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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Elche

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Coming off a spectacular win against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid will be hoping to keep up their impressive run of form as they take on Elche tonight away from home.

Carlo Ancelotti has made three changes to the team that took all three points in El Clasico. The first of them is in defence, where Ferland Mendy has been moved to the bench in favour of Antonio Rudiger.

The German will operate as the centre-back alongside Eder Militao, while David Alaba takes up his old position as the left-back. Daniel Carvajal rounds off the quartet on the right side, while Andriy Lunin takes his position in goal in Thibaut Courtois’ absence.

The midfield also has one switch, as Aurelien Tchouameni has been rested. In his place, we will see Toni Kroos operate as the defensive midfielder. Federico Valverde moves from the right-wing to midfield, aiding Luka Modric centrally.

With the right side of the attack empty, we see Rodrygo come in for a well-deserved start following his penalty vs Barça. Karim Benzema got a goal as well, and retains his spot, while Vinicius Jr will hope to build on his sensational form through this season.

Vinicius · Benzema · Rodrygo
Valverde · Kroos · Modric
Alaba · Rudiger · Militao · Carvajal
Lunin

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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