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Real Madrid midfielder could start in makeshift position vs Las Palmas – report

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Real Madrid return to La Liga action tomorrow when they lock horns with Las Palmas away at Gran Canaria, eager to bag all three points.

Real Madrid are currently second in the table, a point behind leaders Girona, who play before Carlo Ancelotti’s men on Saturday and can stretch their advantage further.

Following their narrow comeback win over Almeria last Sunday, Los Blancos will be aiming to put up a much stronger display. But there could be a few changes made to the starting lineup by manager Ancelotti.

Tchouameni to start in defence?

MARCA is reporting that there is a strong possibility that Real Madrid could start with midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni as a centre-back tomorrow against Las Palmas.

As things stand, Real Madrid have only two senior central defenders available in Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez, with both Eder Militao and David Alaba injured.

Los Blancos have decided against signing anyone in January as Militao is edging closer to a return, earlier than anticipated.

However, the minutes have been piling up for Rudiger, who has been pretty much a permanent fixture in defence this term. As such, the German international could be in for a well-deserved tomorrow.

Rudiger to be rested. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

In his place, MARCA is claiming that Tchouameni could slot in as a makeshift centre-back, having filled in at the heart of the defence on a few occasions already this season.

Las Palmas are not a team to be taken lightly and putting the midfielder in the backline alongside Nacho could be a move fraught with risk for Ancelotti & co.

The other likely changes

Jude Bellingham is ruled out of tomorrow’s trip to Las Palmas through suspension and is expected to be replaced by Brahim Diaz.

Meanwhile, Eduardo Camavinga is likely to start as the defensive pivot while Ancelotti has confirmed that Andriy Lunin will be replacing Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal.

There may also be a start for Fran Garcia at left-back ahead of Ferland Mendy after the former impressed in the second half vs Almeria.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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