After a thrilling weekend of huge La Liga clashes across the board, the Spanish giants will now turn their gaze on the mid-week Champions League fixtures.
Real Madrid will welcome Club Brugge at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Tuesday evening as the Galacticos are looking to tally their first points in the ongoing European campaign.
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Their Champions League opener was, for the lack of a better term, a disaster as they suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes. But Los Blancos have definitely come a long way since that clash and have actually been on a good streak, keeping three clean sheets in a row and staying undefeated in La Liga.
Zinedine Zidane’s squad is also starting to finally get their key players back from their injuries and that could affect his lineup against Brugge come Tuesday night.
Nonetheless, Zidane will need to pick a side capable of bouncing back from a harrowing group stage opener, so here’s what we think Real Madrid’s starting XI might look like on Tuesday night…
Thibaut Courtois is looking likely to continue his stay between the sticks and with three clean sheets in the last three games, the Belgian’s fortunes might finally be turning.
The Galacticos’ backline won’t really see too many changes. With Marcelo still a doubt for that match and Ferland Mendy also recovering from his injury, Nacho is bound to get another shot at that left-back position. Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane should start at the centre-back positions and Daniel Carvajal will likely retain his spot at right-back.
Many Madridistas will surely be excited about Luka Modric’s big return. Real Madrid’s Croatian sensation even featured against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium and now he should finally be ready to start a match once again.
Zidane will probably deploy him next to Toni Kroos and Casemiro in that midfield trident, a mixture of vision and physicality in the engine room.
Further up the pitch, Karim Benzema will probably lead the line as Real Madrid’s first-choice striker, and we’re predicting he’ll be flanked by Eden Hazard on the left and Gareth Bale on the right. Both failed to make their mark against Atletico Madrid but remain the strongest options out wide.