Real Madrid returns to the Santiago Bernabeu to play another La Liga match against UD Almeria. With an unexpected win, after a puncture against Girona during the week, the Whites will try to forget their bad feelings at home against an Almeria team that is putting its life at risk in this final phase of the season.
The Carlo Ancelotti-led side still have to clinch second place in the championship, a battle in which they cannot relax as Atlético de Madrid come from behind. He is again only 2 points away from Cholo Simeone and awaits a fresh puncher from his eternal rival to attack that second spot.
The match comes just a week before the Copa del Rey final against Osasuna, where the Whites are playing for one of the two titles they still aspire to. As if that weren’t enough, the demanding Champions League semi-final against Manchester City will come later, so once again Ancelotti will have to divide his efforts among his squad to avoid overwhelming the machine.
Real Madrid line-up for the match against Almeria.
This again raises many doubts in the starting eleven, as there are players who are returning and others who were not in good form in the game against Girona a few days ago. One of the returnees is goalkeeper Courtois. The ownership pointed to the Belgian following his absence at Girona, where Lunin was supposed to play.
In the rear, it is very likely that there will be movements following the poor leveling shown at Montilievi. Lucas Vazquez could return for the title in place of Dani Carvajal, while Militão could be out of the playing XI. Thus, Rüdiger and Nacho could form the central pairing in goal, with Camavinga returning to the left.
The one who has many ballots to return to the starting XI is Aurélien Tchoumeni. The Frenchman didn’t start at Girona and is playing his last La Liga game at the Bernabeu, so it looks like he will be the anchor. His team-mates will be Luka Modric, who was substituted during the game at Montilivi, and Dani Ceballos, who returned after serving a suspension cycle.
There are other returning players on the up side as well. That is the case of Karim Benzema, who has already overcome his problems and is really looking to continue increasing his goalscoring statistics. Rodrigo could get some rest from Ancelotti, which will open the doors to Asensio’s new ownership and Vinicius, one of the highlights of his team.
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