Borussia Dortmund playmaker Christian Pulisic has described Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium as 'amazing' ahead of his side's visit on Wednesday night. I was very interested in the project, [but] it did not happen for many reasons. Ronaldo even admitted, following a first group stage defeat for five years, at Spurs last month that the departures of Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez and Pepe over the summer had left the current squad lacking "experience".
The 28-year-old is the club's top scorer with 11 goals in 12 Bundesliga appearances, and probably would be closer to 14-goal Robert Lewandowski at the top of the scoring charts had he not missed two games due to an internal suspension for turning up late to training.
Gareth Bale will once again be absent for the defending Champions League holders after he suffered a recurrence of the troublesome calf injury that has blighted his season. Borussia Dortmund have been one of the biggest disappointments in Europe.
Regardless of your opinion of the event, it does have one inescapable draw: When else are you going to get a chance to watch Moroccan and Mexican teams face off early on a Saturday morning?
Dortmund travel to the Santiago Bernabeu for a dead rubber Champions League tie with holders Real already qualified for the last-16 while the Germans can not advance. "I don't believe it. In the last game against them, they came in worse than us and they played a great game", he continued.
Still, despite the widespread indifference to it, the Club World Cup is a real Fifa tournament and will be televised around the world. "First he has to train with the group, but he'll certainly be coming to Abu Dhabi".
Just reaching the group stage - sharing in the prestige and the revenues - has almost become the be all and end all.
Real already find themselves eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona as they look to defend their league crown and have only won three of the past eight matches in all competitions.
After that, he courted AC Milan and even was linked with a mega-money transfer to the Chinese Super League, but those moves also fell through: "Milan offered me something".
"I see my team playing well - we could score more goals, yes, and the situation is not the best as we are eight points back [in La Liga]".
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