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Real Madrid can win Champions: Beckham
November 03, 2005 19:00 IST
David Beckham believes the manner of Real Madrid's qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League proves they can challenge for honours this season.
"We've been missing some important players, but we've showed that we are a united team and that we can cope when we lose people," the England captain was quoted as saying in sports daily Marca on Thursday.
"When I was at Manchester United we won the Champions League in 1999 because we were a great team and didn't suffer when we were missing players. I think we are on the verge of achieving the same here.
"I'm convinced that this team can go a long way in this competition, but we have to keep working hard."
Real's lengthy injury list includes Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Julio Baptista, Thomas Gravesen and Ivan Helguera, while midfielder Beckham is continuing to suffer from back pain.
"I'm playing with a bit of pain and it is annoying, but I won't have a problem making the next match against Zaragoza," he said.
Real secured their place in the knockout stage with an efficient 2-0 win at Rosenborg Trondheim on Tuesday. They remain three points adrift of Group F leaders Olympique Lyon, who they meet at the Bernabeu in their next match.
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