UEFA Champions League 2018-19, Day 2 Preview: 13-time Champions League winners Real Madrid now has a completely different team dynamics from what it was four months ago when the defeated Jorgen Klopp’s Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev in the final of the 2017-18 campaign. The departure of ace Cristiano Ronaldo-the all-time top scorer of Real Madrid, and former manager Zinedine Zidane.
Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus in a 100m euros deal has given the Galacticos a new shape, some would even say perhaps, weaker shape, with other European giants in the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich are given a better chance of lifting the coveted European title.
Real Madrid’s new coach, Julen Lopetegui’s start of the 2018-19 La Liga (Spanish top-flight football league) campaign has been fair, as they are currently placed second in the league. A draw against Athletic Bilbao in the weekend has put a speed-breaker on their quest to get ahead of arch-rivals Barcelona, who are currently placed on the top of the La Liga table.
Earlier in the season, Real Madrid also lost to derby rivals Atletico Madrid by 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup final.
Regardless, in the Gropu G of the Champions League, Real Madrid remain favorites having lost just two out of the forty-two home games and winning thirty-four.
Their opponents from the Serie A (Italian top-flight football league), AS Roma, had an inspiring run in the previous campaign of the UEFA Champions League, defeating one of the favorites, FC Barcelona to advance to the semi-finals of the Champions League. Their campaign came to an end when they lost to finalists, Liverpool FC.
AS Roma can bee the giant-killer and favorites Real Madrid would have to be on the top of their game to win this clash between two of the biggest names in European football.
Head To Head
Real Madrid and AS Roma have met ten times, this would mark their eleventh encounter. The Spanish side has a better record, bagging 13 points from possible 18.
AS Roma defeated the Galacticos in last 16 of the 2007-08 campaign.
In the previous fixture, Real Madrid defeated Roma 2-0, a game which was orchestrated largely by the departed superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Here’s all you need to know about the Real Madrid vs AS Roma match in the UEFA Champions League 2018-19:
When is the Real Madrid vs AS Roma match in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage?
Real Madrid vs AS Roma match in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage is on September 20 (Wednesday late night) in India.
What time is the Real Madrid vs AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League?
Real Madrid vs AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League starts at 12:30 AM IST.
Where is the Real Madrid vs AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League match being played?
Real Madrid vs AS Roma match in the UEFA Champions League is being played at the Santiago Bernabeu, home of Real Madrid.
Which channel will telecast the Real Madrid vs AS Roma match in the UEFA Champions League?
Real Madrid vs AS Roma match in the UEFA Champions League will be aired live on Sony Ten 2/HD.
How to watch live streaming of Real Madrid vs AS Roma match in the UEFA Champions League?
The live streaming of Real Madrid vs AS Roma match in the UEFA Champions League will be available on Sony LIV, Jio TV and Airtel TV.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Benzema, Bale
AS Roma possible starting lineup:
Olsen; Florenzi, Manolas, Juan Jesus, Kolarov; Pellegrini, N’Zonzi, Cristante; Under, Dzeko, El Shaarawy