View from Madrid

Real Madrid boss Juande Ramos is full of confidence ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League encounter against Liverpool.

The Spaniards host the Reds in the first leg of their second round tie at the Bernabeu, before the return leg at Anfield on Tuesday, March 10th.

Former Spurs boss Ramos says he is more optimistic his side can knock the 2005 European Cup winners out than he was when the draw was made, owing to Liverpool’s bad run of results in January.

He told press, “Back then Liverpool were leading the standings and playing at an extremely high level but now they have lost the top spot and their form has dropped off a little,” Ramos said.

“With Real Madrid it’s the opposite. We have retrenched and are in perfect shape for this knockout tie.”

Real Madrid warmed up for tomorrow night’s game with a fantastic 6-1 victory over Real Betis in La Liga, scoring all six goals in the first half.

On his in-form side, Ramos added, “The team is massively fired up and the players are chomping at the bit for the match to come around.

“We have been working for a little more than two months to get the team in shape. The players have improved a great deal and their physical and mental state is perfect.”