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Can stale Champions League group stage be revived — Football

06 Diciembre 2017

Real Madrid have secured qualification and face Borussia Dortmund - a team that needs to win in order to secure a spot in the knockout phase of the Europa League - on Wednesday.

The Gabon international is said to be eyeing an exit from the Bundesliga giants next month having fallen out with a number of his teammates.

In the 12 years of the current format, the European entrant has won nine times (including the last four) and the South American entrant three.

With eight goals, the striker is the leading marksman in the continent's elite club competition this season - and is within reach of two more tournament records.

Gareth Bale will once again be absent for the defending Champions League holders after he suffered a recurrence of the troublesome calf injury that has blighted his season.

However, all the pre-match talk in Spain has been about Ronaldo's lack of domestic goals as Zidane's side trail leaders Barcelona by eight points in the La Liga table.

Real Madrid's slump in form has alarms ringing in the Spanish capital, but pretenders to the champions' European crown should beware: Real are often a different animal in the spring.

Considering the fact that Real won both, the Champions League and the La Liga last year, their performance has not been to their usual standards and the Los Blancos have not showed their actual colours yet.

Benzema did score twice in Madrid's last European game against APOEL, though, and dabblebet price him at 4/6 (1.67) to find the back of the net once more. He clearly has shown himself as one of the Bundesliga's best strikers, winning the Torjagerkanone last season as the league's top scorer with 31 goals after finishing second to Lewandowski with 25 goals in 2015-16.

Bosz does not believe that Zidane ought to be so concerned, however.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will battle to sign Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.

And the seven teams that made it have earned the right to some gloating with thousands and thousands of clubs around the world failing to qualify. Recently they also drew 4-4 against Schalke 04 in a game where they were leading 4-0 during the first half.

While Dortmund have been eliminated from Champions League, they could advance to the Europa League if they finish third in the group.

Can stale Champions League group stage be revived — Football