In the words of Kanye West “did you realize, you were a champion? Yes, I did.” Apt for Real Madrid, who continued their dominance in Europe last season, tacking on yet another UEFA Champions League title to their stash, and in the process further extending their vast lead over everybody else in that department.
Los Blancos upset Liverpool last May, but they’ll begin their European title defense as favorites when they travel to Celtic tomorrow night. Here is everything you need to know ahead of the big match tomorrow night.
Real Madrid at Celtic Champions League Group Stage FYIs
Kick: Tue, Sept. 6, 8pm, Celtic Park
Competition: Group F, Match Day 1 of 6
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Google Result Probability: Real Madrid 60% Celtic 18% Draw 22%
Real Madrid Team News
There are only two injury concerns here, and that’s Jesus Vallejo and Alvaro Odriozola, who both missed out, once again, due to injury in the 2-1 home victory over Real Betis. Look for manager Carlo Ancelotti to have no real issues when it comes to selecting his team here. Expect them to come out in a 4-3-3 formation.
Real Madrid Starting XI Prediction at Celtic
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius
Prediction: Real Madrid 2, Celtic 0
Look for Reyes del Europa to live up to their hype and billing.
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