Arsenal and Real Madrid in German assignments

Arsenal and Real Madrid in German assignments

Arsenal and Real Madrid in German assignments

It’s no surprise that the mouthwatering tie of the night will take place at one of football’s soccer capitals, the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. It’s a no brainer that this particular match could produce the night’s fireworks. Yes, we can’t help but keep an eye on the probable demise of Man City against Ajax, but with Primera Liga holders Real Madrid playing host to German champions Borussia Dortmund, who wants to?

Los Blancos are wounded. They were defeated 2-1 at Dortmund by BVB, a result that saw them drop to second position with six points, one shy off their conquerors. That German performance was hailed by all and sundry, but in Spain, Jurgen Klopp’s side may be in for a backlash. Well, the visitors say they are ready for it, and they know if they win, they will be within touching distance of qualification.

If Los Merengues find Germany a tough hunting ground, that can equally be said of Dortmund. The Bundesliga holders have lost five and drawn seven of their last eight matches in Spain, their solitary victory being during the 1996/97 season. And with Jose Mourinho’s side having won their last seven Champions League matches at home, with Cristiano Ronaldo having scored 14 goals in his last 10 matches in the Big Ears trophy, this top-of-the-group clash will simply be a cracker.

Over to Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and Arsenal have to do something about their poor run of form. Schalke 04 are brimming with confidence, having dispatched Arsene Wenger’s charges 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners’ performances after the international break have left a lot to be desired, and they can’t afford not to win tonight’s match.

Three defeats in five games against Norwich, Schalke and Man United exposed the fragilities of the North Londoners. Aside from the 7-5 Capital One Cup comeback against Reading, the other four matches have brutally exposed the cracks in Le Prof’s side. Their last duel against the Red Devils on Saturday showed a team lacking in confidence, creativity, grit and determination. In Germany, such a slump can be severely punished.

Spanish side, Malaga, have been the tournament’s surprising dark horses. The La Liga side is yet to taste defeat or concede a goal in this season’s campaign. The last time out, they defeated AC Milan 1-0 in Spain, expect the Rossoneri to welcome the group’s table toppers to the Giuseppe Meazza in a revenge mission.

The Andalusians are only one victory away from qualification, and with Zenit St. Petersburg hot on Milan’s heels, Massimiliano Allegri cannot afford another poor showing by his seven-time winners who seem to have lost their fear factor. Let’s hope the 5-1 victory over Chievo at the weekend built their confidence, as they seek to improve on their continental points’ tally that currently stands at 4.

Tuesday 6th November

10:45pm               Real Madrid – Borussia Dortmund, SS3

10:45pm               Schalke – Arsenal, Veltins-Arena, SS5

10:45pm               AC Milan – Malaga, Giuseppe Meazza, SS6

10:45pm               Man City – Ajax, Etihad Stadium, SS7

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