Champions League CSKA vs Real Madrid
CSKA Moscow began the performance in this European event with a 2-2 draw with Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic.
The result turned out to be positive, as the Russians began to lose and were even disadvantaged by two goals difference, managing to defeat the disadvantage in the second half, although with 2-2 reaching only 90 + 5 ‘and penalty, charged by Vlasic. Thus, CSKA adds 1 point, just like the Czechs, and divides 2nd / 3rd place with Plzen.
Domestically, Viktor Gonzharenko’s commanders have not lived up to expectations.
Candidate for the title in Russia, CSKA Moscow occupy the 4th place with only 16 points after 9 days, is already 6 points away from Zenit and we will have to recover 3 at the weekend, as they defeated Gazovik Orenburg and Zenit lost with Anzhi (the first defeat in the league this season for the leader). In the 9 games of the league, CSKA only lost with Rostov, but only won 4, having drawn another 4.
Recently, before the final triumph, they shared points with rival Spartak (1-1) at home. They are in a sequence of eight games without defeats. Lokomotiv in new derby and classic of Russian football the truth is that if Lopetegui has not had an easy start to the command of Real Madrid and that has not had a strong echo due to the recent break of Barcelona in the League Spanish – meringues, like the Catalans, have already lost 7 points in the championship in the first 7 days -in the Champions League their debut was good, encouraging and made fans believe that the campaign in this group stage should be a ride into the knockout stage.
It is that Real thrashed at home 3-0 to Rome, which by the way is theoretically the second strongest team in the group. With this, the team of Madrid adds 3 points and leads Group G, with 2 more than CSKA and Plzen.
After that debut in the Champions League, the Real had three very complicated matches in La Liga. First, it received and won Espanyol but only 1-0 and with a display as loose as the result.
Then, midway through last week, they went to Sánchez Pizjuán to be thrashed (0-3) by Sevilla, being, last Saturday, again in white in the marker, but managed to score (0-0) in the derby with Atletico on the return to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Next Saturday, they have a trip to the ground of Alaves, who started the championship very well.
I even believe that at times CSKA can put some difficulties to Real Madrid, that has felt uncomfortable to face well organized teams defensively, something that I see the Russians with the capacity to do.
Still, it must be remembered that this will be the return of some Spanish players to Russia, territory where they were eliminated with their Seleção in the last World Cup and I believe that they are going to double rewards to win the game in the same city where they were sent home by the selection hostess.
It is clear that my logic to go Real in this game goes much further, the team adds two games without winning, this CSKA does not have the level that came to present in other years and I think this will be noticed in this European showcase, more demanding than ever.
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With the modest formation of Viktoria Plzen, CSKA had difficulties, it is certain that they will play at home with the majority support of their supporters, but the Real team is very experienced, more than used to playing in adverse terrain, I believe they will be able to impose their superiority in the field by scoring more than the Russians and finishing up three more points in this group stage with more or less difficulty.
Betting Tips: Real Madrid