APOEL vs. Real Madrid

Annette Crawford
November 21, 2017

A 3-1 defeat by Tottenham was a setback but one counter-balanced by Borussia Dortmund's inability to claim more than two points in two meetings with the Cypriot champions: the Bundesliga side, runners-up as recently as 2012-13, are now obliged to win both their remaining matches to have any chance of progressing from the group.

The Portuguese has been enjoying midweek action this season, finding the net six times in the Champions League to top the scorer's table ahead of Harry Kane.

Speaking after the game manager Zinedine Zidane said: "It is a fracture, for Sergio".

APOEL have won their last two league fixtures, while Real were held to a 0-0 stalemate in the Madrid derby on Saturday, when they faced rivals Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium for the first time.

Zinedine Zidane says he is not anxious about Real Madrid's form as he looks for a win over Apoel in Cyprus which would seal the holders' place in the last 16 of the Champions League. There are maybe a few players who play less, but it's a learning curve.

Not only are they a long way behind Barca in the league, they also risk finishing second in Champions League Group H.

Goal's Ben Hayward confirmed prior to Saturday's derby that while Real playmaker Mateo Kovacic and goalkeeper Keylor Navas have returned to training, both may require more time to get their fitness back up to scratch.

"As far as I'm concerned, I sit down and chat with players". "We can't say we have been playing badly". "Tomorrow we hope it is a game to change this". He played less last season, more this year. With nothing else to achieve (Copa del Rey being the exception), the players are lacking motivation and that is clearly evident in the way they are playing.

Captain Sergio Ramos and Wales forward Gareth Bale are injured. "But Dani and the other young players all have big futures here". "We'll be in for a tough test tomorrow night and we'll have to be ready".

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