Real Madrid are coming off of a 4-0 win over Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League last-16 tie in the first leg of their semifinal clash with Barcelona, and the defending European champions are hoping to repeat their victory against Real Madrid in the quarterfinals.
Real, who had already lost their past four games, would face Real Madrid’s first Champions League match since the 2014 quarterfinals in Berlin, with the Spanish side having lost to Barcelona in three previous UEFA Champions Leagues finals.
Real’s current squad has scored nine goals in its previous seven matches, and coach Carlo Ancelotti has been adamant that his team is better than the one that was eliminated from the competition last season.
Real is coming off a 3-0 defeat by Barcelona in their last match, and Ancelottos squad is missing its captain, Dani Carvajal, who is recovering from a knee injury.
The Spaniards’ biggest problem is their inability to break down the defensive side of the game, which is something they will have to do again in the semifinals.
If they can manage to do so, it would put them on a roll in their second leg at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.
Real has scored seven goals in the last six matches, including three goals in a 1-1 draw against Valencia.
The club’s top scorer is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has eight goals and seven assists in his last nine matches.
This match is also likely to be the first time that Real Madrid will face Barcelona, who have scored a combined 31 goals in their five matches this season.
In the last meeting, Ronaldo and Barcelona scored two goals apiece, giving the hosts the lead for the first half.
Madrid’s next game is a clash with Club America on Sunday in front of a sell-out crowd of 6,858 at Estadios Santiago Bernabéu.
Real will then have to hope that they can break through Barca’s defense in the second leg, where they could score a late winner.