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Karim Benzema set to miss pre-season El Clasico against Barcelona

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Real Madrid are set to face Barcelona in a pre-season friendly El Clasico in Las Vegas on July 26th in what promises to be an entertaining encounter.

It will be a test of the Catalan ‘rebuild’ against the newly crowned champions of Europe. Moreover, it is a chance for Los Blancos to avenge their 4-0 loss from last season.

However, it seems that Carlo Ancelotti has been handed an early blow in the build-up to the much-awaited game. Diario AS report that Karim Benzema is out for the clash at the Allegiant Stadium and will only return later in pre-season.

The Frenchman is expected to arrive at the training camp on July 19th, leaving him with only three training sessions before the Clasico against Barça. Given the big season ahead and the player’s age, manager Carlo Ancelotti prefers to rest Benzema and avoid risking any injuries.

It is important to note that the French international also missed the last fixture against Barcelona which the team went on to lose at the Santiago Bernabeu. The manager tried a novel forward line on that night, but the plan backfired miserably as the Blaugrana dominated the play.

Given the low stakes of a pre-season clash, it is understandable why the manager prefers not to risk his star player. However, every Clasico is a game of prestige and it goes without saying that Los Blancos will go all guns blazing at the Allegiant Stadium.

Last season, Benzema scored 27 goals and provided 12 assists in just 32 league appearances for Real Madrid. He was also directly involved in 17 goals for his team in the Champions League.

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  1. Akakpo Divine

    July 17, 2022 at 7:40 am

    Carlo should be very careful because we loose to Barcelona by 4 goals to 0 without Benzema, and now if we miss Benzema, what are we expecting again? Not forgetting that Barcelona has signed some new players including Lewandoski.
    He should better change his mind and bring back Benzema for the game coz we want a revenge on the 4:0 loose!!!!!!

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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