Laudrup: Real Madrid vs Roma could be a walkover

The Serie A side were thrashed by Barcelona in the group stages at Camp Nou and the Danish former World Cup star fears that they could be in for another beating

Former Real Madrid star Michael Laudrup expects Zinedine Zidane's side's Champions League last-16 tie against Roma to be a walkover.

The Spanish giants put aside their indifferent league form under Rafa Benitez to top Group A ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and have won five of their six games since Zidane assumed control of first-team affairs.

Despite steering Roma to the knockout stages, in part due to a creditable 1-1 draw with Barcelona at the Stadio Olimpico back in September, the Serie A side parted company with Rudi Garcia in January.

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The former Lille coach's departure has coincided with a strong run of form under the stewardship of Luciano Spalletti, who has masterminded four straight wins, but the hammering which they received in the reverse fixture against Luis Enrique's side, in which Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez inspired a 6-1 win, has Laudrup fearing for Roma over two legs.

"Being respectful to Roma, I think Real Madrid are the clear favourites for this tie," Laudrup told Goal.

"I saw Roma against Barcelona at Camp Nou and, even though they had important players missing like [Daniele] De Rossi, Barcelona trampled all over them.

"Having the second game at home, Real Madrid shouldn't have a lot of problems."