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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Getafe



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Real Madrid will lock horns with local rivals Getafe in La Liga in a few hours as they look to move back to the top of the table.

Having dropped points against Osasuna last weekend, Los Blancos will be aware that they cannot afford another slip-up ahead of the first El Clasico of the season next weekend.

Keeping that in mind, Carlo Ancelotti has named a strong starting lineup for the clash that will take place at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

With Thibaut Courtois unavailable, Andriy Lunin starts in goal as expected. There is one change in defence as Antonio Rudiger comes into the side at the expense of Ferland Mendy.

The German international is likely to partner Eder Militao at the heart of the defence while David Alaba lines up at left-back. Dani Carvajal is retained at right-back ahead of Lucas Vazquez.

Luka Modric returns to the starting XI after missing the last league game against Osasuna with an injury. The Croatian international captains Real Madrid in the absence of Karim Benzema, who is rested. Toni Kroos makes way for the veteran midfielder.

Aurelien Tchouameni is retained at the base of the midfield by Ancelotti while Eduardo Camavinga also gets the nod in the middle of the park.

It frees up Federico Valverde to line up on the right flank while Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr make up the rest of the Real Madrid attack.

Real Madrid Starting XI: Lunin, Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba, Modric, Tchouameni, Camavinga, Valverde, Rodrygo, Vinicius.

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Camavinga, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Barcelona



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Real Madrid will be aiming to get a step closer to lifting the La Liga title when they face off against FC Barcelona later tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are currently seated atop the league table, eight points clear of Barça in second place. And another win tonight would stretch the lead to 11 points, all but guaranteeing their coronation as Spanish champions.

It will not be easy with Barcelona motivated after their defeat against PSG in the UEFA Champions League while fatigue could also be a factor after Los Blancos toiled it out for 120 minutes against Man City earlier this week.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid have one fitness concern as Ferland Mendy did not train on Saturday due to some overload in his left leg, although he was included in the squad list by Carlo Ancelotti.

Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba are the only injury-enforced absentees for the league leaders and here’s how Real Madrid could line up tonight against Xavi Hernandez’s side.


Fresh off his penalty shootout heroics against Manchester City, Andriy Lunin will guard Real Madrid’s goal again and hope to help his team to another crucial victory.

Antonio Rudiger has been in brilliant form this season and is a guaranteed starter at the heart of the Merengues’ defence. The German international should pair up with club captain Nacho Fernandez to stop Robert Lewandowski & co.

Even though there has been some chatter about Lucas Vazquez starting at right-back, Dani Carvajal is expected to get the nod as usual.

Mendy’s possible absence, however, could pave the way for Eduardo Camavinga to start at left-back for Real Madrid, with Ancelotti likely to trust the French midfielder in a makeshift role over Fran Garcia.

Camavinga could fill in at left-back. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni is back after missing the Manchester City game through suspension and will slot in as the defensive midfielder against Barcelona.

Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos will take up the two interior midfield positions for Real Madrid while Jude Bellingham will operate as the lone attacking midfielder.

However, it will not be a surprise to see Real Madrid transition into a 4-4-2 with Valverde and Bellingham moving out wide on the right and left flanks, respectively.

Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. are the undisputed starters up top in attack, with the former likely to operate from the left after his recent success while the latter will play slightly more centrally.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup: Lunin, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Kroos, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo.


Brahim Diaz and Luka Modric are players that Carlo Ancelotti counts on from the bench for every game and that will not change tonight against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Joselu is also an option that Ancelotti could turn to if he wished to change things up in the attacking unit.

Eder Militao could also get some minutes, depending on the game situation, as Ancelotti hopes to get the Brazilian into match-rhythm in time to face Bayern Munich.

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