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Real Madrid star wants to renew contract, but coaching staff have major doubts

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Andriy Lunin got an opportunity to make a rare start for Real Madrid against Girona last night. The Ukrainian international had to step into the lineup after first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois did not make the trip to Catalonia because of gastroenteritis.

But the game ended on a disastrous note for Lunin as he let in four goals, all scored by Valentin Castellanos.

While the entire team was not at the level needed, the goalkeeper was struggling especially. Having faced five shots, Lunin conceded four goals, two of which he could have done better against and stopped.

Following last night’s events, Mario Cortegana of The Athletic has come out with an extensive report on Lunin and how the 24-year-old is perceived by Real Madrid’s coaching staff.

As per the report, the club’s coaching staff have always had doubts about Lunin and yesterday night’s performance did not come as a surprise to them.

It is claimed that the coaches are worried that key points that have been communicated to the Ukrainian international have not been taken on board.

The general feeling is that he has failed to improve on certain aspects of his game despite being pointed out as areas of weakness, such as his distribution and game management.

Lunin’s current contract with Real Madrid expires next year and the goalkeeper is understood to be keen on renewing with the club. The club board also shares similar thoughts but the coaching staff continue to have doubts about the reserve goalkeeper.

The report states that Lunin, who is well-liked in the dressing room, is seen as someone who is fixed in his own ways and not entirely open to taking new ideas on board.

The goalkeeper, for his part, is understood to acknowledge some of his shortcomings but believes that he needs more playing time in order to make improvements to his game.

It remains to be seen as to how Real Madrid decide to proceed on this matter as they risk losing Lunin for no fee next year if he is not renewed.

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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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