Tuesday 24 October 2017

Madrid face acid test

Mark Elkington

Real Madrid are hitting their stride just in time for the first big test of the season, when Milan visit the Bernabeu, tonight.

Manager Jose Mourinho was brought to Spain from Inter after winning the European Cup last May, with success in Europe's elite club competition top of his priorities. Unbeaten this season, Real have two wins from two to sit top Group G and can all but seal a place in the last 16 with a victory tonight.

In La Liga, their 4-1 beating of Malaga on Saturday left them top, having scored more goals (16) and conceded fewer (three) than any other side.

"I am happy with the qualities the team are showing," said Mourinho. "We defend quite well, we are compact. We probably have percentages of ball possession that my teams have never had before and we score goals."

Milan have a win and a draw from their first two group games and travel to Madrid after a 3-1 win at home to Chievo that left them vying for the top spot in Serie A with Inter and Lazio. They have injury doubts over centre-back Thiago Silva.

Real Madrid v AC Milan,

Live, Sky Sports 4, Setanta Irl, 7.45

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