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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Valencia

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Real Madrid vs Valencia has been one of the tastiest fixtures in La Liga over the last decade or so, with Los Ches picking up several points against the record Spanish champions, and even ending their domestic title dreams on a couple of occasions.

Currently unbeaten for five games, Valencia have picked up a good streak across all competitions, but Madrid will be looking to put that run to bed at the Santiago Bernabeu tonight.

Carlo Ancelotti has gone for the strongest possible starting lineup at his disposal, but Jude Bellingham once again missing out due to a shoulder injury.

Instead, Brahim Diaz continues as the attacking midfielder. He will spearhead the attack, with Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr beside him in the 4-3-1-2.

Eduardo Camavinga retains his place as the no. 6 with Aurelien Tchouameni injured for a few months. Toni Kroos has been retained in the team ahead of Luka Modric, while Federico Valverde rounds off the midfield as the final piece of the puzzle.

Antonio Rudiger picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Rayo Vallecano, which has given way for Nacho to start the game tonight alongside mainstay David Alaba. These two will screen Andriy Lunin, who starts with Kepa Arrizalabaga and Thibaut Courtois injured.

Finally, La Fabrica duo Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy have been tasked with the duty of protecting the wings as the right and left-back, respectively.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Nacho, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Camavinga, Kroos; Brahim; Rodrygo, Vinicius

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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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