While Real Madrid are set to miss club captain Karim Benzema for the all-important derby clash against Atletico Madrid, their midfield looks pretty much sorted, with Diario AS (via Madrid Xtra) claiming that Carlo Ancelotti is mostly like to prefer the trio of Toni Kroos, Aurelien Tchouameni and Luka Modric.
As it turns out, the record European and La Liga champions do not really have major injury concerns apart from Benzema and Lucas Vazquez. This potentially means there are chances that the fans will see a similar attacking trio as they did against Leipzig in a 2-0 win.
In that regard, the aforementioned outlet also claims that Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde will occupy the front three spots.
In defence, with Vazquez missing, Dani Carvajal is likely to retain his place while a certain Eder Militao is expected to return as well. The Brazil international picked up an injury against Celtic in the UEFA Champions League, forcing him to miss his side’s next two games.
Like Militao, Benzema, too, had injured himself against Celtic while Vazquez, 31, was injured against Mallorca. The two players continued to train inside the facility while the rest of the squad did their drills on the field.
As far as Real’s midfield options are concerned, Eduardo Camavinga, who is a strong contender to win the Golden Boy 2022 award, is expected to lose his place. The 19-year-old was given the nod against RB Leipzig as Ancelotti decided to rest Toni Kroos.
As it turns out, the former Rennes midfielder didn’t do enough to convince the manager as he was subbed off minutes after the hour mark.
So, for now, the only change in the midfield during the Madrid derby from the Leipzig win is expected to be the inclusion of Kroos in place of Camavinga, while Tchouameni and Modric will continue to keep their places.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.