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Real Madrid depleted for crucial Champions League game

MADRID (AP) – Real Madrid is beneath strain, depleted by accidents, and in want of a win within the Champions League.

Ahead of the group’s crucial match towards Galatasaray on Tuesday, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane definitely has his work minimize out for him.

Madrid has but to win a match in Group A this season. A 3rd straight setback may depart the group at risk of not making it out of the group stage of the Champions League for the primary time for the reason that 1989-90 season.

Coming off a demoralizing loss to promoted Mallorca within the Spanish league, Zidane must one way or the other put collectively a squad that’s lacking Luka Modric and Gareth Bale. Also not making the journey to Turkey are Lucas Vázquez and Marco Asensio, whereas there are doubts about Toni Kroos following an extended harm layoff.

“We have injured players, it is what it is,” Zidane stated. “We can’t change the situation. That can’t be used as an excuse. We have other players in the team and everyone has to show that they have what it takes to be here.”



Zidane used an alternate squad in Saturday’s loss at Mallorca, a consequence that price the group the Spanish league lead. Modric and Bale didn’t play and there was hope they may make it to Turkey, however the membership stated Sunday they haven’t but absolutely recovered.

If Kroos is certainly in a position to play, Zidane will doubtless use him within the midfield together with Casemiro and teenager Federico Valverde. In at-tack, Vinícius Júnior is prone to change Bale alongside Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard, who didn’t play in Mallorca due to the delivery of his son.

After a giant loss at Paris Saint-Germain and a house draw towards Club Brugge, Madrid is tied with Galatasaray on the backside of Group A with one level. The Turkish group is forward on aim distinction. PSG leads with six factors, 4 greater than Club Brugge.

HEALTHY BARCELONA

While Madrid tries to avert a disaster, Barcelona is simply beginning to hit its stride.

Barcelona was the group going through a wave of accidents early within the season, with gamers like Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez amongst these sidelined. But with a lot of the squad wholesome once more, Barcelona began thriving, and it’ll enter Wednesday’s Champions League match at Slavia Prague coming off 5 straight wins in all competitions.

Messi, Suárez and Antoine Griezmann – Barcelona’s much-hyped attacking trio – are lastly clicking. They every scored within the group’s 3-Zero win over Eibar within the Spanish league on Saturday.

“At the end, the great players always find one another and can feel where the other one will make his run or a pass,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde stated. “They have worked and played well. And this is the reward.”

Barcelona is tied with Borussia Dortmund on the high of Group F with 4 factors, three greater than Slavia Prague and Inter Milan.

JOÃO FÉLIX

Atlético Madrid’s Champions League game towards Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday would be the group’s first with out the injured João Félix, the 19-year-old Portuguese sensation who was the membership’s greatest offseason signing.

Félix harm his ankle within the 1-1 draw towards Valencia within the Spanish league on Saturday, a consequence that dropped Atlético to fifth place after 9 matches.

In the Champions League, Atlético is tied with Juventus on the high of Group D with 4 factors.

LEE’S TEARS

South Korea midfielder Lee Kang-in was in tears after being despatched off in Valencia’s 1-1 draw at Atlético Madrid on Saturday.

The 18-year-old Lee was proven a crimson card for a tough sort out about 10 minutes after approaching as a late substitute within the match in Madrid.

“It’s tough, he was crying in the changing room,” Valencia midfielder Gabriel Paulista stated. “He is a kid. He has a lot to learn. We’ve all gone through this and we need to be able to help him.”

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