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Madrid needs win over Valencia in Supercup

Madrid needs win over Valencia in Supercup

Real Madrid seeks to overturn a 3-2 deficit Sunday when it hosts Valencia in a Spanish Supercup match overshadowed by this week's deadly airplane crash in the capital.
A minute's silence will precede the second-leg game as a mark of respect for the 153 people who died _ including the mother of Madrid junior Martin Kozhuharov and the daughter of former FC Barcelona forward Juan Carlos "Rojo" Perez _ in Spain's worst air disaster in 25 years.
Madrid will attempt to overcome the subdued atmosphere at its Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to land the trophy _ contested annually by the league champions and Copa del Rey winners _ for the first time since 2003.
That year, Madrid also recovered from a first-leg deficit to beat Mallorca 3-0 on David Beckham's home debut for the Spanish powerhouse.
"We have to keep our concentration and begin by winning a match against a great team. At home we are obliged to do things right," said Madrid's Brazilian-born defender Pepe, who returns after missing last Sunday's first leg through suspension.
Madrid is likely to take the field without Pepe's compatriot Robinho, who pleaded with the club on Friday to sell him to Chelsea before the European transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Madrid president Ramon Calderon responded by saying that Robinho is free to terminate his contract but will have to pay out to leave. The buy-out clause attached to the forward's contract is euro150 million (US$177 million).
Valencia will be playing its first game in the capital since winning the Copa del Rey final on April 16 by beating Getafe 3-1 at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon Stadium.
The visitors, aiming to win the Supercup for the second time, won't be playing to protect its slender advantage, according to midfielder Ruben Baraja.
"Valencia will be ambitious and will go for the game. We have to play with the attitude that we have a real chance of winning the Supercup," Baraja said.
Valencia coach Unai Emery is hoping to continue his good start to his tenure. The first-leg win at the Mestalla Stadium was his first official match in charge.
Emery _ at 36, the club's youngest coach ever _ described Sunday's game as a "good test" for his new team.
"Real Madrid will change at the Santiago Bernabeu and will be a team which pushes harder. We want to be the same home and away but that won't always be achieved," Emery said.
Emery is expected to again leave left winger Vicente Rodriguez, the scorer of Valencia's late winner last Sunday, on the bench.
Madrid central defender Fabio Cannavaro, whose left ankle injury forced him to miss Italy's campaign in the European championships, has recovered and is likely to start the game on the bench.
Madrid will lack injured Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder together with Argentine midfielder Fernando Gago and Brazilian defender Marcelo, due to their recent involvement in the Olympic football tournament.
Defenders Michel Salgado and Christoph Metzelder, together with striker Javier Saviola, are doubtful.


Updated : 2021-07-25 08:46 GMT+08:00