Spanish giants Real Madrid are taking it easy as they go to the final Group A clash of the UEFA Champions League against Malmo FF at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday 8 December.
Madrid have already secured passage to the second round and need just a point to finish top of the group, playing against the bottom side and manager Rafa Benitez is set to rest key players, among them Gareth Bale with his mind on the coming league clash against Villarreal.
Despite the lopsided ratings going into the match, with Real Madrid the outright favorites, manager Rafa Benitez has stated that he has respect for Malmo but couldn’t avoid the thought of the next match.
Real Madrid is coming from a tough period with the confidence of the fans in the team’s management at a low, especially after the 0 – 4 loss to Barcelona and Benitez will be looking to chalk up another win ahead of the tough La Liga clash.
“This isn’t an ordinary match but while we respect Malmo we’ll also be thinking ahead to beat Villarreal. We have to try and win with a good performance to keep confidence high.
“We’ve won our last four matches. The mood around the camp won’t change if it’s not a great match, however, if we do play well and win it will have a positive effect on morale,” he said in his pre match comments.