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Official: Five Real Madrid players part of La Liga team of the season

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The La Liga team of the season has been announced, and five Real Madrid players have made the cut for the selected 15 players.

The team features five defenders, with Eder Militao representing Madrid. Jules Kounde, Nahuel Molina, Alejandro Balde, and David Garcia are the other defenders in the list. Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been given the nod as the goalkeeper.

There are two Madrid midfielders in the team out of a possible five. Federico Valverde and Luka Modric make the cut, while Toni Kroos has been overlooked despite a largely impressive season.

Pedri, Mikel Merino, and Celta Vigo Gabri Veiga round off the centre of the park.

Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr are part of the attacking quadrant, with Pichichi leader Robert Lewandowski and arguably the Liga Player of the Season, Antoine Griezmann also included in the list.

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Ancelotti sets a target for Real Madrid to achieve before facing Barcelona in La Liga

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Real Madrid are currently the frontrunners to win the La Liga title this season, having established a solid lead atop the table.

After 26 matchdays, Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos have built a six-point lead over second-placed Girona and are eight clear of arch-rivals Barcelona in third.

Ancelotti sets a target

While Real Madrid have already faced Girona and Atletico Madrid twice in La Liga already, they still have to face Barcelona for the second time.

And, as per AS, manager Carlo Ancelotti has set a target for his Real Madrid side to achieve before they face off against Xavi Hernandez’s Barça in a few weeks.

Los Blancos host their bitter rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu in the weekend of April 20-21, in matchweek 32.

And before that, Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to reach 80 points in La Liga, which he believes is the safety point for his team to go on to win the title.

As things stand, the Merengues are on 65 points from 26 games and have five matches to play in the league before they face Barcelona.

And for them to achieve Ancelotti’s intended target, they will have to win each of their matches between now and April 20, which will be anything but straightforward.

After all, Real Madrid are set to face Valencia at a hostile Mestalla this weekend before they take on a Celta Vigo side battling to avoid relegation next week.

Following that, they face a tricky Osasuna side away from home and Athletic Club at home while they will also take on Copa del Rey finalists RCD Mallorca.

Ancelotti wants the La Liga title race wrapped up by this point so that the team can face Barcelona without any pressure and instead keep their focus on the UEFA Champions League, provided they progress in the tournament.

It will be easier said than done, but if we have learned anything from Real Madrid this season, it is that they thrive in the face of adversities.

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