Diego Lopez and one point separate Real Madrid from the 2021/22 La Liga title today. Los Blancos host Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu today in a game that could crown Marcelo as the most decorated player to wear the royal white.
Speaking of, Marcelo starts at left-back today, with Lucas Vazquez on the opposite flank. With David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Nacho Fernandez out, Jesus Vallejo gets the nod at cente-back along with Casemiro.
Thibaut Courtois, starting in goal, is undoubtedly the most important part of this make-shift defence.
The midfield has some changes as well with Dani Ceballos coming in for a second consecutive league start. Eduardo Camavinga takes his place as the defensive midfielder, and Luka Modric rounds off the trident in the centre of the park.
The entire frontline has been shuffled from the Manchester City game, with Mariano replacing Karim Benzema as the centre-forward. Marco Asensio comes in on the right-wing, while Rodrygo gets the chance in his favourable left-wing position after a long time.
Confirmed Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Casemiro, Vallejo, Marcelo; Modric, Camavinga, Ceballos; Asensio, Mariano, Rodrygo
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
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.
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.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
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.
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.