Real Madrid vs. FC Basel, 2014 UEFA Champions League – SBNation.com

Key player – Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridCristiano Ronaldo has uncharacteristically struggled with a few niggling injuries over the last few months, and, as such, he’s failed to reach his normal, other-worldly standards on the pitch. However, Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that his star attacker is “in optimal physical condition,” having completely recovered from his recent knee issues. If he finally manages to find his best form against Basel, things could get messy.Key matchup – Real Madrid’s left vs. Basel’s rightWorryingly for Basel, Ronaldo is invariably stationed out on the left flank — the same one they use to construct most of their attacks. The Swiss side rely on the mobility and energy of their industrious right-back Philipp Degen to provide attacking width, with the former Borussia Dortmund man overlapping the free-roaming winger Derlis González. If Ronaldo can catch Degen too high up the pitch, there’s a good chance the ball will end up in the back of the Basel net. via – SBNation.com


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