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Camavinga replaces Casemiro in a 4-3-3: How Real Madrid could line up against Sevilla



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Sitting rather comfortably on top of the league, Real Madrid face one of their biggest challenges before they can seal their first trophy for the season. They travel to Seville to take on Julian Nagelsmann’s Sevilla for gameweek 32 in La Liga.

While Madrid are in spectacular form heading into the tie, with eight wins in the last ten games, the same cannot be said about Sevilla.

After being knocked out by West Ham in the Europa League round of 16, Sevilla drew 0-0 against Real Sociedad, and then lost 1-0 vs Barcelona.

While the Palanganas secured a 4-2 win against Granada, they did not look too comfortable during the game, and conceded twice in the league for the first time since 22nd January.

Heading into the tie, Carlo Ancelotti has a few problems at hand. Not only did his side play 120 minutes in midweek against Chelsea, but he does not have the services of Casemiro either.

In such a situation, the starting lineup itself could dictate the outcome of the game. Madrid Universal takes a look at how Los Blancos could line up against Sevilla tomorrow night.

The starters

Madrid did not have Eder Militao for their Champions League clash against Chelsea, but the Brazilian is expected to return to the starting lineup tomorrow night. He will likely partner David Alaba in the heart of the defence.

With Ferland Mendy injured, any casualties in the backline could cost Real Madrid massively. We expect Lucaz Vazquez to start at right-back after Carvajal’s two-hour shift in midweek. Nacho Fernandez will likely take the left-back spot.

No doubt over the gloves as Thibaut Courtois continues to maintain his position as one of the, if not the best goalkeeper in Europe this season.

The biggest question mark in midfield will be Casemiro’s replacement. Eduardo Camavinga is expected to take his place there, especially after Federico Valverde’s tiring shift in the UCL.

Toni Kroos and Luka Modric retain their place in central midfield, with the former hoping to make much more of an impact than he did against Chelsea.

Kroos was not happy with his substitution against Chelsea. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Karim Benzema looked like he had picked up an injury in the Champions League, but trained with the group. As such, he should man the centre-forward position in the attack.

Vinicius Jr and Marco Asensio will probably round of the attack. The latter is much more of an attacking threat than Rodrygo, which will be required against a tight defence like that of Sevilla.

Predicted Real Madrid XI:

Vinicius · Benzema · Asensio
Kroos · Camavinga · Modric
Nacho · Alaba · Militao · Vazquez

The bench

Should Real Madrid take a comfortable lead in the first half, we can expect to see some early changes in the second half, starting with some much-needed rest for Modric and Benzema.

Valverde is in contention to start, but should he not, he will almost definitely come off the bench in any case. Gareth Bale, too, could come on to replace ‘Benz’, as he has, so often this season.

Dani Ceballos could be asked to come on to add more depth to the midfield, much like the Chelsea clash. Rodrygo, too, is definitely in with a shout with a chance to replace one of the attackers.

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Three talking points ahead of Real Madrid vs Sevilla | La Liga GW 26



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As one of the few teams that managed to take a point off Real Madrid in the first half of the season, Rayo Vallecano was seen as a dangerous opponent as Los Blancos prepared for matchday 25 of La Liga.

True to the expectation, the visitors gave Real Madrid a run for their money and managed to salvage a draw once more.

Matchday 26, thus, presents yet another steep challenge for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. The men in white lock horns with Sevilla, one of the few other teams that managed to hold them to a draw in their previous encounter.

It has not been an easy season for Los Nervionenses as they linger in 15th place after 25 games. However, they have shown time and time again that they have resilience and they will trouble the Merengues without a doubt.

Madrid Universal brings you three talking points ahead of Real Madrid vs Sevilla.

An emotional, yet emotion-less affair

The one headline flooding the news ahead of Real Madrid’s clash against Sevilla this weekend is about Sergio Ramos. The former Real Madrid captain faced Los Blancos earlier this season at Ramon Sanchez Pijzuan and showed that he still had it in him to play at the top level, but tomorrow’s clash will be special for reasons beyond the sporting sense.

The Spanish superstar captained one of the Merengues’ greatest units in history and saw them make their way to back-to-back titles for years. His departure from the club, however, was almost anti-climactic as he left as a free agent in 2021.

Tomorrow night will be the first time the club legend steps foot on the grasses of the Santiago Bernabeu since his departure. A return to the stadium he once called home can only be described as an emotional affair.

Moreover, the club administration have even arranged for a small emotional tribute to the player who took them to great heights in the last decade, amplifying the sense of nostalgia.

Concurrently, however, both Ramos and Real Madrid are fiercely competitive and do not see nostalgia as any reason for sympathy. Once the referee blows the whistle, there will be no love lost between the two parties.

Real Madrid will be forced to go up against the monster they created, while Ramos will be equally motivated to show the management what they lost by passing on him. In either case, the game will be driven by passion and will not be affected one bit by the background story.

Two suspensions, one return

Carvajal out, but Rudiger’s back. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

In addition to his long list of injuries, Carlo Ancelotti has a new factor to consider before deploying his starting XI on Sunday night. After all, two players are out through suspension – Dani Carvajal and Eduardo Camavinga.

The Spanish veteran was sent off in Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano and will be unavailable to start on the night at right-back. Ancelotti will turn towards Lucas Vazquez to cover the void on the night, but it is clear that Carvajal will be missed.

The second player unavailable on the night, Eduardo Camavinga, is once again replaceable, now that Antonio Rudiger is back fit and ready to feature.

The German maestro has missed three weeks of action through injury but has made a comeback. His availability on the night would enable Aurelien Tchouameni to play as the pivot, effectively covering for Camavinga’s absence.

Guler’s moment?

Going up against Sevilla, one of the few teams to have stolen points from Real Madrid this season, Carlo Ancelotti will be without the services of two key attackers.

Jude Bellingham will continue to be unavailable on the night as he recovers from his recent blow. The Englishman has made good progress so far, but it is still sizeably away from a return.

Joselu, meanwhile, was confirmed to be suffering from bone edema and is expected to be out for at least three weeks. The combination of the two absences leaves Ancelotti with only three viable attacking options – Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes, and Brahim Diaz.

The Spanish-Moroccan star is expected to slot into Bellingham’s position, for it is his niche on the field while the two Brazilians will start up front as the two forwards. As revealed yesterday, the situation also opens the door for Arda Guler.

Ancelotti sees Guler as a player capable of making a difference as a forward and will thus count on him more often in the coming days. With all forward options likely to start, the Turkish phenom could begin to enjoy more prominence as a substitute tomorrow against Sevilla.

There have been talks around a possible loan involving Guler in recent weeks, and the coming games could just be his best bet to prove his worth and establish his presence under the manager.

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