Real Madrid picks up the pulse of the League after winning the Spanish Super Cup and overcoming their knockout round of the Cup against the Elche. It is precisely the team from Elche that is once again the Whites’ rival, this time in the League and at the Bernabéu, a stage where the leader of the championship remains undefeated in the ten games he has played (seven wins and three draws). Madrid can strengthen its first position and increase its lead over Sevilla to six points, who tied (2-2) their match against Celta.
Ancelotti will make several changes to his eleven compared to the Cup match three days ago. Courtois will return to the eleven to the detriment of Lunin after enjoying rest in the KO tournament, as also happened with Benzema, who gave his place to Jovic. The two will once again be starters, as will Militao, who missed the cup match due to the sanction he carried over from the Super Cup. The Brazilian will once again form a central pair with Alaba, escorted on the flanks by Mendy and Lucas Vázquez, who remains in the eleven due to Carvajal still convalescing due to COVID.
Modric and Casemiro, who came off the bench in Elche, aim to regain ownership alongside Kroos. Y in the attack, together with the indisputable Vinicius (who is warned and will miss the next game, against Granada, if he sees the fifth yellow) and Benzema, the eternal doubt remains on the right wing. Despite the loss of Asensio due to injury, which increased Rodrygo’s options, Ancelotti can opt for Hazard. “It’s a good day for me to be a starter,” replied the coach when asked about the chances of being a starter for the Belgian, who scored the decisive goal at the Martínez Valero.
Possible alignment of Ancelotti for Real Madrid-Elche
Thus, the eleven that Ancelotti can start against Elche is made up of: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Hazard, Benzema and Vinicius. On the bench, for possible substitutions, Ancelotti will have eleven players: Lunin, Toni Fuidias, Nacho, Marcelo, Camavinga, Valverde, Ceballos, Isco, Rodrygo, Bale and Jovic.
The Madrid coach called up 22 players for the match. In addition to the aforementioned absences of Carvajal and Asensio, Vallejo and Mariano also miss out due to injury. Toni Fuidias, third goalkeeper, is the only Castilla player on Carletto’s list.