Fernando Morientes has spoken of his desire to score a goal at a ground he used to call home, as he looks ahead to the biggest game of the weekend when his current side, Valencia, visit the Bernabeu on Saturday.
"Its a special stadium and a place that I have a lot of affection for" said Morientes, "I´ve scored goals there wearing one white shirt and now I want to do the same wearing that of Valencia"
Feranando Morientes is keen to take advantage of the "doubts and uncertainty" that haunt the Bernabeu at the moment and put an end to Real´s title hopes whilst keeping Valencia´s alive. He added that "It will be a very important three points at stake and vital for the moral of one of the teams whilst leaving the other out of contention"
The former Liverpool striker suggested that the priority for Valencia must be to secure a place in the Champions league and that the weekend´s match provides an oppurtunity to "put ourselves a little closer to first place whilst putting some distance between us and fifth"
With regards to Real Madrid, Morientes feels that much of the criticism focused on the club stems from the fan´s being unaccustomed to seeing their team drop points at home. Morientes also suggested that the Madridistas are not used to seeing the opposition enjoy so much posession at the Bernabeu.
Morientes makes a good point. However, the complete absence of the ´feel-good´factor at Real Madrid is down to the scarcity of that most vital footballing currency- goals.
The Bernabeu crowd have had to endure 14 home games this season whilst being fed a meagre diet of just 17 goals from Real Madrid. These are fans that grew plump on the footballing feast that the galacticos served up on a weekly basis.
In contrast, Capello´s Geriatricos are virtually starving the home fans. Is it any wonder there is so little good humour around the Bernabeu these days. Of those 17 goals, just 13 have been scored in open play.
The last time that Real Madrid even came close to that figure was in 1972 when they managed a meagre 23 goals at home at the same stage of the season. In 1989 Real Madrid scored a record breaking 62 goals at home after the same number of games and last season, hardly the most inspiring, they recorded 34 goals.
Away from home there would seem to be no problem as Real Madrid have notched up a respectable 25 goals.
Mijatovic and his colleagues seem keen to aportion the blame for Real´s shortcomings at the doorstep of the Spanish referees association whilst suggesting that there are sinister forces at work that originate in Barcelona.
The figures suggest, Real´s problems stem from a malaise that starts much closer to home.