Real Madrid: 5 players who must shine against Shakhtar Donetsk

Real Madrid, Toni Kroos (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Toni Kroos
Real Madrid, Toni Kroos (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid CM Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos, like most Real Madrid players, did not have his best performance on Matchday 6 against Cadiz, though he was asked to play as a central anchor in the midfield three which was an unfair task. He grew into the game later, showing off his usual range of passing and potential to create chances. But it was never going to be his day.

Coming off an injury that he returned from during the international break, Kroos is usually one of the best midfielders in the Champions League. He led all players in key passes per game in the group stages last year, so he could have a pivotal impact on Wednesday evening’s match at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

Real Madrid LB Ferland Mendy

Left back Ferland Mendy should be 100 percent ready to go on Wednesday after getting some rest this weekend. Mendy was not a part of the disasterclass against Cadiz, and he’ll be ready to show the world why he’s one of the best fullbacks in the game during this year’s Champions League.

The French international has gotten so much better as an attacking option during his time at Real Madrid, and it’s getting to a point where the drop-off between himself and Marcelo in the attack is minimal. And, of course, Mendy is unbeatable defensively.

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Mendy will go up against Shakhtar legend Marlos, who is a real threat on the visiting side. However, Mendy should be up for the challenge, as there are only a handful of players in world football capable of giving him a rough night.