the Portuguese opted to sit out Iker Casillas and go with Antonio Adam playing in the loss to Malaga.

"The fans will support Real Madrid because they are fans of Real Madrid and not just of Casillas," said Arbeloa, trying to play down any possible rows.

"It is important that they support the players, but also that they support the team. Whoever plays will have the support of his team-mates."

The lure of a third Champions League title is thought to be driving Mourinho on this season, while the Copa del Rey still remains an option.

NEW HOMES

Catch all the movers and shakers from this winter's transfer window.

Arbeloa does not look at it that way, however, and wants every game to be treated the same.

"If this team wants to win trophies, it is impossible to do that without competing and giving everything in La Liga, and so it is difficult to give everything in the Copa," he said.

"You cannot pick one day to play well and relax on other days.

"I would just aim to win all the matches. It could be that the Champions League is an easier objective than La Liga, but we are not a team that goes onto the pitch without giving our all every weekend and then does in the Champions League.

"We have to face all the challenges in our path and to do that you have to win in all the competitions."

Sociedad head to the capital upwardly mobile. They are seventh in the table and have been producing some eye-catching performances under Philippe Montanier.

Some have backed them to spring a surprise and, although he will not call this a chance, Sociedad midfielder David Zurutuza does acknowledge there have been worse times to play Madrid.

"I don't think there is any good moment to visit the Bernabeu, but yes, if I had to choose a time it would be now, because they are missing important players," he said.

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

SOCCER Videos

Alfredo Di Stefano 1926-2014 Posted: Jul 08, 2014
Mario Melchiot reacts to the passing of Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano an...

Recap of Real Madrid's tenth Champions League title Posted: Jul 08, 2014
The FOX Soccer crew breaks down everything from the UEFA Champions League Final ...

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League Final Highlights 05/24/14 Posted: May 24, 2014
Relive all of the action between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the 2014 UEF...

Real Madrid lifts Champions League trophy Posted: May 24, 2014
Watch Real Madrid lift the 2014 UEFA Champions League trophy.

Ronaldo goal seals Real Madrid’s Champions League title Posted: May 24, 2014
Check out the Cristiano Ronaldo goal that sealed Real Madrid's 4-1 victory again...