Cristiano Ronaldo Ready For Dortmund Clash

Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for his side’s Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

The forward was absent for Madrid’s victory over local rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday with a muscular problem that he sustained in their 4-1 humiliation by Dortmund last Wednesday.

Ronaldo has returned to full training ahead of their crunch tie against the Germans for a place at Wembley. The sensational forward scored the only goal for his side in the 4-1 defeat.

He trained with his team-mates for the first time on Monday and appeared to have shaken off any injury.

Cristiano is fine to play tomorrow,” Mourinho said at a news conference previewing Tuesday’s game.

Ronaldo has been exceptional for Madrid this season, scoring 51 goals in all competition so far this season and is currently the Champions League top scorer with an amazing 12 goals, having scored in his last six consecutive games in the competition.

Real Madrid will go into Tuesday’s tie on a high with star player Ronaldo fit to face the German opposition. However, Madrid will know that only La Liga rivals Deportivo La Coruna have ever progressed to the next round of a Champions League knockout match following a 4-1 defeat in the first leg.

But with £80m Ronaldo fit and ready, anything is possible for Los Blancos.

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes Sporting Lisbon’s 100,000th member

Cristiano Ronaldo was honoured by Portuguese side Sporing Lisbon this week as the club announced that the Real Madrid forward had become their 100,000th member.

Ronaldo played for Lisbon from 1996-2003, and the former Sporting apprentice had his membership made public before Sunday’s match against Nacional on the club’s Jumbotron.

Sporting released a Ronaldo video on their big screen before kick-off, which included several highlight of Cristiano’s most famous moments during his time with the Portuguese giants.

Check out Sporting Lisbon’s commemorative video, covering Ronaldo’s time at the club, below

http://youtu.be/kl30tmNHQgU

Cristiano Ronaldo to Miss Madrid Derby Due to Thigh Injury

Real Madrid have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will miss out on Saturday’s derby clash against Atletico Madrid due to a Thigh injury.

The Portuguese star scored his side’s away goal in their 4-1 UEFA Champions League defeat to Dortmund on Wednesday night and is not being risked this weekend ahead of the return leg in Spain on Tuesday evening.
The Liga champions, who are 13 points off Barcelona with just 18 to play for, will also be short of defensive options, with Marcelo and Alvaro Arbeloa also struggling.

Karanka has already confirmed yesterday Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be play in Madrid derby.
Karanka said: “Cristiano Ronaldo will not be in the squad for tomorrow
 “The other day before the [Dortmund] game he had a little injury, he has not trained today and he won’t play tomorrow. We will see how he progresses.”

“With the exception of Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and  Arbeloa, the rest are well and tomorrow our best team will go out to win.”
Karanka believes that a strong performance against Diego Simeone’s side would be the perfect preparation for the meeting with Dortmund, which Real must win by a scoreline of 3-0 or by at least a four-goal margin to progress.

He added: “Next Tuesday will be the second leg, but it is hugely important we do not lose this game because they are our rivals for second place, the rivals of the city.

“So, tomorrow’s line-up is going to go out with the idea of winning the game. We are only thinking about tomorrow’s game in our squad, not Tuesday.

“They Atletico haven’t won this game since a long time. We have to be 120 percent like them. They have had a good run at home this season, almost perfect.
“As I said, we are fighting against them for second place. Besides, it is the derby of the city, they have spent a long time not winning this game and they really want to win so we have to go with the highest intensity.”

Pictures: Cristiano Ronaldo Training (April 26, 2013)

Cristiano Ronaldo trained at Real Madrid training zone, he made 3 laps before going to the gym where he met club physios.

Cristiano Ronaldo picked a minor injury last Wednesday night and he’s expected to rest on this weekend’s derby game, against Atletico Madrid. However, you can rest assured that he’ll be on the pitch against Borussia Dortmund, right next Tuesday.
Fortsätt läsa Pictures: Cristiano Ronaldo Training (April 26, 2013)

Match Review : Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Real Madrid (24 April 2013) Champions League – How it Happened

 

Once again, German team showed their supremacy as they trashed one of the biggest team in Europe, Real Madrid. After Bayern Munchen managed to humiliate Barcelona with a fine 4 goals to nothing, last night Borussia Dortmund followed their step by a shocking win 4-1 over Madrid. Fortsätt läsa Match Review : Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Real Madrid (24 April 2013) Champions League – How it Happened

Pictures: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Borussia Dortmund – Champions League (April 24, 2013)

 

This season the German teams show domination in European football as they easily defeat 2 Spanish Giant, Barcelona and Real Madrid. After Bayern crashed Barca with a humiliating 4-0, last night Real Madrid had to surrender with a shocking 1-4 against Borussia Dortmund.

Cristiano scored 1 goal on the game, but nonetheless, that was just about it…

Here are the pictures on the game : Fortsätt läsa Pictures: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Borussia Dortmund – Champions League (April 24, 2013)

Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid – Match Preview

The second of the week’s Champions League semi-final first legs sees Borussia Dortmund host Real Madrid.

Dortmund may be seen as the dark horses in a last four bursting with the best in European football but Jurgen Klopp’s side are the only team unbeaten in the tournament so far and have won every match in the Champions League at the Westfalenstadion.

The news of Mario Goetze‘s pending move to Bayern Munich could unsettle the camp ahead of the fixture but the man management prowess of their manager is likely to result in focused minds for the match.

Real Madrid lost when they went to Germany in the group stages and Jose Mourinho must contend with an indifferent Champions League away record going in to the semi-final.

His side have won just two out of five games on their travels in Europe this campaign as the Portuguese coach looks to add a third European Cup to his honours list before an anticipated departure from the Bernabeu in the summer.

 

STATS

Borussia Dortmund have only won one of their six competitive encounters with Real Madrid (D3, L2).

Dortmund have the best defensive record of the sides left in the competition with nine goals conceded this season.

This is the third consecutive season that Real Madrid have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. The last time they reached the final, however, was back in 2002.

Dortmund have the best home record of the four sides still standing in this season’s competition, having won all five of the matches on their own turf.

 

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MATCH FACTS

  • Borussia Dortmund overcame Real Madrid in the group stage this season, triumphing 2-1 at home and drawing 2-2 away.
  • Midfielder Nuri Sahin spent one season at the Santiago Bernabeu and a loan period at Liverpool before returning to BVB in January.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side are the only unbeaten team in the competition and knocked Malaga out in the last round.
  • Real Madrid have won just once on 24 visits to Germany and crashed out of the Champions League to Bundesliga opposition at this stage last season.
  • Star playmaker Mesut Ozil  was born in Dortmund‘s Ruhr heartland and started his career at local rivals Schalke.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 11 goals in the Champions League this season. He needs three more to match Lionel Messi‘s total from last year.