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Camavinga, Valverde start in a 4-3-3: How Real Madrid could line up against Osasuna

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Real Madrid are just seven points away from sealing the La Liga title after Barcelona’s slip up against Cadiz at the weekend. However, there is sufficient time ahead for Ancelotti’s side to deal with the league.

On Wednesday, Los Blancos step onto the pitch with only one goal in mind — the game against Manchester City next week.

The Champions League semi-finals gives Real Madrid the chance to finish with three trophies this season, something the team would not want to compromise on.

Carlo Ancelotti must deal with one clash before the big game, and that will be at El Sadar against Osasuna. Los Blancos have not lost in their last 15 outings against the hosts and will look to improve that record on the night.

Madrid Universal takes a shot at the lineup Madrid could start with tomorrow night.

Defence

Heavy rotations are expected for the league clash, but one player who will start regardless is Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian shot-stopper has been amongst the team’s top three performers this season and will hope to stay in fine touch ahead of next week’s clash.

In central defence, David Alaba will be the centre-piece. The Austrian international has been far from perfect in recent games, especially his display against Chelsea in the second leg. He will look to make amends against Osasuna.

Eder Militao is expected to start alongside Alaba. The 24-year-old has had a great season under Ancelotti and recorded two tackles and one clearance against Sevilla. However, given the fact that Real Madrid’s defence have conceded five goals in two games in worrying.

Daniel Carvajal was the man of the match against Sevilla as he assisted two goals for his side in their comeback win. He will start at left-back given that Ferland Mendy and Marcelo will be unavailable. At right-back, one could expect Lucas Vazquez to start.

Midfield

Changes are expected in midfield. Casemiro suffered a fitness blow during training on Monday and will certainly miss the midweek game. However, he is expected to return for the game against Pep Guardiola’s side. Eduardo Camavinga starts in that role, most probably.

Luka Modric will get a deserved rest, too, as was confirmed by Carlo Ancelotti. Federico Valverde will likely take his place in the lineup. The Uruguayan effectively played as as a right-winger in the last game but will be back to his usual duties tomorrow.

Valverde Camavinga have the chance to prove their worth. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

The final place in midfield has Toni Kroos’ name written on it. The German will have to step up against Osasuna and lead from the front, especially considering his mediocre performances in recent games.

Forward

Ancelotti already revealed that Karim Benzema will be the striker against Arrasate’s team. The Frenchman once again scored a last-minute winner against Sevilla, much like his winning goal in the previous game against Chelsea.

Vincius Jr will start on the left-wing. The Brazilian has proven himself to be an undisputed starter this season under the Italian manager.

The final player in the lineup will be Rodrygo. The youngster earns his spot purely through merit accumulated in recent games. Against Chelsea, he scored the all-important equaliser, and the first of three goals vs Julien Loptegui’s side on the weekend.

Substitutions

Having a player of Luka Modric’s quality on the bench is the king of luxuries that a manager can have. While Ancelotti will look to minimise the Croatian’s involvement in tomorrow’s game, it goes without saying that the veteran can be valuable off the bench.

Marco Asensio could come on in the second half, especially if Los Blancos find themselves trailing. He has not scored since early March, and will push to prove his worth.

Nacho Fernandez could come on for the final ten minutes to relieve literally any of the back-four of their duties. The same goes for Rafa Marin, who has been called up from Real Madrid Castilla, but not given any minutes yet.

Finally, given the importance of the City game in midweek, it would not be farfetched to see Dani Ceballos to get some minutes in place of Kroos, who needs to be at his best.

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Euro 2024: Rating every Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament

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The UEFA Euro 2024 came to an end last night with Spain being crowned the champions of Europe thanks to a 2-1 victory over England in Berlin.

Considering how well La Roja played throughout the tournament and their performance in the finals on Sunday night, they were the deserved winners of the trophy.

With Spain lifting the trophy, Real Madrid veteran defender Dani Carvajal added another title to his already successful campaign finishing 2023/24 as a La Liga, Champions League, and EURO winner.

