Earlier this week, Vinicius Jr obtained his Spanish passport and no longer warrants a non-EU spot at Real Madrid. The process was expected to be completed over a year ago but was delayed because of the pandemic.
According to reports from ESPN, Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao are set to receive their Spanish passports by January too. This would mean that the team has all three non-EU spots vacant.
Needless to say, this comes as great news for the club. Yet, the timing seems to be just a tad bit too late.
Madrid could not chase several transfer targets in the summer window like Gabriel Jesus or register on loan players like Takefusa Kubo or Reinier because of the passport situation. Now, with the market closed, Los Blancos have all three slots vacant with no scope to fill them.
Now, Madrid can officially use their non-EU spaces from January. Vinicius Tobas is said to be impressing the club and could stake a claim for one of the slots long-term. Yet, it remains to be seen how the club will fill the remaining vacancies.
Militao was injured during Real Madrid’s clash against Celtic and is expected to miss the weekend’s clash against Mallorca. Carlo Ancelotti will hope to have the Brazilian back in time for the Madrid Derby scheduled in less than two weeks.
Meanwhile, Rodrygo is expected to feature in tomorrow’s game at Santiago Bernabeu and will look to cement his spot as a regular starter in Ancelotti’s plans.
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.