Real Madrid will resume their La Liga campaign against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday in an unusually poor position as they seek to end a run of two Primera Division defeats on the spin.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men have made a poor start t the season loosing 4-2 to Real Sociedad, giving away a 2 goal lead in the process, and then to bitter rivals Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
This led to a unpleasant reaction from the fans and led to whistles from sections of the home support towards goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
However, a dominant performance agaist FC Basel in the Champions League has released some pressure with a brilliant performance from Iker Cassilas and earned warm applause while the attacking quartet of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez were all on target to bolster Madrid’s confidence.
As the Los Blancos look to avoid third straight in league — something not suffered since 2009, Deportivo, meanwhile, have made a relatively promising start to life back in the top flight – taking four points from their opening three games.
The Italian coach explained that the win over Paulo Sousa’s Swiss side had boosted morale around the club.
“The team played well [on Tuesday], we scored a lot of goals and tried to play as well as we could. The Bernabeu was content after that performance,” he told the press.
“We have to be positive. I don’t hear the booing but, when the supporters sing ‘How can I not love you,’ of course I hear that. I want to live positively.
“Everyone gets nervous, including the players. It’s normal. When you lose the derby it is normal to be nervous. I am not used to losing two games on the bounce with Real Madrid. It is good not to get used to that.”
Ancelotti could welcome back defender Dani Carvajal after a hamstring injury while Fernandez’s main fitness concern is Luis Farina, who missed the win over Eibar with a hip problem.
This match looks much more important than most thought and even if so early in the season, any thing other than three points can mean a uphill task to regain La Liga title.