Real Madrid have seven points from their five games so far and are currently behind Borussia Monchengladbach by eight and Shakhtar Donetsk by seven, ahead of the decisive round of six meetings with the Germans on Wednesday.

Real Madrid are capable of anything

Former Real Madrid footballer Rafa Martin Vazquez is reluctant to imagine Los Blancos dropping out of the Champions League in their group stage, even though it’s a real possibility this mid-week. Real Madrid have seven points from their five games so far and are currently behind Borussia Monchengladbach by eight and Shakhtar Donetsk by seven, ahead of the decisive round of six meetings with the Germans on Wednesday. “A clean sheet is key,” Martin Vazquez told reporters. “Real Madrid are capable of anything, and they always react in big games. Now the opponents have learned more. Tactics are winning over individual talents. I don’t want to think about elimination. That would be a huge blow. We are looking at a very unusual season.”

The 55-year-old went on to talk about the side he formed with Real Madrid back in the 1980s and then again in the 1990s, first talking about Juanito, or Juan Gomez, and some memorable comebacks. “Juanito’s image remains engraved in history,” added Martin Vazquez. “That dressing room celebration expressed the feelings of the whole stadium. These comebacks were protecting the group. We had young players, but also guys with a lot of character. It was clear that we were going to give it all to try and that we were sure that we could do it. We had motivational talks with each other.”