Real Madrid will take on Borussia Dortmund Wednesday in one of two matches in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League, and because of a player named Cristiano Ronaldo, los Blancos will ultimately have the edge in the match.
Despite owning one loss and one tie vs. Dortmund this season, Ronaldo's play of late sways me into giving the Whites the nod over Borussia. Ronaldo has scored 11 goals in 10 UCL games this season and has accounted for 48 percent of his team's goals, according to WhoScored.com.
In fact, only Alan of Braga and Burak Yilmaz of Galatasaray have accounted for a high percentage of their team's goals, but Real Madrid has scored more goals than Braga and Galatasaray combined, which only shows how important and effective Ronaldo is to Madrid's attack.
The key for Los Blancos on Wednesday will be to contain Robert Lewandowski, who has six goals and two assists for Dortmund this season in the UCL. Lewandowski is coming off a match in which he scored a goal to help Dortmund earn a 3-2 victory over Malaga on April 9.
Ultimately, ball possession will be key Wednesday for Dortmund against Real Madrid, as Mats Hummels recounts a previous match vs. Madrid (via Goal.com):
I remember our match at the Santiago Bernabeu during the group stage. In the second half we did not have the ball for longer than ten seconds before we lost it again, and then it is really difficult against them.
Not only will Dortmund have to contain Ronaldo, but it should also be concerned with Karim Benzema, who has scored four goals and assisted on three scores in the UEFA Champions League this season.
Obviously, dominating possession would take the ball away from Ronaldo and Madrid's attack, which should be the game plan for Dortmund, but I don't see it happening.
I think Los Blancos are able to get Ronaldo in space and ultimately take the first of two matches between the two clubs.
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