The Champions League anthem will boom out of the Santiago Bernabéu speakers for the first time in a year and seven months when Real Madrid welcome Sheriff Tiraspol for the sides' Matchday 2 group-stage encounter (9pm CET). The Whites will be looking to build on their fine start after seeing off Inter in the opening match and victory here would send Carlo Ancelotti's men top of Group D.
The madridistas have shown themselves to be a solid outfit and remain unbeaten in the opening eight games of the season with a record of six wins and two draws, a return that sees the team handily placed both in LaLiga and Europe. This is the first time that our team faces off against a side from the Moldovan league and Sheriff Tiraspol will be Madrid's 108th European Cup opponents.
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"We'll have to be fully focused", declared Ancelotti in his pre-match press conference, where he was joined on media duty by Nacho. The main team news for this contest, which will be refereed by Belgian Lawrence Visser, is the return of Toni Kroos to the squad.
Sheriff Tiraspol are the reigning Moldovan champions and are managed by Yuriy Vernydub.
This year's competition is the team's first in the Champions League group stage, which they have reached after seeing off Teuta, Alashkert, Crvena zvezda and Dinamo Zagreb.
The visitors overcame Shakhtar Donetsk in their campaign opener, before last weekend brushing Dynamo-Auto aside in a 7-0 away romp in the league.