- Associated Press - Monday, October 18, 2010

Real Madrid and AC Milan, the two most successful clubs in European soccer, meet in Spain on Tuesday in a game for control of Group G in the Champions League.

The teams have won 16 European Cups between them and already have pulled clear at the top of a group that also includes four-time winner Ajax.

Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas says the match against Milan is “one of those games every player wants to play and every fan wants to see.”

Madrid has a maximum of six points after two games and thrashed Malaga 4-1 away on Saturday to stay undefeated in the Spanish league.

In Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid has Spain’s leading scorer with six goals and a player who can lead the club back to its previous heights in Europe. The Portugal forward scored twice against Malaga and set up both of Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain’s goals in a scintillating performance that followed reports in the Spanish press that Ronaldo had been concerned about his early-season form.

“I never said I was anxious to score,” Ronaldo said. “I have simply tried to work so that things go well for the team and I knew it was a matter of time before my goals came.”

Milan is also in good form after a 3-1 win at home to Genoa courtesy of two goals from Alexandre Pato and a late strike by Robinho that put the team second in the Serie A.

Elsewhere on matchday three, defending champion Inter Milan and Tottenham _ the top two in Group A on four points _ meet at San Siro on Wednesday.

Inter beat Cagliari away on Sunday to lift it into Serie A’s top three but coach Rafael Benitez is expecting a tough evening against Tottenham, which he knows well after his time in England with Liverpool.

“We are expecting a difficult match against Spurs, a team with intelligent players who press you high up the pitch and are good on the counterattack,” Benitez said. “We have to do everything well if we want to win.”

Tottenham will be relying on Netherlands playmaker Rafael van der Vaart, who has been in stunning form for the London club since joining at the end of the transfer window.

FC Twente and Werder Bremen both have one point and meet in the group’s other match.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson will have to decide whether to recall Wayne Rooney for Wednesday’s home match against Bursapsor in Group C.

The England striker is widely reported to have fallen out with Ferguson and started on the bench for United’s 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, sparking speculation he could leave in January.

United gave itself breathing space in the group by winning 1-0 at Valencia last month. The Spanish side is away at Rangers next.

Barcelona faces Group D leader FC Copenhagen at the Camp Nou, while Chelsea and Spartak Moscow _ two of eight sides with 100 percent records so far _ meet at the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday in Group F.

The top two teams in Group H, Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk, clash in London, Group B leader Lyon is at home to Benfica and Bayern Munich looks to make it three wins in three in Group E when it hosts Cluj.

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