Date: 8th March 2016 at 10:32am
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Real Madrid will be looking to seal their place in the Champions League quarter-finals for the sixth successive season when they host Roma at the Bernabeu in the second-leg of their last-16 tie.

Zinedine Zidane’s side were comfortable 2-0 winners in the Italian capital three weeks ago, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Jese Rodriguez scoring the goals for the Spanish giants.

The former came under criticism from Real fans after seemingly being disappointed with his team-mates following the home defeat to arch-rivals Atletico Madrid 10 days ago, but he certainly answered those by netting four times in just 26 minutes in the 7-1 victory against Celta Vigo at the weekend.

The four-times Champions League winners are still unbeaten in this campaign’s competition, winning six of their seven matches, and it is probably their best remaining chance of silverware as they have been knocked out of the domestic cups, and trail leaders Barcelona by 12 points in La Liga.

Meanwhile, Roma are in a similar situation to their opponents on Tuesday night, also out of the domestic cups and eight points behind Juventus in the Serie A standings.

Luciano Spalletti’s head into this game full of confidence though, and they have tasted success in all three of their matches since the loss to Real, with an aggregate of 12-2.

The latest win was a 4-1 thrashing of Fiorentina, who they leapfrogged in the table as a result, and the Giallorossi are now the top goalscorers in Italy, and they will be looking to the likes of Mohamed Salah, Stephen El-Shaarawy, Diego Perotti and Edin Dzeko to turn the tie around into their favour.

Team News:

Gareth Bale could make his first start for the club since he suffered a calf injury on January 17, especially after he scored as a substitute in the thrashing of Celta on Saturday.

Marcelo, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos should also return to the starting line-up for Ancelotti.

For the visitors, centre-back Antonio Rudiger won’t make the trip to Spain because of a thigh injury, while Daniele De Rossi also looks set to miss out.

As a result, the rarely used Ervin Zukanovic should join Kostas Manolas in the heart of Roma’s defence.

League Position: Real Madrid – 3rd (La Liga – 60 pts); Roma – 3rd (Serie A – 56 pts)
Previous Meeting: Roma 0-2 Real Madrid (February 17, 2016)
Form: Real Madrid – WWDLWW ; Roma – WWLWWW
Key Men: Real Madrid – Cristiano Ronaldo; Roma – Mohamed Salah
Shoot Says: Real Madrid 2-0 Roma

 
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