The 2016-17 UEFA champions league has been one of the finest in recent times with teams like Leciester City, Monaco and Atletico Madrid sending cautions to other teams not forgetting Barcelona’s miraculous round of 16 qualification against Paris saint Germain going down 4-0 at Par de Princes and winning 6-1 at Camp Nou, This shows how interesting the competition has been this season.
This seasons UEFA champions league is the 62 edition of the prestigious club competition in Europe. The finals of the 2016-17 UEFA champions league is slated to be held in Cardiff, Wales at the Millennium Stadium on 3 June 2017.
3 Reasons why Real Madrid will defend the UEFA Champions League for the first time;
Looking closely at Real Madrid’s performance in the champions league this season, you can really tell from their play that indeed they in for the trophy.
Real Madrid were drawn in Group F alongside Borussia Dortmund, Sporting SC and Legia Warsaw and Real Madrid got 12 points from possible 18 points although Real Madrid were second in their group.
Their performance was very encouraging because Real Madrid have almost every individual player contributing creditably well to push the team forward, not like some seasons ago when all the team’s goal scoring burden was almost on a certain Cristiano Ronaldo, just look at how Alvaro morata , James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo combined well to beat sporting by 2-1, as at the 87th minute Real Madrid were down by a goal but a well taken free kick by the Portuguese captain level things up before Morata heads home from Rodriguez cross on the 93rd minutes to hand Real Madrid the win.
Real Madrid Statistics in 2016-17 Champions League:
Goals Scored: 22 goals
Goals Conceded: 12 goals
Attempts for Goal: 143 attempts
Attempts on Target: 51 attempts
Passes Completed: 4,148 passes
The new Ronaldo
The new Cristiano Ronaldo under Zidane is a major factor in defending the champions league. Ronaldo this season has scored only 2 goals in the champions league and that is uncharacteristic of Ronaldo, the Ronaldo we knew last season would have scored not less than 10 goals at this stage of the competition but the good thing is that his top most priority is the team’s glory because with the least goals he scored Ronaldo is among top assist markers in the said competition with 6 assists.
Ronaldo Statistics in the Champions League
- 3 times champions league winner
- 98 goals scored in all European competitions.
- All time champions league top scorer with 95 goals.
- Most goals scored in a champions league season with 17 goals
- Most goals scored in champions league group stages with 11 goals.
- Most away goals scored in the champions league with 42 goals.
- Most goals scored in the champions league within a calendar year with 15 goals.
- Player with most wins in the knockout stage of the champions league with 29 wins
With a poor champions league statistics and performance this season, Ronaldo is capable of picking up the pieces together and firing at any time.
Real Madrid have one of the finest managers in the person of Zinedine Zidane who has been involved in the last 3 champions league trophies the club has won, in 2002 his goal won the champions league for Real Madrid, in 2014 Zidane was assistant to Carlo Ancelloti when Real Madrid won the” la Decima” and in 2016 He won it as a coach for the club with his luck and how he approach every champions league game.