APOEL – Real Madrid
APOEL hosts Real Madrid in a match from Group H of the UEFA Champions League.
APOEL are currently on the last 4th place in the group with 2 points won. They have won their points after two brave draws against Borussia Dortmund. Many people expected that they might finish the group without a single point being won, but now it’s not the case. The question is – can they win a point against Real Madrid as well?
Real Madrid on the other hand were the huge favourites in this group, but after losing against Tottenham in London, now they are second in the group with 7 points won. If they want to keep their chances of finishing the group at first place, they must win in Cyprus at any cost.
Real Madrid are clearly having some problems this season. They are far from convincing not just in Europe, but in Spain’s La Liga as well. Last season the Los Blancos won both La Liga and the Champions League, but now they are clearly struggling. Can they raise their levels during the last two rounds of the Champions League? This is a good question.
For sure, APOEL are huge underdogs against Real Madrid. Yes – they didn’t lose neither once against Borussia Dortmund, but Real Madrid is a team from different level. Even with all of the problems they have right now.
Real Madrid’s manager Zinedine Zidane is put under a serious pressure and he’s obligated to make his team perform at its highest levels again. The French manager knows that his time in Madrid might run off, if he doesn’t do it.
As for APOEL, everything but a loss against Real Madrid would be a huge success for the club from Cyprus. They are a decent team, but are they decent enough to match against the European champions?