Madrid Press: Cristiano wrapped in cotton wool

Madrid Press: Cristiano wrapped in cotton wool


The papers in Madrid have largely dealt with the reaction from the first-leg of the Spanish Supercopa and are turning their attention to the second-leg, which takes place tomorrow evening at the Vicente Calderon.

The biggest concern for Real Madrid ahead of the game is the fitness of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was replaced at half-time on Tuesday night because of a thigh problem.

AS says on its front page this morning that the Portuguese forward has been wrapped in cotton wool ahead of the second game against Atletico de Madrid. The paper also have a number of stats about the star man, revealing how he has played within himself in recent games. On average, Ronaldo takes 6.8 shots per game, but on Tuesday he only had one effort – perhaps a sign he was wary of overdoing it so soon in the new season.

Going in the game, Marca says Los Blancos are still the favourites, despite giving away a late goal on Tuesday allowing Atletico to salvage a draw. Betting companies have Carlo Ancelotti’s men as the favourites, and Los Blancos haven’t lost to their city rivals at the Calderon since 1999.

Finally, Marca goes with a picture of di Maria on its front page, and says the Argentina winger has convinced club coaches and directors that he should stay. The players want him to remain a Los Blancos player and the winger himself is keen on staying at the Santiago Bernabeu.


  1. Tough nuts are always Hard to Crack at Home Tight marking and Shirt Pulling holding poor referee ? was light on opinions! Its a Hard life and Take your hat off its Spains Gain with Madrid center of World attention at this High Level so early at the start fight fire with fire and both sides lucky not to have players sent off.Friday Real should up the tempo from the off all young guns including Angel battle then last twenty.
    Put Ronaldo and Benzema Play James with Angel Bale Koos Modric Put James in Center Marcelo needs to stay back in Defense or Change roles Hala Madrid I would Change Out Goal Keeper To The New Boy!!Nobody needs to Loose Tempers

  2. I would really love di maria to stay for another season before the chief executive can take any decision to letting him go in the future