Actual Madrid welcome Barcelona to the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga on Sunday afternoon.
The final time Madrid hosted their fierce Catalan rivals Carlo Ancelotti had a tactical headache within the absence of Karim Benzema. With out a recognised quantity 9, there have been loads of choices for the Italian – who did his finest to strive all of them.
Beginning with Luka Modric because the furthest ahead participant, Ancelotti switched to a back-three with Madrid trailing 2-0 at half-time. Solely 4 minutes separated Barcelona’s third and fourth of the evening however that was nonetheless sufficient time for a return to a four-man backline which proved simply as ineffective.
Here is the extra orthodox XI Ancelotti might deploy this weekend.
GK: Thibaut Courtois – The Belgian is dealing with a race towards time and his backbone to beat a again drawback by Sunday.
RB: Dani Carvajal – The one purple card of Carvajal’s La Liga profession got here towards Barcelona on the Santiago Bernabeu in 2017.
CB: Eder Militao – Even when Antonio Rudiger does make a swift restoration from a nasty head wound, Militao is predicted to line up towards his acquainted associate on the again.
CB: David Alaba – A veteran of 30 Klassikers in Germany, Alaba marked his clasico debut with a aim in October 2021.
LB: Ferland Mendy – Madrid’s fleet-footed left-back is unbeaten in 5 appearances for Los Blancos towards Barcelona – although he did lose 5-1 to the Catalans whereas enjoying for Lyon.
CM: Luka Modric – If the 37-year-old options on Sunday, he’ll develop into the second-oldest outfield participant to symbolize Actual Madrid in a clasico, behind solely the legendary Alfredo di Stefano.
CM: Aurelien Tchouameni – The shiny new addition to Madrid’s midfield has racked up extra minutes this season than both of the remaining wily veterans.
CM: Toni Kroos – To compound the 4-0 shellacking Kroos endured throughout Barcelona’s final journey to Madrid, the German was hooked at half-time and spent an hour and a half ready to ship a pattern for a medicine check after the match with Vinicius Junior and two victorious opponents.
RW: Federico Valverde – Again in 2017, Valverde’s compatriot Luis Suarez was already evaluating the Uruguayan to his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard. Somewhat than really feel the burden of the billing, Valverde was flattered.
ST: Karim Benzema – Madrid’s talismanic striker can boast the quickest clasico aim in La Liga this century, pouncing upon an error from Victor Valdes inside 21 seconds in 2011.
LW: Vinicius Junior – Final weekend, Vinicius accomplished no fewer than 4 nutmegs towards Getafe – essentially the most any participant in La Liga has recorded throughout a single recreation this season.