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Real Madrid defender set to return to the right-wing position next season



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Having specialist players for every position is the hallmark of any top European side. However, it is equally important for managers to have versatile players at their disposal to cover multiple positions when required.

In that respect, Lucas Vasquez can claim to be a manager’s favourite. The Spanish international has proven to be one of the most versatile players for Los Blancos since his move to the club in 2018, covering both as a forward and a defender based on the situation.

According to reports from Diario AS, Vazquez is set to return to an attacking role next season as Carlo Ancelotti looks to utilise his services on the right-wing. This will put an end to his tenure as a makeshift right-back for the club.

The Galician spent his initial few seasons as a fringe player before clawing his way up the pecking order in the 2020-21 season. Daniel Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola’s concurrent injuries left Zinedine Zidane with few options to cover at right-back.

Finally, the manager opted to give Vazquez a chance to prove his ability in a foreign role.

In less than a year, he adapted and developed into a complete fullback. While his crosses and ball carrying were unsurprisingly perfect for the role, his work-rate improved along with his defensive awareness.

Looking ahead to next season, Ancelotti will look to entrust a more fit Carvajal as his first choice. As a backup, Alvaro Odriozola is expected to return after his loan stint at Fiorentina.

Vazquez will now compete with the likes of Rodrygo and Marco Asensio for a starting spot in the forward line. Rest assured, he will continue to be available as a right-back if the situation demands.

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Camavinga, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Barcelona



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Real Madrid will be aiming to get a step closer to lifting the La Liga title when they face off against FC Barcelona later tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are currently seated atop the league table, eight points clear of Barça in second place. And another win tonight would stretch the lead to 11 points, all but guaranteeing their coronation as Spanish champions.

It will not be easy with Barcelona motivated after their defeat against PSG in the UEFA Champions League while fatigue could also be a factor after Los Blancos toiled it out for 120 minutes against Man City earlier this week.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid have one fitness concern as Ferland Mendy did not train on Saturday due to some overload in his left leg, although he was included in the squad list by Carlo Ancelotti.

Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba are the only injury-enforced absentees for the league leaders and here’s how Real Madrid could line up tonight against Xavi Hernandez’s side.


Fresh off his penalty shootout heroics against Manchester City, Andriy Lunin will guard Real Madrid’s goal again and hope to help his team to another crucial victory.

Antonio Rudiger has been in brilliant form this season and is a guaranteed starter at the heart of the Merengues’ defence. The German international should pair up with club captain Nacho Fernandez to stop Robert Lewandowski & co.

Even though there has been some chatter about Lucas Vazquez starting at right-back, Dani Carvajal is expected to get the nod as usual.

Mendy’s possible absence, however, could pave the way for Eduardo Camavinga to start at left-back for Real Madrid, with Ancelotti likely to trust the French midfielder in a makeshift role over Fran Garcia.

Camavinga could fill in at left-back. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni is back after missing the Manchester City game through suspension and will slot in as the defensive midfielder against Barcelona.

Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos will take up the two interior midfield positions for Real Madrid while Jude Bellingham will operate as the lone attacking midfielder.

However, it will not be a surprise to see Real Madrid transition into a 4-4-2 with Valverde and Bellingham moving out wide on the right and left flanks, respectively.

Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. are the undisputed starters up top in attack, with the former likely to operate from the left after his recent success while the latter will play slightly more centrally.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup: Lunin, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Kroos, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo.


Brahim Diaz and Luka Modric are players that Carlo Ancelotti counts on from the bench for every game and that will not change tonight against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Joselu is also an option that Ancelotti could turn to if he wished to change things up in the attacking unit.

Eder Militao could also get some minutes, depending on the game situation, as Ancelotti hopes to get the Brazilian into match-rhythm in time to face Bayern Munich.

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