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Official: 17-year-old Real Madrid new arrival named in UCL squad, will wear #36



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Real Madrid have confirmed their official 25-man squad for the group stages of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League and new signing Iker Bravo has been included in the list.

Real Madrid had 23 of the 25 slots in the squad filled with first-team stars which left two spots open for someone from the Castilla squad to be picked.

Carlo Ancelotti had three options for the two slots in question in the form of Vinicius Tobias, who joined the club last January and summer arrivals Iker Bravo and Noel Lopez.

While youth players are usually eligible to be registered on List B of the UEFA squad, the aforementioned trio were ineligible to feature on that list due to the fact that they have not been at the club for more than three years.

And, as per the information from UEFA’s official website, Real Madrid have opted to enter Bravo and Tobias on list A of the squad to fill out the 25-man requirement. Bravo will be donning the #36 kit while Tobias will be wearing #37.

Bravo joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, arriving on loan from Bayer Leverkusen. The 17-year-old is held in high regard within the club, with Los Blancos beating arch-rivals Atletico Madrid to his signing.

While he will be a part of Raul Gonzalez’s Castilla outfit, Bravo will hope to get some minutes with the senior team given that there are no backup options in the No. 9 role for Karim Benzema.

Real Madrid have been drawn in Group F of the Champions League and will start their campaign this Tuesday night against Scottish champions Celtic.

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Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report



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Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.

The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.

Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.

This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.

Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia

Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.

With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.

Ancelotti to go with a makeshift central defensive pairing vs Valencia (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.

Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.

What are Ancelotti’s other options?

Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.

The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.

Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.

Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.

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