When Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid traveled to France to play Lyon at the Stade Gerland three weeks ago, they went down 1-0 and thus extended their horrific record at this venue.
On Wednesday night, they will play Lyon again in the second leg of this UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.
The match will take place at the Santiago Bernabeu – a ground which will host the final of the competition later in May.
Real Madrid need to overcome their 1-0 first leg deficit at all cost before suffering their sixth consecutive last sixteen exit in Europe.
For Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid fans will have to be behind the entire team and Los Blancos will have to prove Lyon that the Santiago Bernabeu is theirs.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Cristiano Ronaldo stated:
“I hope that our fans will be as supportive on Wednesday as they were against Sevilla. We will do our best to win the game.
“We have to prove to Lyon that the Bernabeu is ours.”
He continued stressing the importance of this match:
“Wednesday’s game is a do-or-die affair. We are playing good football and we’ve proven that we are the strongest team in La Liga.
“Lyon are familiar to us. Physically, they are a strong team. But now it will be our turn to play at home.”
If Lyon score a goal, Real Madrid will be obliged to win by a two-goal margin as well.
Thrill and excitement promises to reach their heights on Wednesday night when the Santiago Bernabeu opens itself for the Real Madrid vs Lyon UEFA Champions League clash.
Angela Asante, Footballfantalk.com