Next Tuesday, 12th of April 2016, a Real Madrid hurting in their pride will take on German Pokal and Supercup winners Wolfsburg at the emblematic Santiago Bernabéu for the second-leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals.
It was a disheartened Real Madrid that played at Germany last week and ended up losing the match by 2-0. Defeating Barcelona at Camp Nou has certainly injected an extra dose of complacency in the team and Los Blancos paid a high price for such nephasth sense of security and have now to produce something very special if they want to claw a place in the next stage of the tournament.
Last Saturday, however, Real Madrid grabbed the bull by the horns and put up a vintage performance in the first-half of the match against SD Eibar at Bernabéu and unsurprisingly went to break leading by 4-0. Los Blancos controlled the match at their own will in the second-half and their solid four goals’ win allowed them to close the point gap to the league leaders, Barcelona, to just four points.
For the upcoming match against the Germans, Zinedine Zidane is not yet certain if he will be able to rely on the services of his fellow countryman Raphael Varane, who remains sidelined due to a calf injury. Karim Benzema, on the other hand, is back in training, and he is an option out there.
As for Wolfsburg, the German side failed to meet expectations last weekend at Bundesliga being held to a draw at home by FSV Mainz after their brilliant midweek win over the all-powerful Real Madrid. A goal by André Schurrle after the break wasn’t enough for them to claw the three points, because of Jairo Samperio’s goal that allowed the visitors to level the score just thirteen minutes later. Wolfsburg are showing blatant signs of inconsistency at Bundesliga so far this season and they currently occupy the 8th place of the table with just 39 points from 29 matches.
For the upcoming match at Bernabéu, Dieter Hecking is not yet certain if he will be able to rely on the contribution from Sebastian Jung and Daniel Caligiuri, who are both sidelined due to injury.
Stats: W-4 L-0 D-1
Recent Form - WLWWW
Stats: W-1 L-2 D-2
Recent Form - DWLDL
Real Madrid (4-3-3) – Navas - Carvajal - Pepe - Sergio Ramos - Marcelo - Modric - Casemiro - Kroos - Ronaldo - Bale - Benzema
Wolfsburg (4-2-3-1) - Benaglio - Vieirinha - naldo - Dante - Rodriguez - Luiz Gustavo - Guilavogui - Bruno Henrique - Draxler - Schurrle - Kruse
Injury List / Suspended Players
Real Madrid - Varane (in doubt)
Wolfsburg - Caligiuri (inj) - Jung (inj)
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