There is no argument, Real Madrid are in their element when it comes to the European stage. Or perhaps, as Zidane and French journalist Frederic Hermel put it: our football is better than what they see over there. Winning in Spain is far from easy added Zidane in his pre-match talk looking at outstanding Group H games and it's worth remembering that last night Real Madrid faced the current leaders of the Bundesliga at the Signal Iduna Park. At the moment Madrid look ominous in matches away from home and at present struggle at the Bernabeu. Last night Dortmund looked good in attack but as FC Koln player Meré observed in his interview with Sergio Santos, they are prone to leaving defensive gaps especially in the flanks. This was something we saw in Tuesday's action as Real Madrid showed with an accomplished performance.
400 games for CR7
Cristiano regained his goal scoring touch last night in his 400th official game for Real Madrid and has been on target for the club on an incredible 411 times. He's now hit the net in the Champions League some 109 times with 94 of those goals coming in a Real Madrid shirt as leads Lionel Messi in the overall marksman ranking. With Cristiano back in action after the early season ban, the team should now be in a position to deliver convincing performances in every competition as Zidane's men have overcome the trickiest hurdle in their group beating Dortmund in Germany with an excellent team performance. The Bundesliga side now find themselves in an awkward spot after back to back defeats to Spurs and Real Madrid.
The accomplished team performance includes Bale who is an excellent foil to Cristiano (as is Benzema) and the problems only seem to appear when all three play together. When two of the BBC line-up they offer a formidable duo (when one of the two is the Portuguese striker). It's a shame that after a fine performance with a goal and assist that the Welshman was forced to leave the pitch after a muscular problem. The Cardiff born player was busy in attack and on many occasions ventured back to help out in defence and his evening was sadly tarnished by the injury. Cristiano is back and hitting the target again so I feel we can give Zidane's men a "medical all-clear" and hope that Bale's injury is just a niggle.