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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup to face Girona | La Liga GW24



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Real Madrid will lock horns with fellow title challengers Girona in a couple of hours at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ahead of the clash, manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced the starting lineup that will take the field against Michel’s side.

The lineup features no natural centre-back as Eder Militao, David Alaba, Nacho Fernandez, and Antonio Rudiger are all injured.

As such, Dani Carvajal and Aurelien Tchouameni start as the two centre-backs for Los Blancos, with Lucas Vazquez and Ferland Mendy complete the defensive line guarding Andriy Lunin between the sticks.

Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the defensive midfielder for the hosts and he will be partnered by Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde in the centre of the park.

Jude Bellingham will occupy the free role in attack, just behind the two forwards, Rodrygo Goes, and Vinicius Jr., who is back from injury. It means there is no space for Brahim Diaz in the side despite his impressive display against Atletico Madrid.

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Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report



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Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.

The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.

Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.

This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.

Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia

Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.

With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.

Ancelotti to go with a makeshift central defensive pairing vs Valencia (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.

Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.

What are Ancelotti’s other options?

Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.

The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.

Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.

Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.

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