Madrid Press: Spanish clubs happy with Champions League draw

Madrid Press: Spanish clubs happy with Champions League draw


The main focus in the press this morning is the Champions League draw and the reaction in the papers is one of happiness and relief that all four Spanish clubs have a great chance to qualify from their groups.

Real Madrid have been draw with Liverpool, Basle, and newcomers Ludogorets, in a group that should in theory provide few problems for the holders. Marca and AS pay more attention to Liverpool than the other two teams, and say Madrid will want revenge for the 4-0 humiliation they suffered at Anfield in 2009.

At the event in Monaco yesterday, UEFA also paid homage to Los Blancos after they won their 10th European Cup, while Cristiano Ronaldo was named as Europe’s best player, prompting headlines along the lines of ‘Europe loves Real’.

Elsewhere, Real are still in the hunt for a new striker to provide competition to Karim Benzema. Monaco forward Radamel Falcao has been strongly linked with a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu in recent days, and some reports suggest Florentino Perez used his trip to the Principality to discuss a move with club officials.

But AS is also linking Los Blancos with a 20 million euro move for Alvaro Negredo. The Manchester City forward started his career with Real and is believed to be keen on a moved back to the Spanish capital.