The Champions returns to Bernabeu 579 days later and it does so with a duel between the Real Madrid and Sheriff Tiraspol. A special match for the two teams, for the Whites for playing a Champions League game again in Chamartín and for the Moldovan champion because for the first time he faces Real Madrid and the Santiago Bernabéu. An illusion, that of the Sheriff, that Carlo Ancelotti fears. The merengue team is a clear favorite, but it must prove it against a rookie team that has much to gain and little to lose, as it already demonstrated on the first day of the Champions League when it beat Shakhtar.
After the puncture against Villarreal in LaLiga, Ancelotti qHe wants to end this day as the solo leader of group D and, incidentally, make people forget last Saturday’s bad game against ‘Submarino’. In that meeting, Ancelotti’s tests failed in the first part and it will be necessary to see what he does tonight before the Sheriff. What seems clear is that Valverde He will not play as a right back and it will be necessary to see if the coach trusts Luke or even change to Nacho position and makes him play for that band. If you finally do that, Miguel pI would like to act on the left.
Ancelotti will recover Valverde for the center of the field, where he will be with Casemiro and Modric in a core of more touch and less vertical than previous meetings. Above, Vinicius and Benzema they are untouchable and it will be necessary to see who will accompany them in the offensive trident. Everything indicates that it will be Hazard, who played the last minutes against Villarreal and adds two consecutive substitutions. Although it will be necessary to see if that comes true or Ancelotti continues to bet on Rodrygo to act in attack. For this duel, the Italian will not be able to count on Carvajal, Marcelo, Ferland Mendy, Dani Ceballos and Gareth Bale, all of them injured, but instead recovers Toni Kroos.
The Sheriff, meanwhile, will be the 108th rival of Real Madrid in the European Cup. This team from an unrecognized country, Transnistria, and whose owner is Viktor GushanA former policeman and alleged agent of the defunct KGB, he arrives at the Bernabéu with his morale through the roof after thrashing (0-7) in his last game in the Moldovan league. In his last three league games, the Ukrainian coach, Yuri vernidub, took the opportunity to rotate thinking about the visit to the Bernabéu. There are many options for Vernidub to repeat the same eleven that he lined up against Shakhtar. The Colombian Castañeda, the theoretician 10 of the team, will be in charge of giving the last pass, while their backs will be covered by the roadrunner Addo, a Ghanaian barely 21 years old, and the cerebral Thill.
The only doubt for the Sheriff would be who will be the most advanced player. The Uzbek starts with an advantage Yakhshiboev, although the Ivorian Dago has also started in the last matches. The one who has not played is the author of the second goal against the Ukrainians, Yansané