Real Madrid will want to keep their lead over Granada when they play them at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. Last weekend, they took back the top spot in La Liga.
Since beating Napoli, Real Madrid has won four straight games in all competitions. They beat SC Braga, Valencia, and Cadiz.
Carlo Ancelotti and his team have found a way to keep winning even though a lot of people have been hurt. They are excited to get another win tomorrow at home.
But Granada is on the other side of the table. But they may be feeling the “new manager bounce” since they just hired Alexander Medina to be their head coach instead of Paco Lopez.
Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, Arda Guler, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Luka Modric, and Vinicius Jr. will not play for Real Madrid because they are all hurt.
This is how Ancelotti could set up his team for tomorrow’s game at the Santiago Bernabeu against Granada.
Where to Start
Ever since Kepa Arrizabalaga got better and wasn’t hurt for the last four games, Real Madrid added him to their team to play Granada. But Andriy Lunin will play goal again tomorrow, as Ancelotti said in his press conference.
Today, Ancelotti has to choose which players to put on his team because the game tomorrow could be a chance for him to make some changes. The Italian boss might want to stick with his best team this week, though, since there is no game.
In this case, Real Madrid’s Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba could stay together at center back. On the other hand, Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal should play defense on the left and right sides, respectively.
Camavinga and Tchouameni were hurt, so Federico Valverde helped Toni Kroos play as a center in the middle of the field. Modric isn’t playing right now because he’s sick, so Dani Ceballos will get another chance to start.
Today, Jude Bellingham almost hurt himself during practice, but he is fine now and ready to play. He is 20 years old and English. He will start as usual as the attacking midfielder and pose a threat to the other team’s back line.
Because of this, Ancelotti put Brahim Diaz and Rodrygo Goes together in the attack yesterday against Napoli. Because they played so well together, the boss probably won’t switch them.
The players that Real Madrid thinks will start are Alaba, Mendy, Kroos, Valverde, Ceballos, Bellingham, Brahim, Rodrygo, and Lunin.
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Karim Benzema will use Joselu to help the attack during the game. On the other hand, Nico Paz, who scored his first goal for Real Madrid against Napoli, is likely to play more.
Nacho Fernandez, the leader, will likely come on in the last few minutes to help one of the two center backs. Fran Garcia could be used instead of Ferland Mendy.
Gonzalez Garcia, a young forward from the school, is another young player who could play sometimes on Saturday.