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Los Blancos Want to Finish the Job

Madrid, Beritasatu.com – Hosts Real Madrid are trying to finish their job against RB Leipzig in the second leg, round of 16, Champions League, at the Santiago Bernabeu, Thursday (7/2/2024) early morning WIB. Carlon Ancelotti's men have only done half their work after winning 1-0 at legs first at Red Bull Arena.

Performing on home turf, Los Blancos Of course he doesn't want to be eliminated for the second time in the last 16 of the Champions League. The last time Madrid was eliminated in the round of 16 by Ajax Amsterdam was in the 2018/2019 season.

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At the match legs Firstly, on February 13 2024, Madrid star player Jude Belingham could only sit on the bench due to an ankle injury. Brahim Diaz successfully carried out his duties by breaking into Leipzig's goal at the Red Bull Arena.

However, it should be noted, Madrid's defense in the match legs Firstly, his opponent from Germany can still penetrate him. Several times Leipzig created opportunities through attacks starting from Benjamin Sesko's feet. Luckily, Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin was able to defend his goal so that he didn't concede, and gave the Spanish club a slight lead.

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Reflecting on their last three matches, Madrid is in an unstable condition because they were only able to win one match and drew twice. Even in the last match in the Spanish League, Los Blancos at the Mestalla Stadium, they were trailing 2-0 by hosts Valencia, before finally coming back to equalize 2-2.

Real Madrid player Brahim Diaz (right).  - (AP/Bernat Armangue)
Real Madrid player Brahim Diaz (right). – (AP/Bernat Armangue)

There was controversy in this match, after Bellingham received a red card from the referee due to his harsh cursing. However, Ancelotti can still field the England national team player in the next match. It's just that Bellingham has to be alert because he has already received one yellow card.

In the Leipzig camp, Marco Rose's troops will certainly not change their strategy like in the first leg, by appearing to attack. In the match at the Red Bull Arena, the Bundesliga club found a way to penetrate Madrid's back line.

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Die Roten Bullen will take advantage of this opportunity to stay in the Champions League.

Leipzig heads to the Bernabeu on the back of a 4-1 win over VfL Bochum at the weekend. However, the victory in Bochum was only the third victory in 10 matches that Rose's troops have played.

Currently they are in fifth place in the German League standings, one point behind Borussia Dortmund.

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It is recorded that the only meeting between RB Leipzig and Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the Champions League occurred in 2022 and ended with a 2-0 win for Los Blancos.

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Team B's conditionEllingham has a big chance of being introduced from the start of the match, even though in the Spanish League he just received a red card. Apart from that, Ancelotti can also play Eduardo Camavinga as a starter,

However, Madrid has not been able to field David Alaba, Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao due to ACL injuries. They may only be able to return to playing next month.

In the Leipzig camp, Marco Rose was forced to make a substitution because French defender Mohamed Simakan received a yellow card for the third time in the first leg. He had to miss the trip to the Spanish capital.

Apart from Simakan, Lukas Klostermann is still trying to recover from a hip injury. However, the team's midfield mainstay Xaver Schlager could return after serving a ban in the Bundesliga.

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For the front line, Lois Openda, who scored a goal against Bochum, is ready to be used to replace Christoph Baumgartner to partner Sesko.

Estimated Lineup

Real Madrid: Lunin (GK), Carvajal, Tchouameni, Rudiger, Mendy, Valverde, Camavinga, Kroos, Bellingham, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr.

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RB Leipzig: Gulacsi (GK), Henrichs, Orban, Lukeba, Raum, Olmo, Haidara, Schlager, Simons, Openda, Sesko.

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Los Blancos Want to Finish the Job

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