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Asensio, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-3: How Real Madrid could line up against Cadiz

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Real Madrid will look to build on their 2-0 win over Chelsea in midweek and come away with three points when they take on Cadiz at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla in La Liga.

Having lost their last league game against Villarreal, Carlo Ancelotti & co. have fallen 13 points behind league leaders Barcelona and are pretty much out of the reckoning as far as the title is considered.

But, with the Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League still up for grabs, it is important for the Merengues to keep a winning momentum going.

Following their midweek excursion against Chelsea and keeping in mind the trip to Stamford Bridge next week, Ancelotti is likely to make a lot of rotations against Cadiz tonight.

Starters

Thibaut Courtois’ presence in the lineup is a certainty for Real Madrid. The Belgian international has once again proven himself to be a clutch player for the Merengues and will look for a clean sheet against Cadiz.

There could be several changes in defence tonight as the likes of Dani Carvajal, David Alaba and Eduardo Camavinga are set to be rested. It should pave the way for Lucas Vazquez to start at right-back while Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao could pair up at the centre.

With Ferland Mendy still out injured and Camavinga in for a rest, Nacho Fernandez becomes a certainty to feature at left-back.

Nacho to start against Cadiz. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Major changes are also expected in midfield as Toni Kroos misses out with a niggle while Luka Modric is also likely to be rested keeping in mind the next game against Chelsea.

This should pave the way for Aurelien Tchouameni to start as the pivot midfielder while he will likely be supported by Dani Ceballos and Federico Valverde in the centre of the park.

With Vinicius Jr out due to an adductor strain, his compatriot Rodrygo Goes should move to the left flank for Real Madrid against Cadiz. Meanwhile, Marco Asensio, who scored a goal coming off the bench against Chelsea, should get the nod on the right flank.

Captain and ace goalscorer Karim Benzema will spearhead the attack for Real Madrid at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla tonight.

Rodrygo · Benzema · Asensio
Ceballos · Tchouameni · Valverde
Nacho · Rudiger · Militao · Vazquez
Courtois

Substitutes

Given the lack of options in attack on the bench, one might see Eden Hazard getting a rare opportunity to make an impression in the second half. Carlo Ancelotti might throw on fringe players like Jesus Vallejo and Alvaro Odriozola at some point in the latter stages of the game, especially if things are under his team’s control.

In case Real Madrid are finding it difficult to get over the line, we might see the likes of Luka Modric and Eduardo Camavinga enter the fray as well.

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How can Euro 2024 stardom shape the future of Real Madrid’s teenage prodigy?

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Real Madrid and Turkey midfielder Arda Guler showcased his talent during Euro 2024, scoring a goal and assisting twice, firmly establishing himself as a key player for Turkey at just 19 years old. 

In the recent quarter-final match against the Netherlands, Guler’s exceptional skills were on full display when he provided a stunning assist to open the scoring. 

Demonstrating his technical prowess, Guler controlled the ball with his left foot and delivered a precise cross with his right, which, despite not being his dominant foot, highlighted his versatility.

Despite his strong efforts, though, the Dutch team managed to turn the game around within six minutes, dashing Turkey’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals. 

This outcome left Guler visibly dejected, but it also underscored his growing maturity. After the match, he took the time to console each of his teammates, showcasing leadership qualities beyond his years to emerge as one of the standout sensations of the Euros.

Real Madrid’s spot still in limbo?

With the tournament now behind him, questions arise about Guler’s future and what role he will play at Real Madrid in the upcoming 2024/2025 season. 

Arda Guler showcased leadership qualities beyond his age. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Last season, the young Turk struggled to secure significant playing time due to physical issues that plagued him for the first few months of the competition. 

However, his impressive performances towards the end of the season and at the European Championship may have changed his standing within the team.

As a result, Carlo Ancelotti, known for his ability to foster positive environments for his players, now faces the challenge of determining Guler’s role. 

His versatility allows him to play both in midfield and in attacking positions, but he will have to compete with established stars like Brahim Diaz, Rodrygo, Kylian Mbappe, and the young talent Endrick. The Italian coach must carefully consider how to integrate Guler into the squad effectively.

Ancelotti will be key to Guler’s future

The situation at Real Madrid appears challenging for Guler due to the fierce competition for limited spots, with many players deserving of a place in the team which is why Ancelotti’s decisions will be crucial in shaping Guler’s future at the club. 

Last season, his tenure was marred by injuries, and even when he was fit, Ancelotti often favoured more seasoned players. This preference was understandable, given that Guler’s return coincided with crucial matches in the latter half of the season.

Arda Guler scored a goal and assisted twice during Euro 2024. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

However, Guler has now proven his worth on the international stage, and his refusal to go out on loan indicates his determination to fight for a spot at Real Madrid. 

It will be fascinating to see how Ancelotti handles this situation and what opportunities he provides for Guler in the coming season.

Capping off a perfect journey

The young midfielder’s journey at the Euros has undoubtedly increased his profile, and his performance has likely caught the attention of many within the football world. 

As Guler continues to develop, his potential seems limitless. All this means that Real Madrid fans will now be eager to see how he fits into the team’s plans and whether he can secure a more prominent role. 

The upcoming season will be a crucial period for Guler, as he aims to build on his recent success and establish himself as a key player for both club and country.

In summary, Guler’s impressive showing at Euro 2024 has set the stage for an intriguing season ahead. His leadership and maturity, despite his young age, have marked him as a rising star in football. 

The challenge now lies with Carlo Ancelotti to harness Guler’s talent and integrate him effectively into a competitive Real Madrid squad. 

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