Madrid Press: Los Blancos take centre stage

Madrid Press: Los Blancos take centre stage


The spotlight is now on Real Madrid after Atletico de Madrid and Barcelona played out a highly entertaining 1-1 draw in their Champions League quarter-final first leg last night.

Los Blancos welcome Borussia Dortmund, the team that defeated them at the semi-final stage in last year’s competition.

AS runs a piece on stats and all you want to know about the game. And of course, Cristiano Ronaldo is set to reach yet another personal landmark in tonight’s game at the Santiago Bernabeu. It will be his 100th appearance in the Champions League, and he’ll become one of just 21 players to reach that figure.

Luis Figo is the only Portuguese player to hit 100 Champions League games (103), and should he score, Ronaldo will be just the third to do so on his 100th appearance. Thierry Henry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic also managed the feat.

Elsewhere, Marca brings its readers the latest in the fitness news ahead of the match. Marcelo was ruled out yesterday with a hamstring strain that will keep him out for two weeks. But having sat out training on Monday, Xabi Alonso rejoined the group and trained as normal, meaning he should be fit to line up against the Bundesliga outfit.

And finally, speaking to reporters before the match, Luka Modric said Gareth Bale still doesn’t have the confidence he had when he was at Spurs, and that Madridistas will see an even better version of him next season.