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Real Madrid set to rotate up to ten players in title-sealing clash

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The full-time whistle at the end of Barcelona’s game against Girona on Saturday night could be the trigger of endless celebrations in the Spanish capital.

After all, Real Madrid face Cadiz earlier in the day, and should Los Blancos win and the Blaugrana drop points, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will officially be crowned the new La Liga champions.

Far from celebratory

Despite the title being at their doorstep, the Real Madrid dressing room is far from a mood of celebration as they focus on the UEFA Champions League clash next week. 

Carlo Ancelotti, thus, sees the game against Cadiz as a chance to rest his best players and keep them ready for the gruelling European battle that awaits.

According to journalist Melchor Ruiz, the manager could make up to ten changes to the XI that started against Bayern Munich midweek and virtually every fringe player will have his chance to prove his worth to the manager.

Possible rotations

In a breaking update, Thibaut Courtois is set to make his first appearance of the season tomorrow and will take over in goal after overcoming two painful injuries.

As was the case against Real Sociedad, Nacho Fernandez and Eder Militao could take over in central defence with the backup full-backs, Fran Garcia and Lucas Vazquez, also getting starts.

Luka Modric could start alongside Eduardo Camavinga and Dani Ceballos in midfield with Arda Guler occupying the apex of the diamond as the attacking midfielder.

The final two places on the field will likely be taken by Joselu and Brahim Diaz. Needless to say, Real Madrid’s fringe XI is no walkover and could well win the title for the team against Cadiz.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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