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Cordoba eye Real Madrid scalp

2015-01-23 09:22
Real Madrid (AFP)

Madrid - Cordoba play host to Real Madrid on Saturday for the first time in 44 years hoping to continue a fine start to 2015.

The Andalusians started the new year firmly rooted in the relegation zone following a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Barcelona after which boss Miroslav Djukic slammed his players' lack of fight.

However, the Serbian has got the reaction he wanted with a run of seven points from nine lifting them up to 14th.

"It is not a different week, we just need to work hard and do everything we can to get something positive from the game," Algerian forward Nabil Ghilas said on Thursday.

"I hope that Real Madrid will attack a lot and we can try to take advantage on the counter-attack.

"The fans are always with us no matter who the opponent is. I love the fans, what ever the result they support us."

Madrid have enjoyed a free midweek having been dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 and added teenage sensation Martin Odegaard to their star-laden squad.

However, the 16-year-old Norwegian is expected to only feature for the club's reserve side, Real Madrid Castilla, for the rest of the season under the orders of French legend Zinedine Zidane.

Pepe's continued absence through injury means another Frenchman Rafael Varane will maintain his place alongside Sergio Ramos in defence as Carlo Ancelotti is expected to name the same side that beat Getafe 3-0 last weekend.

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