Man Utd boss Ferguson unconcerned about Real Madrid form
Heading into the second-leg of the Champions League battle against Real Madrid on March 5, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Real Madrid have peaked too soon. The La Liga champions have shown brilliant form since their 1-1 draw against Manchester United in the first-leg of the Round of 16 draw at Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid have picked up two wins over archrivals Barcelona in five days, a 3-1 Copa del Rey triumph at Camp Nou and a 2-1 La Liga victory at home. The Spanish football giants will now travel to Old Trafford in an attempt to book their place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Real Madrid sits precariously following the 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Real Madrid needs to score at least one goal in order to advance to the quarterfinals of the coveted European tournament.
Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side won’t have to worry about Real Madrid like Barcelona did. The Scotsman was unconcerned about the challenge Real Madrid would pose them this week, since Sir Alex Ferguson believes the Spanish clubs has already “hit the heights”.
“What was I thinking after watching (Madrid's Copa del Rey win)? I just wanted to sleep,” Sir Alex Ferguson told the Sun. “They were fantastic and every part of their game was spot-on. You get that sometimes, I've experienced it myself. You need 11 players to play well but, on odd occasions, you have 11 players who are absolutely superb.”
Sir Alex Ferguson knows that Manchester United has the edge over Real Madrid as they have scored the away goal. The legendary gaffer explained that “it was a one-off performance” from Real Madrid, one that he does not expect them to repeat.
“That's what you had the other night. They had 11 who were absolutely superb. But I don't think they'll reach that height on Tuesday. I think it was a one-off performance,” Sir Alex Ferguson continued.
“They'll still play well and we'll have to make sure we play well. But the other night they really hit the heights, it was a top performance.
“We'll be okay because it will be a different game. That was the issue on Tuesday, their counter-attacking was terrific. We're aware of that and our preparation has to include that but I think we'll score, I really do.”