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Last Updated: Monday, 20 February 2006, 07:27 GMT
Beckham backs Madrid at Bernabeu
David Beckham
Beckham signed for Real in the summer of 2003
David Beckham believes Real Madrid's improved home form may be the key to overcoming Arsenal when the clubs meet in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Beckham, 30, would have preferred to be facing old club Manchester United.

But the England captain said: "The Bernabeu has been turned into a place where teams don't like to play and a few months ago that wasn't the case.

"If this team plays to its full potential we can be devastating. If we do that, hopefully we'll beat Arsenal."

For three years I have been waiting to play an English team
Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham

After a shaky start to the season, Real have rediscovered their form under new coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro in their six-match winning run in the league.

Midfielder Beckham, who hopes to start talks over a new Real contract in March, added: "The new manager has come in and changed the whole morale of the team.

"That comes with results as well because it changes the whole atmosphere.

"I feel great at the moment, the best I've felt for a while, and that is a lot to do with the coaching staff.

"I was frustrated a few months back but now things have turned round."

Tuesday's game will be the first time Beckham has played against a Premier League side since his move to Real Madrid in 2003.

"For three years I've been waiting to play an English team. I'd have preferred it to have been against Manchester United but playing against Arsenal in London where I was born is going to be very special," he revealed.

However, if Beckham is booked in Tuesday's match he will be suspended for the second leg at Highbury on 8 March.

New Conference: David Beckham


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