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Bellingham, Camavinga start in a 4-4-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Atletico Madrid

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Real Madrid will play one of the biggest games of their season so far on Wednesday when they lock horns with Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup.

Los Blancos head into the game on the back of a good run of form, with their most recent match ending in a 3-1 win over Arandina in the Copa del Rey Round of 32.

Real Madrid have lost just one game so far this season, which happened to come against Diego Simeone’s Atletico. As such, they will be wary heading into tomorrow’s contest in Riyadh, although the recent return of several injured players is a major boost.

Real Madrid, though, continue to be without the services of Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, David Alaba, and Lucas Vazquez.

A victory tomorrow would set up a final date with one of Barcelona or Osasuna. And, heading into the game, manager Carlo Ancelotti will have some interesting decisions to make with regard to his starting lineup.

Here’s how the Italian tactician could set his Real Madrid team up to face Atletico in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final.

Starters

One of the biggest decisions that Carlo Ancelotti has to take is his starting goalkeeper. Kepa Arrizabalaga started the Copa del Rey tie against Arandina, but Andriy Lunin is expected to return to the side, having performed exceedingly well in recent months.

Star defender Antonio Rudiger is bound to return to the starting XI at the heart of the defence, partnering up with captain Nacho Fernandez. Meanwhile, there is no looking past Dani Carvajal in the right-back slot.

Ferland Mendy has returned to the squad after yet another stint on the sidelines. But considering that he is only coming back, Fran Garcia is likely to get the nod at left-back, although the possibility of Ancelotti utilising Eduardo Camavinga in the role also exists.

The key duo in midfield. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

But, for tomorrow, Camavinga is expected to slot in as the defensive midfielder in Real Madrid’s diamond midfield setup ahead of his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni.

Meanwhile, the duo of Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos should continue as the interior midfielders after forging a brilliant partnership in recent matches. It would mean Luka Modric will miss out of the starting lineup.

Jude Bellingham is an undisputed starter in the attacking midfield position for Real Madrid and will be eager to make a big contribution to help his team across the line against Atleti.

The Brazilian duo of Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. will form the attacking unit for the Merengues, with the former being in fine touch of late.

Substitutes

Brahim Diaz has been in good nick in recent games and will be one of the first names called on from the bench by Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Luka Modric is another player that is bound to get some minutes in the derby tomorrow. Aurelien Tchouameni could be asked to come in if there is an emergency in the centre-back department or to give someone in midfield a breather.

Joselu and Dani Ceballos could also be in line to get some action off the bench.

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2 Comments

  1. Mandla

    January 9, 2024 at 9:45 pm

    Tough game but we need to win it. We play to win.

  2. Pat Grey

    January 10, 2024 at 7:12 am

    Rodrygo and Vini are trying, but they are inconsistent in front of goal and squander many opportunities to put the ball past the goalkeeper. And so for Real Madrid to become a more lethal and predictable scoring team, they must bring in at least one of the two best strikers in the world now: Mbappe and Haaland. The team cannot continue to depend on attacking midfielder Bellingham to consistently get goals for the team.

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Tchouameni, Bellingham start in a 4-4-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Bayern Munich

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Real Madrid will face their biggest fixture of the season later tonight when they lock horns with Bayern Munich in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

Having already won the Spanish Super Cup and La Liga, Los Blancos will be eager to take a step closer to lifting the Champions League crown as well.

The first leg, played in Germany, ended in a 2-2 draw leaving the tie nicely balanced as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich battle it out for a spot in the finals, where Borussia Dortmund await.

Heading into tonight’s clash, Real Madrid have only one injury-enforced absentee in the form of David Alaba.

Having made plenty of rotations to the team for the weekend La Liga clash against Cadiz, Carlo Ancelotti will name his strongest possible lineup at the Santiago Bernabeu tonight. And here’s how Real Madrid could take the field against Thomas Tuchel’s men.

Starters

Even though Thibaut Courtois is fully fit and made his first appearance of the season this past Saturday, Andriy Lunin has more than earned his spot in the lineup and will start in goal, as confirmed by Carlo Ancelotti yesterday.

Dani Carvajal is back in the squad after missing the first leg through suspension and is certain to replace Lucas Vazquez at right-back tonight against Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, Ferland Mendy will occupy the left side of the defence.

Antonio Rudiger is a certainty to feature at the heart of the defence but Ancelotti has a dilemma as far as the German’s partner is concerned.

But with Eder Militao still not back to his best and Nacho Fernandez not looking all too secure in the first leg, Aurelien Tchouameni could be asked to fill in at centre-back by Ancelotti.

Tchouameni could start at centre-back. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

In that scenario, Eduardo Camavinga becomes an automatic starter at the base of the Real Madrid midfield, where he will partner Toni Kroos, who was one of the Merengues’ best players from the first leg.

In somewhat of a tweaked setup, Ancelotti’s permanent fixture, Federico Valverde will line up on the right side of the midfield four, while Rodrygo Goes is likely to occupy the left flank – a position from where he has been quite effective in recent times.

It would mean that Vinicius Jr. would play in a more central role on the night against Bayern Munich, with fellow key man Jude Bellingham providing the Brazilian superstar support in the attacking line.

Substitutes

Luka Modric is a certainty to come on at some point in the second period for Real Madrid if he does not start against Bayern Munich. The Croatian has showcased good form in recent games and can impact the proceedings.

Brahim Diaz is also someone that Carlo Ancelotti counts on regularly from the bench and that is unlikely to change. Nacho Fernandez could be an option if Real Madrid wish to shut up shop at the back.

On the other hand, Joselu could be an alternative in attack to provide a different kind of threat in and around the Bayern Munich box.

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