After the loss to Cadiz in the league, the team from the Spanish capital will host the Ukrainians in the opening round of the Champions League (tonight, 19:55) • Manor Solomon will open in the guest squad?
Will open in the lineup?
Real Madrid will open the Champions League home stage tonight (Wednesday, 19:55) when they host Shakhtar Donetsk at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.
The Blancos come after losing for the first time in the league this season, 1-0 to Cadiz on Saturday, and they will try to recover at their expense the Ukrainians who have not lost in the last five rounds.
After the disappointment against Cadiz, Zinedine Zidane will make some changes in the squad, with Casimiro and Perlan Mandy expected to start at 11.
Sergio Ramos, who was injured on Saturday, was taken out of the squad so as not to endanger him before the Clásico on Saturday, which means that Adar Militau may start alongside Rafael Varane.
Those who will not play tonight are the injured Martin Edgor, Albero Odriosola and Eden Hazard.
Zidane may decide to give Krim Benzema a break before Barcelona, with Luca Jovic getting a place in the squad.
"The only game we are preparing for right now is Shakhtar," the Real Madrid coach said ahead of the game.
"I know many of their players can't play, but they are still a competitive team and have a deep staff. We want to open the factory well, we know what we are getting, but there are a lot of teams that want to win the Champions League."
Zidane commented on the loss against Cadiz: "This is our chance to change direction, I hope you see Real Madrid different."
The Israeli angle in the game is of course Manor Solomon, who may take advantage of the many shortcomings in Shakhtar's squad, and may even get the place in the 11th.
Either way, the team chose a picture of the young Israeli to appear on the game poster.
GIVE A MATCH!
GAME MASTERS RELEASE!
@ChampionsLeague, 1st round of the group stage
«Alfredo Stephano», Madrid
- FC SHAKHTAR DONETSK (@FCShakhtar) October 21, 2020