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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup to face Sevilla
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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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.
The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.
A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.
Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.
But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.
At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.
However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.
For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.