Preview: Real Madrid vs Celtic Glasgow (Friendly)

The Real Madrid ends today 14 days and 15 training sessions on the U.S.A. lawn. The seed of the team spirit germinates for Real Madrid in that land these days. If this would have been the first season of Mourinho, the Portuguese would be worried for the uncomfortable FIFA date next week. In his third season, however, with players accustomed to his method and two titles, a League and a Spanish Cup, in his pocket, his mood is more conciliatory. But he is annoyed because he has been caring for a plant with great care these days and now arrive other gardeners to spoil the work. Luckily, the team's roots are well established. "I hope the national coaches can understand the situation of the players and the clubs", he insists.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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.

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