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Official: Real Madrid 4-3-1-2 starting lineup against Barcelona

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With Real Madrid set to take on arch-rivals Barcelona in a couple of hours, manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced the starting lineup for the game at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ancelotti has made a few changes to the team from the midweek assignment against Manchester City.

Andriy Lunin mans the Real Madrid goal and will be hoping to repeat his midweek heroics again tonight versus Barcelona.

Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni, back from suspension, form the centre-back pairing shielding the goalkeeper while Lucas Vazquez starts at right-back in place of Dani Carvajal.

With Ferland Mendy not fit enough to start, it is Eduardo Camavinga who gets the nod at left-back.

Toni Kroos likely starts as the deepest of the midfielders for Real Madrid while Federico Valverde and Luka Modric, captain on the night, operate as the interior midfielders.

Jude Bellingham will be the most advanced of the four midfielders for Real Madrid, playing just off of the two forwards in Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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