Real Madrid head into their clash with Inter in the final game of this season’s Champions League group stages knowing they need just a draw to finish top.
Los Blancos have won four out of their five continental outings so far, including the reverse fixture at San Siro back in September.
Rodrygo scored a dramatic late winner for Carlo Ancelotti’s side on that day, although his resources are dented this time around by the absence of talisman Karim Benzema. His hamstring injury does, however, give Luka Jovic another chance to shine – which he’ll feel more confident of doing after bagging a goal and assist as his replacement at the weekend.
Here’s how Ancelotti could slide him into Real Madrid’s side…
Thibaut Courtois (GK) – Has started every Champions League game so far this season, conceding just three times.
Lucas Vazquez (RB) – The Spaniard is dependable and offers great versatility to Real. Will have his hands full with Ivan Perisic.
Eder Militao (CB) – Prone to the odd lapse in concentration, Militao will need to be at his best to thwart the dangerous duo of Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko.
David Alaba (CB) – Could slot into Real Madrid’s side in literally any position, but it’s in central defence that Alaba is needed most.
Ferland Mendy (LB) – A raft of injury problems look to be firmly behind Mendy, who is established as first choice left-back ahead of Marcelo.
Toni Kroos (CM) – A wily old campaigner, Kroos will keep things ticking over in midfield and will ensure Real retain the majority of possession.
Eduardo Camavinga (CM) – Ancelotti has some workloads to manage, meaning it could be young buck Camavinga in the holding role rather than Casemiro.
Fede Valverde (CM) – Now a mainstay of Real Madrid‘s midfield, Valverde is likely to complete Ancelotti’s central trio.
Marco Asensio (RW) – Another who has put his injury problems behind him, though Asensio is yet to score in the Champions League this season.
Luka Jovic (ST) – Karim Benzema netted five goals in Real Madrid’s first five group games, so Jovic has big boots to fill up top.
Vinicius Junior (LW) – 12 goals in 21 appearances across all competitions is a statistical glimpse into the rapid rise of Vinicius. Has been outstanding throughout the season and will be Real Madrid’s chief threat.