Real Madrid also got off to a winning start in the Champions League last week, beating Celtic 3-0 at Celtic Park in Glasgow thanks to second-half goals from Vinicius Junior, Luka Modric, and Eden Hazard. Real Madrid now sits atop Group F.
Bundesliga giants have been slow to get going on the domestic front, so Domenico Tedesco has lost his job. Marco Rose, who took over for Tedesco as RB Leipzig manager, led the team to a 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in Rose’s debut game in command last weekend.
Unfortunately, RB Leipzig lost their Champions League opener 4-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Wednesday’s game marks Real Madrid and RB Leipzig’s first meeting. The Hard Tackle delves further into the UEFA Champions League matchup before the first-ever clash between the two teams.
Carlo Ancelotti’s preparations for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League group stage match against RB Leipzig have been hampered by a fresh injury concern. As of tomorrow, Real Madrid’s manager will be missing three starters. Spanish forward Lucas Vazquez is the most recent player to be sidelined due to injury. He hurt his thigh in last weekend’s match against RCD Mallorca. Karim Benzema’s knee injury from last week still prevents him from playing. Even though Brazilian international Eder Militao has returned to training, he will not be playing in Saturday’s game against RB Leipzig.
Militao’s absence means that Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba will start at center back beside each other, with Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy taking over at fullback. Thibaut Courtois is the only option for Real Madrid in the goalpost.
When playing Mallorca last weekend, Ancelotti decided to bench Aurelien Tchouameni and Luka Modric. Against RB Leipzig, they should both be back in the starting lineup, with Toni Kroos maintaining his place. Modric and Kroos will offer the creative spark from the midfield, and Tchouameni will handle the defense.
Federico Valverde, an Uruguayan international, is Real Madrid’s first choice to play on the right wing in crucial matches, and he’ll be looking to neutralize David Raum’s threat from that side of the field. Real Madrid’s Rodrygo Goes will likely start in attack in place of Eden Hazard, who had a poor showing against RB Leipzig on the weekend, but Vinicius Jr. will be the game-changer for Los Blancos.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal; Rudiger; Alaba; Mendy; Modric; Tchouameni; Kroos; Valverde; Rodrygo; and Vinicius.
Ahead of Sunday’s trip to the Santiago Bernabeu, RB Leipzig manager Marco Rose, like his counterpart in the Los Angeles Dodgers dugout, Marco Rose must deal with some roster difficulties. Three regular starters for RB Leipzig won’t be available to coach on Wednesday.
All three of those injured players, Lukas Klostermann (ankle), Dani Olmo (knee), and Konrad Laimer (ankle), are still out for the time being. Yussuf Poulsen, on the other hand, is healthy and accessible once again after suffering a thigh injury.
This past weekend, Marco Rose’s team faced Borussia Dortmund while in a 4-2-3-1 system. A more practical 3-4-1-2 formation, with Peter Gulacsi beginning in goal, is what the RB Leipzig manager should employ against Real Madrid.
The RB Leipzig defense should consist of Mohamed Simakan, Willi Orban, and Abdou Diallo, with Josko Gvardiol once again left out of the mix. Due to Benjamin Henrichs and David Raum’s newfound prominence in the attacking third, the reshuffled formation should help bring out the best in the fullbacks’ creativity.
Xaver Schlager and Kevin Kampl will work together in the middle of the field to counteract the inventiveness of Modric and Kroos. While Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku and Timo Werner will be their strike force, Dominik Szoboszlai will be responsible for providing creativity in the center.
Probable Lineup (3-4-1-2): Gulacsi; Simakan; Orban; Diallo; Henrichs; Schlager; Kampl; Raum; Szoboszlai; Nkunku, Werner
Read more: 2022/23 Champions League Matchday 2: Fixture & Preview of Matchday 1
Real Madrid 2-0 RB Leipzig.
The RB Leipzig defense will not make things easy for Real Madrid on Wednesday. This is where Marco Rose will likely focus his efforts. The away team will be dangerous in the attacking third and seek to take advantage of Real Madrid’s defensive weaknesses.
However, Carlo Ancelotti’s starting midfield should be able to manage Timo Werner and Christopher Nkunku, limiting Real Madrid to one goal in Karim Benzema’s absence. According to the Hard Tackle, Real Madrid will win by a score of 2-0 thanks to goals from Rodrygo and Vini, Goes.