It will be crucial for Real Madrid to kick off their Champions League season by collecting all three points against Shakhtar today. The Ukrainian team will be hard to beat and Rafa Benítez should try to get his players ready for a match that will not be as comfortable as their 5-0 and 0-6 wins against Betis and Espanyol.
Meanwhile, PSG will be hosting Malmo at the Parc des princes. The French powerhouse should definitely get a comfortable win, so Madrid simply can't afford to drop points against Shakhtar. The outcome of this group will likely be decided when Madrid and PSG face each other, but whoever drops points before those matches happen could very well face those games needing a win.
Either way, it's time for Real Madrid to start their European season and also for Benítez to start rotating his team. Players like Jesé and Kovacic will surely be wanting to demonstrate they are ready to feature whenever Benítez needs them.
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Date & Time: Tuesday, September 15 (20:45 local time, 14:45 EST).
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain.
Projected Real Madrid XI: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Players to watch: Isco, Ronaldo, Bale.
TV Information: FOX Sports (United States), BT Sport Extra (United Kingdom), SuperSport 5 Africa (Kenya), Antena 3 (Spain), Others.
Stream information: BeIN Sports Connect (United States), Others.