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Official: Real Madrid squad to face Elche

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Real Madrid will travel to Estadio Manuel Martinez Velero to face off against Elche on Wednesday night, hoping to extend their lead at the top of the La Liga table.

On the eve of the match, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the list of players that he will be taking to Elche.

There are no major surprises in the 22-man squad that has been called up. Thibaut Courtois has recently returned to team training but has not been rushed back into action, with Ancelotti indicating that the Yashin Trophy winner could return against Sevilla.

Apart from Courtois, Dani Ceballos also continues to be sidelined with an injury. A fresh name has joined him on the treatment tables in the form of Mariano Diaz, with the striker not participating in training earlier today.

While Iker Bravo was called up to train with the senior team, the young striker has not been named in the travelling squad for Elche.

Fresh after winning the Ballon d’Or, superstar Karim Benzema will continue to lead the team on the field after ending his mini goal-drought against Barcelona this past weekend.

The likes of Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio and Eduardo Camavinga will hope to get some minutes on Wednesday.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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