Ronaldo boost for Real Madrid

Ronaldo boost for Real Madrid

He is a very important player for the squad. Luckily for Real Madrid, they should probably get by a team like APOEL without Asensio's services. especially since Cristiano Ronaldo (who is serving a La Liga suspension) is eligible to play.

Sure, there's player power and everything like that, but Real Madrid had the striker on a long contract and had already knocked back Manchester United, they simply didn't have to then entertain Chelsea.

Spurs kick off their group stage campaign on Wednesday night when they welcome Borussia Dortmund to Wembley. With the squad not undergoing so much changes during the transfer window, they would fall on the same old faces and experience to deliver their results this season; Ajen Robben, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Rober Lewandowski. A Champions League title will guarantee that.

Real Madrid looked to put Saturday's disappointing home draw against Levante behind them as they now turn their attentions towards Wednesday's Champions League came against APOEL at the Santiago Bernabéu (20:45 CET). Marco is more or less there.

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The Spanish Football Federation called the incident "a violent act but without causing any injury". Just three games in they already sit four points behind league-leaders and fierce rivals Barcelona.

Emery famously led Sevilla to three consecutive Europa League triumphs, but the Spaniard will now be gunning to double up and win the Champions League, joining the likes of Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez, who have won both tournaments. Navas is back after missing the match against Levante due to a lack of match fitness, while Varane is available for the first time since Gameweek 1 in La Liga, having recovered from an abductor injury. He is nevertheless Manchester City's top scorer in the competition (22 goals in 40 games). He'll want to increase his Champions League record of 106 goals in the competition. Isco struggled to get in the Real Madrid team because there wasn't a suitable position for him in the team shape usually employed over the last several years.

It will be interesting to see how Valverde fares as he has a fourth crack at the Champions League, following one season stints with Athletic Bilbao, Valencia and Olympiakos. Juventus lost last season's final to Real Madrid and hasn't won the Champions League since 1996.

- Spartak Moscow have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League only once in their 11 previous appearances - in 1995-96 when they were quarter-finalists.

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