The build up to the Clasico on Sunday is put on hold this morning as Real Madrid await the draw for the Champions League quarter finals.
All eight teams in the hat are strong candidates and whoever Los Blancos are paired with will be a tough draw. Having questioned a number of its readers, Marca says they do not want to see the Spanish teams play each other at this stage, while AS says nobody wants to be drawn against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich.
The Madrid press focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of each side, and the conclusion is that Manchester United would probably be the best draw for Real Madrid. David Moyes has struggled to fill the shoes of Alex Ferguson, and although in Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney they have a world class pair of forwards, they are suspect at the back, while Juan Mata is ineligible to play in the tournament having already represented Chelsea this season.
Elsewhere, Sergio Ramos has been discussing the upcoming Clasico as well as the Champions League. In an interview with COPE, he said at the moment, he’d prefer to win the Decima with Madrid than the World Cup with Spain. “I already have the World Cup tattooed on me. Now I need the Decima. If I have both of them, I’ll keep a note of those who criticise me.”