Following the UEFA Champions League encounter against Chelsea on Tuesday, Real Madrid turn their focus back to La Liga. Carlo Ancelotti & co. are set for a trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as they gear up to face Sevilla in a crucial encounter in the league.
And, manager Ancelotti has announced the list of 20 players that he will be taking along for the trip to Andalusia.
Left-back duo Ferland Mendy and Marcelo have been ruled out of the contest due to injuries and have not been called up by the manager. The pair join Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic, who has picked up a fresh knock, out on the treatment tables.
Also not called up are fringe stars Dani Ceballos and Jesus Vallejo, both of whom are recovering from Covid-19.
But the biggest miss for Real Madrid against Sevilla will be midfield mainstay Casemiro. The Brazilian does not make the cut for Ancelotti’s squad as he is suspended for the tie, which will be a major blow for the Merengues.
There is some positive news, though, as Eder Militao is back in the ranks after missing the Chelsea game due to suspension in Europe. The Brazilian is expected to slot right back into the starting XI against Sevilla after a poor defensive display from the team in midweek.
However, Militao, along with Luka Modric run the risk of getting suspended for the next game against Osasuna if they pick up a yellow card on Sunday night.
Youngster Rafa Marin is retained in the 20-man squad by Ancelotti.
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Diego
Defenders: Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Nacho, Marin
Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Vazquez, Isco, Camavinga
Forwards: Benzema, Asensio, Bale, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Mariano
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.