Real Madrid have made the trip to London to lock horns against the defending champions of the coveted Champions League, Chelsea. The two teams met in the semi-finals last year, with the Blues trumping out the side from the Spanish capital.
For today, Carlo Ancelotti has made one surprising selection in the form of Federico Valverde, who is expected to start at the right-wing. He will be partnered by Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. in the attack who start centrally and on the left of the attack.
The golden trident of Luka Modric, Casemiro, and Toni Kroos starts in the midfield hoping to be in control against Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Finally, in defence, David Alaba takes his spot as one of the two central defenders, with Eder Militao anchoring the back-four alongside him. Dani Carvajal will be responsible for providing width from the right, while Ferland Mendy starts on the left.
No doubt about the man in goal as Thibaut Courois gears up for another tough night.
Official Real Marid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.