The third round of the group stage of the Champions League brings us a European classic, but also a clash of this season's stumbled titans. The duel between Zidane's Real and Conte's Inter in Madrid will be in the focus of passionate football fans.
Both teams do not provide the editions expected of them, and the new season has brought extremely debatable results. At the time of the group draw, Real and Inter were known as the teams that should lead the clashes for the first position in group B, but the situation after the two rounds played is not fabulous Real was defeated by Shakhtar at home, and then barely took a point in Monchengladbach.
So tomorrow's match with Inter is the "final of the group stage" for Madrid, who have only one point. Only in a somewhat better, although almost equally unenviable situation, is Inter. The Milan team shared the spoils with Monchengladbach and Shakhtar, so the match in Madrid is scheduled to take place.
On the eve of the clash between the former European champions, Zinedine Zidane, pointed out that he and his team are facing an extremely difficult match. "Inter is a good team, very physically powerful and plays good football.
It is another difficult match for us. It is practically a final, "Zidane said at a press conference.
Zidane on Modric
The French strategist emphasized that tomorrow's match is the one in which, finally, three points must be won, and hinted at the return of Luka Modrić in the starting eleven against Nerazzurri.
"He is important to us, I count on everything. There are many games and we will rotate all available players. Luke knows that what he does, he does well. It gives us energy. " Unlike the Croatian national team player and one of the key links of the Madrid club, Zidane will not be able to count on the Militao who tested positive for COVID-19.
Zidane said that the opposing coach Conte left a great impression on him when he studied to be a coach and he remembers how important the former midfielder was as the captain of Juventus when they were teammates. "We did not talk to each other, as the captain of Juventus, he was very important for the team.
It’s normal for him to become a coach, I’m not surprised. We are on good terms, I remember going to visit him in Turin when I was supposed to become a coach and he left a great impression on me. " In addition to the already mentioned Milito, Real will miss Dani Carvajal, Nacho and Odegaard for the match with Nerazzurri due to a knee or muscle injury, and Lucas Vasquez and Odriozola are also in question.
For a long time, the Spanish and Italian greats did not cross spears in the Champions League. Tomorrow's match will be the first since 1998, when, as now, they found themselves in the same group. 22 years ago, both teams achieved a triumph at home, and since then many things have changed.