Plenty going on in the Madrid press today, with lots of reaction still to the 6-1 thrashing of Schalke in the Champions League.
Attention is also starting to turn to another huge game at the weekend – the Madrid derby. A Real Madrid win at the Vicente Calderon would open up a six point gap over Atletico de Madrid in La Liga, and do huge damage to Diego Simeone’s hopes of leading his team to the title in May.
Marca is sticking with the Champions League theme on its front cover this morning. In a poll amongst its readers, almost a quarter (24%) said they want Los Blancos to face Pep Guardiola’s Baynern Munich in the quarter finals. Last year’s beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund were second in the poll, while Olympiacos, who secured a magnificent win over Manchester United on Tuesday, were third.
AS leads with its big interview with Thibaut Courtois on the front page ahead of the city derby. The young Belgian keeper has impressed in his three years on loan at the Vicente Calderon, and there has been some talk that Los Rojiblancos’ more illustrious neighbours could make a bid should Iker Casillas or Diego Lopez leave in the summer.
But the 21-year-old played down the speculation, saying that if anyone wanted to talk to him about a transfer, the first thing they have to do is call Jose Mourinho at Chelsea – his parent club.