Real Madrid could not get anything going last Saturday in El Clásico against Barcelona. The effort wasn't there and the players ended up being whistled by their own fans, who were obviously very frustrated with the way Los Blancos played. Benítez and his men have a very good chance to bounce back from that loss tonight against Shakhtar, a game that could be used to secure the first spot in the group if Madrid get a win.
Benítez said during Tuesday's press conference that he will make some changes in the starting XI. For instance, Marcelo and Ramos are not available and Isco could get some minutes, just like Jesé and Casemiro. Nobody knows how the players will react after the devastating loss that Saturday and Shakhtar are a very decent team, so Madrid should be ready to face a tough challenge against Alex Teixeira and Co. Expect yet another difficult match for Los Blancos.
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Date & Time: Wednesday, November 25 (21:45 local time, 14:45 EST).
Venue: L'Viv, Ukraine
Projected Real Madrid Starting XI: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Pepe, Nacho, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Ronaldo, Isco, Jesé.
Players to watch: Jesé, Navas, Carvajal.
Prediction: Shakhtar 1-3 Real Madrid
TV Information: FOX Sports (United States), BT Sport Extra (UK), SuperSport 6 Africa (Kenya), BeIN Sports (Spain) Others.
Stream information: Others.