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Carlo Ancelotti will rotate goalkeepers for Union Berlin vs Real Madrid



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Real Madrid’s winning streak was halted following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Real Betis this past weekend.

However, the Spanish giants would like to move on, as they take on Union Berlin this midweek, in what will be the final Champions League group stage game this season.

Real Madrid have already secured five back-to-back wins so far, thus securing qualification to the knockout rounds. The game against Union Berlin, therefore, could be a dead rubber, thus allowing coach Carlo Ancelotti to make some rotations.

Ancelotti to rotate goalkeepers vs Union Berlin

One of the many changes could come in the form of Andriy Lunin making way for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Lunin has served as Real Madrid’s main man between the sticks for the past few weeks, especially following Kepa’s injury.

Kepa may start ahead of Lunin (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

But even with Kepa’s return, Lunin has continued to serve in between the sticks for the past few matches, much to the rejoicing of many Real Madrid fans.

Lunin, after all, was always thought to be the ideal replacement for the injured Thibaut Courtois at the start of the season. But Real Madrid ended up signing Kepa.

But it appears the Ukrainian international is finally receiving his opportunities in the first team.

That said, Ancelotti might look to rejig the goalkeeper position heading into the Union Berlin game. According to Miguel Angel Diaz (h/t Madrid Xtra), the Real Madrid coach could rotate things around this midweek.

That means Kepa could return in goal, at the expense of Lunin. This might not be a welcome move for the fans, especially given the way Lunin has performed in recent weeks.

Kepa, nevertheless, deserves a chance in the first team, as the former Athletic Club starlet has not performed badly since joining Real Madrid in the summer.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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