Real eye record third Club World CupDecember 15, 2017
Real Madrid are set to face Brazilian side and Copa Libertadores champions, Gremio in the Final of the Club World Cup after surviving a scare as they came from a goal down to beat Al Jazira 2-1 on Wednesday evening.
The Galacticos can draw level with Barcelona as the most prolific winners of the trophy if they claim the title on Sunday for the third time.
Gremio needed extra-time to beat Mexican side Pachuca with the winner coming from substitute Everton, as they set up a thrilling final on Saturday at the Zayed Sports Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Zinedine Zidane’s men will have to improve their performance on Saturday if they are to claim victory after falling guilty of being wasteful against Al Jazira. They had gone behind after 41 minutes, but second half strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, with his first touch saw Los Blancos edge out the UAE champions.
For Real Madrid, manager Zidane is likely to continue to use his star-studded team as he chases for silverware with Gareth Bale set to contribute from the bench once again as he continues his recovery from multiple niggling injuries.
Ronaldo – who became the tournament’s all-time top scorer with his strike against Al Jazira with six goals is set to start despite calls for to rest the forward with the El Clasico on the horizon.
Gremio are set to stick with the same side with super sub Everton vying for a spot. They are without key midfielder Arthur but key player, Luan will be expected to test the Real defence and cause some problems.
Real Madrid are the obvious strong favourites to win their third Club World Cup but with an underwhelming start to the season, any shortcomings and Gremio have the quality to pounce.
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Vazquez, Kroos, Modric, Asensio; Isco, Ronaldo
Gremio: Grohe; Edilson, Geromel, Kannemann, Bruno Cortez; Jailson, Michel, Ramiro, Fernandinho, Luan; Barrios