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Three changes Ancelotti could make to the starting lineup for Real Madrid vs Girona



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Following Barcelona’s win over Valencia, Real Madrid have momentarily slipped to the second position in the league table. However, the reigning Spanish champions will have the opportunity to regain the top spot when they take on Girona on Sunday.

Heading into this affair, we will take a look at three changes Carlo Ancelotti could make, especially after succumbing to a surprise defeat at the hands of RB Leipzig in midweek.

Federico Valverde in for Marco Asensio

Given the way Barcelona are performing in domestic competitions this season, Ancelotti is likely to field a strong starting eleven against Girona. Hence, there could be changes in the offing, one of which could see Federico Valverde replacing Marco Asensio.

The Uruguayan international had missed the midweek encounter owing to a knock. But he has been declared fit for the clash and will be desperate to continue his excellent form as he replaces Marco Asensio in the wider midfield position.

David Alaba in for Nacho Fernandez

After conceding three goals in midweek, Ancelotti might want to solidify Real Madrid’s defensive lines by replacing Nacho Fernandez with the reliable David Alaba.

The Austrian international was on the bench during the midweek encounter. But he will play a vital role against Girona, especially with his ability to move out of defence and provide quality during the build-up play.

Dani Caravajal in for Lucas Vazquez

Another defensive change in the Real Madrid setup could see Lucas Vazquez making way for Dani Carvajal.

Much like Alaba, Carvajal was also on the bench against Leipzig. But his experience, coupled with his composure and technical qualities could come in handy as Real Madrid look to break the shackles of the Girona backline tonight.

In addition to his offensive qualities, Carvajal also offers better balance on the right hand side, which could prove to be crucial in Real Madrid’s bid to quench the occasional counterattacks from the opposition.

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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Elche



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The Santiago Bernabeu is ready for the first time in a fortnight as Real Madrid are set to host relegation-threatened Real Valladolid for gameweek 27 of La Liga. The gap between them and Barcelona was increased to 15 yesternight, and los blancos will be looking to cut it down to 12 to scarce the tiniest bit of hope of defending their league crown.

Carlo Ancelotti has opted to use a highly attacking starting lineup for the clash, with Karim Benzema spearheading the front-three. He is flanked by Marco Asensio on the right while Vinicius Jr retains his place on the left.

Rodrygo also gets the nod to start, probably as an attacking midfielder in what looks like a 4-2-3-1.

Aurelien Tchouameni has been given the nod in midfield, with Toni Kroos forming the double pivot alongside him.

With Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy, and Nacho out injured, Eduardo Camavinga gets the license to start as the left-back, while Lucas Vazquez flanks the defence from the right. The usual suspects — Eder Militao and David Alaba — start in central defence.

Thibaut Courtois was a doubt heading into this game, but has been given the medical greenlight to take his place as the goalkeeper.

Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Tchouameni, Kroos; Asensio, Rodrygo, Vinicius; Benzema

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