Real Madrid have learned their possible opponents for the FIFA Club World Cup that is set to take place in Morocco next month.
The Merengues enter the competition at the semi-final stages of the competition courtesy of their UEFA Champions League triumph last season.
Real Madrid have been joined by Auckland City, Seattle Sounders, Al Ahly, Flamengo, Wydad Casablanca and Al Hilal in the competition that pits the champions of all continental competitions.
Of these teams, Real Madrid and Flamengo enter the tournament directly in the semi-final stages. With the draw now being completed, the first-round encounter will pit Al Ahly against Auckland City (M1).
The winners of that game will take on Seattle Sounders in the second round (M2) while the other fixture at this stage will see Wydad lock horns with Al Hilal (M3).
As per the draw, Real Madrid will face the winners of M2, meaning they could come up against Al Ahly, Auckland City, or Seattle Sounders in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup.
Meanwhile, Flamengowould face either Al Hilal or Wydad in the second semi-finals.
Real Madrid’s semi-final tie is scheduled to take place on February 8, while the final will take place on February 11. Los Blancos are the most successful team in the history of the FIFA Club World Cup and will be aiming to win the competition again.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.