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Actual Madrid predicted lineup vs Osasuna

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Actual Madrid welcome Osasuna to the Santiago Bernabeu within the Spanish high flight on Sunday night.

Los Blancos have not misplaced at dwelling to the Navarre facet since 2004, in a match which uncovered the basic flaws of Florentino Perez’s laughably top-heavy Galacticos.

Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Raul and Luis Figo floated forward of a midfield pivot comprising of David Beckham and Guti – nice passers, however hardly probably the most defensively sound pairing. At centre-back, Madrid relied upon the academy pairing of Raul Bravo and Alvaro Mejia – not fairly the family names of their teammates.

This is the marginally extra balanced XI Carlo Ancelotti could choose to keep away from a uncommon defeat towards Osasuna.

GK: Thibaut Courtois – As a baby, Courtois was as soon as thrown in a dustbin by Kristof Hoho, his father’s former volleyball associate. You’d want a skip to deal with the 6’6 goalkeeper lately.

RB: Dani Carvajal – The goal-shy full-back has bagged 20% of his La Liga purpose tally (certainly one of 5) towards Osasuna.

CB: Antonio Rudiger – Suspension afforded Rudiger an early return from Germany’s worldwide camp, maybe giving him the sting over Brazil’s Eder Militao.

CB: David Alaba – “He is a left-back,” Louis van Gaal insisted as Alaba’s Bayern Munich supervisor, “despite the fact that he would not assume so himself.” Ancelotti additionally seems to disagree with the strident Dutch coach.

LB: Ferland Mendy – Marcelo’s successor hasn’t misplaced a La Liga match at dwelling since Levante beat Madrid in January 2021.

CM: Toni Kroos – The German metronome admits that he practised merely controlling the ball “tens of 1000’s of occasions” as a child. Unsurprisingly, Kroos’ ball retention is famous, efficiently receiving a staggering 99% of the passes geared toward him this season (per FBref).

CM: Aurelien Tchouameni – The extremely devoted 22-year-old had a one-on-one session with Monaco’s psychological coach earlier than each match. That is an space of curiosity shared by Ancelotti who was an enormous supporter of Milan’s famed ‘Thoughts Lab’.

CM: Eduardo Camavinga – After a fireplace burned down Camavinga’s household dwelling, his father lumbered the ten-year-old with an unimaginable burden within the type of a prophecy: “What has simply occurred to us is tragic however it’s you who will elevate the household.”

RW: Federico Valverde – The typical distance of Valverde’s pictures this season are 20 yards from purpose – exterior the field. But he has transformed these speculative efforts at a frankly unsustainable fee of 25%.

ST: Karim Benzema –
Whereas the return of final season’s main scorer might be warmly greeted, Madrid have averaged a purpose each half-hour in Benzema’s absence this time period.

LW: Vinicius Junior – The enigmatic winger has drawn help from all corners of the globe after being racially focused in latest weeks and has nonetheless been a reliably potent risk for Madrid.

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