Since it was drawn, it’s the Champions League fixture that has had football fans the world over waiting in excited anticipation.
This evening Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid square off in the first leg of the Champions League Semi-finals.
Real manager Zinedine Zidane has two major injuries to contend with, in the form of Welsh forward Gareth Bale and veteran defender Pepe.
|PLAYER||% MINS PLD||GLS||AST.|
|0||0||2 / 0|
|3||1||1 / 0|
|0||8||11 / 0|
|8||2||8 / 1|
|2||10||3 / 0|
|1||2||4 / 0|
|2||13||8 / 0|
|5||1||10 / 0|
|27||11||4 / 0|
|14||4||0 / 0|
|10||6||4 / 0|
|Totals||72||58||55 / 1|
|LINE-UP COMBINED RECORD|
|LAST MATCH - 4 Oct 2015|
1 - 1
|0 - 1|
|1 - 1|
|TOTAL LA LIGA EXPERIENCE|
Bale’s calf injury has ruled him out of the game, while Pepe is nursing a rib injury that means he won’t take part either.
While Raphael Varane is a more than capable replacement for Pepe, the key question for Zidane is who should replace Bale in the side.
Zidane can choose between James Rodriguez, Marco Asensio and Isco to replace him – with Isco likely to get the nod despite Rodriguez’s strong recent return to form.
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