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Official: Real Madrid’s three opponents for Champions League group stages

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With the group stages of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League set to kick off in a short time, draws to place teams in groups took place on Thursday in Istanbul, Turkey.

Real Madrid were placed in Pot 1 of the draw, given their status of being the winners of the UEFA Champions League as well as the La Liga champions last season.

The Merengues were alongside the likes of Manchester City Bayern Munich, PSG, AC Milan, FC Porto, AFC Ajax and Eintracht Frankfurt, meaning they would not be drawn against any of them.

Real Madrid were placed in Group F after they were the sixth name drawn from Pot 1.

Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla, who were in Pot 2, were also not in question as teams from the same league cannot be paired together in the group stage.

It left Los Blancos with Chelsea, Liverpool, Juventus, RB Leipzig and Tottenham as possible opponents from Pot 2. And it was RB Leipzig who were drawn against the reigning champions of Spain and Europe.

And, as has become customary in recent seasons, Shakhtar Donetsk were once again allocated in the same group as Real Madrid from Pot 3, with Los Blancos avoiding tricky opponents like Inter Milan, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund.

Finally from Pot 4, Real Madrid were drawn against Scottish champions Celtic, in what will be an exciting match-up and a huge occasion for the Bhoys.

Group F: Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic

Draw in full:

Group A: Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli, Rangers
Group B: Porto, Atlético, Leverkusen, Club Brugge
Group C: Bayern, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Viktoria Plzen
Group D: Frankfurt, Tottenham, Sporting CP, Marseille
Group E: Milan, Chelsea, Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb
Group F: Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic
Group G: Man. City, Sevilla, Dortmund, Copenhagen
Group H: Paris, Juventus, Benfica, Maccabi Haifa

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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