Parken - Copenhagen 10/12/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Group stage - Group B

København - Real Madrid
0-2
 

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Solbakken hoping Madrid machine stalls

Published: Monday 9 December 2013, 22.16CET
Ståle Solbakken hopes that Group B winners Real Madrid CF might lack their usual focus but knows his FC København side must still beware their counterattacking threat.
by Pelle Rasmussen
from Copenhagen
Solbakken hoping Madrid machine stalls
Ståle Solbakken underlined his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo at his press conference ©AFP/Getty Images
 

Suspensions and injuries

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Last updated: 14/02/2014 14:21 CET

Tournament statistics

København
Real Madrid

4

Goals scored

18

44

Possession (%)

52

37

Total attempts

77

21

on target

43

16

off target

34

17

blocked

8

2

against woodwork

1

21

Corners

15

10

Offsides

14

8

Yellow cards

8

0

Red Cards

1

73

Fouls committed

52

57

Fouls suffered

61

2701

Passes

3181

2003

completed

2566

Standings

Last updated: 12/12/2013 01:55 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
 
  
Published: Monday 9 December 2013, 22.16CET

Solbakken hoping Madrid machine stalls

Ståle Solbakken hopes that Group B winners Real Madrid CF might lack their usual focus but knows his FC København side must still beware their counterattacking threat.

FC København coach Ståle Solbakken is hoping the fact that Real Madrid CF have already qualified for the last 16 will work in his side's favour when they take on the runaway Group B winners on Tuesday.

"Perhaps it is a small advantage for us, since they are only human," said Solbakken, hoping for even the slightest drop in Madrid's usual intensity levels. While the Norwegian also pondered how to cope with Madrid's counterattacking threat, visiting coach Carlo Ancelotti sounded a cautious note about his opponents' "very impressive" home form. 

København
Ståle Solbakken
If we can keep Real Madrid from hitting us on the break, it will be much harder for them to score. It is easy in theory but harder in practice. I am fairly confident they will field a very strong team since they rested quite a few players this weekend but then, I saw what their 'second string' did against Galatasaray winning 4-1, so they are strong no matter what.

It could both be an advantage or a disadvantage that Real Madrid have already qualified. They can play without the pressure of needing a win but it could also mean that they lose a bit of concentration. Perhaps it is a small advantage for us, since they are only human.

We played at Parken on Saturday so it is no problem that we cannot train there today. The pitch is not perfect because of all the wind and rain, but that is just how it is.

For me, Real Madrid is football history at the absolute highest level. It is probably the biggest club in the world. Ronaldo is the best counterattacking player in the world. I would love to still be undefeated at Parken after tomorrow's match. That would look good on our home record. I hope for a quick 4-0 lead and then we will drop a bit deeper to defend!

Weekend result
Saturday: København v FC Vestsjælland (Pourié 61)

Wiland, Jacobsen, Sigurdsson, Mellberg, Bengtsson, Delaney, Claudemir (Remmer 88) Bolaños (Kristensen 61) Toutouh, Vetokele, Santin (Pourié 60).

• Marvin Pourié scored with his first touch after coming off the bench to earn FCK their sixth straight home league win. Solbakken's side therefore head into the winter break six points shy of leaders FC Midtjylland.

Team news
Rúrik Gíslason (foot) is doubtful while according to Solbakken, it would be "hard" for Daniel Braaten (thigh) to be fit in time. However, the coach did say that Nicolai Jørgensen had "a fair chance" of playing after his own thigh problem.

Real Madrid
Carlo Ancelotti
We are delighted to be sure of a place in the next round as group winners. I know there are two Italian coaches [Roberto Mancini and Antonio Conte] battling for second place, but I have no preference as to who goes through. I am only focused on Real Madrid and this match.

København are a good team with excellent organisation and very strong at home. The results they have managed here in Copenhagen against Juventus and Galatasaray have been very impressive.

Weekend result

Saturday: CD Olímpic de Xàtiva 0-0 Real Madrid
Casillas; Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Arbeloa (Marcelo 45); Illarramendi, Casemiro, Di María (Benzema 56), Isco (Modrić 73), José Rodríguez; Morata.

• Beaten finalists in last season's Copa del Rey, Madrid were held to a goalless draw by third-tier side Xàtiva in the first leg of their round of 32 tie. The return in the Spanish capital takes place on 18 December.

Team news
Cristiano Ronaldo has not played since 23 November because of a thigh complaint, but is expected to be fit to face FCK. Gareth Bale has recovered from flu and is available, along with Xabi Alonso, rested on Saturday. Sami Khedira (knee ligaments), Fábio Coentrão (thigh) and Raphaël Varane (knee) are all out and Sergio Ramos is suspended.

Match fact
• During his first spell as København coach, Solbakken oversaw four games against Spanish opposition. His record against Valencia CF, FC Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid reads W0 D2 L2.

Last updated: 10/12/13 0.17CET

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