Real Madrid vs RB Leipzig Possible Starting Lineups for UEFA Champions League 2023/24

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Real Madrid secured a slender 1-0 advantage in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie with RB Leipzig.

Brahim Diaz’s majestic solo goal proved to be the difference in a tense encounter at the Red Bull Arena last month, but Carlo Ancelotti must refocus his side after being embroiled in some notable LaLiga controversy at the weekend.

Jude Bellingham thought he had netted a late winner when Valencia came back from 2-0 down to make it 2-2, but referee Jesus Gil Manzano blew the whistle as the England star headed Diaz’s cross into the net.

Bellingham was shown a red card for his protests despite Madrid still having seven points in their domestic league and one of the favorites for glory in a competition they have won a record 14 times.

Team news

Jude Bellingham is available for Real Madrid but will serve a one-match home ban against Celta Vigo this weekend.

Ancelotti will refresh his hosts as they look to expand the squad into two competitions.

Defender Lukas Klostermann is still missing for RB Leipzig and Mohamed Simakan is serving a suspension after accumulating a yellow card. Amadou Haidara could return to strengthen the midfield.

Real Madrid predicted XI (4-3-1-2): Lunin (GK) — Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Mendy — Camavinga, Kroos, Valverde —Bellingham — Rodrygo, Vinicius.

RB Leipzig predicted XI (4-2-2-2): Gulasci (GK) — Henrichs, Orban, Lukeba, Raum — Schlager, Haidara — Simons, Olmo — Openda, Sesko.

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