Shakhtar Donetsk - Real Madrid

All out for victory in Kiev

PREVIEW. 19/10/2021. Alberto Navarro

Real Madrid take on Shakhtar Donetsk at the stadium that saw the Whites lift the 
Decimotercera (9pm CET).

Real Madrid return to action 16 days on from the team's last outing, a hiatus that owes to the international break and the postponement of the LaLiga Matchday 9 encounter, in which the side were due to host Athletic. Carlo Ancelotti's charges resume the campaign with the Champions League Matchday 3 encounter against Shakhtar Donetsk at Kiev's Olympic Stadium, the arena that witnessed our team capture the Decimotercera in 2018 (9pm CET).

Tonight sees the madridistas, who lie second in Group D and two points better off than both tonight's opponents and Inter Milan, kick off a key week that features two away games. Victory in tonight's game would serve to give the team even greater motivation ahead of Sunday's  LaLiga El Clásico bout at the Camp Nou.

"It'll be a tough game against opponents that play good football and will be giving their all to win”, declared Ancelotti in his pre-match press conference. The squad named by the Italian come into tonight's match buoyed by the fact that they have found the net in all six of their away trips this term (12 goals in total). Luka Modrić addressed the media just before his coach and shared his thoughts on the game: "We're ready and trust in our ability”.

In the Whites' quest to secure victory, the in-form Karim Benzema, who has netted 10 times in as many games for Real Madrid and has been named alongside Modrić in the 30-man shortlist to claim the Ballon d'Or, is sure to play a key role. 

Shakhtar Donetsk
The Ukrainian outfit opened their group-stage campaign with an away defeat to Sheriff, before claiming a point in the home meeting with Inter Milan in a game they nearly won. Roberto de Zerbi's men head into tonight's showdown sitting in second spot in their league and just two points behind Dynamo Kiev after 11 rounds of games .