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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup to face Sevilla

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After a convincing win against Elche in midweek, Real Madrid get ready to host Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu today. Their opponents have won only one of their last five games, but cannon be taken lightly.

As such, Carlo Ancelotti has been forced to use his best possible starting lineup for this game despite a hectic schedule.

Thibaut Courtois returns to the team after missing the last six games due to a nerve injury. The Belgian will be guarded by four usual suspects tonight, with Eder Militao and David Alaba sitting in the heart of the defence as centre-backs.

Daniel Carvajal gets to keep his place as the right-back, but Antonio Rudiger has been dropped in favour of Ferland Mendy, who starts at left-back.

Luka Modric was bound to start tonight given the historical importance of the game. Toni Kroos accompanies him in central midfield, as Aurelien Tchouameni returns to take his place as the defensive midfielder.

With Karim Benzema injured, Rodrygo has been given the nod to play as the central striker in the front-three. Vinicius Jr starts on his left, while Federico Valverde will take up responsibilities on the right.

Vinicius · Rodrygo · Valverde
Kroos · Tchouameni · Modric
Mendy · Alaba · Militao · Carvajal
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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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