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Real Madrid manager to make two key changes in midfield vs Atletico Madrid

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The games are coming in quick succession for Real Madrid, who divert their attention to the Copa del Rey tomorrow to face Atletico Madrid after recently returning from Riyadh as the Spanish Super Cup champions.

Having played Atletico twice already this season, the Merengues will need no introduction to the foe they face.

In fact, Real Madrid triumphed over Diego Simeone’s men in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final in extra time, which will undeniably raise their morale heading into the encounter.

However, given Los Blancos’ tussles with injuries this season as well as the fact that the pace of the fixtures is intensifying, it is likely that there will be a few tweaks in the starting XI.

Revisions to the central midfield

Indeed, according to Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA Luka Modric and Eduardo Camavinga are poised to start against Atletico tomorrow.

The pair will replace Aurelien Tchouameni and Toni Kroos, who have both amassed a fair amount of miles on their legs this campaign, particularly Kroos.

Set to be benched. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

After starting the game in the Super Cup final against Barcelona, Kroos and Tchouameni would be allowed to start from the bench, recuperate, and prepare for the upcoming schedule.

The reasons behind Carlo Ancelotti’s desire to rotate the midfield also stem from the fact that the game against Atletico Madrid is bound to be a physical affair, and refreshing the central midfield will allow them to overcome Atleti’s intensity.

Camavinga started the last cup tie against Arandina earlier this month after returning from injury, but was benched for both the Spanish Super Cup matches.

Meanwhile, Modric started the last game against Atletico, which Madrid won 5-3 in extra time and he will thus be hoping to replicate a similar outcome.

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad

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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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