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Carlo Ancelotti talks Modric, World Cup, and their group ahead of Celtic vs Real Madrid



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Real Madrid’s defence of the Champions League begins tomorrow as Carlo Ancelotti’s men travel to Glasgow to take on Scottish defending champs Celtic. Los Blancos are so far unscathed in La Liga and will hope they can bridge that winning run into the UCL.

Much like last season, Madrid have been mostly written off for this UCL season as well. Ancelotti certainly still believes they are the biggest club in the world, and spoke to the media ahead of their trip to the UK.

On the Real Madrid-UCL connection: “Real Madrid have always been respected in this competition, not only because we won it last season.”

On the World Cup: “Now we only think about the group stages, we don’t know what will happen after the World Cup.”

“I think we won’t have a problem until the World Cup. The doubt is how players will return after it.”

On Celtic: “Celtic are not going to change their attitude tomorrow. They’ll play attacking football but we are not worried about defending.”

On Real Madrid not being favourites: “I’m not surprised, it’s good. We will compete until the end, as always. Hopefully, we will play in the final again.”

On their ‘easy’ group: “It’s not an easy group. Celtic are doing very well and we respect them. Same for Leipzig and Shakhtar. There are always surprises in the group stages.”

“We all remember what happened against Sheriff last season. Anything can happen.”

On Luka Modric: “He’s still one of the best midfielders. He has not had big injuries during his career and this allows him to be this good at 36.”

“He will turn 37 this week and will have a big birthday party. I hope I get invited (laughs).”

“There is no explanation for him. He’s a fantastic player, with a great attitude, great quality.”

Source: Real Madrid TV

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla



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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.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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