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APOEL Nicosia Champions League - 13 September 2017

13 Setiembre 2017

The French coach, though, rubbished suggestions Madrid will lean too heavily on their main man in their quest for a record third Champions League trophy.

Star striker Karim Benzema is likely to sit out because of the injury he suffered last Saturday in the La Liga game against Levante.

PSG's expensively assembled forward line of Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani ran riot against Celtic in a 5-0 win, scoring four between them. "I hope Sunday is the last game of the season that he is not here".

Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham fluffed their first attempt at the Champions League under him last season but insists there will be no excuses second time round.

"It's true that when you look at the players you had, like [Alvaro] Morata and Mariano, and when you see that now you only have [Borja] Mayoral that you might think we lack a number nine", Zidane told reporters on Tuesday.

The two sides have previously met on two occasions, with Real Madrid winning both the encounters by an aggregate scoreline of 8-2. Roma must go beyond themselves to qualify from a group with Atletico and Chelsea.

It remains to be seen if Ronaldo will ever return to England or not, especially as he only signed a five year deal at the end of last year. They play Anderlecht of Belgium at the Alliance Arena tonight at 6:45 pm.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund carry the flags of Germany aloft in the competition.

"That might be the case, but it wasn't possible [to bring in another]".

In fact, just like their campaign in the aforementioned season, Los Blancos should be too big a wall for the Cypriot side to surmount.

While Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for pushing a referee, Madrid has made a relatively poor start to retaining the Spanish league title, lying four points behind Barcelona after three rounds. A Celtic own goal ensured a night to forget for the Scottish champion.

"Why not now start again to create the same in the Champions League and try to reduce the gap with these clubs?"

APOEL Nicosia Champions League - 13 September 2017