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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup against Real Sociedad

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Coming off incredible back-to-back wins against Manchester City in the Champions League and Barcelona in La Liga, Real Madrid will now face off against Real Sociedad in the league with a win taking them oh-so-close to the title.

Carlo Ancelotti had made a whopping nine changes to the starting lineup for today’s game at the Reale Arena, starting with the goalkeeper itself.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been given the nod over Andriy Lunin for this match, which will be his first start since the 3-2 win over Almeria.

The centre-backs are also replaced, with Eder Militao returning to the lineup fold after healing from his ACL injury. He partners Nacho in the heart of the backline, while Daniel Carvajal and Fran Garcia provide width on the right and left side, respectively.

Aurlien Tchouameni started as a centre-back vs Barcelona, but he has been given the license to play in his favoured holding midfield role tonight, and is flanked by Dani Ceballos and Luka Modric on either side.

The attack also features Arda Guler, who receives his second-only start for Madrid, presumably as a right-winger, while Brahim Diaz takes the responsibility on the other side of the trident.

Joselu has also returned to the XI, and will spearhead the forward-line as the striker.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Kepa; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Garcia; Modric, Tchouameni, Ceballos; Guler, Joselu, Brahim

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final

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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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