It was the evergreen Cristiano Ronaldo who made the difference 6 days ago in Munich with two goals and a man of the match performance, but Real Madrid will have to be at their best this evening if they’re to book their spot in the semi-finals.
Carlo Ancelotti will be returning to his former stomping ground, and with a side who are beginning to peak at exactly the right moment in the season. They have 7 wins in their last 8 domestic outings, and will be confident of getting a result.
With that in mind, it’s vital the Real’s manager Zinedine Zidane gets his team selection correct. This is the XI we expect him to go with:
|PLAYER||% MINS PLD||GLS||AST.|
|0||0||2 / 0|
|0||7||10 / 0|
|1||2||4 / 0|
|8||1||8 / 0|
|1||8||3 / 0|
|3||0||7 / 0|
|1||2||3 / 0|
|2||13||8 / 0|
|9||5||3 / 0|
|23||11||4 / 0|
|14||4||0 / 0|
|Totals||62||53||52 / 0|
|TOTAL LA LIGA EXPERIENCE|
In defense, Nacho looks set to replace the injured Pepe. He has started alongside Sergio Ramos 20 times previously, and Real have lost just 3 of those matches.
Gareth Bale’s absence allows for Real to add another midfield man, with Isco looking the most likely to get the nod. The midfield quartet of Casemiro, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Isco hasn’t been used too frequently this season, but Real have averaged 2.4 goals per game in their 5 starts together.
There is little that can be said about Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo that hasn’t already been said, but despite being 29 and 32 respectively, they remain 2 of the most potent forwards in the game. They have 45 goals between them already this season, and will be confident of adding to that total tonight.
It’s an incredibly strong side, and one more than capable of holding on to the lead they established in the first leg. The smart money is undoubtedly on Real to take their place in the semi-final yet again.
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