Bravo handed Thierry task
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Raul Bravo says he has been nominated by Real Madrid as the man to stop Thierry Henry.
Real Madrid defender Raul Bravo says he has been nominated by the Primera Liga giants as the man to stop Thierry Henry on Wednesday night.
The mercurial Frenchman scored the vital goal for The Gunners in El Santiago Bernabeu on February 21, and terrorised an under-par Real outfit all night with his blistering pace.
Los Merengues travel to Highbury on Wednesday night in a bid to overturn the 1-0 deficit, and know they must stop the forward whose performance on Saturday was hailed as one of the great individual showings by Fulham boss Chris Coleman, as his side succumbed to a 4-0 defeat.
However Bravo, who failed to impress in a loan spell for Leeds United back in 2003, also has pace to burn and looks to have been given the daunting task of neutralising the threat of the Gunners captain.
The 25-year-old is surprised to have been given the nod by Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, but vowed to repay his manager's faith by restricting Henry's impact.
"Two weeks ago, I wasn't expecting to play, but now I might be one of the players asked to stop him," said Bravo.
"We know Arsenal depend on him and stopping him is going to be the key. It's always a good idea to play with quick defenders, especially with teams like Arsenal.
"It's not just me - we all have to stop him.
"This is the most important game of the season for me. It's the most beautiful game of the year. It's the game that could define our entire season.
"I don't know if that's why the manager is playing me [because of his pace], but I'm delighted that at such a hard time he has trusted me.
"The only way I can repay him is play as well as I can."