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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Celtic

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Real Madrid will begin the defence of their UEFA Champions League crown this Tuesday when they take on Scottish champions Celtic.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men will lock horns with the Bhoys away at Celtic Park as they look to get their journey in Group F off to a winning start.

Ahead of their trip to Glasgow, Los Blancos have released the official squad list for their Champions League opener on Tuesday night.

There are no surprise names on the list as the manager has stuck to his usual roster comprising Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin and Luis Lopes as the goalkeepers.

Dani Carvajal, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy, Lucas Vazquez, Antonio Rudiger, Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez make up the defensive contingent. Vinicius Tobias, who has been registered in the Champions League squad, does not make the cut.

The usual suspects in midfield are all present as Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Dani Ceballos, Aurelien Tchouameni and Fede Valverde will all fly to Scotland.

Karim Benzema, who was not pictured in training earlier today, is included, as is his backup, Mariano Diaz, even though he is not favoured by Ancelotti. Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo make up the rest of the attacking unit that will travel.

Iker Bravo, who joined the club only this summer, has been registered for the Champions League but has not been called up for the Celtic clash.

Jesus Vallejo and Alvaro Odriozola miss out due to fitness issues.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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