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Rudiger, Vinicius start in a 4-4-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Girona




In around eight hours, Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Girona in one of the most important fixtures in La Liga this season.

Real Madrid currently sit atop the La Liga table with Girona a close second, trailing by just two points.

Both teams head into tonight’s clash after dropping points in their previous match – Carlo Ancelotti’s men were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid while Michel’s side played a goalless stalemate against Real Sociedad.

With the top spot and an advantage in the La Liga title race on the line, the clash at the Santiago Bernabeu promises to be an exciting one.

Real Madrid have lost captain Nacho Fernandez to an injury, but the good news is that Antonio Rudiger and Vinicius Jr. are back in the squad after missing the derby. Aurelien Tchouameni is also back from suspension, boosting Ancelotti’s options.

Here’s how the Real Madrid boss could set his team up as they go about tackling their fellow title challengers at the Santiago Bernabeu.


Even though Ancelotti refrains from confirming who his first-choice goalkeeper is, Andriy Lunin appears to have edged out Kepa Arrizabalaga and should start against Girona tonight for Real Madrid.

The manager is expected to thrust Antonio Rudiger right back into the starting XI after his return from injury. The German international should pair up with Aurelien Tchouameni, with the Frenchman set to operate as a makeshift centre-back.

This frees up Dani Carvajal to move to his preferred right-back position after playing as a centre-half in the derby against Atletico Madrid. Ferland Mendy ought to continue on the left side ahead of Fran Garcia.

Back and ready to start. (Photo by DESIREE MARTIN/AFP via Getty Images)

With Tchouameni in defence, Eduardo Camavinga becomes the automatic pick to slot in as the defensive midfielder for Real Madrid tonight.

The Frenchman will likely be partnered up by Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde as the two interior midfielders, although it would not be a surprise to see the former sit deeper alongside Camavinga while the latter drifts out wide to the right side.

Jude Bellingham will be the fourth midfielder for Real Madrid operating in a free role behind the two forwards, often drifting out wide to the left.

Brahim Diaz put in a fine performance against Atletico Madrid last week, but with Vinicius Jr. back, the Brazilian is expected to start ahead of the Spaniard. Rodrygo Goes ought to partner his compatriot in attack.


Brahim Diaz is certain to come on at some point in the second half to bolster Real Madrid’s attacking options. Joselu is another player that Ancelotti will turn to, to provide something different up top.

Lucas Vazquez is also likely to get minutes, especially if the manager decides not to push Rudiger too much on his return. The Spaniard would come on at right-back with Carvajal moving to centre-back.

Luka Modric has not been featuring all that regularly of late, but should get minutes against Girona today. Fran Garcia could get a look-in at the expense of Mendy if Real Madrid seek more attacking intent on the left.

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Brahim, Modric start in a 4-4-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Rayo Vallecano



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Real Madrid have an excellent opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the La Liga table to eight points when they travel to Estadio de Vallecas to take on Rayo Vallecano on Sunday afternoon.

Real Madrid are currently five points clear of second-placed Girona and with the Catalans not playing until Monday night, Los Blancos have a chance to stretch their advantage with a win tomorrow.

Momentum is also on the side of Carlo Ancelotti’s men after they picked up two crucial victories against Girona (La Liga) and RB Leipzig (UEFA Champions League) over the past week.

But, Rayo Vallecano, who have a new manager in place in Inigo Perez, had managed to hold Real Madrid to a goalless draw in the reverse fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu. So, the game will not be straightforward on Sunday.

Here’s how Real Madrid could line up at the Vallecas as they look to take another step towards winning the La Liga title.


Andriy Lunin has firmly established himself as the preferred choice in goal ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga. As such, the Ukrainian should again start for Real Madrid against Rayo Vallecano.

There will be one change in the defensive line that took the field against Leipzig in midweek as Fran Garcia will step into the team at left-back with Ferland Mendy out of the squad due to suspension.

Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and Eder Militao are still injured, which means Aurelien Tchouameni will once again have to fill in at centre-back where he will partner captain Nacho Fernandez. Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal should continue on the right side of the defence.

Tchouameni starting in defence means one can expect Eduardo Camavinga to occupy the pivot position in the middle of the park for Real Madrid.

A rare start for Luka Modric vs Rayo? (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

However, there could be a notable change in midfield, with Luka Modric getting a rare start after a period of inactivity, with Toni Kroos getting a breather. Federico Valverde will occupy the other interior midfield position for the visitors.

Brahim Diaz came off with a fitness issue against RB Leipzig in midweek, but is not injured and has been named in the squad list. Given his form, the Spaniard should again start in the hole behind the two forwards in the absence of Jude Bellingham, who is injured.

Up top, there is no looking past the Brazilian dynamic duo of Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr, both of whom will be raring to get on the scoresheet after not scoring against Leipzig.


Joselu is certain to come onto the pitch at some point in the game to provide a different kind of threat in the attacking third. Toni Kroos should also come off the bench, especially if things are not going Real Madrid’s way.

There could also be minutes for Arda Guler, who has not seen as much action as one would have expected since returning from injury. Dani Ceballos is also an option for Ancelotti if he wishes to relieve one of his midfielders.

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