Real Madrid face Inter Milan as they hope to secure their second win of the Champions League group stage and inch closer to the next round.
Real Madrid visit the historic San Siro Stadium for their fourth match of the Champions League group stage. Having seen off Inter Milan to get their first European win of the season three weeks ago, Zinedine Zidane takes his rather depleted side to Italy, where Antonio Conte would be hoping to overturn his side’s fortunes.
As far as the visiting side is concerned, the most significant absentees include Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos, both of whom were 3-2 scorers in the reverse fixture. Luka Jovic and Eder Militao also do not travel after positive coronavirus results, whereas Alvaro Odriozola and Federico Valverde are injured too.
Thibaut Courtois will start in goal despite not keeping a single clean sheet in the Champions League this season. The Belgian has faced no less than four penalties without saving in his last two league matches but will keep his place on the team sheet, nevertheless. He will surely be tested to the limit against a full-strength home side.
In the absence of Ramos, Raphael Varane will once again don the captain’s armband and take up central defensive duties beside Nacho. Dani Carvajal, who was on the assist-charts immediately after his return against Villarreal is back. Ferland Mendy will continue to keep his place at the back in an unchanged Madrid defence from the last league outing.
Casemiro returning to the squad is a major boost for the Whites and so the Brazilian will be starting as the defensive midfielder. Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will slot into the advanced roles in a three-man midfield, while Martin Odegaard will probably be sacrificed after a half-decent display in Castellon in La Liga last weekend.
Eden Hazard will play as the left winger and carry the onus of creating attacking threats, and in all likelihood, he will be accompanied by Rodrygo on the right flank- the latter scored the winning goal when these two last met. In the absence of both his strikers, Zidane will name Mariano Diaz as the leader of his line and the Dominican will look to deliver.