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3 Real Madrid Players Who Will Ensure A Smooth Passage To The Champions League Final

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Real Madrid have played some splendid football en route to their UEFA Champions League Semi Final clash against arch rivals Atletico Madrid. Now that they have won the first leg comfortably with a margin of 3-0, Los Blancos are looking to repeat their feat in the second leg and book a place in this year’s Final to be played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

This year’s Balon D’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the show in the first leg of the Semi-Final matchup, scoring a hat-trick in the process. It goes without saying that the Galacticos will be banking upon him in the second leg as well. However, a number of other players also performed brilliantly in the match and their contribution will also be crucial if Real Madrid needs to make it to the Final.

Three players who might play a pivotal role in the upcoming fixture against Atletico Madrid are as followed-

Cristiano Ronaldo-

Of late, the Euro Cup winning Captain of Portugal has been alleged of not being at his best.  However, now that the business end of the season is here, the Real Madrid talisman is seemingly finding form, having scored 5 goals in two matches against the German Champions Bayern Munich over the two legs of their quarter-final matchup including a hat-trick. Having scored another hat-trick in the last leg of the Semi-Final matchup, the four times Balon D’Or winner is guaranteed to play a major role in the second leg against Atletico Madrid as well.

Isco Alarcon-

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Isco’s splendid form has helped the present Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane feel much more confident of winning this year’s Champions League Semi Final. The Spaniard has proved to be a genuine match winner of late, scoring consistently against his opponent teams both in the Spanish La Liga as well as the Champions League. Isco’s swift running, ball controlling, and shooting from both long and close range is the reason that he is being hailed as one of the key players in the forthcoming matchup against Atletico Madrid.

Marcelo-

With darting runs into the heart of the opposition defence and threading key passes into the attacking third, Real Madrid left back Marcelo has been one of the most influential players in the Champions League for the Galacticos this season. His abilities to intercept balls, along with scoring stunners from way out and concentration of the ball make him a perfect contender to be hailed as a key player in the Semi Final.

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