Real Madrid plays its first must-win game of the season. While Real could still advance to the next round of the Champions League even if they lose against Galatasaray tonight, their odds would not be all that great.
Madrid has been very poor in the European competition this season. They were dominated by Paris Saint Germain in the opening game of this edition of the Champions League & could only rescue a home 2-2 draw against Brugge in the 2nd game.
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They also need to bounce back from their disappointing 1-0 loss against the newly promoted Mallorca team this past Saturday.
Moreover, Galatasaray are unbeaten in seven Super Lig fixtures, but a habit for drawing games has left them fourth in the table.
Real Madrid are in the midst of a mild injury crisis, with Gareth Bale, Luka Modric & Toni Kroos among those on the treatment table.
Zinedine Zidane’s team selection against RCD Mallorca was partially dictated by his absentees, but his decision to play an unfamiliar 4-4-2 formation was completely his own decision and ultimately backfired.
The Frenchman will likely revert to a 4-3-3 on Tuesday evening, which will herald the return of Eden Hazard and enable James Rodriguez to fill a more natural role in the team.
Galatasaray’s most notable absentee will be former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, but otherwise, Fatih Terim’s squad is almost at full strength.
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HOW TO WATCH, STREAM CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Time: 21:00 CEST, 03:00pm EST.
Venue: Ali Sami Yen, Istambul, Turkey.
Available TV: TUDN (USA), Movistar La Liga de Campeones (Spain).
Available Streaming: Fubo.TV (USA).
You can also watch live game on Sonyliv.com