As a teeth grinding clash between Liverpool and current European Champions, Real Madrid looks set to take place on Wednesday, Carlo Ancelotti’s men will likely judge Brendan Rodger’s irresolute side in front of their home fans.
Here is a probable line-up of Ancelotti’s men against a rather unstable Liverpool:
Ancelotti may look to maintain the regular 4-3-3 formation in order to achieve convenience in every position.
Iker Casillasremains the favourite to man the goal post despite the number one’s form. The goalkeeper who may likely join Liverpool in the January transfer window could entice Brendan Rodgers by standing up against a desperate Liverpool side.
Carvajal, Pepe, Fernandez and Marcelo is Ancelotti’s best guess at defence after admitting that Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane may sit out on Wednesday, and putting into consideration that Real Madrid faces a superb Barcelona side on Saturday, the Real boss would not want to risk some of his players ahead of the el-clasico clash.
Luka Modric and new signings James Rodriguez, Toni Krooswill likely hold the midfield on Wednesday. Sami Khedira is reportedly back from injury but the Italian may not be interested in fielding the just returned player after several months out of action.
Attacking, Isco looks set to start in place of Gareth Bale who is said to be doubtful in featuring for the Los Blancos on Wednesday. Manchester United loaned striker, Javier Hernandez is favoured to start in place of Karim Benzema whom the Blancos coach listed as a doubt. ‘Chicharito’ will look to impress against a terrible Liverpool defence, and will seek to earn Ancelotti’s trust as a better striker compared to injured Benzema. Cristiano Ronaldo’s position remains undisputed. The in-form striker will partner with the other two in attack.
Unfortunately, the BBC [Bale, Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo] will not be in place in the first leg encounter at Anfield but Rodgers must look for a way to tame Ronaldo whose goal-scoring feat knows no bound.
Although Sami Khedira is still listed as injured, Jese Rodriguez still remains out while Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane will sit the first leg encounter out, ahead of Saturday el-clasico.