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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Cadiz

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Real Madrid will be aiming toreduce the gap to the top of the La Liga standings to ten points when they take on Cadiz later tonight at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla.

The Merengues are 13 points shy of leaders Barcelona with ten matches left to be played, and the title looks gone at this point, although it is still a mathematical possibility. The idea would be to delay Barça’s triumph for as long as they can by stitching together a run of wins.

Ahead of tonight’s game against Cadiz, manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced the starting XI that will step out on the pitch.

There are several changes made to the team that started against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League earlier this week.

Nacho Fernandez and Lucas Vazquez come in as the full-backs while Antonio Rudiger also gets the nod ahead of David Alaba as Eder Militao’s defensive partner.

Meanwhile, Dani Ceballos and Aurelien Tchouameni have been handed starts in the middle of the park by Ancelotti, along with Federico Valverde. Toni Kroos misses out with injury whereas Luka Modric is rested.

With no Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes starts out on the left wing while Marco Asensio comes in on the right. Karim Benzema spearheads the attack for Real Madrid against Cadiz. Thibaut Courtois continues in goal.

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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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