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Real Madrid starlet pressing for a start against Liverpool after impressive form

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It has been a hectic period for Real Madrid, who have lost sight of the race for the league title while the injury and fitness problems have had no end in sight.

The most recent victim was Aurelien Tchouameni, who had to be ruled out in the weekend encounter against CA Osasuna. The Frenchman was ruled out due to flu, whereas Toni Kroos missed the tie due to gastroenteritis.

With the German remaining a doubt for the upcoming Champions League game against Liverpool, a new report from MARCA suggests Eduardo Camavinga is pushing for a place in the starting eleven in Anfield this midweek.

This is mainly because of Camavinga’s own performances in the past few matches. He took control of the midfield exceedingly well in the game against Osasuna. Although he was lucky not to pick up a red, he controlled the game well and offered stability in the middle of the park.

This quality could come in handy against a team like Liverpool that likes to disrupt the flow of the opposition when they are not in possession.

Camavinga has been of great utility for Real Madrid throughout the course of the season so far. Despite concerns over him not fulfilling his potential at Santiago Bernabeu, the 2022 World Cup finalist’s versatility has been very useful to the team.

Earlier this year, Camavinga has already featured as a left-back, in order to deputise for the injured Ferland Mendy and David Alaba. His performances in central midfield has been impressive as well, potentially causing a selection dilemma for coach Carlo Ancelotti.

However, the report suggests it will not come as a surprise to see Tchouameni getting the nod ahead in the double-pivot against Liverpool. Ancelotti, after all, has heavily favoured the former AS Monaco starlet to operate in midfield and he could follow the same principle this midweek.

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Five reasons Real Madrid believe in their chances vs Manchester City at the Etihad – report

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An xG of 2.82, 60% possession, 16 shots, eight on target and six big chances. Such were the statistics of Manchester City when they last took on Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, conjured up an xG of just 0.47, had no big chances and had just three shots on target in 90 minutes in the game last year.

The statistics speak loud – Los Blancos suffered a 4-0 embarrassment the last time they stepped onto the grass in Manchester. Tomorrow night, they must descend for battle in the same arena once more, this time looking to fight neck-to-neck for a result.

A new team

As revealed in a recent report by AS, Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti believe that this season, they have more weapons to survive against Pep Guardiola’s men at the Etihad.

The men in white travel to England without fear and positive that a repeat of last season’s collapse will not unfold. The dressing room is more motivated than ever, and improvements are expected from last year’s clash all across the field.

Most importantly, the fact that they are seen as underdogs playing away from home only pushes the team more towards a winning performance. With the pressure off, it will indeed be easier for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Five ‘key’ factors

The Spanish outlet reports there are five factors that make Ancelotti and Co. believe in their chances for the game that lies ahead of them.

To begin with, the Merengues have been in sensational form all season and have just lost one game in 44 within the 90-minute mark. The wins may not be pretty, but the team’s ability to churn out results drives them forward.

The key duel. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

The second factor, as Real Madrid see it, is the improved defence. Last year, Eduardo Camavinga, David Alaba and Eder Militao joined Dani Carvajal at the back while this season, the Spaniard will be joined by an in-form Antonio Rudiger, Nacho and Ferland Mendy.

The German star’s inclusion, in particular, generates hope as he has enjoyed reasonable success against Erling Haaland.

The third factor is the chance in midfield where Eduardo Camavinga is expected to start as the pivot with Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde ahead of him.

Needless to say, such a trio boasts more stamina and a stable pivot compared to the Modric-Kroos-Valverde combination that played last season.

Jude Bellingham’s quality and ability in front of goal is Ancelotti’s fourth major reason to believe that tomorrow night will be special. He was not on song last week, and Los Blancos will hope he finds his best version tomorrow.

Last, but not least, is the newfound chemistry between Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo in recent weeks that has seen both Brazilians play out of their skin.

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