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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Granada

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Newly-crowned La Liga champions Real Madrid will lock horns with Granada in a couple of hours at Los Carmenes.

It will be the first league game for Carlo Ancelotti’s men after their coronation as champions of Spain last week.

Meanwhile, Granada find themselves at the opposite end of the spectrum as their relegation from La Liga was confirmed earlier today following Mallorca’s 1-0 win over Las Palmas.

Ahead of the game, Real Madrid boss Ancelotti has announced the starting lineup that will be taking the field at Los Carmenes.

As expected, there are a host of changes made to the team that started in midweek against Bayern Munich.

Thibaut Courtois steps in for Andriy Lunin in the Real Madrid goal while Lucas Vazquez gets the nod at right-back.

Eder Militao also gets a starting berth at the heart of the defence, where he partners Antonio Rudiger. Fran Garcia starts at left-back ahead of Ferland Mendy.

With no Aurelien Tchouameni (injured), Eduardo Camavinga starts as the defensive midfielder for Los Blancos. The Frenchman is partnered by Luka Modric and Dani Ceballos in the centre of the park.

Up ahead in attack, Brahim Diaz gets an opportunity, along with teenage wonderkid Arda Guler, and the hero against Bayern Munich, Joselu.

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Real Madrid superstar the No. 1 footballer currently, says Spain manager

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Speaking in an interview with Vamos (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Spain manager Luis de la Fuente has acknowledged that Real Madrid ace Jude Bellingham is the No. 1 footballer in the world currently.

Bellingham has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and has been one of their chief protagonists as the Merengues won the La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup titles and made it to the UCL finals.

Even though his form has somewhat dipped in the latter stages of the season, the England international remains integral to Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and one of Los Blancos’ most important players.

And Spain manager Luis de la Fuente expressed his admiration for Bellingham, saying:

“He is a player who is doing particularly well. It’s a subjective view, but I like Bellingham’s style a lot, I like that type of player, powerful….”

When asked if Bellingham is the No. 1 player in the world at the moment, De la Fuente replied in the affirmative, as he said: “I think so.”

Bellingham has played 40 times in all competitions for Real Madrid this season, racking up a total of 23 goals and 12 assists in the process.

The 20-year-old’s exploits with Los Blancos in his debut campaign have put him in contention for the Ballon d’Or this year.

A strong performance in the finals of the UEFA Champions League next month and a solid run with England at the UEFA Euro 2024 could further his chances of winning the Golden Ball, although his teammate Vinicius Jr. is also an equally strong contender.

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