Back Real Madrid to win but combine it with Roma to score in UEFA Champions League 2nd legPublished March 8, 2016
With Real Madrid having won 2-0 in the 1st leg in the Italian capital, this tie looks to be effectively over. However, AS Roma travel to Madrid knowing that all is not well in the Los Blancos camp.
Roma had opportunities to score in the 1st leg and it was far from a routine victory for Real Madrid. That defeat aside, Roma are currently in excellent form, having won seven straight games in the Italian Serie A to move up third in the table. They’ve also been scoring freely in that run, with 22 goals to their name. Since replacing Rudi Garcia with Luciano Spalletti in mid-January, Roma’s performances and results have really picked up.
A calf injury is set to keep defender Daniele De Rossi on the sidelines, but otherwise Roma look to have a relatively clean bill of health.
Not only is the La Liga title already looking out of reach, but Cristiano Ronaldo recently claimed that his team-mates were not at his level. He quickly apologized and claimed his comments were more with regard to fitness than playing ability, but it’s not difficult to believe that the harmony within the squad isn’t the greatest.
That said, Real Madrid do come into this game on the back of a morale boosting 7-1 win at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday that featured four goals from Ronaldo. There was also a goal from Gareth Bale who came on as a second-half substitute after a seven-week absence.
One would suspect that Bale will again start on the bench after a fairly lengthy absence and will only be used if the situation dictates or late on once the tie is safe. It’s not all good news on the injury-front for Zinedine Zidane though, with French striker Karim Benzema still sidelined with a hamstring injury. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are both doubts in midfield, as is veteran full-back Alvaro Arbeloa.
As long as Ronaldo is available, Real Madrid always have goals in them and with Roma needing to chase the game they should get plenty of opportunities in the Champions League game. However, the Madrid defence is never the most convincing and the likes of Mo Salah, Stephan El Shaarawy and Edin Dzeko have all been in the goals of late.
Madrid should prevail fairly comfortably overall, but Roma could well get a goal or two.