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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Osasuna | Copa del Rey final

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Real Madrid have the chance to win their first Copa del Rey title in nine years when they take on Osasuna in the final tonight. They defeated Barcelona in the semi-finals over two legs, beating them 4-1.

Carlo Ancelotti has selected his best possible XI for the game, coming off a 2-0 loss against Real Sociedad in the league. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal, guarded by a back-four consisting of Eder Militao and David Alaba.

Daniel Carvajal starts as the right-back, with Eduardo Camavinga on the left side of the defence.

Aurelien Tchouameni gets the nod to start as the defensive midfielder, with Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde acting as the central midfielders. Luka Modric starts on the bench, having recovered from his hamstring injury.

Madrid have gone all guns blazing in attack, with Rodrygo as the right-winger. His compatriot, Vincius Jr is on the left-wing, with Karim Benzema spearheading the XI.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Valverde, Tchouameni, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius

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National team manager reveals plans for Real Madrid wonderkid at the Euros

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Following a solid end to his debut campaign at Real Madrid, Arda Guler is all set to play a key part for Turkey at the UEFA Euro 2024.

The 19-year-old wonderkid struggled with injuries during the first half of the last season at Real Madrid but eventually made the most of his chances towards the final phase of the campaign.

All in all, Guler finished the 2023/24 season with a tally of six goals from 12 matches, winning La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Vincenzo Montella’s plans for Guler with Turkey

A special talent like Guler, who is attracting a lot of interest heading into the summer, has what it takes to be a differential player for the Turkish national team.

Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of their Euro opener against Georgia next week, Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella gave an insight into how he plans to use the Real Madrid youngster – whether as a starter or from the bench, and his position.

“Arda generally played on the right wing in both Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid. If he played alone, he could be number ten, but for now, he seems to be closer to playing on the right wing,” said Montella (h/t Sporx).

On whether Guler is ready to start in the major European tournament, he added: “The most important thing is to be able to establish balance well. He played well in the last match, and we have the desire to start with him. However, I am still in the decision stage.”

So far, Guler has made seven appearances for the Turkish national team, in which he has netted one goal. And, he will be looking forward to adding to that tally at the Euros, whether he starts as a right-winger or a No. 10.

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