The 2013 Champions League knockout stage has started last week with one of the most anticipated match-up between Manchester City and the great Barcelona. The other is Arsenal facing reigning champions Bayern Munich. And one thing that is so evident in the first four matches is that the visiting teams have won a somewhat comfortable lead going to the second leg except for Atletico Madrid who sneaks past AC Milan with less than 10 minutes in regulation time.
While yesterday’s games almost had the same outcome if only Manchester United knows how to win but they just can’t and so the United disaster continues. And if not with Dortmund’s better performance in Russia then it would have been a great chance to switch channel and watch the American Idol as it partners with Google and Facebook when voters casts votes. Then hopefully, tonight’s last two remaining matches for the first leg could spark something with great performance and excitement. More importantly for Real Madrid to show an impressive dominance considering that they still have to win a single game yet in German soil.
Another thing at stake for the Los Blancos is the mere fact that they are at its best performance since the start of 2014. They have scored 33 goals and allowed only three, in all competitions. But what’s more impressive is Madrid’s unblemished record of 26 games with no defeat (22 wins and 4 draws). Madrid’s last loss was against fierce rivals Barca at Camp Nou in 26 October, last year. Real Madrid already seals the second best streak in club’s history and they are in the position to keep the run towards setting a new all-time record of 35 matches without defeat in all competitions. But they must avoid defeat against Atletico and Barcelona first.
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