Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Real Madrid vs Roma Champions League - March 08, 2016

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Real Madrid vs Roma - UEFA Champions League
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Tuesday, 08 March 2016 - 19:45 GMT

Real Madrid team enter this match after a 7-1 destruction of Celta Vigo at the weekend, a game in which Cristiano Ronaldo netted four times. The Blancos remain a massive 12 points behind Barcelona and four behind local rivals Atletico, having lost in the Santiago Bernabeu to both sides. At this stage of the competition, last year the Galacticos returned from Gelsenkirchen with a 2-0 win over Schalke 04 and then lost the second leg 4-3 at the Bernabeu, coming very close to a humiliating elimination. Anyway, it was their only UCL defeat at the Bernabeu in the last five years. Furtheremore, this year they have kept three clean sheets in three home games in the group stage.
Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Marcelo and Gareth Bale should all return in the starting XI while Karim Benzema remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. James Rodriguez and Mateo Kovacic are competing for a place in the side, though the former could get the nod. Should Zidane decides to rest a some of the recovered players, Casemiro and Jese could both start.
AS Roma also enjoyed high-scoring domestic victory at the weekend as they beat Fiorentina 4-1 with an impressive performance. They will be full of confidence as they have recorded straight Serie A wins under new manager Luciano Spalletti. The Giallorossi were thumped 6-1 by Barcelona back in November during Rudi Garcia's reign. They won just one of six group matches. suffered a 3-2 fedeat at BATE and drew 4-4 at Leverkusen.
The domestic winning streak has been fueled by Mohamed Salah, El Shaarawy and Diego Perotti, and the trio is expected to start up front. Edin Dzeko will be benched once again. Seydou Keita could start alongside Radja Nainggolan and Miralem Pjanic in the middle of the park. No chances to see Kevin Strootman and Francesco Totti playing at some stage. Defender Antonio Rudiger is doubtful while De Rossi, Ezequiel Ponce and Norbert Gyomber all miss the trip due to injury.

Probable lineups:
Real Madrid: Navas – Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo – Kovacic, Casemiro, Isco – Bale, Ronaldo, Jese.
AS Roma: Szczesny – Florenzi, Rudiger, Manolas, Digne – Pjanic, Keita, Nainggolan – Salah, Perotti, El Shaarawy.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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