The obligation to change a bad dynamic in the Champions League marks the visit of the Real Madrid Borussia Mönchengladbach, after his bad debut against Shakhtar Donetsk that prolonged a worrying dynamic in the competition in which he wants to reign again and that measures the current level of Zinedine Zidane’s squad on the European scene.
Extending the reaction of the classic is the goal of Real Madrid. The triumph of the Camp Nou as a turning point. The coup of authority from a squad that did not face two games with the right mentality against rivals that it considered minor, Cádiz in the League and Shakhtar in ‘Champions‘and in today’s football nobody forgives you if the attitude is not what the script demands.
Reinforced the figure of Zinedine Zidane with a new conquest of the Camp Nou, where he never lost, the coach wants to definitively bury the criticism of those who already forget the milestone of his three consecutive Champions Leagues, extending the reaction to the European competition. It is where Real Madrid has stepped down after a stage of glory, anchored again in the round of 16 two consecutive editions, Chaining three consecutive defeats and without finding regularity since the farewell of a player who decided when the moment of truth, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Without him he needs Karim’s goals Benzema, the club’s third top scorer in the most prestigious competition with 53 goals in 102 games, which has started the season reducing its effectiveness. A single goal in seven games, against Levante, and it was not decisive. There are options to be accompanied again in attack in a system with two ends, in the return of Luka Jovic to Germany, where conditions exploded scorers that have not yet been seen at Real Madrid.
This modification would allow Luka Modric to return to eleven if Zidane bets on four midfielders to have more control of the match, although if the French coach considers that what works is not touched and thinks that he found his typical team, he would maintain the Camp system Nou with Marco Asensio, Vinicius and Rodrygo fighting for two places. Why It seems impossible that Eden Hazard is an option, just recovered from his muscle injury, and with an already surprising call-up after just one training session with the group.
The footballer who was called to lead the project remains unpublished, without a single minute this course between a specific start of work to reinforce the damaged ankle and his subsequent muscle injury. Real Madrid need him but it does not seem the most appropriate scenario for his comeback, playing so much in a high intensity duel. The plague of casualties on the right side, without Dani Carvajal, Álvaro Odriozola and Nacho Fernández, Zidane could replace it by rewarding Lucas Vázquez for his good performance in the classic, although Marcelo also has options to play and place Mendy with a changed leg.
Gladbach enters the duel after signing a difficult victory in the Bundesliga against bottom-side Mainz by 2-3 and a creditable away draw against Inter Milan (2-2), in his debut in a tough group in the Champions League. Although that point would have been signed before the game, the goal received in the 90th minute in Italy caused a final bittersweet taste.
Your coach Marco Rose in the first half against Mainz he reserved important players such as Jonas Hoffmann, Marcus Thuram and Alasane Plea. When they entered the second half, the game changed and Gladbach was victorious. It also changed the dynamics of previous games, in which they had squandered an initial advantage for a positive signal to come back before facing the duel against Real Madrid.
Convinced that to get something positive they will have to improve their defensive performance, as defender Matthias Ginter warned. “We concede too many easy goals and to compensate for that we can’t always score three or four goals a game. We have to be more vigilant behind. ”It is to be expected that Rose will turn to the same team that started the match against Inter.
Real Madrid will once again play a game with an audience in the stands, although the support of the Borussia Park stands will be symbolic, where a loyal fans always roar, which will be able to welcome only 300 fans for the measures against the coronavirus that subtract the environmental tension that the Madrid team has historically suffered in German stadiums.
. Probable lineups:
Borussia Mönchengladbach: Sommer; Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini; Kramer, Neuhaus; Hoffmann, Embolo, Thuram; and Plea.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Mendy; Casemiro, Fede Valverde, Kroos, Modric; Benzema and Jovic or Vinicius.
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel).
Stadium: Borussia Park.