PREVIEW. 02/11/2022. Rodrigo Salamanca
This evening, the European champions take on Celtic (6:45 pm CET) and will be vying to secure the top spot in Group F and go into the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League, which will take place on November 7, as group winners. Carlo Ancelotti‘s side have their fate in their own hands, and they must beat the Scottish champions or at least match the outcome of the game between Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Real Madrid face the first of three remaining fixtures before the break for the World Cup. This will be the second time the Glasgow club has visited our stadium. The previous time was for the return leg of the 1979/80 European Cup quarter-finals, when the Whites secured a 3-0 victory to turn around the tie, courtesy of goals from Stielike, Juanito and Santillana.
Video.Victory in sight to seal top spot in group
“We want to put on a top performance”, said Carlo Ancelotti in the press conference ahead of the clash. The Italian welcomes back Benzema into his squad, but he will be without Kroos. "We’re motivated to get the win and finish the group in first place", said the German.
The madridista’s opponents close Group F without the possibility of qualification for the Europa League, although they currently sit top of the Scottish Premiership. The Glasgow outfit won last time out against Livingston (0-3) and will be looking to end their Champions League participation with a good display.