Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund will play La Liga champions Real Madrid in Champions League group D on Wednesday and Borussia midfielder Sven Bender means business. How serious is he taking this behemoth match up? So serious that he's stopped playing Real Madrid in FIFA 13 just so he can focus on the actual team.
"I have stopped playing Real Madrid (on the games console) in the past week," the 23-year-old Germany international told reporters on Tuesday. "It will be a real highlight to have them in the stadium and not on playstation."
It's an odd proclamation to make at a press conference -- especially when playing them in a video game could be classified as a form of scouting. But modern football is weird like that. Expect Bender to try and get in Cristiano Ronaldo's head by telling him that he sold him to FSV Frankfurt for €8 million in manager mode.