Date: 7 April 2021
Time: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid
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The UEFA Champions League matches are all set to return with an exciting set of quarterfinal matches. However, the one that will have a lot of eyeballs on will be the contest between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Tuesday. While both the teams have had injury concerns this season, this will possibly be a game where either team can make a big statement by winning the match. Both teams haven’t had a great run in their respective domestic leagues and with more to play for in the Champions League expect a crackerjack of a contest when the teams face off at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid.
The injury news from the Real Madrid camp is that Sergio Ramos did sustain an injury during the international break and will not be available for selection in this match. Moreover, while Eden Hazard has made recovery and is likely to take the field against Liverpool, Federico Valverde will sit out to nurse his injury. There are no suspension news from the camp.
A particular concern for Liverpool would be their defensive strategy with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip all injured for this crucial game. In addition, the likes of Divock Origi, Jordan Henderson and Caoimhin Kelleher will also play no part in this match.
Real Madrid have a great record in the UEFA Champions League in the past few seasons and are known to step up their game in the knock-out stages. On the other hand, Liverpool seem to have found their purple patch yet again since the return from the injury of Diogo Jota. However, against an in-form Karim Benzema, the reigning Premier League champions will have a tough task ahead of them and may feel the added pressure of turning it around.
Probable Playing XI
Thibaut Courtois, Ferland Mendy, Nacho, Raphael Varane, Lucas Vazquez, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema
Alisson Becker, Andrew Robertson, Ozan Kabak, Nathaniel Phillips, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Thiago Alcantara, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah
Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Thibaut Courtois
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Ferland Mendy, Andrew Robertson
Midfielders: Sadio Mane, Toni Kroos, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho
Forwards: Karim Benzema, Mohamed Salah, Vinicius Junior, Diogo Jota
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