Karim Benzema
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema is expected to shake off a knee problem and start against Wolfsburg AFP

Real Madrid face a mountainous task in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Wolfsburg at the Santiago Bernabeu on 12 April.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 7.45pm BST. The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2.


Real Madrid's unbeaten run in this season's Champions League came to an end as goals from Ricardo Rodriguez and Maximilian Arnold gave Wolfsburg a 2-0 win in the first leg of the quarter-final in Germany. The Spanish giants have won all four of their home games in this season's competition and have triumphed in 22 of their 29 previous home encounters against Bundesliga clubs.

Karim Benzema (knee) and Raphael Varane (calf) have both returned to training and are expected to be available for selection. Centre-back Sergio Ramos is also back after missing the weekend win over Eibar through suspension.

Wolfsburg, in the box seat to reach their first ever Champions League semi-final, have won their last two away matches in this season's competition. The Bundesliga side have only lost two of their last nine European away games, winning five.

Daniel Caligiuri is doubtful to feature for the visitors due to a groin problem, while Sebastian Jung (knee) is definitely out.

What managers say

Zinedine Zidane: "We'll have to increase our level – we are fully aware that we are two goals behind, and we know we'll play a complicated game. But I'd like to say that we are able to achieve anything. During the season we were not always at our best, but we are also able to achieve great things. What we need to do first is get some rest – we'll prepare on Monday, and we do not have much time to do so. We are not going to work much but will choose the team and the strategy that is best against Wolfsburg. There is not too much to consider – we just need to be focused."

Dieter Hecking: "We wanted to get on Real's nerves; we fought, worked hard, and had the luck and the support to achieve a deserved win. We are in a good position now but we also know what will happen in Madrid. Now we need a brave performance in Madrid to achieve what nobody thought we could do. I want to go to the semi-finals."

Form guide

  • Real Madrid (all competitions): WLWWW
  • Last result: Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar
  • Wolfsburg (all competitions): DWLDL
  • Last result: Wolfsburg 1-1 Mainz

Betting odds (Betfair)

  • Real Madrid win: 1/5
  • Draw: 6
  • Wolfsburg win: 11

Team news

Real Madrid possible XI: Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo

Wolfsburg possible XI: Benaglio; Vieirinha, Naldo, Dante, Rodriguez; Guilavogui, Gustavo; Henrique, Arnold, Draxler; Schurrle