Our match prediction:
Having enjoyed a great deal of success in the competition as a player, Zinedine Zidane makes his coaching debut in the Champions League as his in-form Real Madrid side take on revived AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico. The Giallorossi have embarked on a four-match winning run shortly after Luciano Spalletti had taken over the reigns at Stadio Olimpico and they now have a realistic chance of meeting the pre-season predictions. Nevertheless, with the team largely struggling when facing Italy's top sides, they will have to produce a very good performance if they want to prevent Real Madrid from winning this game. Los Blancos, too, have benefited from a change in the dugout as Zinedine Zidane has given his side a license to impress, and they head to Rome looking to prove their title ambitions. And while Gareth Bale may be out injured, the return to form of James Rodriguez could make all the difference, as the likes of Ronaldo and Benzema will no longer occupy the sole attention of opposition defenders.
Highligted Player (Benzema):
Striker Karim Benzema came through his youth club Bron Terraillon in Olympique Lyon were he went through all the youth teams. On January 15, 2005 Benzema made his debut for the first team of Lyon that season but did not have much playing time. In the 2007-2008 season he was indeed a permanent fixture in the team and he got his break . He grew that season right into a crowd favorite and clubs like Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan showed interest in him.Benzema in 2008 (like 2005, 2006, and 2007) was in the champions with Olympique Lyon and had no interest in leaving France. In 2008, Karim was named best French footballer.
Highlighted Team (AS Roma):
AS Roma are a professional football club based in Rome. Roma were founded by a merger in 1927 and they play in the Italian Serie A. Roma’s fiercest rivals are Lazio and it has to be noted that both capital clubs play their home games at Stadio Olimpico. The two local rivals face each other in the Derby della Capitale, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world of football. The Giallorossi (The Yellow and Reds) have won three Serie A titles (1941/1942, 1982/1983, 2000/2001), while winning nine Coppa Italia trophies. The colour of Roma’s shirts is imperial purple with a golden yellow trim. A number of top-class footballers were part of Roma in the past, but Francesco Totti is undisputedly the club’s biggest legend. “The Prince of Rome” made his 601 appearances for Roma on 14 May, 2016 when the Giallorossi recorded a 3-1 win over Milan at Stadio San Siro.