Real Madrid will welcome struggling Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund at Santiago Bernabeu tonight. The Los Blancos are through to the last 16 already but they must put a show at home. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is ready to meet Barcelona and PSG in the last sixteen. Sergio Ramos has finally spoken about media reports claiming he has a disagreement with CR7. Fiorentino Perez believes Cristiano Ronaldo will win 2017 Ballon d’Or award.
3. Chelsea boss READY for Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain last 16 clash
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is ready to meet Barcelona and PSG in the last sixteen. The Blues finished second behind AS Roma which means they will meet other Group winners. The fact that English teams won four Groups means the easiest opponent the London side can get is Besiktas. The other is Sevilla but that will only be possible if Liverpool fails to win tonight to go top.
“When you go through to the next round in this competition, you must be prepared to face the best teams,” Conte said.
“We could play against Barcelona, PSG or Besiktas, but we must be ready. This is the best tournament. That’s why you want to go through and try and be a protagonist in this tournament.
“At the same time, our opponents won’t be happy to play against us. We’ll see what happens. I remember during the European Championship with the national team we finished first in our group and played against Spain, then Germany and, if we’d beaten Germany, we’d have to play France. Sometimes it’s not so important [to finish first].
“We reached the next round and we must be happy with this. After a performance like this, the coach must be [happy].”
“It was a really tough group, and Atletico Madrid, in the past, played a fantastic Champions League and twice reached the final. It means our group was very tough.”
2. Ramos rubbish rift between him & CR7 ahead of Dortmund Clash
Real Madrid will welcome struggling Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund at Santiago Bernabeu tonight. The Los Blancos are through to the last sixteen already but they must put a show in front of home fans. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema need goals to boost their confidence and this will be a key match to do so.
In the meantime, Captain Sergio Ramos has rubbished reports saying that he is not in good terms with the Portuguese star. The media continues to spread the rumor as the source of problems in the dressing room. The two are known to have a power struggle between them.
“Nothing has ever happened between him and me,’’ Ramos denied.
“There has always been a great friendship between us.
“We have a lot of personalities and have some different opinions, but we’re pulling in the same direction.”