Saturday 24 March 2018

Mourinho to keep Real rolling

Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid team will be aiming to continue their perfect run in the Champions League when they take on CSKA Moscow in sub-zero temperatures on the Luzhniki Stadium's artificial pitch this afternoon .

Madrid go into the first leg of this last-16 match clash after winning all six of their group games, however they will do so without Angel di Maria.

The Argentinian returned to action in Saturday's 4-0 rout of Racing Santander, but the forward appeared to aggravate his leg muscle injury and will miss today's encounter.

But full-back Alvaro Arbeloa does return to the squad, while striker Gonzalo Higuain is also available.

"Everyone's happy (with our play), we've had two days to recover and we're a happy group," Mourinho said. "It was a long trip, but our motivation is high even though we know it won't be easy in Moscow."

Madrid's Brazilian playmaker Kaka said the cold would be a negative factor for both teams. "We have to prepare well and play a phenomenal match," he said.

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