The team has achieved a fantastic set-up; 25 players, 3 matches, 3 wins, 12 goals for and 3 against. Today the match is against Celtic, a rival with 124-year history and a better physical condition. A great test to gauge strength. Celtic, the Scottish champions, have begun their championship and have won the third round of the qualifying round of the Champions. The next August 29 must save the last hurdle against the Swedish Helsingborg to enter to the group phase of the Champions League. Neil Lennon, coach of the 'Catholics', take this friendly as a special meeting: "In my career, Mourinho inspires me. I always say I'd like to do with Celtic what he did at Porto. It will be a special day to share with him a few minutes of talking" he says. In addition, Celtic will be supported in the stands because they expect some 10,000 Scots.
And, certainly, for the green-white players, to face Cristiano Ronaldo will be a great incentive. His great match in New York, for many the capital of the world, served to win support in his conquest of the Ballon d'Or. And the MLS thinks on him like a Beckham of the future after his show at Yankee Stadium.
Mourinho will introduce several changes from the last game. The goal in the last test is to dose the efforts of all his players because the biggest game comes in eight days in the Spanish league, against Valencia.
The starting lineup Jose Mourinho will use for the match between Real Madrid and Celtic Glasgow on Saturday, the last friendly before the start of the league, will be formed by Adan, Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos, Coentrao; Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Callejon, Kaka, Cristiano, and Higuain.