“Real Madrid the world’s best”

Deportivo La Coruna Coach Pepe Mel admits reigning champions and opening day opponents Real Madrid are ‘the best team in the world’.

Mel’s Depor host Madrid on the opening day of La Liga at the Riazor, with the hosts massive underdogs despite beating Barcelona 2-1 in Galicia back in March.

“They have demonstrated that if you want to win a league, you have to start the season on a firm footing,” Mel is quoted as saying by Diario AS.

“Madrid select whoever, and it doesn’t make them any worse. That is why they won the league, and we suffered here… we know that we are facing up against the best team in the world.

“It was a possibility and we have to be well prepared. We hope the scenario is completely different to last season’s (2-6 home loss) result.

“Madrid are a very important team, with a lot of variety and options to play in different ways.”