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Three changes Carlo Ancelotti could make to the starting XI for Real Madrid vs Elche

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After their dominant win over Barcelona in El Clasico, Real Madrid return to league action against Elche tomorrow. The European Champions are on top of the La Liga standings, three points clear of the second-placed team and will look to put pressure on Xavi’s side with a win on Wednesday.

Carlo Ancelotti deployed a full-strength team to take on the Catalans but will shuffle his cards given the tight schedule. Here are three changes the manager can make for tomorrow’s clash.

1. Antonio Rudiger for David Alaba

Despite receiving 20 stitches after suffering a horrific injury in Real Madrid’s game against Shakhtar Donetsk, Rudiger came off the bench in El Clasico and produced a solid cameo.

The German international is a true warrior and will be desperate to get another start after a string of promising performances. He could come in for David Alaba against Elche as Ancelotti would like to have the Austrian rested, given the crucial fixture against Sevilla looming large.

2. Eduardo Camavinga for Luka Modric

Eduardo Camavinga finished second in the run for the Kopa Trophy last night but has been far from his best this season. The Frenchman would like more minutes under his belt to regain continuity and match fitness, and that opportunity could come tomorrow night.

It is clear that Modric will have to be rested more regularly this season, given his age. Having started in the Clasico less than three days ago, the Croatian could make way for Camavinga on the night.

3. Rodrygo Goes for Federico Valverde

Rodrygo and Federico Valverde have arguably been Real Madrid’s two biggest revelations this season. However, there is only space for one of the two in the forward line, as Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr are undisputed starters.

Both players scored against Barcelona at the weekend en route the team’s 3-1 win. However, given that the Uruguayan started in the previous game, he will likely make way for Rodrygo against Elche.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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