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December. The Champions League. A final for him Real Madrid. Few, if not anyone, imagined that the white club could reach the last day of the group stage in the situation in which it is. Perhaps because never, in all its history, has the team from the capital been eliminated in the first round of their fetish competition. But reality is what it is and if you don’t want to fail history, you have to win against him. Borussia Monchengladbach.
Win or even draw. Despite having only won two games out of five (both against him Inter), Real Madrid continues to depend on itself and that is the best news. Everything can be a scare if even the leadership is achieved (winning and that the Shakhtar do not add three points) and it is avoided in the second round Bayern or Liverpool shift. Losing would be a total debacle and many suggest that it would spell the end of Zidane.
In the press conference prior to the game, Zidane did not want to enter the rag of assumptions about his position or the team in case of falling. The defeat does not arise within the white dressing room where the motto is none other than “it is a final and in Madrid the finals are won”, as Casemiro also pointed out to the media in the day before the game.
Mr. Champions returns
And if there is someone who knows very well what is going to win finals that is Sergio Ramos. The camero is back. Mr. Champions joins the game after spending three weeks out and wants to avoid a repeat of the eliminations against Ajax Y Manchester City, both without him on the field. His presence is an insurance for the whole team and a reinforcement for a touched Varane who has to regain confidence.
In addition to Ramos, Zidane recovers Dani carvajal for the game. The French coach breathes relieved since he can finally count on all his defense, the opposite of what happens with the position of ‘9’ in which Karim Benzema It is again the only one available. Neither Mariano neither Jovic, who after overcoming the coronavirus has been injured for two to three weeks, are at the disposal of the French coach.
Facing eleven, Benzema is expected to be accompanied by Vinicius Y Asensio in the bands. The center of the field seems clearer still since without Odegaard and without Faith Valverde, who rush to reach the derby, the three positions will be for the classic trio of the white team: Casemiro, Modric Y Kroos. The level they gave against Sevilla is another of the keys they cling to in Real Madrid.
Borussia Mönchengladbach arrives in Madrid with the possibility of qualifying for the first time in its history to the knockout stages of the Champions League, reissuing its glorious past in the 70s in the old European cup and the missing UEFA Cup.
For Gladbach a draw is enough, a result he has had more often than he would have liked throughout this season in the Bundesliga – the last time on Saturday against the Freiburg– but with which tomorrow everyone in the German team would be satisfied.
Rose will be able to recover the central Nico Elvedi, which was low on Saturday. His return is forced after losing his natural substitute, Tonny jantscke, due to a muscle injury. The Gladbach is in a curious situation. When the groups met, surely all those responsible would have signed if they had been offered the possibility of having the classification in their own hands on the last day.
Now, however, they have a bittersweet taste for not having secured it before, they regret the points lost in draws at home against Real Madrid and at home against Inter, when Gladbach had been in advantage, and in the tight defeat at home against Inter last week. One more point would have been enough and they had it in their hands.
Real Madrid – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Marco Asensio, Benzema and Vinicius.
Borussia Monchengladbach: Summer; Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Wendt; Kramer, Neuhaus; Lazaro, Stindl, Thuram; and Plea.
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands).
Time: 21:00 – Movistar Champions League / EL BERNABÉU.
Information: Match corresponding to matchday 6 of the Champions League group stage that will be played at the Alfredo di Stéfano stadium (Madrid) without spectators.