Eder Militao steps in Sergio Ramos shoes ahead of Champions League tie
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Eder Militao steps in Sergio Ramos shoes ahead of Champions League tie

Real Madrid will turn to their old guard as they seek to turn around their Champions League campaign as they trail 2-1 in the last-16 tie against Manchester City. 

However, Zinedine Zidane will have to do without his inspirational skipper Sergio Ramos who was red-carded in the first leg played at Santiago Bernebeu. 

The Frenchman will turn to his compatriot Raphael Varane and Eder Militao to marshal his defence. With the depth in their roster, having veteran Sergio Ramos suspended against Manchester City would not be such a major concern for Los Blancos.

But Ramos has been attending the teams both physical and tactical training sessions as he aims to lead and remain as a strong figure for the team by giving pointers to those spearheading the defense.

In Militao, Real Madrid will have an able assistant to Ramos as he has been one of the revelations of the season. The 22-year-old has suited up for 19 total matches for Los Blancos and serves as a steady contributor for the club.

In partnership with Raphael Varane, Militao can prove to be crucial in defending against the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling.

Zidane's approach to the match will serve as an edge for Real Madrid as he knows exactly what to do even if his lineup is hindered without his star defender.

Los Blancos have won the Champions League multiple times under Zidane’s leadership before and they’re looking to do the same care of players such as Militao and Varane stepping up when players like Ramos are on the bench.

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