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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup against Manchester City

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After Barcelona and Atletico Madrid’s disappointment in the Champions League this week, Rael Madrid are the only Spanish team left in the competition, but will face off against defending champions Manchester City for the second leg tonight.

The first game, at the Santiago Bernabeu, ended at 3-3, which gives City more than enough scope to still win the game. Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping that his starting lineup can get the job done without too much fuss tonight.

Andriy Lunin starts in goal for Madrid, hoping to do much better compared to the first-leg. And in front of him, he finds club captain replacing the suspended Aurelien Tchouameni, while Antonio Rudiger retains his spot.

Daniel Carvajal has been given the nod at right-back, while Ferland Mendy retains his spot as the left-back.

There are little to no doubts about the rest of the team, with Ancelotti going for his gala midfield four. Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos flank Eduardo Camavinga on paper, while Jude Bellingham starts in front of them as the no. 10.

A lot of pressure is on Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr, who take their place as the forwards, playing off of Bellingham.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Mendy; Valverde, Camavinga, Kroos; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius

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Real Madrid captain drops future hint – ‘Sometimes circumstances aren’t right to be a one-club man’

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Real Madrid are just days away from their highly anticipated Champions League final showdown against Borussia Dortmund.

Once the final has been played, planning for the summer transfer window will be in full swing, with the topic of arrivals and departures likely to be discussed.

One of the players facing an uncertain future is Nacho Fernandez. The Real Madrid captain has yet to disclose his future ambitions, despite nearing the end of his contract.

Nacho opens up about future

While he previously claimed that he had already made his decision, a shift in tone can be observed now, with Nacho asserting that he will soon sit with the club and his family to evaluate the best course of action

For now, the 34-year-old remains focused on the Champions League final and does not wish to draw any unnecessary attention.

“Future? The focus is on the final now. After that, I will sit with the club, Ancelotti and my family and I’ll decide what’s the best thing for me,” he told El Chiringuito.

On his way out? (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Fernandez acknowledges the fans’ support

Additionally, the veteran centre-back claimed that he does need a grand farewell to know how much the Madrid faithful appreciate him.

“That love the fans have for Toni is the same they have for me. I don’t need a farewell to know the fans love me,” he reflected.

Nacho has devoted his entire career to Real Madrid, rising through the ranks from the youth academy and spending over two decades with the Merengues.

However, he has alluded to the possibility of perhaps donning the colours of a different jersey.

“Sometimes the circumstances are not right to be a ‘one club man’,” he cryptically claimed.

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