Star forward Karim Benzema is all set to mark his return for the Osasuna clash after being named in the 22-man squad for matchday 7.
The club captain, who missed more than three weeks of action after sustaining an injury against Celtic in the UEFA Champions League, will hope to appear right from the start, although it is expected that Carlo Ancelotti will ease him into it.
Meanwhile, makeshift wing-back Lucas Vazquez continues to miss out, meaning that Dani Carvajal will once again start for the team. On the other hand, veteran midfielder Luka Modric remains the most notable absentee.
The 37-year-old suffered a hip injury while being away on international duty for Croatia. While he did play full minutes of his team’s 3-1 win over Austria, he returned to club duties with a muscle problem at the height of the hip.
The good thing, however, remains the fact that he will be available for selection during the first El Clasico of the season.
Hence, with Modric out, the likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde will compete for the remaining spot.
On the other hand, if Benzema does start from the bench, Valverde might be pushed to the attacking role once again, leaving Camavinga the most obvious choice for the midfield.
Real Madrid squad for Osasuna clash
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Canizares
Midfielders: Kroos, Camavinga, Valverde, Tchouameni, Cabellos
Defenders: Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Rudiger, Mendy
Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Mariano
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.