The first player in history to reach 100 goals in European competition and having also achieved it in a key game for Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo was impressed with his night's work.

In the aftermath of the game against Bayern Munich, the Portuguese wanted to express his gratitude.

"It was a great honour to score 100 goals in Europe," he said.

"I want to thank Real Madrid for giving me the opportunity to have a brilliant career at the club, my teammates and the supporters.

"When I started scoring goals in the Champions League, I never thought I would get this record because it's a very difficult figure."

The pivotal moment of the game was Arturo Vidal's missed penalty according to Ronaldo.

"I thought it was going to be a complicated match but after they missed the penalty I was convinced that the team would be encouraged," he continued.

"In the second half It was going to be ours. I scored, but it could have been another player.

"I'd describe the goals in a very simple way: impressive.

"They were unique because we were losing and I was very happy because I helped Real win.

"We have a small advantage and I hope that the supporters will be with us at the [Estadio Santiago] Bernabeu."

The seven keys to Cristiano Ronaldo's plan

Ηard work throughout the entire season has Cristiano Ronaldo in perfect shape at an important point of the campaign, with his relationship with Zinedine Zidane aiding the process and coinciding nicely with Real Madrid's knock-out Champions League tie with Bayern Munich and El Clasico. His plan and approach to this season, which has been in full effect since his return from injury, but it has various aspects to study.

Minutes played

Since Cristiano started this season, in the third match day due to an injury picked up in the final of Euro 2016, it was always his intention to be careful with his efforts and the amount of games that he plays in. This term he has missed 11 games, six due to being rested, racking up 3292 minutes. If he plays every minute between now and the end of the campaign, it would be his third season with less minutes since touching down in Madrid.

A plan with Zidane

The harmony between Cristiano and Zidane has been key for carrying out the task at hand. The coach and forward understand each other and want the best for the team. Therefore, this year we have seen Ronaldo outside of match day squads and also on the bench, as he was against Real Betis. The fear has always remained the same, they don't want to overuse the Portugal international, as they want him at 100% to try and win all of the trophies available to them.

Preparing for the future

"I have prepared to feel good in the last month and a half," Cristiano explained after his side's win at Allianz Arena. Minutes after reaping the fruits of his labour, he was very quickly to remember the success of his past work. He isn't only thinking of himself, he knows that Zidane has used these measures for the rest of the squad too, and he is happy that his teammates are also in top shape coming into the end of the campaign. "We know that April is a complicated month, a decisive one, and I see a good team. The boss has done well with rotations and we are prepared for the final stretch."

Playing centrally

His new role at times on the pitch is helping him work less. Cristiano is also getting on, and must therefore must change his style and position too. Without actually being named as an orthodox number nine, each game he is playing more like one. With both of his goals against Bayern, he illustrated this nicely. Two shots from inside the very heart of the area, where he arrived as a poacher and not as a creator. He contributed just the finish, rather than cutting in from the flank.

More interplay, less explosive

His age and maturity helps him to read the game much better. He participates more in games, he has more liberty to move during attacks and he understands football differently in comparison to his early years in Madrid. His explosive power is no longer his greatest strength, nor his focus. It is rare to see him beating several players on the run, instead he gets his head up and finds passes to make to combine with others. A change of mentality that has also saved his legs slightly for the remainder of the season.

"Cristiano is intelligent and he accepts it"

Despite some gestures made during substitutions, which come naturally with a player such as Cristiano who wants to play every game, there are no problems between Zidane and his forward, who understands that him being taken off is for the good of the team. "It is important that the player understands what it is we are doing. They are intelligent players and they accept it, because it is best for the team," Zidane explained. Cristiano has been brought off on five occasions.

No obsession for individual awards

In other seasons it was normal to see Cristiano battling to be top goalscorer as though it was a World Cup final. His obsessions were perhaps a little over the top. This campaign, he has relaxed and has accepted rests and rotation. He's able to keep lifting titles with Real Madrid, and could win his third Champions League with the club and his second league trophy, with both having huge reliance on his personal work which allows him to keep putting in top performances.

Europa League round up

European football was given good and bad reminders of its past on Thursday with an impressive 2-0 win for once-mighty Ajax Amsterdam over Schalke 04 in one Europa League game but ugly scenes in the crowd at Lyon delaying another.

Anderlecht, like Ajax once a major force in continental competitions, snatched a late 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United in another of the quarter-final first-leg ties while Celta Vigo beat visitors Genk 3-2 in a goalfest.

There was an untimely reminder that the hooliganism which once plagued European football has still not been completely eradicated when crwod trouble delayed the start of Olympique Lyonnais' match at home to Turkish side Besiktas by 45 minutes.

Dozens of fans spilled onto the pitch, with the French club saying the supporters were seeking refuge after being pelted with objects and fireworks thrown from high up in the stands.

