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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Osasuna



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Real Madrid will have the chance to cut down Barcelona’s lead on top of the table to five points if they can get a win against Osausuna tonight. Coming off an impressive 4-0 win against Elche, Carlo Ancelotti has made four changes to the starting lineup.

Karim Benzema has been rested for the game, giving way to Rodrygo to start as the false 9. Vinicius Jr aids him from the left side, while Federico Valverde returns to play on the right-wing, replacing Marco Asensio.

Eduardo Camavinga retains his spot as the defensive midfielder, while Dani Ceballos also continues to play in the centre of the park. With Toni Kroos still out, though, Luka Modric has been handed the reins of the midfield.

The backline features four central defenders, with David Alaba presumably as the left-back, while captain Nacho starts on the right. Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao get the nod to start in central defence, screening Thibaut Courtois, who returns from injury.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Nacho, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba; Modric, Camavinga, Ceballos; Valverde, Rodrygo, Vinicius

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash



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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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