Previous
Chelsea
West Ham United
Dec 26, 2014 12:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Burnley
Liverpool
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Everton
Stoke City
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Manchester United
Newcastle United
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
West Bromwich Albion
Manchester City
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Arsenal
Queens Park Rangers
Dec 26, 2014 5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next

Five trends of the 2014-15 Premier League

Tactics & Analysis
Read

Top 10 moments for Liga MX in 2014

Liga MX
Read

Guardiola: Real Madrid are favourites

Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola insists Real Madrid are favourites as the two great rivals prepare to do battle for a place in the Champions League final.

•  Saturday's La Liga round-up
•  Jose: No Inter return
•  Fergie: Let's end German hoodoo
•  Raul eyes 'dream' United scalp

In the first half of four El Clasico games, Real Madrid drew 1-1 with Barca in La Liga before an extra -time winner from Cristiano Ronaldo handed them victory in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday, giving Jose Mourinho the first trophy of his Los Blancos reign.

While Guardiola's side edged past Osasuna 2-0 on Saturday, Real thumped Valencia 6-3 in the Mestalla, with Gonzalo Higuain grabbing a hat-trick, Kaka registering a brace and Karim Benzema netting the other.

With the first leg of their Champions League semi-final approaching on Wednesday, Guardiola accepts that Barcelona are underdogs.

"We accept that Madrid are in the role of favourites in the Champons League. I understand that is so, because they won the Copa and they are [playing] well," he told Marca.

"We are not in the best of conditions to play in the Bernabeu but we are fine emotionally. In the Bernabeu we will have to play very seriously and win the game.

"We also accept the challenge. We have great faith in ourselves and I have faith more than anything in my players."

There is a chance that a Portuguese referee will be chosen to officiate the first leg - something Guardiola insisted would delight his opposite number.

"I am convinced that Mourinho will be very happy if there is a Portuguese referee. To play the semi-final we will need the right mentality and tactics.

"The last two semi-finals we have played have been very hard fought. We have seen Madrid's strength with Higuain, Benzema and Kaka."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.