Real Madrid are away to Red Bull Arena to play RB Leipzig in the group stage of the Champions League.
With 10 points in 4 games, Los Blancos have secured their place in the Round of 16. They are most likely going to end up as the group winners. But still need at least a point to end up winners of Group F mathematically.
Leipzig lie in second place in the group with six points. They will need a positive result should Shakhtar Donetsk defeat Celtic in the other Group F fixture. They will take motivation from the fact that Karim Benzema, Fede Valverde, and Luka Modrić are absent.
RB Leipzig vs Real Madrid confirmed lineups
RB Leipzig XI (4-2-3-1): Blaswich; Simakan, Orban, Gvardiol, Raum; Haidara, Schlager; Szoboszlai, Nkunku, Forsberg; André Silva
Real Madrid XI (4-3-3): Courtois; Vázquez, Militão, Rüdiger, Nacho; Camavinga, Tchouameni, Kroos; Rodrygo, Vini. Jr., Asensio
Ancelotti’s men will play back-to-back home games, first against Girona in La Liga on Sunday, 30th October. They will then host Celtic in the final group game of the Champions League.
Not good enough for Real Madrid
Former France defender, William Gallas, has advised Arsenal to sign Gabriel Martinelli up to a new contract.
Martinelli has already provided six goal contributions in just 10 Premier League appearances this season.
His performances have reportedly caught the eye of Real Madrid. But Gallas thinks such a move would come too early for the 21-year-old. The former Arsenal defender hopes his old club can tie Martinelli to fresh terms as quickly as possible.
“I don’t think he’s good enough for Real Madrid yet.
“In football after two or three games, everyone is raving about that player, ‘he’s magnificent’ or ‘he’s a top-class player’ but no, calm down, let him have a great season to get to another level.
“He’s still young, he’s only 21. But if he goes step-by-step, he can go to a club like Real Madrid but right now he’s not ready,” Gallas has told Genting Casino.
“I think Arsenal have to get that deal with Martinelli signed as quickly as possible. I’m sure he’s hearing so many things about him, like Real Madrid being interested. Sometimes the player can be confused. At the moment I think he’s playing well. And Arsenal have to close that deal as soon as possible so he feels better in his mind.”