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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Atletico Madrid | Copa del Rey



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Just a week after taking them on in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals, Real Madrid face local rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 tonight.

In what will be the third derby of the season between the two teams, Carlo Ancelotti has made some changes to the lineup that started against Barcelona in the Super Cup final last weekend.

The Italian had previously stated that Kepa Arrizabalaga would start in goal for the derby but has opted to go with Andriy Lunin between the sticks.

Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy line up as the two full-backs as expected while Antonio Rudiger partners Nacho Fernandez at the heart of the Real Madrid defence.

Further up the pitch, Eduardo Camavinga gets the nod as the pivot midfielder in the diamond formation. Luka Modric and Federico Valverde line up as the two interiors, with the former replacing Toni Kroos.

Meanwhile, Rodrygo Goes starts in attack despite reports suggesting Brahim Diaz could feature. He partners Vinicius Jr. up top, while Jude Bellingham operates as the No. 10 just behind them.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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