Real Madrid take on Al-Jazira in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup on Wednesday. Should they win, they’ll advance to the final against the winner of Gremio vs. Pachuca.
One of the key things to keep your eye on, should you watch this match, is that Gareth Bale is looking like he’ll get some minutes. He joined up with the squad again on Monday and should be able to grab some minutes to prepare for the El Classico in less than two weeks time.
Other news is that Sergio Ramos won’t be participating in the game after leaving the training session this week. He’ll miss out Real Madrid’s attempt at defending their Club World Cup title.
This tournament can be somewhat frustrating to some people, but this could be a great chance for Real Madrid to get a bit of a jumpstart. Winning silverware, no matter how small the competition is, can be a great way for a team to get things going. That’s looking at this tournament positively.
There could also be some rotation in the lineup to let the youngsters get a chance. Other then that, it can be difficult to take too much away from a tournament like the Club World Cup. Either way, Real Madrid should easily grab a win over Al-Jazira.
Predicted Starting XI
Real Madrid predicted XI: Navas, Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Isco, Kroos, Modric, Asensio, Benzema
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM CLUB WORLD CUP
Time: 18:00 CET, 12:00pm EST, 9:00am Pacific.
Venue: Zayed Sport City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Real Madrid 3-1 Al-Jazira