Copa Del Rey VIDEO Preview: Real Madrid (0) v Alcorcon (4)
2009-11-10 - Added by
ExtraFootie previews Tuesday night's big Copa Del Rey clash between Real Madrid and Segunda B minnows Alcorcon at the Santiago Bernabeu, where the hosts have to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit to progress.
It promises to be a fascinating blockbuster of gung-ho attacking play from Los Blancos as they head into eagerly-awaited clash with little Alcorcon determined to gain revenge from their shock first-leg humiliation.
It was Albert Einstein who once remarked that; 'strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.'
Well, on Tuesday evening Real coach Manuel Pellegrini will need to drill that famous quote into his players' minds as he prepares for arguably his biggest test since beginning his tenure three months ago.
To say that Los Blancos were humiliated a fortnight ago in the 3,000 seater Municipal de Santo Domingo Stadium in Alcorcon is an understatement of cataclysmic proportions.
The nine-times European champions hadnit probably even heard of AD Alcorcon prior to that night of horror, alas, now they cannot underestimate Juan Antonio Anquela’s men.
In their first ever official match against a team from the top flight, Anquela's men thrashed their illustrious opponents, who amazingly fielded a side with no fewer than nine international players.
Now for Part II and all eyes will be on the Santiago Bernabeu, where the good news for the neutrals is that Real are set to roll out the big guns as they seek to shoot down their audacious visitors.
So step forward in-form Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, Ruud van Nistelrooy, captain Raul and Brazilian superstar Kaka to give the team a more Galactico mark II feel. Eek!
Former AC Milan playmaker Kaka, who arrived in the Spanish capital in a £59million switch in the summer, in particular is looking forward to the clash and called for a 'pressure-cooker' atmosphere.
"For the pride and history of Real Madrid, we have to win this tie. We have improved since the first leg, and I am confident that turn the match around," he told theclub's official website.
"The Bernabeu must have a pressure cooker atmosphere. The public have to be the twelfth player, and their support is crucial and very important to us," he added.
As for the now famous Alcorcon coach Juan Antonio Anquela, he is feeling a little less optimistic than he did a fortnight ago as he awaits the proverbial kitchen sink to be thrown at his troops. "If they want to crush us they will crush us. If Madrid is at its very best then it will be difficult to move on. They are the clear favourites," he told AS.
So what can we expect? Not a zephr, but a full-scale F5 Gale force of epic proportions. Of course, Los Merengues have been here before.
In the semi-final of the same competition in 2006, Juan Lopez Caro's Real side were thrashed by Real Zaragoza 6-1 in a disastrous first leg showing.
The return leg promised fireworks and it surely lived up to its expectations as Real chased the 5-0 win they needed to progress to the finals.
Although they ultimately fell short (they won 4-0) the match was without doubt one of the games of the season in 2006, and we at ExtraFootie would like to present you with this video showcasing a truly enthralling second-leg. More of the same please!