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Official: Real Madrid announce squad list for Bayern Munich clash

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Real Madrid are set to square off against Bayern Munich in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final tie on Wednesday.

With the first leg ending in an entertaining 2-2 draw, the tie is nicely poised as two of the most successful teams in Europe go head-to-head at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ahead of the encounter, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced the squad list of players that will be available at his disposal tomorrow.

Thibaut Courtois makes the squad list after having made his first appearance of the season this past weekend against Cadiz.

However, the Belgian will remain on the bench as Ancelotti has confirmed that Andriy Lunin will start in goal.

Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal also returns to the squad after missing the first leg in Germany through suspension. David Alaba is the only absentee through injury.

All eyes will be on Jude Bellingham, whose form has dipped in recent weeks, and his duel with Bayern Munich’s young sensation Jamal Musiala.

Ancelotti will also have to make a call on who partners Antonio Rudiger in central defence, with Nacho Fernandez, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eder Militao all possible options.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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