Still fresh from the hangover of their stunning win over Paris-Saint Germain, Real Madrid pulled off another dominating victory over Mallorca. With this win, they go ten points clear of Sevilla, having played an equal number of games.
However, not all was well at Son Moix. Carlo Ancelotti’s side walked away with three points, there was a price to pay.
According to reports from Fernando Palomi, Karim Benzema, Rodrygo, and Ferland Mendy left the field injured on the night and are a doubt for the next game: El Clasico vs Barcelona.
Real Madrid take on Barcelona on 20th March at the Santiago Bernabeu for their second league clash of the season. The Madrid based side have beaten the Catalans twice already, but the situation is now different.
Barcelona have begun to string together a good run of form under Xavi Hernandez and look more confident than ever. In such circumstances, Ancelotti will hope the injuries to his stars are not severe.
Benzema has carried Los Blancos‘ attack this season with over 45 goal contributions. He has scored 22 goals and provided 11 assists in the league alone.
The other absence worrying the manager will be that of Ferland Mendy, especially given that Marcelo can no longer provide as much quality at left-back.
Nevertheless, Ancelotti has options to cover for the absentees if forced to. Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale would be suitable options to play in place of Rodrygo and Benzema, respectively while Nacho Fernandez could cover at left-back for the game against Barcelona.
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.