In the aftermath of the goalless draw against Atletico, Lopetegui defended his team’s display stating, “We didn’t win the game simply because we didn’t manage to score, but overall, I think that we were by far the better side, particularly in the second half, in which we created several chances”. The coach went on to cite his team’s fatigue and the opponent’s extra day rest as a factor for Los Blancos failing to impose themselves in the first half.Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow Live Match Streaming | Uefa Champions League 2018/19
Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow Live Match Streaming
- Wednesday 12th December
- Santiago Bernabeu
With that in mind, Madrid travels to the Russian club, CSKA Moscow, where Varane lifted the World Cup this summer. The French defender will have to be at his best in the probable absence of Sergio Ramos, the Madrid captain, having injured himself over the weekend.
CSKA will look to cause an upset and get all three points, having lost out on the opening matchday, drawing the game against Viktor Plzen. Goncharenko doesn’t have an envious record against Madrid, having lost both his games in his time with Bate Borisov.
However, speaking ahead of the game, the coach declared his intent stating, “At the moment we’re focusing more on the attack, but for tomorrow’s game we have several possible systems”. The Belarusian may sense vulnerability in this Madrid side, in the absence of their big names, and it will be interesting what team he selects ahead of this tie.
The news that made headlines was the retirement of Igor Akinfeev from international football. Victor Goncharenko complimented the Russian keeper stating, “As a fan, it’s a shame, but as a coach, he’ll be able to focus 100% on CSKA.” The Belarusian though added pointedly that he hoped his side wouldn’t have to call on Akinfeev’s services against Madrid.
Brazilian defender Mario Fernandes is a right-back by trade, but the 25-year-old South American can also play at centre-back. It is exactly his versatility that makes him a player of significant quality. Mario Fernandes signed for CSKA Moscow in 2012 from Gremio and during his time in Russia he has already surpassed the 100-game mark for the Armeitsy who faced plenty of pressure to sell their prized asset in 2015 with Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Manchester United and Barcelona all believed to be interested in a played dubbed the new Lucio. No stranger to controversy, Mario Fernandes hit headlines for all the wrong reasons on a couple of occasions during his career. Most recent one was a 2015 Champions League qualifiers when his screaming and faking an injury was called an important “theatre piece” by the Russian media. Temperamental right-back is nevertheless an important member of CSKA’s first-team whose areal ability adds an additional dimension to Army Men’s play.
Both the coach and the keeper were seen enjoying the training session ahead of their tie against Madrid. CSKA is currently fourth in their league and six points behind leader Zenit, and will look to carry their winning run into Europe having drawn the last time around.
The amount of injuries in the side means Lopetegui will have to shuffle his side. Navas may start in goal, with Odriozola probably stepping into the right back position. Nacho should partner Varane. It will be interesting to watch the Madrid midfield, with the possibility of Casemiro playing a more attacking role in support of Benzema and Asensio, with Modric and Kroos marshalling the centre.
Bale’s replacement is also a point of intrigue, with Mariano being a possible option. Vinicius Junior who made a cameo appearance in the derby has travelled with the squad. The news of the Welsh forward being cleared of any long-lasting thigh problem during the clash against Atletico will come as a welcome boost as well.
Los Blancos though will have to pull up their socks if they are to entertain hopes of returning home with three points. Madrid has been poor in the final third and they will have to start scoring if they are to give themselves a chance of a victory at the Russian capital.All eyes will be on VEB Arena when CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid square off against each other in Group G. CSKA came from two goals behind to share the spoils with Viktoria Plzen in their opener, but they face an uphill task in Tuesday’s football match against Real Madrid. Los Blancos, on the other hand, recorded a routine 3-0 win over Roma at their Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and it has to be noted that the title holders could have scored much more goals in their opener. Cristiano Ronaldo left the club in the summer transfer window, but new coach Julen Lopetegui is doing a good job with Real Madrid and we predict that they are going to cement top position in Group G with a victory over CSKA in Moscow. In their last meeting in the elite competition Real Madrid crushed CSKA 4-1.
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