Nacho and Joselu, who were still contracted with Real Madrid when the Euro started, joined Carvajal on that list while Jude Bellingham finished on the losing side.

Real Madrid had a total of 13 players representing them at the Euros in Germany and not all managed to make a solid impression. Here are how the Merengues’ stars fared at the European Championships.

Spain

Dani Carvajal: 8/10

The Spanish right-back was one of the stars of the show at the Euros, playing an integral role in La Roja’s success. Carvajal kicked off his first Euro with a goal in the opening game against Croatia and continued to be a reliable player for Spain both in defence and attack.

Carvajal forged a strong partnership with Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal on the right flank and even played a key role in the team’s opening goal against England in the final.

Nacho: 6/10

Technically no longer a Real Madrid player, Nacho was still contracted with the club when the Euros kicked off. Starting in the opener against Croatia, he helped Spain to a clean sheet against Croatia.

The veteran defender also put in solid shifts in the quarter-final and semi-final ties against Germany and France, respectively and helped see out the game against England last night.

Joselu: N/A

Behind the likes of Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal in the pecking order, Joselu, who left Real Madrid at the end of June, played just 90 minutes across two games.

England

Jude Bellingham: 6.5/10

Failed to deliver. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Having enjoyed a dream season with Real Madrid, Jude Bellingham was unable to replicate those performances for England.

While he did score two crucial goals, including a stunning bicycle kick to keep his team alive against Slovakia, and assisted Cole Palmer’s strike in the finals, his overall display left a lot to be desired.

France

Kylian Mbappe: 6/10

Real Madrid’s newest acquisition, all eyes were on Mbappe heading into the Euros. And even though France made it as far as the semi-finals, the 25-year-old failed to live up to the expectations with a nose injury impacting his displays.

Mbappe finished the tournament with a solitary goal and two assists, but as he admitted after the defeat to Spain, his Euro will go down as a failure.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 6/10

Making a return from injury during the tournament, the Real Madrid midfielder was a solid presence in the centre of the park for France alongside N’Golo Kante without really standing out a great deal.

The 24-year-old provided strength and stability in midfield for Les Bleus and even tried to get upfield in matches. But his shooting from distance was way off the mark.

Not up to the mark. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Eduardo Camavinga: 5/10

Starting just one of France’s six games and featuring as a substitute in three more, Eduardo Camavinga was not a major presence for Didier Deschamps’ side at the Euros which came as a surprise.

The Real Madrid starlet did show glimpses of quality when he did get a chance but not enough for him to make an impact.

Ferland Mendy: N/A

Having made a return to the France setup for the first time since 2022, Mendy did not play a single minute at the Euros, with former Real Madrid left-back, Theo Hernandez being preferred by the manager.

Germany

Antonio Rudiger: 7/10

Carrying on from where he left off for Real Madrid, Rudiger was a solid presence at the heart of the German defence at the Euros in his homeland.

Came up against some tricky forwards throughout the hosts’ quarterfinal run but did well to hold his own, but was guilty of losing Mikel Merino for Spain’s goal that eliminated Germany.

Toni Kroos: 6.5/10

It was not a fairytale ending for Kroos, who waved goodbye to his international career with a forgettable display against Spain during which he could have been easily sent off for the array of fouls he committed.

Prior to that, however, Kroos was instrumental for Germany in their run until the quarterfinals, stringing play together from the centre of the park.

Turkey

Arda Guler: 7/10

Arda Guler made a good impression at the Euros. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

One of the breakout stars of the Euros, Arda Guler showcased his talent and potential, helping Turkey to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

The 19-year-old started off with a wonder-goal against Georgia and also added two assists to his tally in his first major tournament, following in the footsteps of greats like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. A bright future awaits.

Croatia

Luka Modric: 6/10

Unlike recent years, Luka Modric’s Croatia were unable to get past the group stages, with the veteran midfielder finishing the tournament with a goal from under 240 minutes.

Ukraine

Andriy Lunin: 2/10

Started the tournament as Ukraine’s No. 1 against Romania but made costly errors that saw him lose his place in the starting XI. Did not feature again after the opener as his team crashed out of the group stages.

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