Real Madrid (7/0/0) host Shalke (2/2/3) at the Santiago Bernabeu
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 10, 2015, 2:45 PM (EDT)|
Real Madrid (1.22) Draw (7.50) Shalke (15.00)
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In the Champions League you are to expect that teams will not lie down their arms until the 90th minute of the second leg. However, while Shalke will try to regain the advantage after being two goals down, Real Madrid will not ease up on Tuesday no matter what. With Real Madrid becoming ever so shaky during this reason following their loss at San Mames in a deprorable showing it is time for Madrid to reassert themselves as the Kings of Europe.
From previous experience, it is right after a defeat that Real Madrid sharpens their teeth and usually creates those epic results that exceed the 3 or 4 goal difference margins. Tomorrow the vibrant Bernabeu might be host to one of these results as Real Madrid welcomes back Modric who had been missing since November along with the fact that the fans need a massive victory in order to reassure them that they are not letting Barcelona catch up in the Spanish League. Real Madrid is looking for a reaction match on Tuesday.
Furthermore, Shalke will not begin the match the same way they did in Germany, they will need to search for goals and they cannot hope for a cagey beginning because that will just let Real Madrid ease into the game and hold that two goal lead on aggregate. Unfortunately for Shalke, starting aggressively against a club like Real Madrid can backfire instantly as they are probably one of the best counter attacking teams and you really don’t want Bale or Ronaldo countering on you since if is pretty much a goal. For this reason, it is very hard for me to see something that is not a clear Real Madrid victory on Tuesday in the Spanish capital.
Look for Modric’s return to be like a glass of fresh water after a long walk in the desert for a Real Madrid side that has been licking its wounds all weekend and has prepared this game to perfection. Real Madrid win. For those looking for some excitement try 3 or 4 handicap on this match, this could easily be a 5-1 or a 4-0.