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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup to face Barcelona

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It’s a top-of-the-table clash as Real Madrid get ready to host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first El Clasico of the season. Los Blancos will be looking for revenge following the 0-4 embarrassment last season, and have selected the starting lineup best equipped to do that.

There are multiple changes to the team that took on Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek, starting with the left-wing, where Vinicius Jr unsurprisingly gets the nod ahead of Rodrygo. The Brazilian winger was rested in the UCL and will be hyped to go against the best defence in the league.

After missing the previous clash vs Barcelona, Karim Benzema gets to start as the striker for Carlo Ancelotti this time around. Federico Valverde rounds off the lineup on the right side of the attack.

No surprises in midfield as Toni Kroos and Aurelien Tchouameni retain their spot, while Eden Hazard is replaced by Luka Modric.

The biggest key point from Madrid’s defence today is the absence of Thibaut Courtois. The injured Belgian has been replaced by Andriy Lunin in goal.

Ferland Mendy starts as the left-back, while Antonio Rudiger and Nacho have been replaced by first-choice Eder Militao and David Alaba in the heart of the defence, Daniel Carvajal fits in as the final piece of the jigsaw as the right-back.

Confirmed Real Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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