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Official: Real Madrid’s seven highest-rated players on FIFA 23 revealed

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The first batch of EA Sports’ FIFA 23 top 23 players was recently released and while the usual suspects topped the list, there were some sheer surprises, to say the very least.

Among the players, as many as two Real Madrid players were rated 90 or above which included club captain Karim Benzema and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. As it stands, the former is one of the five players to have received a 91 rating, which is the highest.

The list includes Benzema himself, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Kevin De Bruyne. Courtois, on the other hand, is rated 90 as he sits in the same line as Manuel Neuer.

Meanwhile, midfield generals Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are both rated 88. Interestingly enough, there is a decline of one unit from the passing attribute of the German from the previous edition of the game. This year, his passing is rated 90.

As far as Modric is concerned, his passing has been kept at 89 while his dribbling capabilities are rated 88. Dribbling and shooting remain the major difference between the two Real Madrid midfielders as while the Croatian’s shooting technique is 76, the German stands at 81.

Up next on the list is new signing Antonio Rudiger. The German international, who arrived on a free transfer in the summer, is an 87-rated defender. His pace (82) outperforms even the club captain Karim Benzema. His physicality is an 85-rated attribute while his defending has been kept at 86.

Above the German, among defenders, are Marquinhos (88) and Virgil van Dijk (90). Meanwhile, another Real Madrid defender rated above 85 is a certain David Alaba. The versatile Austrian defender is rated 86 with his defending kept at 85 and passing at 83.

As far as Vinicius Jr. is concerned, the star forward is rated 86 in FIFA 23. With a pace of 95 and dribbling at 90, the Brazil international is one of the quickest players in the video game which will be launched worldwide on September 30.

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Five reasons Real Madrid believe in their chances vs Manchester City at the Etihad – report

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An xG of 2.82, 60% possession, 16 shots, eight on target and six big chances. Such were the statistics of Manchester City when they last took on Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, conjured up an xG of just 0.47, had no big chances and had just three shots on target in 90 minutes in the game last year.

The statistics speak loud – Los Blancos suffered a 4-0 embarrassment the last time they stepped onto the grass in Manchester. Tomorrow night, they must descend for battle in the same arena once more, this time looking to fight neck-to-neck for a result.

A new team

As revealed in a recent report by AS, Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti believe that this season, they have more weapons to survive against Pep Guardiola’s men at the Etihad.

The men in white travel to England without fear and positive that a repeat of last season’s collapse will not unfold. The dressing room is more motivated than ever, and improvements are expected from last year’s clash all across the field.

Most importantly, the fact that they are seen as underdogs playing away from home only pushes the team more towards a winning performance. With the pressure off, it will indeed be easier for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Five ‘key’ factors

The Spanish outlet reports there are five factors that make Ancelotti and Co. believe in their chances for the game that lies ahead of them.

To begin with, the Merengues have been in sensational form all season and have just lost one game in 44 within the 90-minute mark. The wins may not be pretty, but the team’s ability to churn out results drives them forward.

The key duel. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

The second factor, as Real Madrid see it, is the improved defence. Last year, Eduardo Camavinga, David Alaba and Eder Militao joined Dani Carvajal at the back while this season, the Spaniard will be joined by an in-form Antonio Rudiger, Nacho and Ferland Mendy.

The German star’s inclusion, in particular, generates hope as he has enjoyed reasonable success against Erling Haaland.

The third factor is the chance in midfield where Eduardo Camavinga is expected to start as the pivot with Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde ahead of him.

Needless to say, such a trio boasts more stamina and a stable pivot compared to the Modric-Kroos-Valverde combination that played last season.

Jude Bellingham’s quality and ability in front of goal is Ancelotti’s fourth major reason to believe that tomorrow night will be special. He was not on song last week, and Los Blancos will hope he finds his best version tomorrow.

Last, but not least, is the newfound chemistry between Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo in recent weeks that has seen both Brazilians play out of their skin.

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