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Real Madrid could receive double injury boost in time for Villarreal clash

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It has been a problematic season for Real Madrid not in terms of on-field results, but the sheer number of injury and fitness issues that have plagued the squad.

But, things seem to be letting up for Los Blancos as they recovered Kepa Arrizabalaga last weekend and have Luka Modric back in team training ahead of the upcoming Real Betis clash.

More and more players are expected to come out of the infirmary in the weeks to come, with Real Madrid expected to receive a double boost next week.

Tchouameni, Guler could return in time to face Villarreal

Indeed, as per a report from AS, Real Madrid have a good chance of recovering the duo of Aurelien Tchouameni and Arda Guler in time for their game against Villarreal before the mid-season break.

There is a lot of confidence within the club’s staff regarding how swiftly their recoveries are progressing and and have therefore drawn up forecasts that they could reappear for the last home game of 2023, on the 17th against Villarreal.

But, if they are not available at the Bernabeu against the Yellow Submarine, the club will be more cautious and not rush them for the away game vs Deportivo Alaves – the last match before the mid-season break.

Tchouameni could be back vs Villarreal. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Instead, both Guler and Tchouameni’s return will then be pushed to the match against Mallorca in early January post the Christmas break.

What about the others?

As things stand, there are no fixed dates set for the other injured players like Eduardo Camavinga, Vinicius Jr., Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois.

Even though the Brazilian was back on the grass at the Valdebebas earlier today, he is unlikely to return potentially until the UCL Knockout stages.

Camavinga and Carvajal could be back in time for the Spanish Super Cup while Militao and Courtois are only expected to return for the final phase of the campaign.

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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