Real Madrid’s dilemma ahead of facing Man City in the Champions League: Rodrygo Goes or Fede Valverde?


Real Madrid host Manchester City in the Champions League semifinal second leg at Santiago Bernabeu, Thursday (5/5/2022).

Ahead of the match, Real Madrid , who has high confidence after locking the Spanish La Liga title, still leaves a dilemma.

Real Madrid will host Man City in very good form. Despite losing 3-4 to The Citizens in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium, Real Madrid have just locked the Spanish La Liga title after a 4-0 win over Espanyol last weekend.

Real Madrid have confidence that they can get back up and chase the goal deficit they experienced at the Etihad Stadium. Rising and winning is not the first thing for Real Madrid, where they faced Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the last 16 and Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

However, it is certain that Carlo Ancelotti’s head will be dizzy because of the dilemma ahead of the match against Man City. As reported by Marca , the return of Casemiro will mean the Italian coach will have to save one Real Madrid midfielder who started the first leg.

Choose Fede Valverde or Rodrygo, Ancelotti?

The consideration is to play Fede Valverde on the right flank and rest Rodrygo Goes, or put Casemiro in for Fede Valverde and make Rodrygo have to be eliminated from the team prepared for the match.

Fede Valverde will bring a more solid defense to Real Madrid so he can reduce the threat of opposing players from the middle of the field.

However, Rodrygo also poses a real threat to the opposition goal, with the Brazilian performing well and scoring twice against Espanyol, as well as scoring decisive goals against Chelsea and Sevilla a few weeks ago.

Carlo Ancelotti will have to decide which formula suits his best team as he and his players look ready to fight for a place in the Champions League final.

Real Madrid vs Manchester City Schedule

Match: Real Madrid vs Man City

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu

Date: May 5, 2022

Kick-off: 02.00

Live: Beintsport

Streaming: Video