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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup to face RB Leipzig



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Real Madrid are set to face off against RB Leipzig for gameweek five of the 2022/23 Champions League season. They are unbeaten in their group so far, and have secured qualification for the round of 16 already.

Therefore, Carlo Ancelotti has given a start to Eder Militao in central defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger. The duo will have the responsibility of screening Thibaut Courtois.

There are changes to the fullback positions, though, with Ferland Mendy rested in favour of Nacho at left-back. The back-four is rounded off by Lucas Vazquez at right-back.

Eduardo Camavinga gets a well-deserved start in central midfield, flanking Aurelien Tchouameni on the right side. Toni Kroos gets the nod on the other side of the midfield trident.

Finally, we move to the attacking trident, where Marco Asensio has been given his first start of this season as the right-winger.

With Karim Benzema out injured, Rodrygo continues to take the mantle as the striker. Vinicius Junior rounds off the starting lineup with his place on left-wing.

Vinicius · Rodrygo · Asensio
Kroos · Tchouameni · Camavinga
Nacho · Rudiger · Militao · Vazquez

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Rival watch: Barcelona midfielder essentially ruled out of Real Madrid clash



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In what could be a real deal breaker for Real Madrid ahead of their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg clash against Barcelona, it has been revealed that as many as three Barça will be absent from the game while another key player remains a major doubt.

The list includes the likes of Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Andreas Christensen. The trio is certain to miss the game through respective injuries while a certain Frenkie de Jong is more or less ruled out, as per Javi Miguel.

It must be remembered that Barcelona are heading into the second leg with a 1-0 advantage. But the absence of the aforementioned players means Madrid can work on exploiting the frailties.

Despite the absence of such big names, Barcelona did pretty well against Elche in their previous outing, coming out 4-0 victorious, with the goals coming from Robert Lewandowski, Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres.

With options lacking in midfield, Xavi decided to use the likes of Sergi Roberto and Eric Garcia along with Gavi in the heart of the lineup. In any way, they do have Sergio Busquets and Franck Kessie as backups if needed.

The defence, on the other hand, was perfectly guarded by Jordi Alba, Marcos Alonso, Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde.

One can expect Xavi to once again interchange Araujo with Kounde on the right since the Uruguayan has been rather successful in minimizing the threat of Vinicius Jr.

As far as Madrid are concerned, they are sweating over the fitness of three key defenders, namely, Antonio Rudiger, Nacho, and Ferland Mendy. Between these three, the Frenchman is out for about a month while Rudiger and Nacho are expected to be back before the Clasico.

If there are no casualties against Real Valladolid, Madrid will have a perfect midfield and attack, with only Mariano Diaz missing. 

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