Four-times European champions Ajax, now effectively reduced to the role of a springboard for young players hoping to move to the bigger leagues, enjoyed a reminder of what continental success was like as they outclassed Bundesliga side Schalke.

Ajax played plenty of the flowing football for which their predecessors were renowned and went ahead when Davy Klaassen converted a penalty after Amin Younes went down under a tackle from Alessandro Schoepf.

Klaassen struck again early in the second half, firing home from 12 metres after he was picked out by Justin Kluivert, the son of former Dutch international Patrick.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave Manchester United a 37th minute lead in Belgium after snapping up a rebound, and the visitors seemed on the way to a comfortable win as they dominated the game.

Leander Dendoncker had other ideas as he outjumped Matteo Darmian to head in Ivan Obradovic's cross with four minutes left.

Jean-Paul Boetius headed Genk into a 10th minute lead in Spain but Celta hit back quickly as Pione Sisto, Iago Aspas and John Guidetti made it 3-1 before halftime.

Thomas Buffel pulled a goal back midway through the second period to revive Genk's hopes and leave the tie on a knife-edge.

Real Madrid making room for Asensio

Marco Asensio may not have had an abundance of opportunities at Real Madrid this season, but he has made the most of whatever minutes he has been given and is set to feature much more in 2017/18.

The 21-year-old's latest appearance came on the grand stage of the Allianz Arena and he did not disappoint as he came off the bench to replace the hobbling Gareth Bale, setting up Cristiano Ronaldo's winner.

Already he has come a long way from his time at Real Mallorca when veteran players Dudu Aouate, Jose Nunes and Jose Luis Marti were so impressed by the then-17-year-old that they begged coach Jose Luis Oltra to keep him.

Although Rafa Benitez did not take the same approach in the summer of 2015 when he decided to send the youngster out on loan to Espanyol, Zinedine Zidane did insist on keeping Asensio in his squad for the current season and he has reaped the rewards of that decision.

With the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco, James Rodriguez, Mateo Kovacic and Lucas Vazquez ahead of him in the pecking order, it has been tough for Asensio to even make the squad some weeks and his 27 appearances for just over 1,400 minutes is the fifth-lowest playing time in the first team squad.

Yet he has netted an impressive eight goals, scoring on his debut appearance in LaLiga, in the Copa del Rey, in the Champions League and in the UEFA Super Cup, something nobody had done before.

With both Zidane and president Florentino Perez in agreement, Asensio is set for a more significant role next season, a move which will surely see James Rodriguez move on.

Barcelona players not up to standard

Back-to-back defeats against Malaga and Juventus have seen a wave a criticism flow Barcelona's way, with many players accused of having gone missing in the decisive moments.

From the goalkeeper and the defence to the midfield and the front three, every position has been under scrutiny as a result of this mini-crisis, one which could become even worse over the coming week with tricky fixtures against Real Sociedad, Juventus and Real Madrid in the near future.

We take a look through all of the Blaugrana's positions, analysing where it has gone wrong.


Marc-Andre ter Stegen has experienced a rollercoaster season since fully taking over from Claudio Bravo, starting off well before generating some doubts with performances such as the one in the 4-3 defeat in Vigo.

2017 then started off brilliantly for the German and he put together a string of impressive displays, but he has been under fire once again as some believe he could have done more to prevent Sandro's goal for Malaga and Paulo Dybala's second for Juventus.


Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti are the only two Blaugrana defenders who have played well enough to avoid scrutiny as Jeremy Mathieu has been public enemy number one for his performances in Malaga and Turin, while Sergi Roberto's inconsistent play at right-back and Jordi Alba's loss of form have also been issues for the team this season.


While the centre of the pitch used to be Barcelona's strength, it may now be its weakness as Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta have dropped off in terms of the consistency of their performances, while Luis Enrique has struggled to fill that third midfield spot with Ivan Rakitic not convincing the Asturian, with Andre Gomes struggling to adapt and with Rafinha and Arda Turan regularly injured.


Although the MSN front three have impressed for most of the season, they have also been under the microscope in recent days and Neymar has been particularly criticised for getting himself into so much trouble at the Estadio La Rosaleda that he'll miss the next three league games.

The dugout

Luis Enrique has, of course, been attacked too for his tactical decisions and for leaving some players out when many believe he should not have, meaning he his exit from the club this summer could end on a sour note.

Lewandowski: I'll be in Madrid

An absentee from Wednesday's match between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, Robert Lewandowski s clear that he will be in the return match next Tuesday, April 18 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

More complicated will be the availability of Mats Hummels, who is still injured and whose presence in Madrid seems very complicated.

Carlo Ancelotti won't give up hope on his central defender, nor his star striker and main hope for the comeback against Los Blancos.

"We have six days, so I think the two players could still recover," said the Italian to Bild.

The Polish international was a lot more optimistic.

"In Madrid I'm back," Lewandowski clearly stated.

"The pain is a little intense, that's why I didn't play in the first leg - as a precaution."
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