Essien hopes for Real momentum

Michael Essien hopes that Real Madrid can make it a third win in a row this weekend as they continue to try and turn their season around.

The capital club’s poor start to the League campaign has left them eight points of leaders Barcelona, but heading into Week 6 they now have some momentum.

It is a positive turnaround that Ghanaian summer signing Essien hopes can be continued with the weekend visit of Deportivo.

“It has been a tough start but sometimes you are in this situation,” he told Bwin’s website late this week.

“We have won two matches in a row and I hope that Sunday we can extend our winning streak to three. All the games are important and we need to win more, to get more points to fight for the title.

“I am really looking forward to having a great season and to defending our title as League champions.”

The midfielder admitted that the reunion with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was a major factor in his accepting last month’s year-long loan switch to Real.

“It feels great to work with Mourinho, I call him ‘daddy’. He’s a Coach who knows me really well. He brought me to Chelsea, so he knows my qualities and what I can contribute.

“I am really happy to be under his command again. He and I hope to fight together for more titles for Real Madrid.

“This is the biggest club in the world. Any player would wish to be here. Everyone is good… Coming to train and meet my teammates, joking with them. I enjoy each training session every day.

“I’m a calm and quiet a player off the field—but on it, it’s another story. That’s where I play my game and enjoy my football. In time, everyone will know me.”

The 29-year-old was also asked of the differences he has already noticed between the English Premier League and the Spanish League.

“The Spanish League is one of the most important and toughest Leagues in Europe. Many people speak of the Premier League as the best, but the Spanish League is more fun.

“You play more football and you score more goals. The fans enjoy it. I am really looking forward to having a great season and to defending our title.”

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