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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Union Berlin | Champions League GW 6



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Real Madrid have made the trip to Germany to lock horns against capital side Union Berlin at the Olympiastadion for the final round of the 2023/24 Champions League group stages.

The record UCL winners have already secured first place in the group with five wins in five games, but will want to see it off with a perfect record.

Carlo Ancelotti has made a few changes to the lineup that drew 1-1 against Real Betis in the league on the weekend.

Rodrygo starts up top alongside Joselu in a 4-3-1-2. Brahim Diaz has been benched for this encounter, but will likely come off the bench in the second half, most likely to rest the former, who has been playing regularly since Vinicius Jr got injured.

No rest for Jude Bellingham, as he spearheads the midfield, playing ahead of Dani Ceballos and Luka Modric, who start as the central midfielders.

Ancelotti has chosen to protect Toni Kroos, who is the closest no. 6 in the squad right now. In his place, Federico Valverde has been given the nod to play defensive midfield.

David Alaba retains his place in central defence, and will pair up alongside Nacho, who takes over from Antonio Rudiger. This duo will screen Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal.

Meanwhile, Lucas Vazquez provides width from the right side of the back-four, while Fran Garcia has been given the same responsibility on the left.

Rodrygo · Joselu
Ceballos · Valverde · Modric
Garcia · Alaba · Nacho · Vazquez

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final



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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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