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Official: Real Madrid starting XI vs Deportivo Alaves



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After a 1-0 defeat at the Parc des Princes against Paris Saint-German in the Champions League, Real Madrid have the chance to return to winning ways as they host Deportivo Alaves at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Carlo Ancelotti has stuck with the 4-3-3 for this game, with just the one change coming in the form of Federico Valverde, who starts over Toni Kroos in midfield.

Casemiro and Luka Modric make up the rest of the three-man midfield.

Ferland Mendy and Dani Caravajal will continue their responsibilities in the fullback positions on the left and right respectively.

There is a familiar sight of David Alaba and Eder Militao in central defence, while Thibaut Courtois will hope to build on his tremendous performance against PSG in goal.

In attack we have, none other than Karim Benzema spearheading the front three. Vinicius Jr’s spot on the left remains unchanged and Marco Asensio completes the starting XI on the right-wing.

Confirmed Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Caravajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Valverde; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius

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Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report



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Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.

The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid

Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit. 

Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.

Real Madrid not hiding their discontent

The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.

Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit. 

For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.

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Real Madrid are suspicious

Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition. 

For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.

As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.

Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.

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