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Timo Werner hails Real Madrid, Santiago Bernabeu atmosphere ahead of UCL clash

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Real Madrid are set to lock horns with RB Leipzig later tonight on the second matchday of the UEFA Champions League.

The European champions had secured a 3-0 win in their opening fixture against Celtic in the UCL and are looking to maintain their momentum, as they host the German giants at the Santiago Bernabeu.

One of Leipzig’s main protagonists heading into this contest is Timo Werner, who is hoping to prove himself after his disastrous spell at Chelsea.

Speaking ahead of the clash (h/t La Razon), Werner heaped praise on Real Madrid’s quality as a team and picked them as one of the favourites to win the competition. He also spoke about Santiago Bernabeu, deeming it one of the most impressive stadiums in Europe.

“The Santiago Bernabeu is one of the most impressive stadiums in Europe. There is a special atmosphere there. That atmosphere pushes you as a player, no matter if you play for Real Madrid or against,” said Werner, who has scored four times since returning to Leipzig earlier this summer.

When asked about the most dangerous player at Real Madrid, Werner added: “Which Madrid player isn’t dangerous? There are many players who can make the difference in a match.”

The German international went on to speak about the quality of the Real Madrid squad, labelling them as the favourites to lift the Champions League once again come the end of the season.

“There are a few teams who are the favourites for the Champions League and Real Madrid are one of them. Their success in recent years has been impressive,” he added.

Werner, though, is more than prepared to make life difficult for the Real Madrid defenders as he looks to spearhead the Leipzig attack this evening, alongside the likes of Dominik Szoboszlai, Andre Silva and Christopher Nkunku.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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