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Ancelotti likely to rest key Real Madrid duo against Elche – report

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Amidst the upcoming fixture congestion, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is expected to make several changes to the team that will take the field against Elche on October 19. 

To begin with, Spanish publication MARCA says given that Eduardo Camavinga needs minutes in his tank, the young Frenchman could feature in place of either Toni Kroos, Luka Modric or Aurelien Tchouameni, with the Croatian international most likely the one to be rested.

Furthermore, the attacking trio may see a similar change. Federico Valverde has emerged as a key performer for Real Madrid this season and has played very regularly. The Uruguayan could use a rest, especially considering the nature of the opposition.

In his place, Rodrygo Goes or even Marco Asensio could get a run-out at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero later tonight, lining up alongside Vinicius Jr and Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema.

Meanwhile, the away game against Elche will see Ancelotti missing some players, the first and foremost being Thibaut Courtois. The goalkeeper, who began training with the rest of the squad, has been left home by his manager to achieve better match fitness.

This means Andriy Lunin will retain his place while the likes of Nacho and Antonio Rudiger may return to the starting XI against the Franjiverde team.

Apart from Courtois, Mariano Diaz and Dani Ceballos are also missing for Real Madrid. The former observed some discomfort in his foot due to a blow in the training on Monday while the latter continues to work inside the facilities in order to recover from his muscular injury.

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“Heartbreaking” – Real Madrid superstar reacts to Euro 2024 final loss to Spain

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Jude Bellingham’s Euro 2024 campaign came to a heartbreaking end as England slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Spain in the final.

Bellingham was one of the better players for England in what was a hard-fought affair at the Olympiastadion. However, the Real Madrid star was not able to get his team over the line, with England conceding a late winner from Mikel Oyarzabal.

Jude Bellingham on Euros defeat

Bellingham was visibly disappointed at the result and was seen storming off the pitch and even kicking a drinks cooler in frustration.

Speaking to a press after the defeat, Bellingham expressed his thoughts, calling it a ‘heartbreaking result’.

“We all wanted nothing more than to make history and make people of England proud but we didn’t deliver. Going forward we will analyze it, it’s a young group,” he said (h/t Daily Mail).

Heartbreaking end to Euro 2024 campaign for Bellingham (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Bellingham was indeed one of the more important players for an England side, which was criticised by many for their underwhelming performances

However, the Real Madrid star also looked at the positive. “It’s disappointing because we have to deliver at some point but there are things we can take from this,” he said.

“As a team, we will take the positives and negatives and we have to find a way to get it over the line,” the midfielder added.

While the defeat to Spain was certainly a blow for young Bellingham, the Englishman can hold his head up high, as he is coming on the back of a tremendous campaign that saw him secure the La Liga and the Champions League title.

For now, Bellingham will be looking forward to an extended summer break, before shifting his focus back to Real Madrid ahead of the new season.

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