CSKA — Real Madrid, the match of the second stage of the Champions League group stage at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow (21.00). Does the current three-time European champion in a row justify the role of a favorite with a distant guest in the capital of Russia?
The Moscow team married Victoria from Pilsen in the first round, after two goals after the first half. In the group with Real and Roma, they are objective outsiders, and this is expected to be third in the team with the Czech team. CSKA reached the eighth final of the Europa League last season, where they were knocked out of Arsenal.
In the Russian championship, they are not laid out, because in 9 rounds they have 4 victories, the same number of rows and one defeat, but their leading Zenit is still within reach (6 points more). The Moscow team will most trust their best shooter Fyodor Chalov, a 20-year-old striker who has scored eight goals in seven games this season, but the fact is that defense should be at the first level. Nikola Vlašić, a young player of the Croatian national team, who came to rent from Everton, played a memorable role.
The Royal Club tolerates Europe for the third time in a row, and this season they are entering the fourth crown, but without coach Zinedine Zidane and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, two probably key people who have won three trophies. The mid-west began victoriously in the new season when they managed to defeat Roma in the first round in the Santiago Bernabéu.
With Julen Lopetegui on the bench, Real does not look so strong and convincing, so the first seven laps in La Liga scored only 12 goals, but they still share first place with Bark. In the Supercup, Europe was defeated by track and field after extra time (2:4).
They came to Moscow from a weakened team without Sergius Ramos, Isca, Gareth Bale and Marcela, and, perhaps, they were caught by Mariano Diaz, who came from Lyon this summer. Real Madrid played against CSKA six and a half years ago in the eighth finals of the Champions League, in Moscow he was invincible (1: 1), and in Madrid they scored 4:1.
CSKA Moscow: Akinfeev; Fernandez, Bekao, Chernov, Nababkin; Bijol, Akhmetov; Vlašić, Dzagoev, Oblyakov; Chalov
CSKA sees its chances against the weakened “royal club”, but the squad that Yulen Lopetegi brought to Moscow is still very strong, and some names are really exaggerating. True for the will, Real Madrid is not doing well this season, but the fact is that they are far superior to the Moscow team, and we believe that this will be justified on the field as well.
It seems to us attractive, despite some absurdities, we think that the “royal club” will celebrate in the capital of Russia.