James Rodriguez - The Footballing World

Rodriguez ready for Madrid derby

Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez expects a tough test from city rivals Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.

Atletico have beaten their neighbours four times and drawn three in their bid for a comeback after last season’s Champions League final, which Real won 4-1 after extra time.

“We have to show intensity, be completely focused, play well, all stick together. I think if we do that we’ll come away with an excellent result,” the Colombia international said.

“We’re all dreaming of getting through this round, and if I can score too that’d be great. What’s important is winning and getting through this tough match, which is going to be difficult, but we’re here at our home stadium and in front of our fans. I think it could be a great match.”

He added: “Atletico are an intense team who are good at the back and are a unit. There’s always pressure here. You have to know how to handle it. We’re going to give everything to be able to win La Undecima.”

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