Real Madrid will be aiming to extend their perfect start to the new season when they take on RCD Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu in a little while. And manager Carlo Ancelotti has named his starting XI for the clash.
Thibaut Courtois starts in goal as the manager had confirmed in his press conference, after recovering from a knock.
There are a couple of changes in defence from the game against Celtic as Lucas Vazquez and Antonio Rudiger come in for Dani Carvajal and the injured Eder Militao, respectively. Ferland Mendy and David Alaba complete the back four for the reigning champions.
Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos and Federico Valverde form the midfield trifecta for Los Blancos, with Luka Modric and Aurelien Tchouameni dropping out of the starting lineup. Kroos dons the captain’s armband for the game.
Finally, Eden Hazard starts as the No. 9 in the absence of Karim Benzema who is out with an injury. The Belgian international is flanked by the Brazilian duo of Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Junior in the frontline against Mallorca.
Real Madrid Starting XI: Courtois, Vazquez, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy, Valverde, Ceballos, Kroos, Rodrygo, Hazard, Vinicius.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.