After conquering Europe against all odds last season, Real Madrid are finally set to kick off their new campaign. Carlo Ancelotti’s side will travel to the United States to participate in pre-season games, and the club officially announced the squad for the tour earlier today.
During their three-week stay overseas, Los Blancos will participate in three games. They will kick off their season with an El Clasico against Barcelona at the Allegiant Stadium on Saturday before travelling to face Club America on Tuesday.
The final game will be at the Rose Bowl Stadium when the Men in White face off against Juventus.
Karim Benzema is already in the US and will join his teammates directly before the Clasico. That said, his participation in the game against Barcelona is in doubt as the manager does not wish to risk any injuries to his star player.
New signings Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger have been included in the list and will be given a chance to prove their value. Given the impressive starts the duo have had in training, it would not be surprising to see both the players make their debut against Barcelona.
Real Madrid will take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the first official game of the season in the UEFA Super Cup. Their league opener will be against newly promoted Almeria on 14th August.
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Luis López and Lucas Cañizares.
Defenders: Carvajal, Militão, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Rüdiger, Mendy, Odriozola and Tobías. Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Valverde, Lucas V., Tchouameni, Ceballos and Camavinga.
Attackers: Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vini Jr., Rodrygo, Mariano and Latasa.
Real Madrid duo out of Mallorca clash, but could return for Club World Cup
Real Madrid secured a 2-0 victory over Valencia on Thursday night, reducing the gap at the top of the table to their arch-rivals FC Barcelona to five points.
But the win came at its own costs, with both Eder Militao and Karim Benzema picking up fresh knocks that prompted their substitutions.
Benzema appeared to have taken a knock in his groin. He was substituted around the hour mark by Rodrygo, whereas Militao picked up a knock quite early on in the game, but continued to play. The Brazilian was ultimately taken off in the 36th minute.
After the game, it was reported that Benzema’s blow was not expected to be serious. And as per a recent report from Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, it appears both Benzema and Militao are set to undergo tests tomorrow.
First reviews suggest they are both set to be ruled out in the upcoming game against Mallorca in La Liga. But there is optimism they can be fit for the Club World Cup matches next week.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have been handed boost in the fitness of Toni Kroos, David Alaba and Dani Ceballos.
Both Kroos and Ceballos suffered from discomfort during the game against Valencia, with the former even being subbed off by Ancelotti. Meanwhile, Alaba is still recovering from the muscular problem that has kept him out of action for the last three weeks or so.
The report suggests all three players are expected to return to training tomorrow and will be available against Mallorca.
Real Madrid, though, may not have the luxury of having Lucas Vazquez back at their disposal in the coming matches. The wide player is still nursing his injury and it will be a surprise to see him return to full fitness for the Club World Cup matches next week.
Los Merengue are set to kickstart their Club World Cup campaign on Wednesday in Morocco, though their opponent for the semi-final encounter has not yet been decided.