Real Madrid man misses APOEL tie after shaving his legs

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"We are ready and we need to rotate the players of my squad and they must be involved".

Ronaldo, meanwhile, has been serving a domestic suspension for pushing the referee after his sending off in the first leg at the Nou Camp.

Sure, there's player power and everything like that, but Real Madrid had the striker on a long contract and had already knocked back Manchester United, they simply didn't have to then entertain Chelsea.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says Cristiano Ronaldo is "very focused" on getting back to what he does best by playing in Wednesday's Champions League Group H opener at home to Apoel Nicosia.

Embecilio and Aloneftis were lively on the wings this past weekend in the league with their 4-1 win.

Zidane's chargers are the rightful favourites for glory, but may face an early test with the champions placed in the Group of Death alongside Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, and APOEL.

PSG will have their European credentials tested by what promises to be a spine-tingling atmosphere at Parkhead, as Celtic look to cause an upset in Group B after an underwhelming return to the Champions League group stages last season. But crazier things have happened in the Champions League. They've also won only one of their three games at Wembley in the competition (L2). Marco is more or less there. Real Madrid now sit seventh in La Liga with just five points from a possible nine. He is nevertheless Manchester City's top scorer in the competition (22 goals in 40 games). This is not going to change anytime soon, we know what we have to do to start this Champions league campaign off well.

Five-time European champion Liverpool came through the playoffs and gets a chance to avenge its loss to Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League final, which denied the English team a place in last season's Champions League. "I hope that it's the last time we have to play without him this season".

- Dries Mertens has been directly involved in seven of Napoli's last 10 Champions League goals (five goals, two assists).

History shows that Madrid hardly get upset at home against any team, let alone minnows, so there is no reason to believe they will not thrash the Cypriots.