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Modric returns; Asensio starts in a 4-3-3: How Real Madrid could line up against Getafe

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Real Madrid will look to reclaim the top spot in the La Liga standings when they face off against Getafe later tonight at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

Los Blancos dropped their first points of the season in the league last weekend when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Osasuna at home. It allowed Barcelona to move into the pole position in the table, owing to a better goal difference.

While Real Madrid bounced back to winning ways against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League in midweek, they showed signs of vulnerabilities in defence, something they will need to iron out in the upcoming matches.

Against Getafe, manager Carlo Ancelotti could make a few changes to the side that took the field in midweek. Indeed, the manager has already rested Karim Benzema by leaving him out of the squad while Dani Ceballos and Thibaut Courtois remain injured.

With three points being a must ahead of El Clasico next week, here is now Ancelotti might set his team out against Getafe.

Starters

With Courtois unavailable, Andriy Lunin becomes the obvious choice in goal for Real Madrid against Getafe.

As for the centre-back pairing, David Alaba could be given a breather by Ancelotti, like he did with Eder Militao against Osasuna last week. The Brazilian returned to the starting XI in midweek and should keep his place, with Antonio Rudiger partnering up with him.

Lucas Vazquez has recovered from the injury he suffered against RCD Mallorca prior to the international break. With important games coming up, Dani Carvajal could also be rested, with Vazquez starting at right-back. Ferland Mendy should continue at left-back.

Aurelien Tchouameni has become a mainstay in the centre of the park for Real Madrid in a very short time and the Frenchman ought to continue occupying the No. 6 position against Getafe tonight.

Tchouameni, Rudiger could start vs Getafe (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Toni Kroos started in the last two matches for Los Blancos and should be in line for a break. Instead, fellow veteran Luka Modric, back from injury, should start against Getafe. Federico Valverde is in fine form and should be retained in the Madrid midfield.

Benzema’s absence means that Rodrygo is certain to occupy the centre-forward slot for the La Liga champions. At the same time, Vinicius Jr is a guaranteed starter on the left flank.

The right-wing slot is up for grabs, with Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard possible contenders. And Asensio could get the nod, considering Hazard has not been involved in any of the past four matches for Real Madrid.

Substitutes

Eduardo Camavinga is certain to get some minutes off the bench, as has been the norm, more often than not, under Ancelotti. If Hazard does not start, the Belgian wing-wizard could also feature at some stage late in the game.

Mariano Diaz featured for four minutes in the last league game and could be brought on late in the game to rest either Vinicius or Rodrygo.

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Camavinga, Nacho start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Man City

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In under ten hours, Real Madrid will lock horns with Manchester City as the two sides will battle it out for a place in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Real Madrid and Man City played out a 3-3 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie last week, leaving everything to be played for in tonight’s contest at the Etihad Stadium.

Carlo Ancelotti has an almost full-strength squad at his disposal for the match, with only three players being absent.

Aurelien Tchouameni is suspended after receiving his third yellow card of the Champions League in the first leg while David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois are out with injuries.

Ancelotti rotated his troops to an extent over the weekend against RCD Mallorca and will reinstate his regulars into the starting XI tonight at the Etihad Stadium as Real Madrid hope to book a spot in the UCL semi-finals.

Starters

Andriy Lunin is a guaranteed starter in goal for Real Madrid and will once again be in for a stern test against a very dangerous Manchester City outfit.

The Ukrainian international will be shielded by the centre-back pairing of Antonio Rudiger and captain Nacho Fernandez, who will start ahead of Eder Militao in the absence of Aurelien Tchouameni.

A huge test awaits the Real Madrid captain. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Dani Carvajal will return to the starting lineup at right-back after being benched against Mallorca. He will have a battle on his hands against Jack Grealish. Ferland Mendy will feature as usual on the left side of the defence.

Moving into the middle of the park, Eduardo Camavinga becomes the obvious starter as the base of the midfield unit in the absence of Tchouameni.

The French international will have support from Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos as they try and negate the influence of the Manchester City midfield unit possibly comprising Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, and Bernardo Silva.

Jude Bellingham will line up at the tip of the diamond midfield setup for Real Madrid and will hope to have a bigger influence than he managed in the first leg last week.

Up top, Rodrygo Goes is expected to return to the starting XI tomorrow after sitting out against Mallorca due to a knock.

Rodrygo will be partnered by his compatriot Vinicius Jr. in attack, with the latter likely to play more centrally and the former operating more towards the left.

Substitutes

Brahim Diaz will get some minutes in the second half on what will be a return to his former home for the Spaniard.

Luka Modric is another player who is bound to come on at some point in the game, in what could potentially end up being his final Champions League game for Real Madrid if they do not qualify for the semi-finals and he leaves in the summer.

Joselu is also someone Carlo Ancelotti turns to during games to add a different flavour and profile in attack. Fran Garcia could be an option to replace Ferland Mendy if the manager seeks a greater attacking threat from the left side.

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