- Real Madrid is playing against PSG for its future in the Champions League and must come back from 1-0 in the first leg
- Ancelotti’s big doubt is the ownership of Kroos and Pochettino, the state of Mbappé’s left foot
Real Madrid plays today, March 9, a Champions League final. That is what the duel against PSG is for the white team, which is planted in Madrid with a 1-0 lead after the first leg. The Parisian team is one step ahead in the pressure that the two have at this point in the season. Whoever falls in the Champions League is going to have a very long season finale and with constant rumors about ups and downs for next season.
The Whites’ fans know what is at stake and want to experience a magical night at the Bernabéu. It has already been summoned at 7:00 p.m. to receive the team and 60,000 followers will be in the stands of the white stadium. Real Madrid fans excited about the comeback after 4-1 against Real Sociedad last Saturday.
Ancelotti wants the same team that thrashed the Basque to be seen. A group that presses up, that does not let the rival breathe and that always looks for the goal. Come on, everything he didn’t do in Paris where the Whites played the worst game of the season, but despite that, they only conceded one goal, Mbappé’s, in added time. Ancelotti is clear about what he wants to do, but he will have to put it into practice without two key men and the doubt of another. Casemiro and Mendy are out through suspension, while Kroos is a doubt. The German has entered the squad, but Ancelotti must decide if he is fit to be a starter after recovering from injury. If he finally starts, he will occupy the midfield position with Modric and Valverde on the wings. If not, the Croatian would exercise that function and everything indicates that Camavinga would be the starter.
The left back is disputed by Nacho and Alaba. Logic says that the youth squad would be the starter so as not to break up the pair of central defenders, but the Austrian is an expert in playing as a left-back and Ancelotti has put him on more than one occasion in that area of the field. Above, on the other hand, Vinicius and Benzema are fixed, while Marco Asensio would be the third member of the attacking triplet. A trio that has recovered the goal and in which almost all white hopes are pinned to come back.
If Ancelotti is aware of Kroos. Pochettino is at the foot of Mbappé. The striker suffered a stomp in training last Monday and is in doubt, although everything indicates that he is not going to miss the Bernabéu match. A stadium that could be his next season and tonight he will surely receive a standing ovation from the Real Madrid fans, eager to see him dressed in white.
The presence of Mbappé is key for PSG, which without him, drops a lot of points. The player would have to be very bad not to be next to Messi and Neymar tonight, a trio that can change a game in one move. The one who will not be on the pitch at the Bernabéu is Sergio Ramos. A special match for the former Real Madrid player who cannot play due to his injuries. He won’t be on the pitch, but he will be in the stands because he wanted to travel to Madrid with PSG.