UEFA Champions League Preview: Dortmund v Madrid

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“The biggest games tend to bring out the best in big players,” said Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel when asked about Cristiano Ronaldo’s form ahead of Tuesday’s visit of the Merengues.

  • Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel labels Madrid “maybe the biggest name in world football”
  • Dortmund are looking for a fourth successive home victory against Madrid
  • Zinédine Zidane says recent back-to-back draws might be a “wake-up call”
  • Merengues have won only four of their previous 29 games away to German opposition
  • Visitors are unbeaten in 19 in all competitions, dating back to 6 April

Possible line-ups:

Borussia Dortmund: Bürki; Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Bartra, Schmelzer; Castro, Weigl; Guerreiro, Götze, Dembélé; Aubameyang.
Out: Durm (knee), Reus (groin)

Real Madrid: Casilla; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Danilo; Kroos, Modrić, Kovačić; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Out: Casemiro (ankle), Marcelo (calf)

Thomas Tuchel, Dortmund coach:
We have analysed their recent games in terms of how they have been playing. Of course we recognise the quality of Real Madrid – the likes of Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema are of the highest quality there is. Madrid are maybe the biggest name in world football, so there will be an incredible atmosphere in the stadium.

It’s easy to say ‘Cristiano Ronaldo is not in form’, but who is judging that? Will that really be the case? Cristiano is one of the world’s best footballers and an incredible winner who can help his team simply though his presence and aura. The biggest games tend to bring out the best in big players, so we are preparing for the best Ronaldo there is.

Zinédine Zidane, Madrid coach:
Every player who is substituted before full time is angry [including Ronaldo]. We have spoken with each other after the game, but that was a normal thing, it happens. We have moved on.

The points we have dropped lately, it happens. It can even happen several times in a season. The important thing is how we are working on the goals we have for this term. The team are in good shape I believe. Sometimes these matches serve as wake-up calls. I am not worried. Some things we can improve.

I expect a hard-fought game. They have a couple of new players, but that has not changed their philosophy. They want to play football, but so do we.

Weekend results:
Dortmund 3-1 Freiburg (Aubameyang 45, Piszczek 53, Guerreiro 90+1; Philipp 60)
Tuchel’s men took their tally to 20 goals in four games with another win, and equalled their club record of 24 Bundesliga home matches without defeat.

Las Palmas 2-2 Madrid (Tana 38, Araujo 85; Asensio 33, Benzema 67)
Zidane’s team twice squandered the lead yet remain top of the Liga. Lucas Vázquez came on for Cristiano Ronaldo on 72 minutes, with Madrid 2-1 up.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Dortmund: WWWWLW
Madrid: DDWWWW

Did you know?
Zidane was in the Juventus side defeated 3-1 by Dortmund in the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League final.

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he President, John Dramani Mahama has said he is frustrated at the continuous delay in the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill.

The Bill which has been in and out of Parliament for well over a decade is yet to be passed despite its enormous benefit of enhancing access to information in the country.

Speaking at UNESCO’s International Programme for Development of Communication talks in France, President Mahama said “unfortunately it will go down in history as the legislation that has stayed the longest in Parliament.”

Cabinet approved it

“Ghana has probably the highest saturation; we have aside from the Constitution put in the legislation to guarantee freedom of information and access to information.  I must say unfortunately it will go down in history as the legislation that has stayed the longest in Parliament. Cabinet approved it, we submitted it to Parliament, I don’t know where it is.”

The President noted that the bill has suffered some setbacks because of lack of consensus.

“It has been at the committee level, the committee decided to go round the country and consult on the Freedom of Information bill. Some say it is too liberal, some say it is too tight and it should be made more liberal and so Parliament is still working on it. It was submitted to Parliament in the term of the last president and it has continued in my term and I believe that it is something that we should complete and make available so that people will have a legal basis for demanding information if there is a reluctance to give the information to them,” he added.

Many advocates of free speech have criticized succeeding governments for their lack of interest in ensuring that the bill is passed.

Group slams Mahama for delaying passage of RTI Bill 

The Right to Information (RTI) Coalition on Monday expressed disappointment in President Mahama’s leadership for failing to ensure the passage of the right to information legislation in the country.

According to the Coalition, “President Mahama has not demonstrated strong commitment to the passage of the RTI Bill, despite his party’s promises in their 2008 and 2012 manifestos.”

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