Real Madrid must claim three points in the Champions League against Borussia Monchengladbach or risk facing early elimination.
Real Madrid take on Borussia Monchengladbach at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium in their final Champions League group stage meeting on Wednesday evening. With Group B still very much open, the stakes could not be any higher as failure in winning the sixth match would leave Los Blancos in a tightrope and dependent on other results.
Zinedine Zidane has been able to call upon Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos for the fixture, but Luka Jovic and Martin Odegaard are the latest absentees. The duo joins Eden Hazard and Federico Valverde on the sidelines. The sides already met earlier this season and Madrid scored twice late on to secure a 2-2 draw.
Thibaut Courtois will keep his place in goal on Wednesday. The Belgian has been in good form and one of the reasons why his side’s goal difference is not worse than it already is. Dani Carvajal’s return comes as welcome news for news. The Spaniard will start and partner Ferland Mendy in the full-back roles. Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane will play together after five matches in the heart of defence.
Casemiro assisted and scored in Germany on matchday two but as a defensive midfielder, his duties are keeping the opposition at bay. He will be tasked with doing that by Zidane in his usual role. The Brazilian will play alongside the two players he has been very successful with, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Los Blancos’ attack has consistently been switched by Zidane, but he must go with the in-form players for this one. Vinicius Junior will likely play on the left flank and his compatriot, Rodrygo Goes, will start on the right-hand side hoping to continue his good form in Europe. Karim Benzema will lead the line with Mariano and Jovic, both out.