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Real Madrid defender victim of attempted burglary by two armed men

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The incidence of armed robberies in Spain has been on a conspicuous rise over the past year. Professional footballers have become regular targets of such episodes, with Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang suffering such attacks in recent weeks.

The latest player to have fallen prey to a robbery is Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal. As reported by El Confidencial, two hooded people armed with metal bars jumped into the player’s garden on Tuesday and were captured by the security cameras.

Fortunately, Carvajal and his family were not at home during the incident and escaped unhurt. The assailants fled the scene after the alarm went off, realising that they had been caught by the security system.

The player filed a complaint with the police immediately after the incident. An investigation is currently ongoing to track down the robbers.

One reminisces the recent incident involving Aubameyang when the striker injured his jaw during a break-in into his residence.

Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema was also a victim of a similar incident back in January.

Following the chain of burglaries in Spain, players around the league will look to tighten the security systems at their residences. A step needs to be taken to prevent such episodes for it is negative publicity for the league as a whole.

Carvajal is expected to return to training normally this week and is in line to start Real Madrid’s game against Real Betis at the weekend. With Lucas Vazquez rising in prominence under Carlo Ancelotti, the veteran will look to up his game and win back the starting spot.

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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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