Madrid, September 27 (IANS): Both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are in Champions League action on Tuesday, with Real Madrid facing FC Sheriff Tiraspol and Atletico visiting AC Milan.
Real Madrid are keeping the Moldovan squad entertained after being held 0-0 at home against Villarreal in La Liga and coach Carlo Ancelotti will likely make some changes to his squad with Lucas Vazquez at right-back, Fede Valverde pushing in midfielder and Eden Hazard likely to be put back in attack alongside Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr.
Sherrif dominates his domestic league and won 7-0 away this weekend. They also kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 home win over Shakhtar Donetsk, but are still considered the minnows of their group.
After winning their first group game 1-0 away from Inter Milan, another Real Madrid win will put them on the fast track to secure their place in the tournament’s round of 16 and give Ancelotti a rest players in later group matches, Xinhua reports.
Atletico travel to Italy after a shock loss to Alaves on Saturday in another game in which they failed to hit the target, only achieving a shot on target from 13 shots on goal during the game.
Diego Simeone’s men have failed to score in three of their last four games but cannot afford to lose in Italy after being held 0-0 at home to Porto in their opener of group.
Koke is expected to be back in midfield, while Angel Correa and Jose Gimenez will likely start after beating Saturday’s loss on the bench.
Three more Spanish teams will play away on Wednesday, with Sevilla visiting Wolfsburg, Villarreal having a rematch of last season’s Europa League final at Manchester United and FC Barcelona, who again have Ansu Fati available, having a must visit to play in Benfica.