There is only one place to start this morning in the Madrid press – the return of Raul.
The Real Madrid legend, who scored 323 goals for Los Blancos in his time with the club, comes back to the Santiago Bernabeu with current club Al-Sadd to play the Trofeo Bernabeu his evening.
The atmosphere at the stadium should be electric, as Raul is considered one of Real’s all time greats and is guaranteed a warm welcome.
The 36-year-old will play one half for Al-Sadd and another for Real Madrid, and both Marca and AS carry pre-match conference quotes from Raul saying how excited he is to wear the famous white shirt again.
“It’s going to be an emotional game as I’m coming to play with my current team. I no longer play at the highest level but I’m eager to pull on a Real Madrid shirt again. Three years ago I didn’t get to say goodbye to everybody as I would have liked to,” he said.
Elsewhere, both papers speculate as to who will start in goal – with Iker Casillas the favourite having been benched at the weekend.
The is also reaction to Xabi Alonso’s injury and who will replace the midfield enforcer. It was confirmed yesterday that the 32-year-old will miss the next three months due to a broken bone in his foot.