Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Real Madrid: The Lowdown

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Real Madrid: The Lowdown

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PATH TO THE SEMI-FINALS REAL topped a group with PSG, Shakhtar and Malmo, picking up 16 out of a possible 18 points and conceding just three goals.

They eased past Roma in the last-16 but were given a scare before ultimately progressing against Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals.

STAR MAN THIS squad is not short on superstars but Cristiano Ronaldo remains the player that can make the difference for Real, as his hat-trick to rescue them in the last eight showed.

The Portuguese attacker has 16 goals in this season's competition and also tops the La Liga scoring charts with 30.

REASON FOR OPTIMISM ANOTHER tumultuous campaign saw Rafa Benitez sacked in January and rookie coach Zinedine Zidane given the reins.

The Frenchman already has a Clasico win on his CV but probably remains an easier opponent for Pellegrini to pit himself against rather than Guardiola or Diego Simeone. …

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