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Solbakken ready for Real challenge

Created on Dec. 10, 2013 12:38 AM EST

Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken is wary of Real Madrid's counter-attacking ability ahead of Tuesday's meeting.

Carlo Ancelotti's men will win Group B in the UEFA Champions League regardless of the result at Parken.

Solbakken wants his side to sit deep and make Real play through them. He said the visitors would cause Copenhagen trouble even if they fielded a weaker team.

"If we can keep Real Madrid from hitting us on the break, it will be much harder for them to score," he said.

"It is easy in theory but harder in practice.

"I am fairly confident they will field a very strong team since they rested quite a few players this weekend but then, I saw what their 'second string' did against Galatasaray winning 4-1, so they are strong no matter what."

Solbakken said his team were unable to train at Parken on Monday, with the pitch 'not perfect' due to wind and rain.

He hopes Copenhagen extend their unbeaten home record to 13 matches, jokingly suggesting he wanted four early goals.

"For me, Real Madrid is football history at the absolute highest level. It is probably the biggest club in the world," Solbakken said.

"(Cristiano) Ronaldo is the best counter-attacking player in the world.

"I would love to still be undefeated at Parken after tomorrow's match. That would look good on our home record. I hope for a quick 4-0 lead and then we will drop a bit deeper to defend."

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