The Madrid derby will decide who is the team that commands the capital once again, but this time, there will be something else at stake: a place in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey. Ancelotti and his men have just emerged from a major crisis after losing to Villarreal in the League and against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. The team arrives with the upward arrow after their comeback in the Cup quarterfinals and their victory at San Mamés. Here we leave you the possible starting lineup:
BY: COURTOIS – He is without a doubt the best player on the squad right now. Courtois appears every day to save Real Madrid on several occasions. He will be under the sticks against his former team.
RH: NACHO – Neither Lucas nor Carvajal are available, so it will be their turn again. He is one of the most admirable players on the squad. His qualities are always at the service of the group, and in what way… he plays well in any position on the field.
DFC: MILITARY– There are no doubts with him. He is the best central defender in the world right now. Unstoppable in the open field, safe from above, strong in the melee…he has it all. He is with Courtois the fittest player on the squad.
CB: RUDIGER – After several matches of doubts, he left San Mamés with the feeling of having achieved a match up to his potential. When Antonio centers, he is a center-back of many carats. Alaba returns to the call, but has many ballots to be a starter.
LI: FERLAND MENDY– It has been highly criticized. He is not physically well and with the ball at his feet he is making very rude mistakes, but we must continue to trust him. And more when Vini Jr defends less every day.
CDM: CAMAVINGA– A star has been born. There are no doubts, Eduardo has to play as a pivot. It’s your thing. He needs to see football face to face, as he has a gift for jumping rival pressures and activating players who are far from the play. A diamond in the rough.
LVM: MODRIC– He has been coming off the bench for two consecutive games, probably thinking about this game. It would be a very notorious surprise if the Croatian did not come out from the beginning in a match of these characteristics.
MVD: KROOS – In the same way as Modric, he was a substitute at the Cathedral. Surely thinking about the cup derby, because Ancelotti is taking the Cup seriously this year. The level that he has shown in recent games has not been the best.
IE: JUNIOR VINICIUS – We don’t know which version of Vini Jr we are going to see this time. He will play in front of his public and he will have everything in his face to shine. A very unfair campaign is being mounted around him.
ED: FEDE VALVERDE– It would be very rare that in a game of these characteristics you did not play as a starter. He has all the ballots to play on the right and adjust the midfield to 4-4-2 at the time of the withdrawal. Little by little he is recovering his form.
DC: BENZEMA– Yes but no. He doesn’t end up being the Karim of the Ballon d’Or, but every day you see more things. He will start wearing the captain’s armband on such an important day. The best version of the kitten turned into a ”killer” will appear.
What the Real Madrid line-up would look like on the field (4-3-3)
defenses: Nacho, Militao, Rudiger, Mendy
Midfielders: Modric, Camavinga, Kroos
strikers: Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius
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