Real Madrid are set to host Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu. This will be the last game of the UEFA Champions League group stage, with Real Madrid already having secured qualification to the knockout stage along with Tottenham as Dortmund and Apoel FC sit with only 2 points on their way to Europa League.
The match has boiled down to a simple formality for both the sides with their futures in the competition already decided but still an entertaining clash is on the cards as both sets of fans will expect an impressive performance from their respective sides.
Tottenham snuck away with the top spot of the group after they washed away Real Madrid at Wembley by 3 goals to 1. Dele Alli got a brace as Eriksen delivered the dagger in the 65th minute and Ronaldo’s 80th-minute goal was too little too late. Tottenham also held the Galacticos at the Bernabeu for a draw on November 18.
Real Madrid beat their German opponents 1-3 at the Westfalenstadion with Cristiano Ronaldo netting 2. The Portuguese might not be fairing well in the La Liga, but he has scored 8 times in the 5 matches in the Champions League and will be looking to add to that tally tonight.
Dortmund have disappointed so far in the competition, failing to register a single win.
With Gareth Bale out on injury again, Zinedine Zidane will have to rotate the squad tactically to accommodate a fit team against Sevilla on the weekend. Sitting 8 points behind arch-rivals and league leaders FC Barcelona, the Frenchman needs to ensure a win to challenge for the title.
Zinedine Zidane is expected to field the following team for the next match in a 4-3-3 formation :
Kiko Casillas might find his place between the sticks, with Keylor Navas’ having a disappointing performance against Fuenlabrada in the Copa Del Rey clash which ended 2-2.
Achraf Hakimi is expected to start on the right with Dani Carvajal serving a 1 match suspension.
Sergio Ramos received the 19th red card of his career against Athletic Bilbao last weekend in the La Liga. He will be partnering with Rafael Varane in the center with Marcelo on the left back.
Casemiro might take up the holding midfielder position with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric right in front of him.
Cristiano Ronaldo can come on the left wing with Benzema up top and Isco operating from the right. Lucas Vazquez might make an appearance off the bench in the later stages of the match.