Having only drawn the first leg in Russia, Real Madrid will be looking to make a point when they entertain CSKA Moscow at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night, with Ladbrokes making the Russians a massive 25/1 for victory.
Will that price attract any interest?
Unbeaten in 10 games now, the Spanish giants will have aspirations of winning this competition, and thus completing a momentous league and European double that would send shock-waves through rivals Barcelona’s camp.
However, as CSKA proved three weeks ago, they are made of tougher stuff than most of Real Madrid’s domestic opposition, and will put up a tough fight from start to finish in this one.
With Jose Mourinho appearing to rule himself out of the vacant managerial job at Chelsea, it appears his long term future remains with Real Madrid.
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Success in the Champions’ League is arguably what their fans crave most now, so if he can achieve that, Mourinho will be sure to move up in their estimations.
CSKA Moscow manager Leonid Slutsky has admitted that stopping Real Madrid from scoring at the Bernabeu will be an almost impossible task. It will be essential that Seydou Doumbia carries a threat at the other end, knowing his side will have to score at least one goal if they are to progress.
In the league, Real Madrid won their last game, but it was not as easy as they might have liked it to have been as they ran out 3-2 victors in their match against Real Betis.
Meanwhile, CSKA returned to league action after the winter break last week, managing a 1-1 draw with their local rivals Dinamo Moscow.
Looking at the team news for this one, Karim Benzema returned to action at the weekend, coming on as a late substitute and could feature for Real against CSKA.
Lassana Diarra made his return to the first team set-up two weeks ago, but has been an unused sub in that time, while Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria are both likely to miss out. Hamit Altintop will definitely be missing.
For Moscow, Keisuke Honda continues in his comeback from a long-term knee injury and could feature in the Spanish capital.
Aleksandr Cauna returned from a broken toe last weekend and will be hoping to be involved, while goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev and Mark Gonazalez will both miss the game.
Overall, this is a contest many are expecting Madrid to win, but with a place in the last eight at stake, Moscow will give this everything they have got.