Match: Real Madrid VS Juventus
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Round: Semi-Finals Second Leg
Location: Santiago Bernabeu
Time: 9:45 PM (KSA)
Real Madrid will be hosting Juventus in the second-leg of the UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals on Wednesday night at 9:45 PM (KSA) as they look to overturn a 2-1 deficit from last week.
Here are some of my thoughts on the upcoming game:
Note: This is NOT a preview but rather my thoughts focusing mainly on Real Madrid
How We Go Into This:
Real Madrid go into this game with a bit of a worry on their minds as their most recent game in La Liga ended in a 2-2 draw against Valencia, which practically gifted the league to Barcelona. With that said, they played very well overall but were quite unlucky not to be able to come out with all three points on the night. This could go either way: Either they will have the last game on their minds as it could bring their moods down as they prepare for the match against Juventus, or they will find a way to use that disappointment to fuel them for the match since they know that this is the only realistic target left for them this season.
Los Merengues lost the first-leg 2-1 in Italy, which means that they will be able to overcome that deficit with some ease (with all respect to Juventus). The thing is that they need to be EXTREMELY careful not to concede any goals because that will make it very difficult. Real Madrid will be able to score, I think, but the defending has been terrible in recent games so they’ll have to be very aware of that. With Toni Kroos expected to play after a minor injury scare during the weekend, he will be very influential when it comes to the defending. Furthermore, Karim Benzema is finally expected to be back and he will be really helpful as part of the BBC with players such as James Rodriguez and Isco helping out as well. We can make this comeback and find our way to the final of this competition.
The 12th Man:
With this game being played at the Santiago Bernabeu, it makes it a lot easier for Real Madrid to make this comeback with the fans behind their backs. Against Valencia last weekend, the fans were incredible and were always cheering the team on even when they were losing 2-0, which is not something we usually see with the crowd. We are all far too familiar with our played being booed even when they are winning games. The team will need this support again to carry them through to the final held in Berlin on June 6.
What Should We Expect?
As I have mentioned numerous times before in my previews, I don’t particularly like to predict games with Real Madrid and am not willing to change that right now. What I can say about my expectations is that we should all expect to see Real Madrid to come out with the fight that we all know they possess. We should expect them to show their true capabilities and, dare I say, we should maybe even expect them to excel in defending! They know what’s on the line, especially after having to practically accept the fact that they won’t be winning La Liga this year. The UEFA Champions League is all that they have left and they should be coming out with full force on Wednesday night!
I’m personally not expecting any drastic changes in terms of the lineup against Juventus. Carlo Ancelotti will surely want to name his best starting eleven but also not take any unnecessary risks unless the game calls for that at some point. The only thing that I am not entirely sure about is whether Karim Benzema will be starting or on the bench, but I will predict him starting the match.
Daniel Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo
Isco, Toni Kroos
Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo
Hala Madrid y Nada Mas! Juntos A Por La Undecima!!