La Liga: Real Madrid vs. Villarreal CF
Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini will be on the spotlight this evening as his team takes on Villarreal CF at Estadio El Madrigal.
Pellegrini spent five seasons at the Castellón side, guiding the once modest outfit to the 2006 Champions League semi-final, before he was tempted to take up the reins at the Bernabeu over the summer.
Villarreal’s game so far is really poor. They were defeated by Athletic Bilbao on the weekend, and could only manage 1-1 draws against Mallorca and Osasuna in their first two matches of the season. However, coach Ernesto Valverde insists that his side are still in good spirits and are capable of beating Real.
Los Blancos on the other hand have a perfect nine points sitting above Barca and Los Leones on goal difference after a 5-0 rout of Xerez.
Xabi Alonso is still suffering from an injury sustained against Zurich in the Champions League, while Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy faces another six weeks on the sidelines through a thigh problem.
Because of these injuries, midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart has been included in the lineup for the trip to the Madrigal.
Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo has the chance to write himself into the Los Blancos record books. If he scores against the Castellón side tonight, the Portuguese superstar will make history, by becoming the first ever Madrid player to score in his first four consecutive La Liga clashes.
Can’t wait for this game to start. Watching CR9 play is like watching a machine!
UPDATE: An early breakaway goal from Ronaldo and a second-half Kaka penalty gave Los Galacticos a 2-0 victory at Villarreal. It was Kaka’s first goal as a Real Madrid player.