Real Madrid will begin their title defense against AS Roma. Los Blancos will host their opening game of Champions League. This will be the first season without Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portuguese is now a Juventus player. Real Madrid won four titles when Ronaldo was part of this club. It is the first Champions League game in charge for Julen Lopetegui. Although the Spanish side is favorite to win but Roma are well aware of their strength and weakness.
Real Madrid Vs AS Roma Indian Time [IST]
According to Indian Standard Time [IST], Real Madrid vs Roma will begin at 12:30 am on 20 September 2018. The Estadio Santiago Bernabeu got the honor to host this match in front of most of the Madridistas.
|Competition||UEFA Champions League 2018-19|
|Date||20 September 2018 [India]|
|Time||12:30 am [IST]|
|Venue||Estadio Santiago Bernabeu [Spain]|
|Seating capacity||81,044 spectators|
|Home team||Real Madrid|
|Away team||AS Roma|
|Round||Group stage [1st leg]|
Real Madrid Vs Roma Telecast in India
Being the official broadcast partner of UEFA Champions League, Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 2 are expected to cover the live telecast of this game.
Real Madrid Vs Roma 2018 Champions League Preview
Real Madrid: DWWWL
AS Roma: DLDWL
The sides already met in International Champions Cup friendly competition before the start of this competition. Goals from Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale confirmed a 2-1 victory of Real Madrid.
Their most recent meeting in an official tournament came in the 2016 Champions League round of 16 with Real winning by 4-0 on aggregate and later won the title.
Both teams drew their recent fixture in their respective domestic league. Madrid drew against Athletic Bilbao in an away fixture, while Roma drew against Chievo a few days ago.
Real can take heart from the way other players came to the fore in the closing stages of their 13th outright success in this competition. None of the seven goals scored over two legs against Bayern Munich and the decider versus Liverpool were netted by former talisman Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid squad
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Thibaut Courtois, Kiko Casilla, Luca Zidane
Defender: Dani Carvajal, Jesus Vallejo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Alvaro Odriozola, Sergio Reguilon, Adrian Adri, Javier Sanchez, Sergio Lopez.
Midfielders: Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio, Isco, Dani Ceballos, Jaime Seoane, Francisco Franchu
Forwards: Mariano Diaz, Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez, Cristo Ramon Gonzalez Perez, Vinicius Junior
AS Roma Squad
Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen, Matteo Cardinali, Stefano Greco, Antonio Mirante
Defenders: Rick Karsdorp, Luca Pellegrini, Juan Jesus, Aleksandar Kolarov, Ivan Marcano, Davide Santon, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Devid Eugene Bouah*, Riccardo Cargnelutti
Midfielders: Bryan Cristante, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Daniele De Rossi, Ante Coric, Nicolo Zaniolo, Alessandro Florenzi, Javier Pastore, Steven N’Zonzi, Andrea Marcucci, Alessio Riccardi
Forwards: Diego Perotti, Edin Džeko, Patrik Schick, Cengiz Under, Justin Kluivert, Zan Celar, Stephan El Shaarawy