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How Real Madrid could line up at Wembley with Tchouaméni injured

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If we were to assess Carlo Ancelotti’s trial run on the team’s performance, the 5-0 win over Alaves could be deemed successful. 

However, it is essential to contextualize the situation properly. Alaves, known for their ability to stay afloat in the top tier despite financial limitations and possession deficits, did not pose the formidable challenge they often do in their fight for survival. 

They fielded fewer key players than anticipated, something that will not be the case against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley on June 1.

Nonetheless, Real Madrid demonstrated that effective play does not necessarily entail high risk. 

Thibaut Courtois is expected to be Real Madrid’s first-choice keeper in the Champions League final. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

They derived some reassuring insights from the match: Vinicius Jr. showcased his peak form ahead of the Wembley fixture and Jude Bellingham has regained his composure.

The team’s coordination remains intact, Arda Guler continues to display accuracy in his shots, Eder Militao’s performance is improving, and fortunately, there were no significant injuries apart from Dani Carvajal’s minor scrape from a tackle notwithstanding. 

Moreover, Thibaut Courtois made ten crucial saves, indicating a genuine test of his abilities. 

With contentment and anticipation for the impending final, manager Ancelotti faces a selection dilemma for the final, especially since Aurelien Tchouameni will not be available for selection. 

How can Real Madrid line up in the UCL final?

Bellingham, Vinicius and Rodrygo will continue to lead Real Madrid’s attack against Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

In goal, it is largely expected that Courtois will dethrone Andriy Lunin. The Belgium international, although absent for most part of the season, has made a perfect comeback and his performance in the last few games is slowly warranting him a place in the final.

In defence, Carvajal is certain to retain his spot to challenge an in-form Jadon Sancho, while in defence, Antonio Rudiger is likely to partner with Militao over Nacho. On the left flank, Ferland Mendy will resume his services.

The midfield is where things get tricky. Against Alaves, Ancelotti opted for a trio of Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and Toni Kroos.

In all fairness, there is absolutely no reason why Ancelotti should change these players for the final. With Tchouameni absent, it is only logical for the manager to stick to the same trio.

Furthermore, Jude Bellingham will continue to play an advanced role, just behind the likes of Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.

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Bellingham, Vinicius reveal their preferred picks for the Ballon d’Or

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As Real Madrid gear up to face Borussia Dortmund in the finals of the UEFA Champions League this weekend, a number of their players interacted with the press today as part of the UEFA Open Media Day.

Jude Bellingham was one of the stars who answered questions from the media ahead of what will be an emotional game for him against his former club, in his homeland.

The England international has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and is seen as a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or this season.

However, when asked about the Golden Orb, Bellingham tipped his Madrid teammate Vinicius Jr. as his pick to win the prestigious honour this year.

“For me, Vinicius is the best in the world. He creates magic out of nothing. He has everything to be the best,” said Bellingham, as quoted by The Athletic’s Guillermo Rai.

After all, Vinicius has also enjoyed a scintillating campaign and is one of the frontrunners to walk away with the Ballon d’Or, owing to his clutch performances for Real Madrid.

Who will win the 2024 Ballon d’Or? (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The Brazilian also spoke to the media today and was asked about the Ballon d’Or. Interestingly, he went on to name Bellingham as his pick to win the Golden Ball.

“I would give the Ballon d’Or to Bellingham,” he said, as quoted by Carrusel.

When Bellingham was informed about Vinicius picking him as the favourite for the Ballon d’Or, the England international responded by saying:

“If that’s how he feels, then you can split it in two (laughs).”

The responses show the strong bond and camaraderie that the two superstars of Real Madrid share.

Both are contenders to lift the Golden Ball this year and a win in the Champions League, coupled with strong performances in the summer’s international tournaments, would further enhance their chances.

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