First match since the winter break for Real Madrid and Real Madrid will be looking to kick start their new year in the best possible manner, ie, with a win. Real Madrid faced Valencia in the last match and won albeit barely.

Real Madrid have been pretty busy during the winter break and have almost done all their shopping for this winter. We have signed Huntelaar from Ajax and Lassana Diarra from Portsmouth. Both are very reasonable players but i don’t think that they can get Real Madrid’s messed up league campaign back on track, they just don’t have that individual brilliance about them.

It has to be a team effort to pull Real Madrid out of this hole and get them back into the La Liga title race. There is no Zidane out there who Real Madrid can snap up and change the team’s current situation with a swing of his boot.

Anyway, coming back to this match. Juande Ramos has insitilled in this Real Madrid some real hardcore character and will be hoping to get a favourable result in this match, which should be no less than a win.

Barcelona have won their match and are now a massive 15 points ahead of Real Madrid, so that obviously means that Real Madrid cannot afford to drop points. I think, Real Madrid will have to have a perfect record in this month of January to have any chance of making comeback in La Liga title race.

Real Madrid may have a completely new side in 2009 as with the arrival