Cristiano Ronaldo aims to polish off Galatasaray and ease Real Madrid into the Champions League semifinals, holding a commanding 3-0 advantage heading into tomorrow’s meeting in Istanbul.
Ronaldo leads Europe's top-tier competition with nine goals in nine outings. And with Galatasaray needing to score early and often, the prolific Portugal forward will likely enjoy ample chances to add to his tally.
"If we go with the ambition to score a goal, we will go through fine," he said.
Ronaldo opened last week's first leg with a delicate chip shot, and he needed just 45 minutes on Saturday to net his 46th goal this season in all competitions and set up another in Madrid's 5-1 rout of Levante in the Spanish league.
The last time Madrid lost by three goals or more in the Champions League was in 2008-09, when it fell 4-0 at Liverpool. Barring a similar upset by the hosts, nine-time champion Madrid is on course to reach its 24th semifinal.
Last year, the battle between Manchester United and Manchester City came right down to the wire, in 2012-13, United have run away and look nailed on to reclaim the Premier League crown. Sir Alex Ferguson's side are 15 points clear of their rivals in blue, who are more aware of the sides below them than the Red Devils above with Spurs just five adrift in third. Despite the gulf between the teams this season, City will have fond memories of their last trip to Old Trafford back in October 2011 when they annihilated United 6-1. Since then, the two sides have met on three occasions at City's Etihad Stadium and United have won two by a scoreline of 3-2, including the reverse fixture in December when Robin Van Persie memorably struck a 90th-minute free kick to win it.
Cristiano Ronaldo is almost a one man band at this stage, he's playing with one of the most talented group of players on the planet but like his fellow superhuman Lionel Messi, the team is nothing without him. (as similarly Barcelona are nothing without Messi) Ronaldo has netted 28 times in 28 league games this year and is currently top scorer in the Champions League with eight goals in eight games. The Portugese playmaker is exceptional, and with a support cast of Mesut Ozil, Ricardo Kaka, Gonzalo Higuain, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema, he has plenty of helping hands. Sergio Ramos and Pepe will be charged with stopping Didier Drogba and Yilmaz which might prove harder than expected but Jose Mourhino and Madrid will expect to leave the Bernabeu with a couple of goals for a cushion at the very least.
Most soccer fans have made Barcelona the clear favorites to advance to the semi-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain over the two legs.
However, the current La Liga leaders may not have it all their own way when they meet for the first time at Parc des Princes on Tuesday night.
PSG have not lost a European game at home for six years. They also have a coach in Carlo Ancelotti who has won the competition both as a player and a manager.
They will also have talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic available for selection after the Swedish international's two-match suspension was reduced upon appeal.
Barcelona have been given a boost ahead of the trip to the French capital as Jordi Alba and Xavi are available.
The pair, who had been struggling with hamstring strains suffered on international duty with Spain, missed Saturday's 2-2 draw away to Celta Vigo.
Alba had been injured against Finland on March 22nd, while Xavi was hurt in Spain's game with France on March 26th.
When Bayern Munich and Juventus were paired together during the draw earlier this month, many tipped this Champions League quarter-final tie to be the one to watch out of the four that came out of the hat.
Right now, both of these teams hold comfortable advantages at the top of their respective leagues. Bayern Munich lead the Bundesliga by a massive 20 points, while Juventus are nine points in front of Napoli at the Serie A summit.
Apart from Barcelona, no side looks more potent -- sometime even more than the Spanish giants -- than Bayern. The likes of Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos have been brilliant all season and will ask constant questions of the Juve backline.
Such is the strength of the squad, that coach Jupp Heynckes will have the luxury of calling the likes of Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben, who scored two goals at the weekend, from the bench.
Their defensive midfielder Javi Martinez, however, will take no part due to being suspended, with Luis Gustavo set to take the Spaniard's place in the starting lineup.