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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Rayo Vallecano | La Liga GW 25



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On a brilliant six-game unbeaten run in all competitions, Real Madrid will now look to take on Rayo Vallecano in La Liga today. They are coming off a 0-1 win against RB Leipzig away from home in the Champions League, which will definitely help with morale.

Carlo Ancelotti has made four changes to the starting lineup that took on Leipzig for the Vallecano game, starting with the attack.

Joselu gets the nod over Rodrygo to start as one of the two strikers up top, with Vinicius partnering him. Brahim Diaz will play behind them, although this front-three could easily be a 4-3-3, as well.

Toni Kroos has been rested after successive starts, with Luka Modric finally back in the midfield trident, starting his first game since the 0-2 win against Getafe.

Federico Valverde will partner him in that role, while Eduardo Camavinga takes responsibility as the holding midfielder.

With Antonio Rudiger still out of action, Aurelien Tchouameni has been given the license to start as the centre-back once again, with Nacho retaining his position in the heart of the backline, as well.

These two will screen Andriy Lunin in goal, but Ancelotti has opted to switch out both fullbacks for this game. Fran Garcia takes over from the suspended Ferland Mendy at left-back, while Daniel Carvajal has been rested in favor of Daniel Carvajal.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Vazquez, Tchouameni, Nacho, Garcia; Valverde, Camavinga, Modric; Diaz; Joselu, Vinicius

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team




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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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