Champions League

Alaba and Mendy arrive in Manchester whilst pessimism grows over Casemiro

Brazilian only has a 30 percent chance of playing in the Champions League semi-final first-leg

Real Madrid’s final training session before their clash with Manchester City took place on Monday evening at the Etihad Stadium, with David Alaba and Ferland Mendy arriving in the city, whilst pessimism grows over Casemiro‘s availability.

All three players have been struggling with muscular problems of late, but the Brazilian is understood to have the lowest chance of taking part in the first-leg.

Mendy has a 60 percent chance of playing, whilst Alaba is considered almost certain to play, despite the fact he isn’t close to full fitness.

Carlo Ancelotti couldn’t have asked for a worse moment for this mini-crisis to hit the Spanish giants, although every expectation is that the Italian will turn to Federico Valverde to partner Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in midfield, as he so often has during this European run.

The attacking trio is expected to be Rodrygo, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr, with the former being rewarded for his excellent recent form.

Ancelotti has a wildcard plan

There is, though, still an alternate route the former AC Milan coach could venture down at the Etihad Stadium, and that would be introducing Eduardo Camavinga into a four-man midfield, and attempting to totally frustrate the Blues through the middle of the pitch.

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