Roma vs Real Madrid: Solari’s men under spotlight after Eibar maulingNovember 27, 2018
Real Madrid travel to Italy on Tuesday night to face AS Roma looking to bounce back after a 3-0 defeat to Eibar.
UEFA Champions League / Date: Tuesday, 27 November 2018 /Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET / Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
Group G’s top spot will be decided at the Stadio Olimpico when Roma host Madrid with both sides sitting five points ahead of Russian side CSKA Moscow, who are third.
CSKA face Plzen and whilst a win for them would see them still in with a chance of progression, it is still expected that both Roma and Los Blancos will move on to the knockout stages.
For Madrid the international break destroyed their new found momentum under new boss Santiago Solari, losing 3-0 to Eibar at the weekend in a result that keeps them out of the title race.
Roma also suffered from the break and returned to league action with a 1-0 defeat to Udinese.
Roma will be without defender Kostas Manolas, who missed the weekend defeat through an ankle injury that he picked up with Greece during the international break, whilst Daniele De Rossi will be expected to miss the game.
Javier Pastore and Diego Perotti are both on the sidelines, but Lorenzo Pellegrini and Aleksandar Kolarov are fit and will be expected in the starting eleven.
Edin Dzeko and Cengiz Under are also both expected to be in from the start after being left on the bench against Udinese.
For Madrid, Solari has Nacho and Casemiro remain out, whilst Alvaro Odriozola was forced off against Eibar and is unavailable.
Dani Ceballos is expected to drop out with Isco being hauled back into the starting eleven.
Roma possible starting lineup:
Olsen; Santon, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov; N’Zonzi, Cristante; Florenzi, Pellegrini, Under; Dzeko
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Isco, Kroos, Modric; Lucas, Benzema, Bale