El Clasico was the perfect example to highlight the need for a backup striker at Real Madrid. The team looked dysfunctional and lacked the cutting edge in front of the goal in Karim Benzema’s absence.
Mariano Diaz may be an option on paper, but it is clear that he cannot, in any way, shape or form, start for Madrid. The 28-year-old had a dreadful game in front of the goal against Barcelona again and will barely receive any game time.
However, Borja Mayoral may be the man for the job. The Real Madrid striker enjoyed a good campaign at Getafe last season and has shown to have a killer instinct in the final third.
According to reports from Bernabeu Digital, though, Getafe are interested in retaining the player for the upcoming season and the same was confirmed by Ruben Reyes, the club’s sporting director, who said:
“Mayoral did a great job here and we all liked it. We are working on it so let’s see.”
Carlo Ancelotti now has a decision to make. It was initially said that Mayoral would not stay with the first team unless Mariano left the club, but it could be time to change that stance.
Given that Real Madrid only want one backup striker in the squad, it remains to be seen as to whom the manager prefers. Nevertheless, the final decision needs to made quickly for there are a couple interested parties in Mayoral.
The striker has a contract until 2023 with Real Madrid. With less than a year left on his deal, the pressure is now on the club to decide his future.
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.