Real Madrid host RB Leipzig at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night as they look to top their away game in the Champions League. Los Blancos’ 4-1 win over Mallorca on Sunday will keep their spirits up ahead of the home European game.
Carlo Ancelotti has set up his side in a 4-3-3 formation and is expected to make some changes to his first XI in this competition. Mariano Diaz and Luka Modric will start, with Eden Hazard and Dani Ceballos on the bench.
4-3-3 Real Madrid’s planned line-up against Red Bull Leipzig
Thibaut Courtois will play between the two teams at the German club as he looks to keep his clean sheet at home. Antonio Rudiger is lucky to be at the heart of Real Madrid’s defense once again, alongside David Alaba.
Dani Carvajal has the opportunity to impress at right-back, while Ferland Mendy hopes to defend his left-back position well. Both will be allowed to push forward and create good chances in Leipzig’s half.
Nacho and Lucas Vazquez may have to sit on the bench as they provide cover for defensive positions.
Toni Kroos, Aurelien Tchouameni and Luka Modric will be Ancelotti’s midfielders as they look to control their opponents in the middle of the park and create enough clear chances to win this European game at the Bernabeu.
Tchouameni will take care of ensuring adequate protection for his teammates at the back.
Dani Ceballos and Eduardo Camavinga may have to settle on the bench but if Ancelotti decides to call on their services, they could affect the game within 45 seconds.
Vinicius Jr. is expected to retain his position on the left, while Federico Valverde looks to put in another impressive display from the right.
Mariano Diaz has a chance to lead Los Blancos’ charge in the bottom three. He will have to take on a goal-scoring job for the Madrid giants.
As mentioned, Eden Hazard will have to settle for a place on the bench awaiting his chance to impress in the later stages if needed.