Real Madrid turn their attention towards the Copa del Rey tonight, where they will take on Cacereno in the round of 32. Los Blancos have not won the King’s Cup since 2013/14, and will be looking to reach that peak this year after nearly a decade.
With Thibaut Courtois rested, Andriy Lunin takes over responsibility of the gloves in goal, guarded by a back-four. Alvaro Odriozola will be tasked with defending the left side, with Lucas Vazquez flanking the right.
Nacho has been tasked with the captain’s armband in the heart of the defence, paired alongside Eder Militao.
Ahead of them, Aurelien Tchouameni gets another start as the defensive midfielder. Dani Ceballos gets a second successive chance to impress Carlo Ancelotti on the left side of the midfield, while Eduardo Camavinga rounds off the XI on the right.
We will see Marco Asensio on the right side of the front-three, while Eden Hazard gets his first start of the season since 11th October, presumably on the left-wing. Rodrygo takes over responsibilities from Karim Benzema as the striker.
Confirmed Madrid starting XI:
Hazard · Rodrygo · Asensio
Ceballos · Tchouameni · Camavinga
Odriozola · Nacho · Militao · Vazquez
Real Madrid ‘have to win every game’, says midfielder ahead of derby vs Atletico
Ahead of the Madrilenian derby, Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has claimed that donning the royal white shirt of the club means that they have to win every win game, irrespective of who the opponent is.
Los Blancos have made a strong start to the 2023/24 season, winning each of their six games across all competitions, and are currently seated atop the La Liga standings.
But they await their biggest test of the campaign so far tomorrow at Civitas Metropolitano as Atletico Madrid get set to lock horns with Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Real Madrid must win every game, says Tchouameni
In the lead-up to the game, Tchouameni interacted with the media and stressed the importance of winning every match, irrespective of who the opposition is.
“We have to win every game. It doesn’t matter if it’s against Atlético de Madrid or Getafe, it doesn’t matter,” Tchouameni said, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
At the same time, though, the French international highlighted the importance of the derby against Atletico Madrid and what it means for the fans.
“When you take the field in the Real Madrid shirt, we always have to win. It’s a derby, it’s an important game for us and for the fans. We have to continue as we have been doing, winning games like we have done all season,” he added.
Solid start for Tchouameni
Aurelien Tchouameni arrived at Real Madrid last year and soon became an integral part of the team under Carlo Ancelotti.
The midfielder’s form took a nosedive in the second half of the 2022/23 campaign, but he has started the new season on a much stronger note.
Despite a so-so display against Real Sociedad last week, Tchouameni has been a solid presence in Ancelotti’s diamond midfield setup and will be aiming to carry on in the same vein of form against Atletico Madrid.