News | 27/11/2018 | Alberto Navarro (Roma)The European champions go in search of the victory that would secure their passage into the next round as group winners (9pm CET).
Viktoria Plzen and they're once again on their travels, this time heading to Rome's Stadio Olimpico (9pm CET), where they'll face a Roma side with whom they share the leadership of Group 9 on nine points.
If they win here, the European champions would secure their place in the Champions League round of 16 as group winners with a game to spare. A draw would see the Whites qualify for the next round as long as CSKA don't prevail in their game and the madridistas would then have to battle with the Italians for top spot in the final matchday.
“Madrid always recover, that's why this is the most decorated club in the history of the game”, stated Santiago Solari in his pre-match press conference. The Madrid coach has named a 20-man squad for the encounter and has drafted in Castilla's Javi Sánchez. None of the following players have travelled to the Italian capital: Nacho, Reguilón, Casemiro, Odriozola, Vallejo and Keylor Navas.
The madridistas will be up against a Roma side that made the Champions League semi-finals last time round and who can clinch a spot in the last 16 with a draw against Real Madrid or if CSKA fail to take maximum points in their home clash against Viktoria Plzen. Dzeko is the Italians' main attacking threat. He has five goals to his name and lies joint top of the competition's scoring charts, alongside Messi.
Eight-game undefeated streak in home Champions League fixtures
The last time that Roma tasted defeat in the European Cup at the Stadio Olimpicio was back on February 2016. Real Madrid were actually the last team to get the better of the Italians on their own patch, when they claimed a 2-0 triumph. Since then, the hosts have put together an eight-game unbeaten run, which has featured seven wins. CSKA (3-0), Viktoria Plzen (5-0), Liverpool (4-2), Barcelona (3-0), Shakhtar Donetsk (1-0), Qarabag (1-0) and Chelsea (3-0) have all left Rome empty-handed.