Real Madrid is hosting the Polish Champions Legia Warsaw on Tuesday night during the 3 leg of the UEFA Champions League Group F.
The 2015/2016 Champion – Real Madrid is an absolute favorite in this game – on paper, but considering the poor performance lately and their injury report, this game might turn out to be exciting to watch. Namely, the Los Blancos have just ended their 4-match run without recording a win, after seeing 3 draws in the domestic competition and one in the last round against the German side Borussia Dortmund (2:2). Although many key players are out with an injury, Zinedine Zidane has sent a mixed unit on the pitch during the weekend’s matchup in LaLiga against the hosting team Real Betis. His team came out strong, especially the players that lacked the playing time (Isco, Kovacic) and demolished the hosts with 6:1. This was exactly what Zidane and his team needed going into the midweeks Champions league matchup against Legia. According to the reports close to the Real Madrid’s locker-room, the Los Blancos will not be able to count on Luka Modric (knee injury), Sergio Ramos (knee injury), James Rodriguez and Coentrao. Real Madrid is currently on a 13 matches run without suffering a loss, and on Tuesday night they will have a great chance to continue that run.
On the other side, the Polish Champion Legia Warsaw has finally made the Group stage of the UEFA Champions league competition, after years of absence. Although the Polish team has not yet won a single point in the competition, they will try to use the fact that the Los Blancos are missing many key players, and try to surprise them at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Legia has lost badly in their first two games (at home 0:6 to Borussia Dortmund and away 0:2 to Sporting), failing to find the back of the net in both games. In addition to their poor form in the Champions league, Legia is struggling badly in the domestic competition as well, tasting the victory only 1 time in their last 5 games (1 draw and 3 losses). The visiting teams coach Besnik Hasi will not be able to count on the injured Michal Pazand who is bothered by the shoulder injury. However, all hopes of winning some points at the Santiago Bernabeu will be pointed towards their striker Nemanja Nikolic, who is the most dangerous player on this team.
This will be the first time Real Madrid will go head-to-head against Legia Warsaw. The Los Blancos have played Polish teams on 6 different occasions in the past, coming out victorious in all 6 games. Considering the importance of the match for the Spaniards, there is no doubt that they will come out strong and look to end the game in the first half, so that they could rest their key players (Ronaldo, Morata, and Bale) in the second half. Look for Ronaldo to score once again and continue his great form shown against Sporting Lisbon and Borussia Dortmund. On the other side, the Polish Champions will be more than happy if they can find the back of the net at least once. Scoring a goal against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be as much important for them as winning a point.
Predicted Real Madrid Lineup (4-3-3):
Keylor Navas; Danilo, Raphael Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Toni Kroos, Mateo Kovacic, Isco; Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Alvaro Morata
Predicted Legia Warsaw Lineup (4-4-2):
Arkadiusz Malarz;Bartosz Bereszynski, Jakub Rzezniczak, Jakub Czerwinski, Adam Hlousek; Guilherme, Tomasz Jodlowiec, Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Michal Kucharczyk; Miroslav Radovic, Nemanja Nikolic
Real Madrid vs Legia Warsaw
UEFA Champions League – Group F
Date: Tuesday, 18th October, 2016.
Kick-Off at 20:45 ET,
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid.