Next Wednesday, 6th of April 2016, an extremely motivated Real Madrid will visit Germany to measure forces with Wolfsburg at Volkswagen Arena for the first-leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals.
Real Madrid’s players and supporters are still jubilating over last Saturday’s spectacular win at Camp Nou. Los Blancos struggled in the first-half of the match to withstand Barcelona’s attacking display of power and might consider themselves lucky of reaching half-time with eleven players on the pitch due to Sergio Ramos’ constant late tackles and unsportsmanlike attitudes. After the break, however, especially after Barcelona’s goal, Real Madrid put up a strong comeback and ended up winning the match with goals by the usual suspects, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. The Spanish capital city team even managed to score another goal, but it was disallowed after the referee considered that Gareth Bale prevented his opponent to jump while he headed the ball home.
The upcoming match at Germany is of the utmost importance for Zinedine Zidane’s men, since it is the only competition they have a strong possibility to win this season. For that important fixture, the French head coach will not be able to rely on the contribution of his fellow countryman Varane, who is sidelined due to a calf injury.
As for Wolfsburg, the German team is not going through the best of times at Bundesliga after losing two of their last three league matches. An away defeat against Hoffenheim was the first setback for Dieter Hecking’s men three weeks ago, but things got worse for them when they failed to get anything better than a 1-1 draw against Bundesliga newcomers Darmstadt before the international break. Last Friday, Die Wölfe extended their recent poor streak results after being hammered 3-0 by Bayer Leverkusen. Brandt, Chicharito Hernandez and Yurchenko scored for Bayer Leverkusen, on what was another relatively poor performance from the Dieter Hecking’s team.
The clash against Real Madrid probably does not come at the best of times and, for that match, the experienced German manager will not be able to rely on the services of Dost and Jung, who remain sidelined due to injury.
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Stats: W-5 L-0 D-0
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Wolfsburg (4-2-3-1) - Benaglio - Trasch - Knoche - Dante - Rodriguez - Luiz Gustavo - Guilavogui - Vieirinha - Draxler - Schurrle - Kruse
Real Madrid (4-3-3) – Navas - Danilo - Sergio Ramos - Pepe - Marcelo - Modric - Casemiro - Kroos - Ronaldo - Bale - Benzema
Injury List / Suspended Players
Wolfsburg - Dost (inj) - Jung (inj)
Real Madrid - Varane (inj)
This is the sides' first meeting
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