On Tuesday night, the host expects a fun duel at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, in which Real Madrid will host the Sheriff ahead of the second round of the UEFA Champions League.
Even though Real’s bosses did not bring any big reinforcements during the summer, they were impressive in the new 2021/22 campaign.
They currently enjoy the leading position in LaLiga, with 17 points collected.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team was also impressive at the opening of the European campaign, where they surprised Inter at the San Siro with a minimum of 1-0, and Real Madrid will aim to record a second European victory and strengthen their position.
On the other hand, Sheriff Tiraspol managed to secure the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history, which is a great success for a country such as Moldova.
That road to the group stage was turbulent and exciting, eliminating Crvena Zvezda and Dinamo Zagreb in the last two qualifying rounds.
Even more interesting, Sheriff Tiraspol was the biggest surprise at the opening of the European campaign, beating Shakhtar 2-0 at home.
Real Madrid has not been impressive on the home turf lately in European matches, but they are still the most successful team in the history of the European Cup, so it would be the biggest shock in their history to lose to a debutant like Sheriff Tiraspol.
Sheriff Tiraspol is coming to this match after an empathic 7-0 victory over Dinamo-Auto, which means they are full of confidence before the trip to Madrid, but beating Real at the Santiago Bernabéu is easier said than done.
As for the clash on Tuesday, I think that the winner of this duel is already known, the question is how many goals Real will win, considering that the quality between these teams is heaven and earth.
Sheriff’s results lately deserve great respect, but Real Madrid is a few classes above the Moldovan side, and I believe that coach Yuriy Vernydub is aware of that.
Real should record a routine victory, while I expect Thibaut Courtois to keep a clean sheet.