Wolfsburg vs Real Madrid: Is Diego Benaglio the man to stop Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale?

A look ahead to the Champions League fixture at the Volkswagen Arena

Sean Coppack
Wednesday 06 April 2016 09:27
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Diego Benaglio
Diego Benaglio

It’s a big game for…

Diego Benaglio: Wolfsburg’s progression to the quarter-final stage has relied heavily on their excellent defensive record and the form of their Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio who has four clean sheets to his name in this season’s Champions League.

Only Bayern Munich have outscored Real Madrid in this year’s competition with the Spanish giants averaging almost three goals a game to date.

Wolfsburg will enter Wednesday night’s first-leg as huge underdogs, so if the Germans are to have any chance of pulling off a shock you suspect that Benaglio will have to be in the form of his life to keep Real Madrid’s super stars at bay.

Weird /best stat…

4: Real Madrid have played against German opposition in European competition on 60 occasions yet Europe’s most successful club have only won four away games in Germany .

Remember when…

Whilst there is no history between these two teams, Real Madrid have plenty of history against German opposition. The last time they met a German side in the Champions League was in the first knockout phase back in 2014, en route to winning ‘La Decima’, as they defeated Schalke 0-2 in GelsenKirchen.

Player to watch…

Cristiano Ronaldo: The highest scoring player in Champions League history enters Wednesday’s game off the back of a match-winning performance against Barcelona at the weekend.

Whilst Wolfsburg’s defensive record this season has been reasonably good, they have conceded five goals in their last three appearances in the tournament. If their defensive performance isn’t improved on Wednesday, Ronaldo will fancy his chances of adding to his European tally.

Past meetings…

This will be the first meeting between Wolfsburg and Real Madrid.

Form guide…

Wolfsburg: WWWLDL

Real Madrid: WWWWWW

Vital information…

KICK-OFF TIME: 7.45pm

TV: Live coverage on BT Sport 2 from 7pm

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