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Real Madrid coach, president leaning towards major lineup change for UCL final

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Real Madrid made it to the finals of the UEFA Champions League after beating Bayern Munich 2-1 in the second leg of their semi-final tie earlier this week at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Having already won the La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, the only thing standing in the way of a third trophy for Los Blancos this season is a defiant Borussia Dortmund side.

The German outfit have made it to the finals after seeing off challenges from Atletico Madrid and PSG in the last two rounds and will pose a tough challenge for Carlo Ancelotti & co.

Real Madrid contemplate huge change vs Dortmund

With three weeks left before the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley, Real Madrid are already thinking about their plans against Borussia Dortmund, which is understandable given that the La Liga title is already in the bag.

And, as per journalist Jorge C Picon (h/t RM4Arab), Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and president Florentino Perez could be contemplating making a huge change in the starting lineup for the finals.

As per the report, both Ancelotti and Perez believe that Los Blancos’ chances of winning against Dortmund could increase if they have Thibaut Courtois on the pitch, manning the goal.

Lunin could be sacrificed for the UCL final. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

As such, there is a solid possibility that the Belgian ace could replace Andriy Lunin, who has performed exceedingly well throughout the season, in goal at the Wembley finale.

Everybody at the club, including Lunin, recognise that Courtois is not just any goalkeeper but one of the best in the world.

Courtois could play the next few games

Having missed almost the entirety of the season due to knee injuries, Courtois played his first game of the campaign last weekend against Cadiz and showed a good level.

But, Ancelotti opted to revert to Lunin for the semi-final second leg against Bayern, with Courtois being left out on the bench.

However, now, there is a possibility that the former Chelsea man features in the remaining La Liga games, possibly to get ready for the UCL final showdown against Borussia Dortmund.

Nobody forgets that Courtois was the decisive figure in the 2022 Paris final against Liverpool and he could be asked to do it again, this time at Wembley.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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