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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Real Sociedad

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It’s a big one tonight in La Liga as Real Madrid host third-placed Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu. Carlo Ancelotti’s men are under heavy pressure from Barcelona after the Catalans’ went six points clear at the top of the table after their 0-1 win vs Girona yesterday.

Consequentially, he has taken no risk with his starting lineup for this game, opting to go with the best possible XI at his disposal. With David Alaba still injured, Eder Militao and Antonio Rudiger start in central defence.

Nacho flanks them on the right, but with Ferland Mendy, Daniel Carvajal, and Lucas Vazquez sidelined, Eduardo Camavinga has been handed the keys to the left-back spot. Thibaut Courtois holds the fort in goal.

Luka Modric has been rested, with Ancelotti favouring the services of in-form Dani Ceballos in that role. Federico Valverde also starts in the centre of the park, and the midfield is rounded off by Toni Kroos as the #6.

Rodrygo came off the bench to score against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey, and has been awarded with a start tonight, at the right-wing. Vinicius Jr, and Karim Benzema unsurprisingly retain their places at left-wing and #9, respectively.

Official Madrid XI: Courtois; Nacho, Militao, Rudiger, Camavinga; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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