Mourinho faces real-time crisis again

A Spanish Super Cup comeback against arch rivals Barcelona and the arrival of Croatia playmaker Luka Modric may provide the perfect springboard for Real Madrid to kickstart their season

Written by Reuters | Madrid | Published: August 29, 2012 1:25:16 am

A Spanish Super Cup comeback against arch rivals Barcelona and the arrival of Croatia playmaker Luka Modric may provide the perfect springboard for Real Madrid to kickstart their season. Jose Mourinho’s stuttering side,still seeking a first league win of the season,need to overturn a 3-2 deficit from last week’s first leg when they host Barca at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Sunday’s shock 2-1 reverse at Getafe came after a 1-1 home draw with Valencia in their opening La Liga game. An angry Mourinho did not mince his words in the post-match news conference,calling it a horrible game against Getafe.

“Real deserved to lose and their performance was unacceptable,” the Portuguese said,adding he was concerned by the two goals conceded against Valencia and Getafe from free kicks. Real announced on Monday they had agreed to sign Modric from Tottenham Hotspur and the Croatian’s creativity and guile are what Mourinho’s side have been missing this term. Modric could get a look in.

Messi in form

Barca are riding high at the top of La Liga having won their opening two matches,in large part thanks to the genius of Lionel Messi. The forward has scored five times in three games in all competitions. The 25-year-old is only 17 short of the club’s league scoring record of 190 held by Cesar Rodriguez.

“The season could not have started better,” said Gerard Pique.

New signing Alex Song may be handed his debut. Real are waiting on the fitness of defender Pepe who sustained a head injury against Valencia.

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