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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Real Betis
Real Madrid are under pressure tonight as they travel to Seville to take on Real Betis. They will be looking to cut the gap between them and Barcelona to seven points, who registered a 1-0 win.
Carlo Ancelotti has started pretty much his best starting lineup for the game tonight, fielding a central defence of Eder Militao and Antonio Rudiger. These two will guard Thibaut Courtois in goal.
Eduardo Camavinga gets the nod over Nacho at left-back, while Lucas Vazquez starts as the right-back.
Aurelien Tchouameni returns to start in defensive midfield while Toni Kroos is in place as one of the central midfielders. Luka Modric seems to have been rested, with Federico Valverde on the other side of the pitch.
The attack is pretty straightforward, as Karim Benzema spearheads the front-three. Rodrygo will start on the right-wing while Vinicius Jr takes his place on the left.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Rudiger, Camavinga; Valverde, Tchouameni, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius
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Real Madrid held talks with Thomas Tuchel before he signed for Bayern Munich
Before he was hired by Bayern Munich as the direct replacement for Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel was closely linked with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
The German tactician had kept a close eye on the development at Santiago Bernabeu, especially with coach Carlo Ancelotti facing immense pressure following the club’s poor performances in domestic competitions.
A recent report from Jorge Picon has offered more details on the Tuchel saga, suggesting that the coach was even learning Spanish during his time at Ibiza, anticipating a potential move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
There were even contacts made between Tuchel’s entourage and Real Madrid. Although the talks were positive, the two sides were not able to reach an agreement.
Real Madrid did not guarantee him the job. They had informed Tuchel that Ancelotti may continue at the Bernabeu in the event the club win the UEFA Champions League this season.
This bit of uncertainty played a critical role in convincing Tuchel to join Bayern Munich instead. The former Chelsea boss was hired as a direct replacement for Nagelsmann, who was sacked after a poor season in the Bundesliga by the club’s high standards.
However, Tuchel’s move to Bayern appears to be a missed opportunity on the German’s part, as Real Madrid have recently intensified their search for a new manager.
It is clear that the club’s hierarchy is yet to reach a consensus over the future of Ancelotti, with some believing that a change is necessary come the end of the season. In fact, the club’s president Florentino Perez has been an admirer of Tuchel’s compatriot Nagelsmann.
The coaching prodigy is one of the candidates to replace Ancelotti in the summer, though it is Mauricio Pochettion who is reportedly leading the race so far.