Real Madrid are facing the possibility of missing out on the Champions League knockout phase for the first time since the 1994/95 season.
The Spanish giants host Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday with Group B wide open.
The equation is simple, a win guarantees either side a place in the next round. The reality is far from clear with the Germans currently on top of the group with Shakhtar Donetsk second and Real Madrid. Inter Milan, bottom and three points behind the leaders, host the Ukraine side with many tipping the Italians to secure victory.
A draw for Real Madrid and a defeat for Inter would also send Los Blancos out.
It’s a complicated scenario which means Zinedine Zidane should put his focus on 100% victory. The legendary player turned coach is now facing intense speculation of his future.
“Zizou is a magnificent coach, a good friend and will do everything possible to have Madrid in the best position possible,” said former Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, defending the coach.
“You cannot live in the past, but he has earned the right to lead Madrid.”
He will have Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and right back Dani Carvajal fit for the clash but will be without forward Eden Hazard plus midfielder Fede Valverde, who is recovering from a broken leg.
Madrid managed to beat Sevilla on the weekend after their shock 2-0 loss to Shakhtar in game week 5 of this competition.
Borussia Moenchengladbach drew 2-2 at Freiburg in their warm up for this massive encounter. The form of Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea have given the visitors hope of pulling off the unthinkable in the Spanish capital.
Suggested bet: Real Madrid and Inter Milan to win at 2.38