Real Madrid needs to transmit slick form on the domestic stage to the European stage. The reason is after PSG was bent in the first game, inevitably Club Brugge must be defeated in the second match.
Real Madrid will host Club Brugge at the Santiago Bernabeu on Matchday 2 in Group A of the 2019/20 Champions League, Tuesday (10/01/2019).
Madrid and Club Brugge both failed to win on the first matchday. Madrid lost 0-3 at PSG headquarters, while the Belgian representative drew 0-0 at Galatasaray.
Madrid is demanded to win. On paper, Zinedine Zidane’s troops should have been able to get through this second fight brilliantly. The return of Sergio Ramos and Nacho, who were suspended during the fight against PSG, made Madrid stronger. In addition, their performance is also quite convincing.
Last weekend, Madrid won a 0-0 draw in the La Liga derby against Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano.
Madrid was unbeaten until the 7th game in La Liga this season, and now lead the standings with 15 points (M4 S3 K0). In the last three matches, after the defeat in Paris, they have always always been clean sheets.
Club Brugge are unbeaten in the Belgian premier league this season (M6 S2 K0), have scored 21 goals and conceded just three times. Club Brugge also has a dangerous player in Hans Vanaken, who has scored seven goals in 14 appearances in all competitions this season.
Club Brugge is a potentially difficult opponent. However, Los Blancos has the capacity to close the match at the Bernabeu with a victory.
After the players drain energy in the derby, Zidane is likely to make several rotations. Vinicius Junior or Lucas Vazquez can perform from the early minutes of the match later.
Madrid’s midfield will be inhabited by the trio of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric. They will be relied upon by Zidane for the backbone of Madrid’s game.
Eden Hazard did not yet display his best game. However, the Belgian star is believed to be re-installed as a starter, supporting Karim Benzema in the offensive line.
Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Vinicius, Benzema, Hazard.
Coach: Zinedine Zidane.
Squad info: Ferland Mendy (injured), Marco Asensio (injured).
Club Brugge (3-5-2): Mignolet; Deli, Mitrovic, Mata; Ricca, Rits, Vanaken, Vormer, Diatta; Dennis, Okereke.
Coach: Philippe Clement.
Squad info: Eder Balanta (injured), Federico Ricca (injured).
Head-to-Head and Performance
Head-to-Head (UEFA Competition)
- Meeting: 2
- Madrid wins: 0
- Madrid goal: 0
- Draw: 1
- Club Brugge wins: 1
- Club Brugge Goals: 2.
2 Last Meeting
- 03-11-1976 Club Brugge 2-0 Madrid (European Champions Clubs’ Cup)
- 20-10-1976 Madrid 0-0 Club Brugge (European Champions Clubs’ Cup).
Madrid’s last 5 matches (MKMMS)
- 09-14-2019 Madrid 3-2 Levante (La Liga)
- 09-19-2019 PSG 3-0 Madrid (UCL)
- 09-23-2019 Sevilla 0-1 Madrid (La Liga)
- 09-26-2019 Madrid 2-0 Osasuna (La Liga)
- 09-29-2019 Atletico 0-0 Madrid (La Liga).
Club Brugge’s Last 5 Games (MSMMM)
- 09-15-2019 Cercle Brugge 0-2 Club Brugge (League)
- 09-18-2019 Club Brugge 0-0 Galatasaray (UCL)
- 09-22-2019 Club Brugge 2-1 Anderlecht (League)
- 09-25-2019 Borinage 0-3 Club Brugge (League Cup)
- 09-28-2019 Mechelen 0-5 Club Brugge (League)
Statistics and Score Predictions
Madrid lost 3 of its last 6 home matches in Europe.
Madrid won 36 times and only lost 4 of its last 46 home games in the Champions League.
Madrid always wins in its last 4 home matches against Belgian clubs.
Madrid always cleans sheets (not conceded) in the last 3 matches.
Club Brugge have never won in Spain, losing 8 times in 12 away matches against the State clubs of Matador (M0 S4 K8).
Final score prediction: Real Madrid 2-0 Club Brugge.
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