Real Madrid - Wolfsburg Preview: Madrid dreaming of 'remotada'

A huge match at the Santiago Bernabeu for both teams as Real Madrid host VfL Wolfsburg in the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals second leg.

Real Madrid - Wolfsburg Preview: Madrid dreaming of 'remotada'
Source: AFP

A ''remotada'' comeback in Spanish is not exactly something new for Real Madrid fans. In fact, it's something they've been used to. They lost the first leg of their semifinals away to Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus in 2012, 2013 and 2015, but were unable to actually comeback and win the series.

This time, it's a bit different. The 10 time European Cup champions will have to bounce back from a 2-0 loss in the first leg at the Volkswagen Arena, home of VfL Wolfsburg. Now, they will be looking to make their sixth consecutive semifinals but a have huge test at the Santiago Bernabeu.


Real Madrid haven't been able to come back from a two goal deficit since 1987 and have failed the last three times they've tried to overcome it. However, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is confident that they team will come play well and give the crowd a show. ''People want to see their team play well and I'm sure we are going to do that tomorrow.'', stated the French manager in his press conference.

Star player Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to the club's website regarding the situation they will be in stating that tomorrow's match on home turf, if playing well will become a “magical, perfect night”. “Playing well, with the players on the pitch, those on the bench and with the 80,000 people who I would love to see in the stadium supporting the team...'' said the Portuguese forward.

Over the weekend, Madrid responded to their setback last week with a 4-0 win over Eibar, their seventh victory in eight games and a result that helped them move back to within four points of leaders FC Barcelona, who lost over the weekend against Real Sociedad. The last time Los Merengues failed to make a semifinals was in 2010 when they lost in the Round of 16 to French outlet Lyon and the last time they got eliminated in the quarterfinals was in 2004 against AS Monaco.

Zidane facing the press. Photo: AFP
Zidane facing the press. Photo: AFP

Dream match 

Wolfsburg on the other hand are all smiles following their first leg win at home in Germany but face a tough test if they want to hold their lead throughout the next 90 minutes in Madrid. ''We know what Real Madrid stand for but we also deserve some respect after the first leg'', were the words from Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking. Wolfsburg came into the tie as huge underdogs when the draw was announced and are now just 90 minutes away from a maiden semifinal apperance in the UEFA Champions League.

Predicted Lineups

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Modrić, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Wolfsburg: Benaglio; Vieirinha, Naldo, Dante; Rodriguez; Guilavogui, Gustavo; Henrique, Arnold, Draxler; Schürrle.