El Real Madrid Tonight starts his adventure in the Champions League with a new visit to San Siro to be measured at Inter, that was already rival last season in the group stage and where the whites already prevailed by 0-2. He does it this time with a much more renewed attack. Not by names, because Benzema y Vincius have already given some samples of what they are capable of doing in EuropeBut because this time they do it as the most fruitful couple in the big leagues.
Taking a quick look at the numbers, In none of the major leagues have the attacking pair participated so much in their team’s goals, nine of Madrid’s 13 (61%). Karim has five goals and four assists and is the best in Europe so far, ahead of Haaland, with five goals and three assists, but it is that a player from the white club reappears in 14th place, Vincius, who adds four more goals. Only the PSG place two players first, Mbapp, with 4 goals and two assists, and Ander Herrera, with three goals and two assists.
The last recognizable forward as a society at Real Madrid was the famous BBC. With Bale injured, Cristiano now at United, Hazard you are the prime candidate to get on that bandwagon if you reach your best. But in the meantime, Vincius wants to make the leap also in the Champions League after his great start in the League, with his best game yet recently against him. Celtic.
With Benzema there are no doubts because also the Champions League is his specialty. He is the fourth highest active scorer, just two goals behind. Lewandowsky (75) and ahead of Cristiano (135) and Messi (120), but the French is a bit lacking to surpass Ral, both with 71 goals in the Champions League.
Vincius still has a foothold in the competition. In its undisputed stage, with Solar, he left his best minutes before him Ajax and Amsterdam, with a great play and pass to Karim. On the return leg he was being the best until he injured himself, leaving the Bernabu in tears and watching helplessly as the Dutch passed over Madrid. But his best game was the last campaign against him Liverpool, with two goals in the By Stfano and a great game.
The Champions League, however, does not leave a good taste in Vini’s mouth. Two seasons ago Zidane changed him in the first leg of the round of 16 against him City with 1-0 and the whites ended up losing. In the duel in the Etihad that was the goodbye to Europe of the whites, Zidane apost por Hazard, very diminished, and the Brazilian watched the entire game from the bench, in a decision that he did not understand because he was eager and looked at a good time.
Last year he again said goodbye to the Champions League with a bitter taste. Couldn’t shine against him Chelsea as expected in neither of the two games and in both Zidane changed shortly after minute 60. At Di Stfano, by Asensio, and in London, by Hazad. And Madrid fell back, this time in the semifinals.
Madrid also returns tonight to a stage that brings her great memories. San Siro brought the Eleventh after an agonizing final against Attica. Although the whites already passed through here last season, it was a very cold return as the stadium was empty due to the covid. For this new appointment there will be 50% capacity, 37,000 viewers.