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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

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Real Madrid could be in trouble with RFEF if too many Spanish players leave



It is astounding that despite being the biggest club in Spain, Real Madrid do not have many Spanish players to show for it.

Los Blancos do indeed boast of a special diversity in the dressing room, but their lack of locally trained players could pose problems according to MARCA.

The Spanish outlet confirms that UEFA does not mandate the inclusion of any minimum number of locally grown players for a club. However, the Spanish federation stipulates that a club in Spain must boast of at least eight players who meet a specific set of conditions.

Of the aforementioned eight candidates, there must be at least four players who have spent three seasons or 36 months at the club between the ages of 15 and 21.

Currently, only Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, Federico Valverde, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Mariano make up the required number on that front.

The problem, however, arises with the condition for the other four players in the list of eight. RFEF stipulates that the second set of four players must have completed at least 36 months in teams attached to the federation of Spain between the ages of 15 and 21.

Only Jesus Vallejo, Alvaro Odriozola, Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos tick the aforementioned box. However, all four players have uncertain futures at the club and are well-placed to depart in the summer.

There are thus big decisions to be taken over the transfer strategy for June. Real Madrid can work ways to ship all four players out, it would require the re-integration of players like Sergio Arribas, Miguel Gutierrez or Fran Garcia to ensure the fulfilment of the criteria.

With both Vallejo and Odriozola seemingly frozen out of Ancelotti’s plans, their departures from Santiago Bernabeu appear inevitable. Thus, the management could be forced to renew one of Asensio or Ceballos come June.

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