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Report identifies Real Madrid’s plan to stay in ideal shape ahead of Wembley final



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Even during a season when not much was expected from Real Madrid after Karim Benzema’s departure, the Carlo Ancelotti-led team are on their way to a 99-point La Liga season win, and have also reached the final of the UEFA Champions League.

While they have already wrapped up the league season, the UCL final is set to go ahead on 1st June, which is understandably their top priority.

Ancelotti has also been regularly rotating his side since the league win, and has given minutes to Brahim Diaz, Joselu, Arda Guler, Fran Garcia, and even Kepa Arrizabalaga and Thibaut Courtois in goal.

Madrid’s plan for full fitness is right on track ahead of the UCL final, detailed by Mundo Deportivo in a recent report.

Rotations away from home

Carlo Ancelotti’s intention with his team shuffling was to keep the important players in the team as fresh as possible for as long as possible.

As such, he has made a lot of rotations in away games, while using close to his best XI in home games to allow player to stay match-fit and in rhythm.

Against Granada, away from home, for example, Ancelotti used the front-three of Brahim Diaz, Joselu, and Guler, with Luka Modric and Dani Ceballos starting in midfield.

Making the most of his playing time. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

Eder Militao also got some minutes in central defence after only recently returning from injury, and Daniel Carvajal was benched in favour of Lucas Vazquez.

The very next game, against Deportivo Alaves, though, Ancelotti chose his best possible XI, with Jude Bellingham playing behind Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr.

In fact, there were only two major exceptions in this team, with Antonio Rudiger benched, and Aurelien Tchouameni out of the squad with an injury. And the former came on to play the last 20-odd minutes, anyway.

Relaxed training schedule

Apart from this, Ancelotti has also curated a more lenient training schedule for the last two weeks of the season in an attempt to avoid injuries and fatigue.

Madrid will not train again until next Saturday, before taking on Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday. And like aforementioned, Ancelotti will look to make a lot of rotations to his team for this away fixture.

The final game of Madrid’s league season is at the Santiago Bernabeu, against Real Betis, which will feature the full first-team before the final in Wembley.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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