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Six Real Madrid players certain to start against Chelsea after being benched vs Villarreal

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Real Madrid’s woes in La Liga continued as they slumped to a 3-2 defeat to Villarreal last night, effectively giving Barcelona the opportunity to extend their lead to 15 points when they take on Girona Monday night.

Seeing Real Madrid’s approach in the game, it was evident that they were preparing for the upcoming Champions League clash against Chelsea, with the squad confident that they will secure a victory this midweek.

According to MARCA, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti knew what he was doing, in terms of team selection. He rested the likes of Toni Kroos, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, Eder Militao, Dani Carvajal and Luka Modric.

Instead, Real Madrid started with lesser-used individuals such as Nacho Fernandez, Lucas Vazquez and Aurelien Tchouameni, who has fallen out of favour lately.

Karim Benzema was handed the start, but the forward was taken off with half an hour still to be played. It was a precautionary move from Ancelotti, who wanted the Frenchman to be fully fit ahead of the Chelsea contest.

As per the report, all of the six players, who were rested against Villarreal, will start against Chelsea this midweek. That means we may witness the midfield comprising Camavinga, Kroos and Modric, who may soon extend his contract at Santiago Bernabeu.

Newly-appointed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has stated that he is looking forward to this game and despite his team’s poor form in the Premier League, ‘anything can happen’.

But up against a Real Madrid side likely to be strengthened by the return of their star players, very few would bet against Los Blancos faltering at home this midweek.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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