Real Madrid will want to get back to winning ways in La Liga when they travel to newly-promoted Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday afternoon.
They put an end to their torrid start to the season with a thumping 5-1 victory over Swiss side FC Basel in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, and now look to really ignite their domestic campaign after two defeats from their opening three games.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men have endured a tough opening few weeks of the new La Liga season. They narrowly overcame new boys Cordoba on the opening day, before the sales of Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso seemed to leave the squad rather restless.
Two goals inside 11 minutes gave them the perfect start at Real Sociedad, but a total collapse from Los Blancos saw the hosts complete an amazing turnaround and run out comfortable 4-2 winners. The Madrid derby then provided little cheer for the defending European champions, as they were beaten by Atletico at the Bernabeu for a second straight year without putting up much of a fight.
The fans reached boiling point with some minority of them wrongly making legendary keeper Iker Casillas the scapegoat for their recent downfall. Atletico increased the distance between the two sides to four points, with Real already trailing league leaders Barcelona by six points. If they are to seriously challenge for the title then they cannot afford many more slip-ups, as last season saw the battle of the top three so competitive that one poor result saw the leadership change hands completely.
But the comprehensive performance against Basel will have settled everyone down and given them a much-needed confidence booster, as some of the football was a breath of fresh air and a reminder of what really is up Real’s sleeves.
Victor Fernandez’s Deportivo will go into the clash at the Riazor with a lot of confidence themselves, after notching up their first win back in Spain’s top flight at Eibar on Monday.
They are currently a point above Real in the table having lost at Granada and grabbed a last-gasp draw against Rayo Vallecano, and are looking to re-establish themselves as a real force again having being somewhat of a yo-yo club in recent years.
It was only in the last 10 to 15 years that Depor won La Liga in the 1999/2000 season and finish in the top three a further eight times. They also spent five straight seasons in the UEFA Champions League, reaching the semi-finals in the 2003-04 campaign.
With Real looking to maintain their title-chasing status and Depor looking for a return to the glory days, it should be a very competitive contest at the Riazor.