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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Barcelona | Super Cup Final



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Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to go head-to-head for the second El Clasico of the season as they meet in Saudi Arabia for the final of the Spanish Super Cup.

The semi-finals of both teams went to penalties against Real Betis and Valencia, respectively and both of them will be hoping to wrap up this game within 90 minutes before returning to La Liga action.

Madrid have lined up in their traditional 4-3-3 for this game, with Federico Valverde getting the nod ahead of Rodrygo and Marco Asensio at right-wing. The Uruguayan is accompanied by Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr at no. 9 and left-wing, respectively.

In midfield, Eduardo Camavinga get another chance to impress Carlo Ancelotti as the defensive midfielder, while Toni Kroos and Luka Modric start in an advanced role in the centre of the park.

With David Alaba injured, Antonio Rudiger takes responsibility as one of the two centre-backs alongside Eder Militao. Dani Carvajal assumes responsibility as the right-back, while Ferland Mendy starts on the left, guarding Thibaut Courtois in goal.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Mendy; Modric, Camavinga, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius

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Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report



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Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.

The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid

Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit. 

Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.

Real Madrid not hiding their discontent

The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.

Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit. 

For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.

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Real Madrid are suspicious

Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition. 

For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.

As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.

Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.

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