What Real Madrid must do to overcome Manchester City

23 Jul 2020

Real Madrid face a massive challenge in having to overcome a 2-1 deficit against Manchester City in the Champions League round of 16 second leg.

If anyone can pull off the spectacular in Europe, it’s Los Blancos, yet there are certain matters that need to be sorted if Madrid are going to turn this one around.

Get Hazard up to pace

The Belgian has been plagued by injuries this year and a knock towards the end of the season saw him sit out the last couple of games, so getting him back up to full fitness will be key.

Hazard will go through a mini pre-season in a bid to make it in time for City, which is a top priority of the coaching staff.

Fine-tuning the Militao-Varane partnership

With Sergio Ramos suspended for the clash, Eder Militao will step in for his biggest game in a Madrid shirt.

The Brazilian has improved vastly over the course of the season but will need to be at his best to deal with the threat of Pep Guardiola’s side.

Maintain fitness

Zinedine Zidane insisted that he had no fear that his players would let go of themselves in these days off that they’ve been given, having already demonstrated their professionalism during confinement.

As soon as they return from a week of rest, fitness coach Gregory Dupont will take charge of the first few days of training.

The Frenchman has been a key part of Madrid’s title success with his astute attention to detail and his expertise will be a big factor in the performance against City.

Manage Bale and James

It’s clear that Zidane doesn’t have Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez in his plans, but the French coach must ensure that the attitude of the pair doesn’t affect the spirit of the group.

Continue believing in Asensio

Marco Asensio has returned strongly from a long-term injury, scoring three goals since the restart.

Aside from Karim Benzema, the Spaniard is among the side’s sharpest shooters and the Frenchman is likely to give him minutes in Manchester.

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