Madrid Press: Champions League back on the agenda

Madrid Press: Champions League back on the agenda

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The Champions League is back in the menu this week, and tonight sees a mouth watering clash between Manchester City and Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium.

Marca says on its front page that the game is one not to be missed. And it runs a number of stories on the former Real Madrid players and staff looking to get one over their old adversaries tonight.

Former Los Blancos manager will be looking for his team to take a first leg advantage back to the Nou Camp in three weeks time, and he will rest his hopes on former academy product Alvaro Negredo, who is enjoying a productive first season in the north west of England.

Another former Real boss has been giving his opinions of the match. Never content unless he’s talking about or trying to insult someone else, Jose Mourinho says the current Barcelona team is the worst in years – perhaps another way of winding up Manuel Pellegrini in his war of words with the City manager.

With the Champions League the dominant theme this week, much is being made of Real’s hopes of landing the Decima. And one man who thinks they can do it is Arsene Wenger. Speaking to the press ahead of Arsenal’s showdown with Bayern Munich, he was asked about the Spanish clubs. And he picked out Real Madrid as the favourite for the competition, but added city rivals Atletico de Madrid could also be a dark horse.