Real Madrid vs Galatasaray: Zidane releases strong squad for Champions League clash

Tanya Simon
November 7, 2019

In doing so he became the youngest player to score a flawless hat-trick in the competition at 18 years 301 days, smashing the record set by Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe, who was 20 years and 306 days old when he hit his treble against Club Brugge in October.

Real Madrid fans may have had some nerves ahead of Wednesday's clash with Galatasaray at the Bernabeu after watching their team struggle in a goalless draw against Real Betis at the weekend.

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Toni Kroos scored Real Madrid's winning goal against Galatasaray in their last Champions League game. Madrid fought off interest from the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain to secure a young star often compared to Neymar given their shared boyhood club.

Real Madrid hosts Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, November 6, with kickoff scheduled for 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET).

The competition for some of the positions in the Real Madrid first-team setup is intense.

A ideal hat-trick. Real Madrid right winger Rodrygo needed just seven minutes to score two goals, marking an improvement from last week's game against Leganes in which he set the tone for a 5-0 blowout by scoring the first goal in the seventh minute.

Goal! Marcello drifts in a ideal ball into the box and Rodrygo is in the right spot to head home!

Subscribe to Squawka's Youtube channel here. There is likely to be one change in defence, however, with Marcelo expected to replace Ferland Mendy on the left side of the Real Madrid defence.

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"The important thing is that he was with the team before the match and at half-time to support them".

Messi became the first player to score in 15th straight Champions League seasons just two weeks before Benzema. He was simply on a celestial level this Wednesday night. Marcelo's cross into the box evaded Karim Benzema but fell to Rodrygo, who was unmarked.

The Brazilian forward was making only his sixth appearance for Real and his second in the Champions League and poked in to add his third in stoppage time.

Real are second in Group A with seven points from four games.

That put Real 4-0 up after Rodrygo's early brace and Sergio Ramos' penalty. Less than 10 minutes later, the teenager was denied the chance to break yet another record.

Karim Benzema will lead the line for Los Blancos against Galatasaray.

Naturally, the Spaniard scored with the ultimate coolness, beating Fernando Muslera with a Panenka and celebrating with a weird horse trot - but it was a missed opportunity for Rodrygo.

They have also qualified for the knockout round of the Champions League in all of their previous 23 seasons, which is a competition record. The only man above him?

Gareth Bale remains unavailable for Real Madrid. Eden Hazard should start on the left in the Real Madrid lineup.

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