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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Real Sociedad



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It’s a big gameweek in La Liga as Barcelona host Osasuna, Valencia take on Villarreal, Real Betis travel to Athletic Club, while Real Madrid travel to San Sebastian to lock horns against Real Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti has made a few changes to the starting lineup ahead of their game against Osasuna in the Copa del Rey final. With Karim Benzema not called up, Mariano Diaz starts as the striker.

He is accompanied by Rodrygo on the left-wing, while Marco Asensio starts on the right side of the attack.

In midfield, meanwhile, Aurelien Tchouameni gets a start as the defensive midfielder. Dani Ceballos and Toni Kroos, meanwhile, get the nod as the no. 8s, with Luka Modric injured and Federico Valverde benched.

David Alaba is still out of action due to injury, and hence Eder Militao has to start in central defence alongside Antonio Rudiger. Nacho has been placed as the left-back, while Daniel Carvajal takes his place on the right side of the back-four.

Thibaut Courtois is the final piece of the puzzle, holding the fort in goal.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season




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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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