Defending champions Real Madrid embark on a new Champions League (CL) era without Cristiano Ronaldo, as they take on last year’s semi-finalists AS Roma.
Madrid are one of the favourites for the CL title again, and have lost just twice in their last ten European games (W7, D1, L2), scoring two or more goals in eight of those.
Unsurprisingly then, the hosts are very strong at home, losing just once in their last 22 CL games at the Bernabéu (W17, D4, L1). In 11 of those games they scored three or more goals, and kept a clean sheet in nine of those 22 matches. [Read more…]