UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid vs RB Leipzig – Match Preview

Real Madrid rallied to defeat Mallorca 4-1 on Sunday, their second consecutive victory by a three-goal margin following a dominant 3-0 triumph over Celtic to start their UEFA Champions League campaign.

Madrid has won seven straight games this season despite missing Karim Benzema and Éder Militao with injuries and lost Casemiro to Manchester United. Madrid is becoming accustomed to overcoming obstacles.

Federico Valverde’s spectacular goal against Mallorca, which he scored by dribbling from his own half and finishing with his weaker foot, served as a reminder of the wide range of top-tier alternatives manager Carlo Ancelotti is able to use. The four-time UCL champion manager will need such choices as Los Blancos try to win seven straight home games against German opponents without losing with Lucas Vázquez the most recent player to be on the treatment table (W4, D2).

After RB Leipzig’s 4-1 UCL matchday one loss to Shakhtar Donetsk, Domenico Tedesco was fired. On Saturday, new manager Marco Rose led the team to a 3-0 Bundesliga victory against Borussia Dortmund, which should give them confidence going into this trip to the Bernabéu. Rose, who was in charge of Borussia Mönchengladbach, is all too aware of the difficult task that lies ahead because he lost both of their previous games with Madrid (D1, L1).

This is Leipzig’s first UCL visit to Spain, but if recent performance is any indication, it might be exciting since they haven’t drawn in any of their previous eight UCL away games (W3, L5), and the past three of those games have generated an astounding average of 6.33 goals per game! However, Leipzig does have favorable memories of Spain because they defeated Real Sociedad 3-1 in the away leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 32 last year.

PLAYER TO WATCH: In three of his five goal-scoring outings for Madrid this season, including the game against Celtic, Vincius Junior started the scoring. Willi Orbán of Leipzig must keep him quiet since he poses his own assault danger, having scored seven of his past eight club goals with a header.

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