Real Madrid – Roma preview: Los Blancos to secure quarter-finals spot

Real Madrid – Roma preview: Los Blancos to secure quarter-finals spot


Real Madrid will seek to seal progress to the Champions League quarter finals as they face Roma at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Zinedine Zidane men earned a 0-2 victory in Italy that will make things much easier for them. Cristiano Ronaldo will look to extend his excellent scoring form after netting four in Los Blancos 7-1 victory against Celta Vigo.

Midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will return to the starting eleven after missing Celta’s clash through injury. Marcelo and Gareth Bale, who played a few minutes as substitutes in that game after returning from injury, are also expected to start against Roma.

Karim Benzema will be Zidane’s biggest loss. The French manager has decided to leave out youngster Borja Mayoral, who has replaced Benzema in the past two games. Thus, it is unclear whether James Rodriguez, Jese Rodriguez or Lucas Vazquez will replace the striker. Another option could be Mateo Kovacic if the Los Blancos manager seeks to reinforce his midfield and gain control.

Meanwhile, Luciano Spalletti will miss defenders Daniele De Rossi and Antonio Rudiger, who are on the sidelines due to injury. The Roma boss has claimed his team will do anything possible to get a win.

Possible lineups:

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Bale, Modric, Kroos, Isco; Jese Rodriguez, Ronaldo.

Roma: Szczesny; Florenzi, Manolas, Zukanovic, Digne; Pjanic, Vainqueur, Nainggolan; Salah, Perotti, El Shaarawy.