At first glance it looks like the scheduling would favor Real Madrid.
Manchester United will square off against Everton on February 10 while Los Blancos are facing Sevilla on February 9, giving them one extra day to rest before Wednesday.
However, United have a comfortable lead in the Premier League and can afford to prioritize the Real Madrid game by benching a few star players against Everton.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, don’t have that privilege. Fresh off an embarrassing defeat against Granada, Los Blancos have their backs against the wall and can’t afford to fall further behind in La Liga.
Even if Mourinho decides to let his star players start on the bench, will he really keep them there if Sevilla starts dominating?
If Real Madrid can’t figure out a way to reconcile their need to save face in La Liga and their hope for advancement in the Champions League, they are going to have an abysmal week.