Date of birth: 16 April 1960
Playing career: Real Madrid CF B, CP Parla, CD Linares
Coaching career: Real Madrid CF (youth coach), Real Valladolid (assistant coach), CA Osasuna (assistant coach), CD Tenerife, CF Extremadura, Valencia CF, Liverpool FC
Date of birth: 25 September 1954
Playing career: Elche, Alcoyano, Linares, Eldense, Alicante and Denia
Coaching career: Elche CF, CD Alcoyano, UD Levante, Logroñés CF, FC Barcelona B, UD Lleida, Rayo Vallecano, Real Betis Balompié, RCD Espanyol, Málaga CF, Sevilla FC, Tottenham Hostpur FC, Real Madrid CF
The first league went to great win for Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium 0-1, having a big advantage of their rivals.
Liverpool possible lineup:
Reina – Carragher – Hyypia – Skrtel – Dossina – Aurelio – Alonso – Mascherano – Gerrard – Babel (Torres) – Kuyt
Real Madrid possible lineup:
Casillas – Ramos – Pepe – Cannavaro – Heinze – Gago – Lass – Robben – Marcelo (Sneijder) – Higuain – Raul.
Another Chess match, in the first league Benitez for sure won over Ramos, in the last match against Atl Madrid Ramos made some errors could cost him the game, he still to decide to play who from the trio (Sneijder – Guti – Macelo) Marcelo show more consistency in the last few games among those trio. Ramos needs more fluidity to open up Liverpool defense and they should go to try score early goal this should make Liverpool move forward more.
Benitez have many options to approach this game the most obvious one is to set back and wait Real Madrid then execute fast clinical counter attacks that will heart Real Madrid as Madrid derby game showed how Athletico Madrid counters made Real Madrid vulnerable. I think Benitez may think to move Aurelio up instead of suspended Riera and put Dossina as left back.
Liverpool: Torres, Gerrard, and Reina
Real Madrid: Raul, Higuain, Ramos, and Robben
My Choice for the main man is:
The main man will be the man who can act as Real Madrid playmaker (Gago or Guti or Sneijder) successfully, because not play widely is the only way for Madrid but also through the center, a passes that can send Raul or Robben directly toward the goal.