Zidane urges Real Madrid to look out for Roma

7 Mar

  • Zinédine Zidane says Gareth Bale and Marcelo will play
  • Madrid lead 2-0 after first leg in Rome, when Cristiano Ronaldo was on scoresheet
  • Spanish side aiming to reach quarter-finals for sixth season in a row
  • Ronaldo became Spanish Liga’s second-highest scorer of all time on Saturday
  • Roma have won last seven Serie A matches

Possible lineups
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modrić, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Mayoral, Ronaldo.
Out: Benzema (hamstring)
Doubtful: none
Misses next match if booked: Casimiro, Sergio Ramos


Roma: Szczęsny; Florenzi, Manolas, Zukanovic, Digne; Keita, Pjanić, Nainggolan; Salah, Perotti, El Shaarawy.
Out: De Rossi (calf), Rüdiger (thigh)
Doubtful: Nainggolan (groin)
Misses next match if booked: De Rossi, Nainggolan

Zinédine Zidane, Real Madrid coach
Of course we are excited about the possibility of winning this competition but we should only be thinking about this difficult match ahead. Roma are a good team but I’m more worried about what we are going to do. Their forwards are very good. If you don’t do your job properly, you can be eliminated.

For me the most important match is always the next one. As a coach, you want to be involved in games like this. You can’t explain with words what you feel. We have to defend when we don’t have the ball and try to hurt our opponents when we do have it. It’s not true that Roma have no chance.

First-leg highlights: Brilliant Ronaldo helps down Roma

Luciano Spalletti, Roma coach
Press conference scheduled for 17.30CET.

Weekend results
Real Madrid 7-1 Celta Vigo (Pepe 41, Ronaldo 50 58 64 76, Jesé 77, Bale 81; Aspas 62)
Zidane’s side stayed within four points of second-placed Atlético Madrid. Back from a calf injury, substitute Gareth Bale netted on his first outing since 17 January.

Roma 4-1 Fiorentina (El Shaarawy 22, Salah 25 58, Perotti 38; Iličić 45+3pen)
Stephan El Shaarawy struck for the fifth time since joining Roma on loan from Milan in January.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Real Madrid: WWLDWW
Roma: WWWLWW

Watch Roma beat Madrid in 2008

Reporter’s view: Joseph Walker (@UEFAcomJosephW)
While Cristiano Ronaldo will be the focus of the Roma defence’s attentions, all Madrid eyes will be on Borja Mayoral. The academy graduate, scorer of seven UEFA Youth League goals this term, is set to make his UEFA Champions League debut against the Giallorossi after a number of recent impressive Liga displays.

Did you know?
Madrid have lost their last eight two-legged ties against Serie A teams. Find out more in our match background.

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