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Ronaldo looks to break out of slump in UCL

16 February 2015, 11:26

PARIS — Cristiano Ronaldo finds himself in a rare position: the goals are drying up for the Real Madrid star.

The Ballon d'Or winner has not scored in his past three games and has netted just four times in the past 10 — totally unexpected giving that he started the season with 17 in his first 11.

The good news is that Schalke is the next opponent: they meet in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Ronaldo scored four goals when Madrid routed the German side 9-2 on aggregate in the competition last season.

Goals have been easy to come by, too, for rampant Bayern Munich, which warmed up for Tuesday's trip to play Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk with an 8-0 destruction of Hamburger SV.

Paris Saint-Germain has been struck by a major injury crisis ahead of Tuesday's home game against fully-fit Chelsea — which knocked PSG out at the quarterfinal stage last season.

Swiss side Basel faces Porto on Wednesday.

Also read: Schalke set Cristiano Ronaldo's backlash

Here are some other things to know about the Champions League's last-16 games:

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc is doing a head-count to see who is fit to face Chelsea.

Midfielder Yohan Cabaye, Brazilian winger Lucas, center half Lucas and right back Sergie Aurier all limped off injured in Saturday's 2-2 home draw with Caen and have been ruled out. Midfielder Blaise Matuidi is rated as doubtful after taking a blow to his knee.

"We won't have a lot of options, we'll have (Thiago) Motta and maybe (Javier) Pastore," Blanc said. "We knew we were on the razor's edge in terms of tiredness but I honestly never thought this kind of thing would happen. We're very unlucky in terms of the number of injuries and it will have an impact."

With Lucas out, Blanc desperately needs Pastore to be fit.

The Argentine playmaker was PSG's best player when it beat Chelsea 3-1 in the home leg of their Champions League quarterfinal last season.

"For the time being I can't confirm he'll be in the squad," Blanc said.

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