Real Madrid will face Shakhtar Donetsk on their trip to Polish Army Stadium on Tuesday night as they continue their unbeaten Champions League run. Los Blancos recorded a narrow 2-1 victory over them in the reverse fixture last week, so they will be bidding to make it their fourth straight win in the UCL group stages to stay on the top of Group F.
Carlo Ancelotti would probably opt for the 4-3-3 formation but is expected to make a few changes to the starting XI. Karim Benzema will return to lead the charge while Rodrygo takes a spot on the bench allowing Federico Valverde to play in the right wing.
4-3-3 Real Madrid Predicted Line Up Vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Andriy Lunin will continue to operate in between the sticks for Los Blancos after keeping a clean sheet in his last outing against Getafe. The Ukrainian shot-stopper will hope to earn a clean sheet in this away encounter. Eder Militao will continue in the centre-half as Antonio Rudiger drops to the bench allowing David Alaba to play in the heart of Ancelotti’s defence as they focus on stopping the opposition from creating too many chances in front of the goal.
Dani Carvajal will continue to feature as a right-back while Ferland Mendy plays from the start to impress on the opposite flank. Both of them would have to get forward in order to stretch the opposition and remain compact on defence.
Rudiger will provide cover for the defensive positions taking a spot on the bench and coming on in the latter stages if required.
Toni Kroos will replace Camavinga featuring alongside Aurelien Tchouameni and Luka Modric to anchor the midfield and efficiently distribute possession in the centre of the park. Modric will have to find a way to be a little creative alongside Kroos to create as many chances as they can for the front three.
Camavinga will drop to the bench as he awaits his opportunity to impress in the second half if required.
Vinicius Junior will move to the left-wing position as he remains a guaranteed starter with his great run of form. Federico Valverde will make a start as he gets a chance to catch the eye from the right flank.
Karim Benzema will lead the line for Madrid on the attacking end of the field. The French forward will be hoping to get his name on the scoresheet after coming back from a well-deserved rest.
Rodrygo and Eden Hazard will have to be content with a spot on the bench as they hope to impress in the latter half if required.