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Official: Real Madrid squad against Barcelona

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Carlo Ancelotti has announced his 24-man squad that will host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu for the third El Clasico of the season. Coming off the back of two incredible wins against Paris Saint-Germain and RCD Mallorca respectively, Real Madrid are soaring mentally.

However, their problems start with the absence of Karim Benzema, who has been ruled out of the clash after an injury last weekend. Gareth Bale, Luka Jovic, and Mariano Diaz are listed as possible replacements.

In defence, Ferland Mendy does not make the cut either, as was confirmed by Carlo Ancelotti today. One of Nacho or Marcelo are expected to replace the Frenchman, faced with the task of defending against Ousmane Dembele or Adama Traore.

Rodrygo was substituted off during the Mallorca clash due to injury, but is deemed fit enough to make the cut for the Clasico.

FULL LIST:

Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Pineiro
Defenders: Caravajal, Militao, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Marcelo, Vazquez
Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Ceballos, Isco, Camavinga
Forwards: Hazard, Asensio, Jovic, Bale, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Mariano

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Rodrygo talks about teaming up with Kylian Mbappe: “A dream to play with the best”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who is currently training with the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in the United States, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with Kylian Mbappe. 

Rodrygo emphasised that it would always be a pleasure to team up with Mbappe, whom he considers one of the best players in the world.

Rodrygo mentioned that it would be a great honour for him to play alongside the future Real Madrid forward. 

“For me, it’s a pleasure to play with Mbappe, I always made it very clear. He’s going to help our team a lot, he’s going to help make it even stronger than it already is,” said the forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

What about Rodrygo’s place in playing XI

Mbappe and Rodrygo are set to join forces at Real Madrid starting next season. Interestingly, the Frenchman’s arrival could potentially impact Rodrygo’s playing time. 

Despite the competition, though, the forward remains optimistic and prefers to focus on his current role with the Brazilian national team rather than speculate about his future at the club.

Rodrygo is eager to play alongside Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It is always a pleasure, but now is not the time to divert the focus, I want to be focused on the national team. 

“Mbappe is also playing the (European) championship with his national team and I want to be focused here.

“But always making it clear that it is a pleasure and a dream to play with one of the best in the world,” he added.

Rodrygo is focused on Copa America

As Rodrygo prepares for his first Copa America with Brazil, he aims to demonstrate the same high level of performance that he has consistently shown with Real Madrid in recent years. 

He recalled a memorable moment from the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. 

In that match, Rodrygo scored two last-minute goals that forced extra time, ultimately securing Real Madrid’s place in the final, where they defeated Liverpool.

Rodrygo hopes to replicate such extraordinary performances with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America. 

His main goal with the national team is to have impactful moments that contribute to the team’s success, similar to his crucial role in the Champions League semifinal.

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