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Real Madrid travels to Girona after the UCL defeat

Alvaro Rodriguez

Real Madrid are looking to have another stellar season. Los Blancos have been nothing but sensational and brilliant for the last 2 seasons. Carlo Ancelotti’s side are one of the favorites once again this season for all major titles. It seems that beating them is not everyone’s cup of tea with the class and quality they have all over the pitch. The team seems to be reborn whenever they go behind. This has been one of the standouts for this season yet again. They were unbeaten the whole season with a perfect record in their UCL group. No team managed to get the better of them until RB Leipzig this week.

Real Madrid seemed all over the place against the German team. Everything went wrong as Ancelotti did not have a definite lineup. Nacho was playing CB and Rudiger played Lb which was an absurd decision. There are a lot of issues with this side that Carlo Ancelotti has to manage. But there is no denying that the defeat was an embarrassment as they now have given up their unbeaten record. Los Blancos have a comfortable position in the group and are currently top of their table. So, they did not take this game as serious as the others. But that does not hide the fact that the team’s defensive struggles are pretty much visible.

Eder Militao and David Alaba are Ancelotti’s first-choice CBs. Given the quality between these 2, Real Madrid have conceded a lot in La Liga. Moreover, there have been games where they would have conceded a lot more if the opposition would have taken their chances. The team has been opened up defensively a lot as compared to other seasons which does question the tactics of the coach. Moreover, Karim Benzema has not enjoyed the best of starts this season. He has featured in a lot fewer matches this season which is affecting his continuity.

Ancelotti to rest Benzema for Girona clash

Thibaut Courtois is well and truly back from his injury and will be in the sticks for Los Blancos. But one absentee for the clash would be Karim Benzema. The Frenchman has had a mixed start to the season and came off against Sevilla due to muscle fatigue. There does not seem to be any serious injury but Carlo does not want to take any risks with the Ballon d’Or winner.

David Alaba and Eder Militao should partner in Central defense after a horror show from Nacho and Rudiger in Germany. Fede Valverde had a slight knock against Sevilla and might be rested for this one. Luka Modric was withdrawn from the squad at the last minute. The Croatian is expected to return.

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