Real Madrid have a huge task at hand next week. They recently lost the first leg of the Champions league semifinals against Manchester City by 4-3. If you are a Real Madrid fan and you read all the quotes from Madrid’s players about whether a Remontada would be possible, you’ll start having confidence in your team’s abilities, even if you don’t think it’ll happen.
But, something has been putting their chances against the English side in question, and that is, of course, Real Madrid‘s injury list. Casemiro and David Alaba had picked up knocks, and although Casemiro would be ready to play against Manchester City on Wednesday, the same can’t be said about the Austrian.
David Alaba won’t play for Real Madrid vs Manchester City, per report
According to the ever-reliable journalist Arancha Rodriguez, it seems like David Alaba won’t be able to feature in Real Madrid’s hugely important clash against Manchester City on Wednesday.
Even after the title celebrations on Saturday, there wasn’t much hope for Alaba to recover in time for the game, but now, it seems like it’s a given that Nacho would start alongside Eder Militao.
I really think Alaba would’ve helped the team so much, had he been fit to play. Manchester City will definitely press high up the field, and having Nacho there instead of a press-resistant behemoth like Alaba just makes it a lot worse for Real Madrid.
The club’s chances of going through are already slim, and if the players do believe that a comeback is possible, then they’ll have to give more than 100% against City with the absence of Alaba.
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Of course, winning the title must’ve helped. There would’ve been a huge, huge morale boost after a near-perfect performance vs Espanyol on the weekend, and now to face the biggest challenge of their season so far, each of the players in the squad will have to drop a masterclass, especially the defenders. Real Madrid already scored three goals, but not letting City score more than them would be the biggest task at hand, and Nacho needs to be up for it.