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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Almeria

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As Real Madrid look to produce a strong reaction following their midweek slump against Girona, another newly-promoted La Liga side, UD Almeria, awaits them.

The Merengues play hosts to last season’s La Liga 2 champions at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening. And ahead of the match, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list that will be available at his disposal.

As confirmed in the lead-up to the game, Luka Modric has been ruled out of the game with a hamstring injury and could miss the Copa del Rey final as well.

Apart from Modric, Real Madrid will also be without the services of defenders David Alaba and Ferland Mendy for the contest.

But there is some good news as captain and ace goalscorer Karim Benzema is back in the squad after missing the Girona clash with a knock.

Along with Benzema, Eden Hazard, who also missed the last game with injury, and Dani Ceballos, who was suspended, are also back on the roster to face Almeria.

Thibaut Courtois missed the Girona clash due to gastroenteritis, but has been named on the squad, hinting that he has recovered from his issue. Youngsters Sergio Arribas and Mario Martin, who were in the squad for the trip to Catalonia in midweek, have been axed.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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