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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Las Palmas | La Liga

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Real Madrid have made the trip to the Canary Islands today to take on Las Palmas as part of the 22nd matchday in La Liga. Anything but a loss would take them top of the table – albeit depending on Girona’s result.

With Jude Bellingham suspended, Carlo Ancelotti was forced to make one major tweak to the starting lineup. He has chosen Brahim Diaz to take his place in the attack, likely acting as an attacking midfielder.

He will play behind Brazilian duo Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr. The latter is expected to move to the left, while the former almost plays as a false 9 while Diaz occasionally shifts to the right to provide width.

In midfield, meanwhile, Eduardo Camavinga has been given the nod over Aurelien Tchouameni as the pivot, while Dani Ceballos takes over from Federico Valverde. In fact, Toni Kroos is the only player to retain his spot in midfield from the Almeria win.

No changes to the central defence as Nacho and Antonio Rudiger screen Andriy Lunin in goal. Daniel Carvajal will act as the right-back, while Ferland Mendy makes way for Fran Garcia as the left-back.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Garcia; Ceballos, Camavinga, Kroos; Diaz; Rodrygo, Vinicius

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  1. Mandla

    January 27, 2024 at 2:13 pm

    Excellent players

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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