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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Getafe
Real Madrid are ready to host Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu tonight for gameweek 34. They will focus on the clash against Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League, though, and as such, have rotated their starting lineup.
Thibaut Courtois’ place in the team is unparalelled, though, which means the Belgian continues between the posts for Madrid.
He is guarded by a back-four, consisting of Eder Militao and Nacho in central defence. Dani Carvajal’s absence from the team gives way to Lucas Vazquez to start as the right-back, while Ferland Mendy takes his place at left-back after weeks of injury.
In midfield, meanwhile, Eduardo Camavinga and Dani Ceballos assume responsibility in the centre of the park. Aurelien Tchouameni, meanwhile, returns to the team as the defensive midfielder.
Eden Hazard gets his second start of the season as he takes over duties as the left-winger. Marco Asensio has been given the nod as the striker, while Federico Valverde is back to the right-wing.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Camavinga, Tchouameni, Ceballos; Valverde, Asensio, Hazard
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Brazil not giving up on pursuit of Ancelotti: “Haven’t thrown in the towel yet”
Speaking to the media, Brazil Football Confederations (CBF) president Ednaldo Rodrigues has claimed that the Selecao have not given up on their pursuit of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, despite the Italian stating that he will not leave the club.
Brazil have been without a manager since the World Cup in Qatar last year, following which Tite stepped down. The CBF have made Ancelotti their top target and have been pursuing his signing for months but to no avail.
The 63-year-old Italian tactician has, on more than one occasion, made it clear that he will be at Real Madrid next season, with his contract expiring in 2024.
However, CBF president Rodrigues is adamant that Ancelotti’s statements are due to him being cautious as he is under contract at Real Madrid and that the Selecao are not prepared to give up on their quest to appoint him as of yet.
“We made a plan, that ‘Plan A’ is the one you know, Ancelotti, and as they say in the ‘ring’ (boxing), I haven’t thrown in the towel yet,” Rodrigues said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
“Because of contracts, people are cautious,” he added.
Ancelotti, for his part, has repeatedly stated that he does not intend to leave Real Madrid unless he is forced out of the club.
Despite missing out on the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League titles last season, the club continue to back the veteran Italian and are planning for next season with him in charge.
So, despite Rodrigues’ confidence and perseverance, it is extremely unlikely that Ancelotti will be leaving Real Madrid for Brazil this summer.