After securing a perfect start to their 2023/24 La Liga campaign by winning five out of five matches, Real Madrid’s attention now turns to regaining the UEFA Champions League title after it was taken by Manchester City last season.
No side in the history of the competition has won as many titles as Real, with the side from the Spanish capital claiming a record 14 crowns during their club history – double that of any other team.
This latest campaign begins with the visit of Champions League newcomers Union Berlin, who have enjoyed a meteoric rise in German football in recent seasons.
While the odds are heavily stacked in Urs Fischer’s side, the away team will know they have nothing to lose here and will be keen to create one of the competition’s most memorable clashes.
Real Madrid vs Union Berlin lineups and team news
Ancelotti is still without Brazilian duo Vinicius Junior and Eder Militao through injury with first choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois sidelined for the rest of the campaign.
Real Madrid lineup (4-1-3-2):
Kepa (GK) — Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Garcia — Tchouameni — Valverde, Bellingham, Camavinga — Joselu, Rodrygo
Union Berlin boss Urs Fischer will have striker Kevin Volland available following a domestic suspension with Chelsea loanee David Datro Fofana alongside him in attack.
Union Berlin lineup (3-5-2):
Rønnow (GK) — Doekhi, Knoche, Leite — Trimmel, Haberer, Aaronson, Kral, Gosens — Volland, Fofana