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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Celta Vigo

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Real Madrid have made the trip to Balaidos to take on Celta Vigo for matchday 2 of La Liga. After opening the season with a 1-2 win over Almeria, Los Blancos will be hoping for a much smoother matchday experience.

Thibaut Courtois starts in goal, hoping to maintain his first clean sheet of the season, and is guarded by Eder Militao and David Alaba in the heart of the defence. Daniel Carvajal takes his place on the right of the back-four, with Ferland Mendy on the opposite side.

With Casemiro off to Manchester United, Aurelien Tchouameni comes in at defensive midfield, flanked by Eduardo Camavinga and Luka Modric on either side of the midfield trident.

The attack features a trio, as well. Karim Benzema spearheads the team, hoping to open his account for the season. He got an accidental assist against Almeria, but his performance was far from ideal.

Federico Valverde starts on the right-wing, as he has so often this season. Vinicius Jr rounds off the starting lineup on the left side.

Vinicius · Benzema · Valverde
Camavinga · Tchouameni · Modric
Mendy · Alaba · Militao · Carvajal
Courtois

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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