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The Real Madrid faces the moment of truth. Those of Zinedine Zidane return to San siro to play another final of Champions League, this time anticipated before the need to tie the pass to the round of 16. Ahead will be a Inter Milan even more touched and in need of the three points, so that on the pitch there will be a whole war between two greats in distress.
Madrid will go out “to win”. That’s how clear Zidane was at the press conference on Tuesday before the game. While it is true that whites would continue to depend on themselves with a draw, they know that speculation is never a good idea in a competition like the Champions League. The eleven chosen by the French coach will go all out and under that premise they want to return to Spain with the three points.
Although a Antonio Conte makes it funny, as he said in his respective appearance before the media, the casualties hurt a Madrid that adds two punctures in a row (Valencia Y Villarreal) with a stop in between. Madrid wants to go back to being the one in the first half hour in the first leg against Inter and take out again the claw that it showed in the final stretch of that game, when the goal of Rodrygo in 80 ‘.
Without Sergio Ramos neither Karim Benzema, their main casualties, the leadership of the team will fall on Eden Hazard. The Belgian is sure in the attack of a Madrid that needs its star. When he plays, the team improves and now that he has recovered filming after overcoming the coronavirus, his best version must appear to take a giant step towards the eighth.
The big news for the party is the return of Casemiro, another of the last cases of coronavirus of the staff. He will start in the center of the field, as Luka Modric, who has once again shown himself willing to renew his contract with Real Madrid and retire in white. Toni Kroos It will also be there and the question is whether there will be a fourth midfielder (Odegaard) or will return Mariano to the front. If the Hispanic-Dominican, headline in La Cerámica without Benzema or Jovic and with a goal in two minutes, he does not play, Asensio it could play a false ‘9’. With Mariano, the right wing would be the vermilion footballer.
In defense, Madrid expects Early Y Nacho continue to be reliable behind as in the last game. They will not have it easy against two top-level forwards like Romelu lukaku Y Lautaro Martinez. The bands will be Carvajal Y Ferland mendy and under sticks, Thibaut Courtois.
If Madrid have little room for error, Inter are completely on the ropes, having scored just two points in their first three games and reached the middle of the group stage at bottom.
Life or death
The men of coach Antonio Conte, who have not reached the knockout stages of the Champions League since 2012, needed an agonizing comeback this Sunday to defeat the Torino 4-2, after losing 0-2 at the time of the game, and they achieved it led by a double from Lukaku and a goal each from Lautaro and the Chilean Alexis Sanchez.
Conte appealed to the pride of his squad at the end of the league duel: “You have to be willing to play, the rivals should notice it, even in the dressing room tunnel. We are not yet at that point. I hope this is clear to them.”
With the confirmed casualties of the Serbian Alexander Kolarov and from the Croatian Marcelo brozovic, Inter will be entrusted to their defensive trio formed by the Slovak Milan skriniar, The dutch Stefan De Vrij and italian Alessandro Bastoni.
Roberto Gagliardini, Nicolo Barella and the Chilean Arturo vidal will be headlines in the center of the field, supported by the bands by the Moroccan ex-Madridista Achraf hakimi and English Ashley young, with the untouchables Lautaro and Lukaku in the lead.
Inter Milan – Real Madrid
Inter Milan: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Hakimi, Barella, Gagliardini, Vidal, Ashley Young; Lautaro Martínez and Lukaku.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Mariano and Hazard.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
Time: 21:00 – Movistar Champions League / EL BERNABÉU.
Information: Match corresponding to matchday 4 of the Champions League group stage to be played at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium (Milan, Italy) without spectators