Santiago Bernabeu

Next Game

R Madrid v Roma

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 02:15

Friendly Match

San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza)

Last Game

Inter 1 - 1 R Madrid

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 23:00

Friendly Match

Mel expects defeat at Real

Pepe Mel accepts his Real Betis side are expected to lose at Real Madrid on Saturday, but he is refusing to give in to such talk.

Last Updated: 19/04/13 at 12:32 Post Comment

Pepe Mel: Preparing for Real Madrid test

Pepe Mel: Preparing for Real Madrid test

Madrid are second in the table with their title hopes over, but in good form and preparing for a Champions League semi-final date with Borussia Dortmund.

Betis are no pushovers, though, and are chasing a European berth for themselves next season.

They are currently seventh and will be buoyed by their comeback from 3-0 down to draw with Sevilla last time out.

"It is a tough game that everyone takes for granted that we will lose," Mel told his club's official website.

"We will try and show the options we have, though."

Despite the meek surrender of their title, Madrid have been a formidable outfit in 2013.

A weakened side beat Barcelona and, with the Champions League at the forefront of their minds, they may choose to shuffle the pack against Betis.

But regardless of who plays, Mel knows his men have a challenge to face.

"This year no team has won at the Bernabeu and it is not going to be easy," he said.

"Madrid do not give anything away to any team because they are hugely competitive.

"We cannot help who plays. If it is not (Mesut) Ozil it will be (Luka) Modric. They are all very good.

"No matter who plays it will be very complicated and we will have to be careful not to leave space."

Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, who has once again been the subject of intense speculation this week, has perhaps given a hint of what he is thinking about tomorrow's game.

His club's official website have reported that Castilla players Alex and Casemiro - both midfielders and the latter a loanee from Sao Paolo - have been training with Mourinho and his first-team this week.

Although he has not publicly said he will be leaving the club in the summer, reports have continued to indicate Mourinho will be seeking a new challenge come the end of the campaign.

A coach at the youth club Canillas, where Mourinho's son plays, told Spanish newspaper AS that the Portuguese had told him he was heading back to Chelsea.

Either way, Madrid have two trophies left to fight for, starting with the Champions League as well as the Copa del Rey.

Betis have things to achieve too. They are currently outside of the top six but, with fifth-placed Malaga currently banned from playing in Europe next season, they are in pole position to capitalise.

They have a four-point cushion over eight-placed Getafe, while Madrid are 13 points shy of Barca.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

rturo Vidal, James Rodriguez, Angel Di Maria...........who cares we have Mark Oxley.......Ah tis good to be Hibs fan :)

frakessmee
Hull keeper agrees Hibs loan

I

t's just a ride. Bill Hicks is sorely missed, what a prophet and still relevant twenty years after his death. I'm glad though he didn't get to see George Bush Jnr as President.

thesza888
Wilshere: Is He Smoking Enough?

W

hile not comparing the ability of Wilshire to Dr Socrates of Brazil, didn't he do about forty a day?

nedsmar
Wilshere sorry for smoking

Footer 365

Premier League: Luke Shaw not fit enough says Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal has ordered Luke Shaw to train alone because he is not fit enough.

Manchester United: Louis van Gaal admits he will not buy players just for the sake of it

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists he will not buy players just for the sake of it.

Transfer news: West Ham are set to sign Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson on loan

Sky Sports understands West Ham are poised to win the race to sign Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson on loan.

Mail Box

No Wonder Wenger Doesn't Buy British

That's if reports that Calum Chambers cost Arsenal £16m are to be believed. The English premium shows no signs of disappearing. Plus, worrying about poor Southampton...

Reasons To Believe That Van Gaal Will Be The Best

Some supporters sound oh so confident on Louis Van Gaal's excellence. Plus thoughts on shirt sales, best signings, football sevens and a good deal more besides...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property