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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Liverpool | UEFA Champions League



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Real Madrid have named their starting lineup for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second-leg tie against Liverpool.

Los Blancos come into the game with an advantage, having won the first leg 5-2 at Anfield. And Carlo Ancelotti will now hope that his players get the job done in a professional manner and book a place in the quarter-finals.

As for the starting XI, Thibaut Courtois lines up in goal for the home team, while the backline comprises of Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez, who will look to neutralise the threat of Mohamed Salah.

Meanwhile, in midfield, Ancelotti has opted to start Eduardo Camavinga in the No. 6 role, with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric accompanying him in the centre of the park. Aurelien Tchouameni finds himself on the bench.

Up ahead, captain and ace goalscorer Karim Benzema returns to the lineup after missing the Elche clash due to injury. The Frenchman is flanked by Federico Valverde and Vinicius Jr on either side.

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Atletico Madrid ‘approach’ Real Madrid, Arsenal midfield target over summer move



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According to AS, Atletico Madrid have made the first approach for Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga, who has also been linked heavily with a move to Real Madrid and Arsenal.

The 20-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the most exciting young prospects in Spanish football this season, having already netted nine goals in La Liga.

It has alerted a series of top-level clubs, with the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid all being linked with the youngster, who has a €40 million release clause in his contract with Celta.

Real Madrid are in the market for midfield reinforcements and have identified Jude Bellingham as their top target, but Veiga is also said to be on the agenda at the Santiago Bernabeu

However, recently, the Galician club’s president confirmed that there had been contact from clubs in England, but stated that Real Madrid had made no approach.

On top of that, a report from MARCA quoted a club source saying that they were not contemplating signing the 20-year-old.

Amidst this, it has now emerged that Atletico Madrid have made an approach towards signing Veiga from Celta Vigo in the summer transfer window.

The Rojiblancos are also in the market for new midfielders amid question marks over the futures of Saul Niguez and Geoffrey Kondogbia.

While Diego Simeone’s side have taken a first step, the report indicates that Veiga, in case of the absence of interest from Real Madrid, would prefer to join Arsenal.

So, the Colchoneros will need to put in efforts to convince the 20-year-old to choose them over a move to the Premier League club come summer if they are serious about adding the talented youngster to their roster for next season.

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