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Bellingham, Kroos start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Borussia Dortmund

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In under less than 12 hours, Real Madrid will play their biggest game of the season as they lock horns with Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final.

The blockbuster encounter will be played at Wembley Stadium in London tonight as Real Madrid look for their 15th European Cup while Dortmund dream of upsetting the apple cart and pulling off a shock win.

Real Madrid go into the game without two key players in David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni, both of whom are out injured.

Carlo Ancelotti has had plenty of time to fine-tune his team and decide on his best starting lineup for the match.

And, here’s how the Italian tactician is likely to set up his Real Madrid team at Wembley for the final game of the season.

Starters

As Ancelotti confirmed already, Thibaut Courtois is set to start in goal for Real Madrid ahead of Andriy Lunin, who has not trained with the team this week due to the flu.

The defensive line will not change from the last La Liga game against Real Betis either, with Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy set to occupy the full-back slots on the right and left sides, respectively.

Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger will start at the heart of the defence alongside Los Blancos’ captain Nacho Fernandez, with Eder Militao set to be left out on the bench.

Nacho could also be playing his final game for Real Madrid. (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, with no Aurelien Tchouameni, all signs point towards his compatriot Eduardo Camavinga starting at the base of the four-man diamond midfield formation for the 14-time European champions.

Federico Valverde is a certain starter as one of the two interior midfielders for Los Blancos with Toni Kroos set to partner him in what will be the German midfield maestro’s final match in the royal white jersey of Real Madrid.

Jude Bellingham will be the attacking midfielder for the Merengues in what will be an emotionally charged clash for him against his former club in his homeland.

Up top, Real Madrid will line up with the Brazilian duo of Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo Goes, although it will be interesting to see who operates out on the left side, with Ancelotti using the latter more towards the left in recent games.

Substitutes

Veteran Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is a certainty to come out on the pitch on his return to London at some point during the match tonight at Wembley.

Brahim Diaz is another player who is likely to get minutes off the bench, especially if Los Blancos are seeking more attacking verve. Arda Guler has been in good form of late and could get a look-in as well.

Depending on the game situation, Carlo Ancelotti could turn to Eder Militao or Joselu from the bench.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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