3 reasons why October is a defining month for Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti

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Real Madrid are set to travel to Ukraine after the Atheltic Bilbao game to face Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League group stage fixture. It’s the same familiar faces again for Real Madrid after playing Shakhtar in last season’s group stage.

Under Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid were stunned twice as Shakhtar completed an impressive double for Madrid in the Champions League. The Ukrainian side first beat Madrid on away soil with a 2-3 win at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium and then secured an easy 2-0 victory over Zinedine Zidane’s battalion on home soil.

A repeat of such events will certainly not be tolerated and Carlo Ancelotti is well aware of that fact. The Italian manager has made a strong start to the season with his attacking brand of football and the same will be demanded in the Champions League as well.

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Real Madrid are currently second in the group with one win (over Inter Milan) and one loss ( against Sheriff). With just three points in two fixtures, Carlo Ancelotti and his side have no other option but to grab three points in all the remaining fixtures.

Although Shakhtar Donetsk are currently at the bottom of the group, it will be a demanding challenge against them due to their counter-attacking style of play. Real Madrid have struggled defensively and Shakhtar will look to make the most out of the defensive loopholes.