Despite winning the first leg 5-2 at Anfield, Real Madrid will take nothing for granted when they face Liverpool in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg on Wednesday.
Four days later, Carlo Ancelotti’s team will have a crucial meeting in La Liga, as they will face FC Barcelona in the second Clasico of the season, where the two clubs will compete for the title. The two teams will compete for the title, but the objective will be to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
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Madrid journalist Mario Cortegana has confirmed that David Alaba will miss Wednesday’s game as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury picked up in the first leg against Liverpool. It remains to be seen if he will be available for the Clasico.
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On the other hand, Real Madrid can count on Karim Benzema and Ferland Mendy. Benzema missed Saturday’s win over Espanyol, while Mendy has been out since January after a hamstring injury against Atlético de Madrid in the Copa del Rey.
Ancelotti will be delighted to have both players back as Real Madrid prepare to play two crucial matches in four days.