Decisive game for Real Madrid. Los Blancos will try to stay alive in this 2014-2015 Champions League edition by beating Atlético de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu. Not so long ago, that was not something hard to do, but Atlético have not been beaten by their city rivals in their last 7 meetings this season. Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Marcelo will all miss the game.
Carlo Ancelotti will have to choose from Asier Illarramendi, Sami Khedira and Lucas Silva to replace Modric, while Chicharito Hernández and Jesé are the ones fighting for one spot alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. Expect Real Madrid to play under a 4-4-2 formation which gives them more control and possession against Atlético. However, Ancelotti's men could definitely miss Bale and Benzema's firepower if Cristiano Ronaldo is not at his best.
If Real Madrid get knocked out of the European competition, chances are Los Blancos will finish the season empty-handed, meaning that there could be some changes in the coaching staff and the roster ahead of the 2015-2016 season.
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Date & Time: Wednesday, April 22th. 20:45 local time (CET), 14:45 (EST)
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Coentrão; Kroos, Isco, Illarra, James, Ronaldo, Chicharito.
Atlético de Madrid: Oblak, Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Siqueira, Gabi, Tiago, Koke, Turan, Griezmann, Mandzukic.
First of all, it is the coach who should be asked about tomorrow's lineup, not me, but obviously, both Isco and Illarramendi are great players that have helped us a lot so far and can do it tomorrow as well.
I will configure a lineup with players that I trust, that are fresh, in a good condition, and that will for sure deliver.
Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas (Real Madrid). Diego Godín, Jan Oblak (Atlético de Madrid).
Prediction: Real Madrid 2-1 Atlético de Madrid
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