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Real Madrid key duo will take advantage of international break to achieve match fitness



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It is no secret that Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Eder Militao are nearing full fitness.

Following up on the story, a report from Mundo Deportivo has affirmed that the two key players will aim to fully recover and regain their competitive edge during the current international break before returning to action.

The goalkeeper and the defender have been injured since the beginning of the season and for their swift return, it is expected that the team will play internal friendlies during the break to ensure everything is seamless. 

Courtois and Militao shifting the gears

Just as club football takes a pause for a week, owing to international commitment, Militao and Courtois are revving up their engines, aiming for more than just a cameo appearance in Real Madrid’s return clash against Athletic Club on March 31st.

As Carlo Ancelotti confirmed in a recent press briefing, both the goalkeeper and the defender are utilizing this break to intensify their return to team training, including engaging in friendly matches against Castilla. 

“I’m quite optimistic. And as we are now, we are better than ever. Militao is back and Courtois is back,” said the manager.

These friendlies are important for the duo

Courtois and Militao will be important for Real Madrid in the Champions League. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite the absence of official competition, these sessions will serve as a vital step for the duo, who haven’t seen action since last August, to rediscover their footballing rhythm.

It is to be understood that Real Madrid are putting all the work into the duo’s fitness because they know their presence will be important against Manchester City in the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League.

Their comeback holds weight beyond mere participation since Militao and Courtois were instrumental in Real Madrid’s resurgence during the 21/22 season, notably in the thrilling comeback against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League. 

Their presence alone commands authority and respect and regardless, both players are in the final stages of their recovery. They are poised to embark on the remainder of the season as a fresh start rather than an end.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining



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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:


Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.


Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.


The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.


Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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