Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is upbeat about his side’s chances of knocking out nine-times Champions League winners Real Madrid in the next round of this year’s competition – despite the fact United will go into the tie as underdogs.
Real Madrid are favourites at 1/2 (1.50) to reach the quarter-finals at the expense of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, with the Reds at 7/5 (2.40) to progress.
However, Vidic has noted that all is not well at the Bernabeu, with the defence of Real Madrid’s La Liga title all but over thanks to a patchy domestic record and a near-flawless campaign from arch-rivals Barcelona.
Los Blancos boss Jose Mourinho is coming under increasing pressure from Real’s notoriously hard to please fans and he is already switching his focus to the Champions League and Copa del Rey in an attempt to ensure what looks set to be his final season at the club ends with a trophy.
Real will therefore be fired up for the two matches against United on February 13th and March 5th but Vidic believes the Premier League leaders are more than capable of rising to the challenge.
“Madrid aren’t doing well at the moment in La Liga but this is their chance to prove they’re a good team,” he commented.
“We are looking forward to having a better end than last year when we went out after the group stage. We have a good motive to play well and win the game. I think it will be great for our fans.”
Speaking exclusively to bwin, Vidic named the Champions League and Premier League as his two priorities for the season and suggested failure on both fronts last season had whetted the team’s appetite for success this time around.
“The Champions League is really important,” he said. “[As is the] Premier League, especially in the last few years given how much English football has grown and how many quality players we have in this league as it is difficult to win. Those two trophies are big trophies and difficult to win.”
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