Thus far in continental competition, Real Madrid are living up to their nickname as “Los Reyes del Europa” (“The Kings of Europe”). The club with more UEFA Champions League titles/European cups than everybody else is off to a perfect start in group stage play. They’ll next host Napoli in a top of the Group C table clash.
What is most impressive about Madrid’s start to the European season is that they’ve gotten it done despite an injury crisis.
Real Madrid vs Napoli FYIs
Kickoff: Wed. Nov. 29, 8 pm, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Competition: UEFA Champions League Group C Matchday 5 of 6
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UCL Standings: Real Madrid 1st, 12 pts Napoli 2nd, 7 pts
Google Result Probability: Real Madrid 52% Draw 25% Napoli 23%
Manager Carlo Ancelotti says he is not worried about that aforementioned crisis however. He’s had to call upon the depth of the squad early and often this season, and he’ll have to do so again vs. Napoli on Wednesday night.
Real Madrid Starting XI Prediction vs Napoli (UCL Group Stage)
Andriy Lunin; Antonio Rudiger, Nacho, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde, Brahim Diaz; Rodrygo, Jude Bellingham, Joselu
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