Real Madrid will be looking to build on last month’s 5-0 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk when they welcome the Ukrainian outfit to the Santiago Bernabeu for another Champions League battle on Wednesday night.
An entertaining encounter with plenty of goalmouth action is to be expected in the Spanish capital, as 23 goals have been scored in the previous five meetings between these two sides at an average of 4.6 goals per game.
De Zerbi needs to somehow transfer Shakhtar’s domestic form over to their Champions League campaign quickly, if they are to climb from the foot of Group D and progress into the knockout stages, a potentially dramatic comeback that seems unlikely but is not impossible.
Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale (hamstring), Dani Ceballos (ankle) and Federico Valverde (knee) as they continue to recover from their respective injuries.
Karim Benzema is doubtful after missing last weekend’s victory against Elche with a minor foot problem, while Rodrygo will also be assessed ahead of kickoff after limping off in the first half of the same game with a hamstring strain.