PARIS, April 5 (Reuters) - Real Madrid, leading 4-2
from the first leg, will start as hot favourites to overcome depleted Monaco and
progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday.
The Spanish champions, bidding to win a tenth
European Cup, trailed at halftime at the Bernabeu before moving up a gear in the
second half to overrun the Ligue 1 side.
Monaco striker Fernando Morientes, on a
season-long loan from Real, says the principality team have their work cut out
to turn the tie around at the Stade Louis-II.
"We are going to do all we can..., but I have to
admit that it will be a great surprise if we manage it," Morientes told Radio
"If the two teams play to 100 percent of their
ability then Real will go through. We have to play at more than 100 percent to
make it into the semis.
Monaco, who lead Ligue 1 by a point from
Olympique Lyon, have been deprived of their midfield steel with Argentine Lucas
Bernardi suspended and Greek Andreas Zikos injured.
Centre back Sebastien Squillaci, who has been
outstanding this season, has also been ruled out after picking a leg injury
during the first leg.
Coach Didier Deschamps can at least welcome back
leftback Patrice Evra from injury while the return to fitness of striker Shabani
Nonda is another major boost.
Nonda returned from a seven-month layoff to
score one goal and set up another in Monaco's 3-3 draw against AC Ajaccio on
Real will be missing England midfielder David
Beckham through suspension and have fitness worries over defender Ivan Helguera,
who scored in the first-leg win.
Either versatile Argentine midfielder Santiago
Solari or former youth team player Borja will step in and take Beckham's place
Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos, who scored
twice from trademark thunderbolt free kicks to help his side to a 2-1 victory
over Albacete on Saturday, is back after serving a two-match suspension.
Coach Carlos Queiroz's only serious selection
worry is in defence with centre-back Helguera facing a late fitness test after
missing the Albacete match because of a groin injury.
Should Helguera be forced to drop out Queiroz is
likely to bring in former youth team Alvaro Mejia who has impressed every time
he has stepped into the senior side this season.
Monaco: 30-Flavio Roma, 4-Hugo Ibarra, 27-Julien
Rodriguez, 32-Gael Givet, 3-Patrice Evra; 14-Edouard Cisse, 6-Jaroslav Plasil,
8-Ludovic Giuly, 25-Jerome Rothen; 9-Dado Prso, 10-Fernando Morientes
Real Madrid: 1-Iker Casillas, 2-Michel Salgado,
6-Ivan Helguera or 33-Alvaro Mejia, 15-Raul Bravo, 3-Roberto Carlos; 10-Luis
Figo, 14-Guti, 5-Zinedine Zidane, 21-Santiago Solari or 26-Borja, 7-Raul,
Referee: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)