Real Madrid are back in the Champions League as they prepare to face a flamboyant Inter Milan side on Tuesday evening.
Real Madrid are set to face Inter Milan for their third Champions League match of the season on Tuesday as the Spanish giants look to secure their first win in the competition. The Whites’ form was excellent against Huesca as Zidane’s side put four past their opponents in their last La Liga outing on the way to three comfortable points at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium.
Los Blancos have had contrasting results in their Champions League campaign so far as the club lost 3-2 to Shakhtar Donetsk at home and had also dropped points against Borussia Monchengladbach in a 2-2 draw. A win against the Nerazzurri will certainly give them the chance to salvage their faltering Champions League campaign, however, anything but three points could put them in a menacing position.
The Spanish champions will be looking to put up a solid display against Antonio Conte‘s side as the club will be settling for nothing less than a win. Dropping points against the Italian club will push the team on the brink of an early exit from the competition, perhaps into the UEFA Europa League and also mount pressure once again onto Zinedine Zidane‘s job.
Speaking to the press ahead of their clash against Inter, Zidane was asked about his thoughts on their game against the Nerazzurri:
Inter are a good team, very physical and play good football. We know there are three points up for grabs and we want all three.
Real Madrid will stick with Thibaut Courtois as their goalkeeper and he will be starting in goal for his third consecutive start in the Champions League. At the back, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane will look to occupy their central defence position. The latter was rested over the weekend. Lucas Vazquez will get another start at right-back given Madrid’s absentees, whereas Ferland Mendy is likely to get the nod ahead of Marcelo at the left-back spot.
In the centre of the park, Casemiro will look to play his natural position as the defensive midfielder. The Brazilian will be key in thwarting the visiting side’s counter-attacking prowess. Toni Kroos will return to the line-up and will be crucial in dictating the play while Federico Valverde‘s box-to-box characteristic will also prove vital against an Inter Milan side which is quick in transitions.
The forward trio will see Eden Hazard make his first start in the competition since his match at the Etihad Stadium on his preferred left flank of the attack. Marco Asensio will once again be entrusted to provide more attacking threat from the right-hand side. Karim Benzema will lead the line and look to add to his tally of 66 Champions League goals as well as three goals from his previous two fixtures.