Yikes. They're only going to transfer to the Europa League because APOEL, also winless, gave up far more goals than the German side (including a two devastating blowouts from Real Madrid, 6-0 and 3-0.) So, it's not because Dortmund is good, but because APOEL was far worse.
They could, however, be without defender Raphael Varane for the next few games after the Frenchman limped off with a muscle injury.
Zinedine Zidane now faces a defensive crisis ahead of the visit of Sevilla on Saturday with captain Sergio Ramos, right-back Dani Carvajal and holding midfielder Casemiro all suspended. "We achieved what seemed impossible, winning three Champions League titles in four years and also back-to-back European titles".
There is some hope for Atleti. Considering the fact that Real won both, the Champions League and the La Liga last year, their performance has not been to their usual standards and the Los Blancos have not showed their actual colours yet.
"We are halfway into the season, we still have six months left of the season".
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The eight Champions League teams who finished third in their groups earned the consolation prize of a place in UEFA's second-tier competition with two-time finalists Atletico Madrid among the biggest of the lot.
So, score against Dortmund in the Madrid capital and Ronaldo will make it six out of six, which Neymar very nearly managed but fell at the final hurdle last night. In spite of his undoubted success, several critics have pointed out the fact that Zidane's never had to show his tactical skills. The Yellow and Blacks have suffered some shocking losses and have played some unexpected draws as well.
He received the ball on the edge of the box, looked up and curled a magnificent effort into the top corner, giving Roman Burki no chance. Dortmund will definitely be unseeded and could find itself drawn against Arsenal, Villarreal, AC Milan or any of the other group winners when the draw takes place on Dec. 11.
Madrid continued to probe and in the 78th minute they had the ball in the back of the net, unfortunately for the home side it was ruled out for an offside.