Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia and Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain have given an inside scoop on what the players are thinking ahead of today’s huge Champions League clash between the two clubs at the Bernabeu.
While Los Blancos striker Higuain has praised the Reds’ defensive solidity ahead of the first leg of the round-of-16 tie, Valencia is more concerned about the opposition’s individual talent.
“They have top quality players who play good football,” Valencia told bwin in an exclusive interview when asked about Real’s greatest strengths, although Higuain suggested Jose Mourinho’s team is more than the sum of its parts.
“We have individual quality and we can be dangerous on the counter-attack but I couldn’t name one thing, because a top level team has to have everything,” the 25-year-old commented.
Turning to United, Higuain looked past the offensive talents of in-form duo Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney and instead praised the way the team defends as a unit.
“I think it’s quite a compact team,” the Argentina international said, with Valencia choosing to emphasise his teammates’ never-say-die attitude.
Real Madrid are favourites to win at the Bernabeu tonight (February 13th) and to go through, leaving Manchester United in the unfamiliar position of being underdogs to reach the quarter-finals. You can see all of our Champions League odds here.
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