PREVIEW. 11/10/2022. Alberto Navarro
There is simply no let-up in the calendar as Real Madrid tonight face the fourth of the nine games during a demanding October schedule. Carlo Ancelotti's men travel to the Legia Warszawa Municipal Stadium to take on Shakhtar Donetsk in the sides' Champions League Group F Matchday 4 meeting (9pm CET).
The war in Ukraine has forced Shakhtar to play their European games outside of their country. The Ukrainians contest their continental matches at a stadium our team have visited once before, a meeting that also came in the Champions League. The European champions will be going all out to secure the win and seal qualification for the round of 16. Indeed, the Whites could even progress as group winners if they win and Leipzig fail to come out on top in their game against Celtic in Glasgow. If Madrid were to get a point tonight, they would also secure their spot in the next round.
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“We've got the opportunity and want to put it to bed," commented Ancelotti in his pre-match press conference. The Italian coach, who is able to call on a full squad with the exception of Thibaut Courtois and Dani Ceballos, was joined by Lucas Vázquez in the media room and the academy gradaute commented: "We're happy with how the season is going so far. The team's aim is to extend our fine start to the season, in which we've won 11 and draw one of our 12 matches."
Shakhtar Donetsk have tasted defeat just once this term, a reverse that came at the Santiago Bernabéu in a game that represented our opponent's last competitive outing. They lie in second spot in the Champions League group with four points to their name and are in with a chance of qualifying. They also occupy second place in the domestic league thanks to their record of four wins and a draw.