Real Madrid will be hoping to get back to winning ways following a 3-2 loss at the hands of RB Leipzig in the Champions League, as they take on Girona at the Santiago Bernabeu. Carlo Ancelotti knows there is no scope to slip up as Barcelona have taken the lead over them in the league – even if it is temporary.
There are a few changes to the starting XI from the UCL clash, though. The first of which comes at right-back, where Daniel Carvajal returns to his spot. He is paired with Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side of the back-four.
This duo will be flanking David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, who start in central defence, while Eder Militao is benched. Thibaut Courtois has the responsibility in goal.
Eduardo Camavinga retains his spot in the team, and will start alongside Luka Modric in central midfield. Toni Kroos, meanwhile, drops to defensive midfield in place of Aurelien Tchouameni.
Finally, in Karim Benzema’s absence, we have Rodrygo take over the role of the centre-forward once again. Vinicius Jr starts as the left-winger, while Federico Valverde will be hoping to keep up his excellent form on the right side.
Vinicius · Rodrygo · Valverde
Camavinga · Kroos · Modric
Mendy · Alaba · Rudiger · Carvajal
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.