Toni Kroos and Raphael Varane will return while Eden Hazard ought to start once again when Real Madrid take on Inter Milan on Tuesday.
Real Madrid will be desperate to grab their first win in the UEFA Champions League this season when they play hosts to Inter Milan at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in a Group B tie on Tuesday. And, Zinedine Zidane has a fresh roster issue hampering his preparations ahead of his side’s latest fixture.
Eder Militao is a short-term absentee after contracting the coronavirus and the Brazilian, therefore, invariably misses out on the matchday squad. Other than Eder Militao, the likes of Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho and Martin Odegaard all remain unavailable.
The continued absence of Carvajal, Odriozola and Nacho means Lucas Vazquez ought to continue as the makeshift right-back, having done a reasonably solid job in the last few weeks. On the left side of the Real Madrid defence, Ferland Mendy ought to come into the side in place of Marcelo.
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Mendy and Vazquez will flank Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos will form the central defensive partnership, with Varane coming in for Eder Militao. In the Real Madrid goal, there is no looking past Thibaut Courtois.
Up ahead in midfield, Casemiro is a certainty at the base of the three-man unit. As for the other two spots, Zidane has to choose between Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde. Modric and Kroos ought to get the nod ahead of Valverde owing to the magnitude of the game.
Finally, in attack, Zidane has all of his resources available to him. Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema started as the front trio last time out and during his pre-match press conference, Zidane was asked to comment on their displays.
“The players who are here always want to make history and that’s the good thing, they always want more and to prove themselves. The three players are important, they’re going to do important things with this team and they’re already doing them. We’ve got a squad that could win a lot.”
Hazard and Benzema were top class against SD Huesca this past weekend and should be automatic picks in the final third. Asensio was not quite at his best but should be picked ahead of Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. in the attacking trifecta, with the Brazilian duo being backup options against Inter Milan.
Real Madrid Predicted XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Benzema, Hazard