RB Leipzig vs Real Madrid | Real Madrid will play RB Leipzig in the last Group F match in an effort to clinch top position after advancing to the Round of 16.
In yet another top-of-the-table matchup in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid, which has gone undefeated in 16 games this year, travels to Red Bull Arena to face RB Leipzig.
Los Blancos have guaranteed their position in the Round of 16 with 10 points in 4 games. They are most certainly going to win the group, but they still require at least a point to mathematically win Group F.
With six points, Leipzig is in second position in the group and would require a win if Shakhtar Donetsk defeats Celtic in the other Group F match. They will be inspired by the absence of Karim Benzema, Fede Valverde, and Luka Modri from the Leipzig trip.
confirmed starting lineups for RB Leipzig vs. Real Madrid
Blaswich, Simakan, Orban, Guardiol, Raum, Haidara, Schlager, Szoboszlai, Nkunku, Forsberg, and André Silva make up the RB Leipzig XI (4-2-3-1).
Real Madrid’s starting lineup (4-3-3) consists of Courtois, Vázquez, Milito, Rüdiger, Nacho, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Kroos, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr., and Asensio.
The next games for Real Madrid
The first of Ancelotti’s team’s two home games will be against Girona in La Liga on Sunday, October 30. The last Champions League group match will thereafter be played at home against Celtic.
The defeat by RB Leipzig was Real Madrid’s first setback of the year. The team of Carlo Ancelotti faced up against a forceful opponent that generated lots of opportunities with their push. They targeted the turnover-prone area behind Real Madrid’s high line.
Real Madrid attempted to make a game of it, but eventually they were unable to do so due to their inability to find space in the final third and lapses in defence.
Following are Managing Madrid’s player evaluations for the evening:
Thibaut Courtois: 6. Although he gave up three goals, it wasn’t really his fault because the defence in front of him essentially collapsed, leaving him for dead. On Gvardiol’s goal, he made a strong first save, but nobody picked him up on the rebound.
4.5 for Lucas Vazquez. He had trouble on both ends of the field due to bad crossing and cutbacks throughout the whole game.
4.5 for Eder Militao. Timo Werner was poorly marked on Leipzig’s third goal, as he handled the ball poorly while being pressed by Leipzig.
7. Antonio Rudiger Once he swapped with Nacho and occupied his designated CB position, he became the best defensive player on the field. He took a number of significant defensive measures to keep things from getting worse.
5. Nacho Fernandez He missed the ball on Leipzig’s opening goal and struggled to handle Leipzig’s ferocity.
6.5 for Eduardo Camavinga. He could have responded to Gvardiol’s goal much more effectively, but even if it didn’t lead to goals, his intention to break lines in the final third as the game went on was really appreciated.
Seven. Aurelien Tchouameni had numerous significant challenges, especially after Real Madrid’s push initially failed, but failed to clear the ball on Nkunku’s goal. five tackles, most on the team.