Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid FREE Live Stream UEFA Champions League February 21 2012

CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid
Tuesday 21st February 2012
Venue: Luzhniki Stadium
Kick-off: 17:00
PFK CSKA Moskva VSReal Madrid Club de Fútbol

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Conditions can't be a factor - Mourinho Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has told his players the rigours of the Russian winter and the artificial pitch will be no excuses for a slip-up in first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against CSKA Moscow. Mourinho's men will find themselves playing in sub-zero temperatures in the match at the Stadion Luzhniki as they look to continue their perfect record in this season's competition. The Portuguese said on www.realmadrid.com: "We'll have to be stronger than the adverse conditions we'll face. "The grass and the temperature will be tough to deal with. These are new conditions for us, but mentality and ambition are stronger than all those factors." And it will not only be the conditions standing in Madrid's way, with Mourinho wary of the threat posed by CSKA despite the hosts having not been in competitive action since the Russian Premier League started its winter break at the end of November. "CSKA's squad have been together for a long time and that makes them very dangerous," said Mourinho, a Champions League winner with Porto and Inter Milan. "They should be respected. We will not kid around against them and we will give our all in the match. "CSKA have a similar team to the one I faced with Inter Milan. They've lost Vagner [Love], but they have [Seydou] Doumbia and [Ahmed] Musa. They are a strong side financially and a strong opponent." Lassana Diarra remains sidelined for the visitors and Angel di Maria also misses out through injury, but Xabi Alonso, Kaka, Esteban Granero, Nuri Sahin and Sami Khedira have all travelled. Madrid head into the match boasting a 10-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division standings, and Mourinho has not taken his eye off the prize in the Champions League either. "This match is too important to make changes to the team or reserve players," he said. "We have a solid squad and changes are made according to the characteristics of a game rather than quality. "I've chosen the men I think will do better against a team that has good tactics and is used to playing in the cold. "My men have a great psychological attitude in every championship. Their mentality is very good and professional, giving serious performances in every match. "I'm sure we'll win an important title this season by working this way, but we have to focus on one game at a time." CSKA coach Leonid Slutsky accepts his side's lack of recent competitive action could prove an advantage for Madrid, but took inspiration from Zenit St Petersburg's 3-2 victory over Benfica in the first leg of their last-16 tie last Wednesday. Asked at his pre-match press conference whether the situation would benefit the Spanish side, he replied: "In theory, yes. It is clear that we will be playing our first game after the break, and that Real have been playing match after match and are full of confidence. "On the other hand there is the example of Zenit, who met with an 'in season' team and appeared more functional. So that tells us that you can prepare for such matches with no official games. "Hopefully, we can also compensate for the lack of match practice with our level of readiness."

Champions League preview: CSKA Moscow v Real Madrid
20 February 2012

La Liga leaders Real Madrid head to snow-covered Moscow for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.
La Liga leaders Real Madrid head to snow-covered Moscow for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

Undefeated in the competition through the group stage, the Spanish giants go into the match as overwhelming favourites against a side that have played only one competitive match since the Russian Premier League's hibernation in late November.

With evening temperatures dipping as low as minus-10 degrees in the Russian capital, Jose Mourinho's men will look for no more from their brief stay than the three points.

The Real Madrid boss has taken 21 players on the plane to Moscow with Hamit Altintop, Angel Di Maria and Lassana Diarra missing out through injury.

Real Madrid now look to be cruising to a first Spanish title since the 2007-08 season having seemingly broken Barcelona's stranglehold on the mantle with a 10-point buffer going into the last 15 games.

"Everyone is happy, being happy works miracles and we are a group which is in good spirits," Mourinho beamed after Saturday's 4-0 win at home to Racing Santander.

"We have a lot of motivation although we know that it will be a difficult game in Moscow."

CSKA have a number of injury concerns despite their long layoff, with defenders Kirill Nababkin and Pavel Mamaev, Chilean winger Mark Gonzalez, Japanese playmaker Keisuke Honda along with Flamengo-bound striker Vagner Love, all ruled out.

Manager Leonid Slutsky remains wary of Real after only a handful of friendly matches, the latest a 2-2 draw with Ukranian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk in Turkey, and said a fast start would be the key.

"I'm confident that all of my players will come into the match with top concentration," Slutsky said.

"We need to start at full confidence. We all understand that a good start may determine the entire match."

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